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Ronald Hart

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Applied DNA Sciences appointed Ronald Hart to its board of advisors. Hart was co-founder and first chair of the board of directors for the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, and an author of the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986. Two years later, he was chair of the US-USSR Emerging Leaders Conference, Science and Technology Section, and first co-chair of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Technology Transfer.

Hart, who received his PhD from the University of Illinois in 1971, held the post of distinguished professor at Cairo University, in Egypt; Moscow State University; and Guangzhou University, in China. He is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American College of Toxicology, the Association of Clinical Scientists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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