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ORAU History - 2008

Jaguar supercomputer

ORAU and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) partnered to announce the first-ever High Performance Computing Grants competition, which provides faculty-student teams from ORAU member institutions with a grant totaling $75,000 over three years and valuable access to ORNL’s high-performance computing resources, such as the “Jaguar” supercomputer pictured here. Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) was named one of Tennessee’s Best Employers for the second year in a row by Business Tennessee magazine.

UNIRIB-ORAU’s University Radioactive Ion Beam Consortium located at ORNL’s Holified Radioactive Ion Beam Facility-took an important step toward developing a compact, high resolution isobar separator. The Multi-pass Time of Flight (MTOF) spectrometer was operated for the first time as a separator in experiments conducted in 2008, where molecules of carbon monoxide and nitrogen were physically separated.

ORAU and its partners-Dade Moeller & Associates and MJW Corporation-as well as personnel from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, contributed 16 papers documenting the dose reconstruction process (as prescribed by the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act) to a special issue of Health Physics: The Radiation Safety Journal, July 2008.

ORAU’s Beryllium Laboratory nearly doubled its number of customers in FY08 and performed a total of 3,464 beryllium lymphocyte proliferation tests with only a 0.2% error rate.

ORAU personnel chaired the national standards committee to develop the ANSI N13.59 standard, which provides guidance for performing characterization of land areas and structures or building construction materials in support of decommissioning.

ORAU served as the principal planners for Diablo Bravo 2008, the first DOE/NNSA-sponsored, national-level exercise to test response capabilities to a terrorist attack on nuclear weapons.

On behalf of the CDC, ORAU conducted for the first time a series of workshops geared toward a community’s response to an influenza pandemic and how flu might impact their local healthcare system.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) was recognized as one of six DOE sites across the nation to be named a 2008 Legacy of Stars site. The designation is awarded to the organizations that participate in the DOE Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for safety and have received the agency’s Star of Excellence Award for three consecutive years.