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ORAU History - 1995

Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Administrative Services Division was awarded a Level 2 Tennessee Quality Commitment Award in 1995, recognizing organizations that demonstrate serious commitment to the use of total quality principles. In 1996, the division, which was renamed the Business Operations Division, received the Tennessee Quality Achivement Award, a Level 3, in recognition for its demonstration of sound business practices.

The Biochemistry Program frequently hosted postdoctoral fellows until the program closed in 1995. Since its inception in 1958, the Biochemistry Program was internationally recognized for its contributions to lipid biochemistry.

ORAU was chosen as one of 13 Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) teacher training sites in the country. GLOBE was funded by six federal agencies and designed to promote a better understanding of earth systems and enhance environmental awareness of individuals throughout the world.

ORAU’s Center for Epidemiologic Research (now referred to as Occupational Exposure and Worker Health Studies) completed a study that revealed a significant relationship between death from leukemia and occupational radiation exposure of workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River Site in Aiken, S.C.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education’s Emergency Management Laboratory orchestrated the National Crisis Communications Conference held in May in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sponsored by DOE’s Office of Emergency Management, the conference featured spokespersons and communications experts who offered insight into crisis communications and stressed the importance of planning for disaster.

ORAU copyrighted Advisor, a tool for authors of computer-based training programs. The program, which enabled authors to prepare curriculum such as text, scenarios, and quizzes in specially formatted Microsoft Word documents, was used to develop a variety of new interactive courses as well as update versions of previously paper-based training.