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ORAU History - 1985

As one of its many programs to prepare students for careers in nuclear energy, ORAU’s Professional Training Programs sponsored a training institute for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Fourteen students, who were preparing for assignments at the national labs, gained insight into X-ray fluorescence analysis, the biological effects of radiation, and radiotracer applications in biology and chemistry.

The Navy Source Data System Program was established in 1985 by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to provide functional user training for the Naval Military Personnel Command under an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)and the U.S. Navy.

In the Manpower Education, Research and Training Division, Professional Training Programs (now referred to as Environmental Assessments and Health Physics) continued assistance to DOE and the city of Oak Ridge in monitoring mercury and other contaminants released to the environment by government facilities in the 1950s and 1960s.

A Visiting Scholars Program was established in 1985 to fund travel for lecturing scientists from ORAU member universities.

Two programs at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education received national recognition in 1985. The Education and Communications Office received the National Award for Energy Innovation for its Energy Management Program. The U.S. Federal Laboratory Consortium selected the Radiation Internal Dose Information Center to receive the Special Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.

Training Resources and Data Exchange (TRADE) activities expanded in 1985 to include a computerized training inventory file on a nationwide system and the development of special interest groups.