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TARDC Names Segal Chair, Picks Speakers


PRESS RELEASE by NC Biotechnology Center

Herbert Segal, M.D., M.P.H., of Raleigh, has been elected chairman of the Triangle Area Research Directors Council (TARDC). Segal, a retired colonel with the U.S. Army and a consultant in health care administration succeeds Eliza Robertson, of the National Humanities Center, as chair.

Maria Rapoza, Ph.D., vice president of science and technology at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, was named chair-elect. Rapoza joins the long line of NCBiotech employees active in the organization. Shobha Parthasarathi, Ph.D., technology development director, previously sat on the TARDC steering committee. Charles Hamner, Ph.D., former president of the Center, served as TARDC chairman during the 1990-91 season.

Council arranges diverse group of speakers

This year’s annual speaker series kicks off with a presentation from E. Wayne Holden, Ph.D., at NCBiotech on September 18. Holden, who became RTI International’s fourth president earlier this year, is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has authored more than 130 articles, books, or book chapters on various topics in clinical child/pediatric psychology and health services research.

Speakers for the rest of the series include:

  • John Hardin, executive director of the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Office of Science and Technology, will speak October 16.
  • Randy Avant, a professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Computer Science, will give a presentation November 20.
  • On January 15, 2013, the group will hear from Bob Geolas, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation (RTF), the non-profit that develops and manages The Research Triangle Park. Geolas previously led North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus and Centennial Biomedical Campus. 
  • Don Rose, director of UNC’s Carolina KickStart Program, will provide the program on March 19, 2013.

Events on February 19 and April 16 will be announced shortly. The council is also planning a field trip to an agricultural biotechnology business in May.

The RTF will host most of the events in the RTP headquarters on Davis Drive.

By Jeremy Summers, NCBiotech Writer


TARDC was founded in 1974 by George Herbert, then-president of RTI International, as an open forum to connect the leaders of local research organizations and universities in and around RTP. According to its website, the organization “seeks to influence and advocate for the advancement of research, technology and science through discussions that foster cross‐fertilization between the various scientific disciplines.”

TARDC’s annual membership dues are $275, which includes all meeting meals for the season. Non-members can participate for $35 per meeting.