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ORAU History - 2009

ORAU's new Center for Science Education (CSE), a $20 million, 73,000-square-foot, four-story building located in Oak Ridge

ORAU’s new Center for Science Education, located in the heart of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is certified to the Gold level by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities officially opened the new Center for Science Education, a $20 million, 73,000-square-foot, four-story building located in Oak Ridge. The center is the newest addition to the ORAU main campus since 2004 and houses a technology-rich, interactive classroom for students and teachers. This building was the first new office building in the state of Tennessee to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-level certification.

ORAU sponsored the first-ever ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover, which provided $25,000 in classroom and technology improvements to Jenny Alvey, 6th grade science teacher at Gresham Middle School in Knoxville.

ORAU was awarded a second multi-year contract from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to reconstruct radiation doses received by our nation’s energy workers as a result of occupational exposures.

Tennessee Valley Authority contracted with ORAU to manage work related to a major coal fly ash spill at their Kingston Fossil Plant including a medical screening program, health communication outreach campaign, and research grant program.

ORAU contributed substantial health communication support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the wake of the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. In addition, ORAU provided security and emergency response support for the inauguration of our country’s 44th president.

As a result of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, ORAU provided environmental assessment services to ORNL and other facilities and is managing a new graduate research fellowship program for DOE.