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Forde Joins ORISE as Associate Director of Science Education Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 30, 2005
FY05-60

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Timothy B. Forde, Ph.D., MPH, recently joined the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) as the associate director for science and engineering education programs. He brings with him nearly 20 years of scientific and educational experience.

At ORISE, Forde will be responsible for the management and oversight of fellowship, scholarship, internship and other science education programs. Through these educational programs, ORISE provides support to undergraduate and graduate students, recent college graduates and K-12 teachers and students. He will also continue his efforts in developing educational technologies that promote learning in multi-cultural classrooms.

Wayne Stevenson, director of ORISE’s science and engineering education programs, is excited about Forde joining ORISE. “The addition of Tim to our staff strengthens our capabilities in educational technologies and a number of other important areas. His status as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee will support collaborative efforts with the University and help build our research capabilities,” Stevenson said.

Forde’s position at ORISE is a joint appointment with the University of Tennessee where he will serve as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. At The University of Tennessee, he will be involved in a number of projects including the implementation of the new Institute of Public Health.

“I love the opportunity to focus on many different projects here at ORISE,” Forde said. “One major focus will include establishing K-12 teacher training programs that integrate the latest technologies into the classroom. I also want to create educational programs that will allow students to develop critical thinking skills, which are essential tools for the present and future workforce.

Most recently, Forde has served in academic positions at Buffalo State College in New York and Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. as assistant professor. Forde has also been involved in public health research at Meharry Medical College and has developed educational technologies through the Vanderbilt University Learning Technology Center.

Forde earned a doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University in Cognition and Technology, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in epidemiology, and an undergraduate degree from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala., in Communications, Computer Science and Chemistry.

ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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