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ORAU History - 1996

The Training Resource and Data Exchange (TRADE) network managed by ORISE has helped DOE and its contractors save millions of dollars by providing a means to share training materials, resolve common problems, and jointly develop generic training materials that can be adapted to each site's specific needs.

In fiscal year 1996, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) took a crucial step toward improving its business processes with the inception of the Integrated Project Management (IPM) conversion, a much-needed revamping of the organization's business and computer systems. The $2 million project will result in a single, integrated information system as opposed to the aging multilayered feeding systems and processes currently in place—hence enabling ORAU to engage in more competitive business practices.

ORAU assumed responsibility for a number of new science education programs. Through the new Earth Sciences Internship Program for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Education and Training Division will recruit and place interns in USGS field offices across the country. Participants gain valuable experience, interact with top professionals in the field, and become familiar with national issues while making contributions to the search for solutions.

The Radiation Internal Dose Information Center (RIDIC) celebrated its 25th anniversary by hosting the Sixth International Radiopharmaceutical Dosimetry Symposium. RIDIC also introduced its World Wide Web page, from which researchers and physicians could download compendia of dosimetry data via file transfer protocol (FTP), and staff continued to maintain a listserv called DOSE-NET that has fostered a new collaboration among the nuclear medicine community worldwide.

Jon M. Veigel resigned as president of ORAU in May 1996 due to health concerns and a strong desire to relocate to the western United States. A search committee was formed to look for a new president, and for the first time in the history of the organization, employee input was used in deciding who should be offered the position. In early 1997, Dr. Ronald Townsend, Commandant of the Air Force Institute of Technology, accepted the offer to become the next president of ORAU and began work on April 7.