Partnerships for Innovation
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Regardless of the motivation for investing in math and science, the resulting innovations, new technologies and advanced quality of life are invaluable for strengthening our nation. ORAU takes pride in helping develop the next generation of S&T innovators who will bolster our nation’s competitiveness. In FY13, ORAU invested in a variety of STEM programs through in-kind support, volunteer efforts and financial contributions in our local community and beyond.
At ORAU, we have a deep-rooted history of success in integrating our expertise, skills and resources to provide comprehensive solutions to support customers’ needs. In 2013, this had a positive impact not only on advancing the scientific mission, but also addressing needs in health, education and national security.
In its second year, the Tennessee STEM Leadership Academy brought together more than 90 educators from 67 Tennessee school districts to learn the latest techniques and information in the art of teaching STEM subjects.
Under the direction of DOE, ORAU programmers redesigned the web application system for internships and fellowships that incorporated three key programs and resulted in more than 2,100 applications processed in FY13.
ORAU coordinated the Early Career Research Program peer reviews for all six DOE Office of Science program offices, which involved reviews of 767 projects and resulted in 61 awards to early career researchers worth up to $15.3 million dollars over five years for research programs funded by DOE-SC.
ORAU hosted 420 attendees for DOE peer reviews and other events through the use of more than a dozen virtual meeting, webinars, and online reviews, potentially saving the agency more than $1.6 million.
ORAU assists national and international agencies that are tasked with the mission to prepare for, respond to and recover from a full range of natural and man-made threats to safety and security. In FY13, ORAU planned and executed more than 250 exercises and training courses involving thousands of participants.
The REAC/TS Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory designed a collaborative, web platform for remote analysis of images and led an international exercise conducted entirely online with cytogeneticists form laboratories in six countries: Argentina, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and the U.S.
REAC/TS has published The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness, which is available in hardcover and Kindle format. The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents, also published by REAC/TS, is now available in its third edition as a free iBook from iTunes.
ORAU took customized CSEPP training on the road to public information officers and emergency managers at the Colorado and Kentucky chemical stockpile sites. ORAU also created two, free mobile applications to provide local communities and exercise evaluators with better preparation for emergencies.
Beginning in July 2013, DOE’s National Supplemental Screening Program expanded its free screening options to include a pilot program for early lung cancer detection using low-dose CT scans.
In its first full year, the Million Worker Study finalized the project scope to include creating a registry that will capture 70+ years of occupational radiation data, dating from 1942 to the present.
ORAU develops comprehensive communication programs that inform decision-making, educate health professionals and promote healthy behaviors. In 2013, this expertise supported programs ranging from weatherization training to vaccination awareness campaigns and radiation emergency preparedness exercises.
ORAU continued to support DOE’s cleanup mission across the complex in FY13 by completing independent verification of more than 200,000 acres and more than 3,500 square feet of facilities at three major DOE site: Hanford, Paducah and Oak Ridge.
ORAU’s environmental survey team assessed and successfully cleared another support ship in FY13 that had been exposed to radioactive materials leaking from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant fowling the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
ORAU climate scientists are providing fundamental support to a multiyear effort to measure the distribution of emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, both greenhouse gases, across the Arctic tundra.
As beneficiaries of stronger communities, ORAU and its employees are invested in helping to build and strengthen them. Whether contributing to more secure local economies through annual giving campaigns or encouraging our employees to donate time to various volunteer initiatives, ORAU is committed to partnering with local and regional organizations to invest in and advance STEM education, economic development and other outreach activities in our community.
ORAU’s University Partnerships Office provides its 100+ member university consortium with varied opportunities for connecting university expertise with government agencies, research laboratories and private industries. These opportunities include grants for faculty travel to collaborate with scientists, grants to support conferences and workshops sponsored by member institutions, and research experiences provided by ORAU’s Science Education programs to thousands of teachers and students each year.