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ORAU History - 1982

With the August 1982 publication of the Carbon Dioxide Review: 1982 by Oxford University Press, ORAU’s Institute for Energy Analysis (IEA) completed a major project. Part of IEA’s carbon dioxide assessment task for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the publication presented the current thinking of more than 50 experts on the potential impacts of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide by the burning of fossil fuels.

In 1982, ORAU Acting Executive Director Dr. William E. Felling was unanimously elected by the ORAU Board of Directors as the ORAU Executive Director.

ORAU’s Comparative Animal Research Laboratory (CARL) completed a project for the National Institute of Aging to determine the effects of age, gender, and long-term dietary iron deficiency on the mixed-function oxidase system, one of the enzyme systems that metabolizes foreign substances, such as environmental pollutants.

The William G. Pollard Auditorium, named for ORAU’s founder. Ground was broken for the building in late 1981, and it was completed in 1982. In addition to the auditorium and several breakout rooms, the building also includes office space, which today houses ORAU’s Occupational Exposure and Worker Health Programs and the Safeguards and Security Department.

The Energy Education Division (EED) presented two live shows at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. Nearly four million visitors saw the show, entitled “Energy Unlimited,” and the presenter-guides logged 1,419 performances.

The Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE) program underwent an expansion in 1982. By the end of the year, 50 contractors were involved in TRADE activities, and ties had been made with the larger Federal Laboratory Consortium for technology transfer.

The Professional Training Program’s Radiological Survey Assessment Program (now referred to as Environmental Assessments and Health Physics) received increased DOE funding from $300,000 to $1.1 million during 1982 and had responsibility for providing radiological surveys to determine environmental radiation levels near active and inactive radionuclide handling facilities.

In 1982, under a special contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) completed two videotapes for emergency training. The tapes would be used by FEMA in a national training program and incorporated into the REAC/TS training courses.

The University Isotope Separator at Oak Ridge (UNISOR) celebrated its tenth anniversary in 1982. During the year, UNISOR staff successfully tested off-line two new ion sources, and a new positron spectrometer was further developed and tested with help from the University of South Carolina. Work also began on a third data acquisition system.