The logos uploaded are not necessarily our preference for designs, but they are the logos of other NORCs, for reference. There are a couple others that you can view on their websites: http://mmoc.med.umich.edu/, http://cnru.pbrc.edu/.
Our NORC is a little unique in that it is not solely based in one University, or even within one state, but rather has members at several institutions: University of Maryland/Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland/College Park, Geisinger Hospital Center, USDA, etc. So, we do not want a logo with the Maryland State colors or the shape of the state of Maryland, because our members are from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Some key ideas to focus on for our logo would be obesity, nutrition, genetics, adipocytes (fat cells).
Please also check our website for ideas about how to summarize our mission/purpose in a memorable logo: http://medschool.umaryland.edu/norc/.
Thank you! We look forward to seeing your designs!