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ORAU History - 1999

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) joined the UT-Battelle team in its successful bid to manage the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). As an integral member of the team that was awarded the five-year, $2.5-billion contract, ORAU is poised to enhance academic partnerships and strengthen the laboratory’s science and technology programs through broader university collaboration. Six ORAU consortium members—Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech—committed to a science leadership role in expanding this university interaction with ORNL.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed by UT-Battelle.

ORAU began managing a new consortium that consisted of ORNL, its own Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), and 21 universities. Called the Oak Ridge Laboratory for Neutrino Detectors (ORLaND) consortium, this group is proposing an intermediate facility for intermediate neutrino studies be built alongside the Spallation Neutron Source in Oak Ridge. The consortium conducted engineering studies and wrote the proposal to build the detector.

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) assisted Japanese physicians who responded to that country’s worst radiation accident at a uranium processing facility. Having previously trained some of the Japanese physicians in the medical management of a radiation accident, REAC/TS consulted from Oak Ridge with the response team in Tokaimura, Japan. REAC/TS also was involved in follow-up activities, sending a representative to meet with an international team that evaluated the treatment of the three victims and refined dosimetry estimates.

ORAU’s new technology-supported learning products garnered well-deserved praise during 1999. Staff teamed with DOE’s Oak Ridge Operations (ORO) to create “Alice in Ethicsland,” a Web-based refresher training program on ethics for DOE employees nationwide. ORAU also developed its own in-house, Web-based safety and health training for all employees.

Technology-supported learning products such as these are proving valuable for required training because they save personnel time, eliminate the need for travel, and ensure the training is delivered consistently to an unlimited number of participants.