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ORAU History - 1998

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) established a new University Partnerships office under the leadership of Dr. John Nemeth, who came to ORAU from Georgia Tech. New initiatives underway address:

  • promoting the Spallation Neutron Source
  • participating in a new neutrino physics consortium
  • facilitating the creation of a wireless communication testbed corridor
  • participating in the development of a materials microcharacterization collaboratory.

The University Radioactive Ion Beam (UNIRIB) consortium continued its contributions to the field of nuclear physics. The group discovered five new proton-emitting isotopes, some with half-lives in the microsecond range. The discoveries were made possible by having one of only five recoil mass spectrometers in the world. They will further researchers’ understanding of nuclear physics.

UNIRIB Researchers

ORAU’s Center for Epidemiologic Research (now referred to as Occupational Exposure and Worker Health Studies) was asked by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to expand its beryllium screening program for Oak Ridge workers to include the former beryllium workers from the Rocky Flats, Colo., site.

Staff from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education assisted DOE and other federal agencies in implementing the U.S. Domestic Preparedness Program, which was established by Congress to facilitate training nationwide in preparation for a terrorist act involving weapons of mass destruction. ORISE staff traveled nationwide to deliver portions of the training.