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Oak Ridge Associated Universities

For more than 70 years, we have helped our customers advance their mission by providing science, health and workforce solutions. Through our specialized teams of experts and a consortium of more than 120 universities, we connect the right people and resources to help our customers solve our nation’s most challenging issues.

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ORAU's Freddy Gray shares the importance of contact tracing

Contact tracing is a key part in helping public health officials better understand COVID-19, along with limiting its spread. While the process has been a highlight this global pandemic, it is not new. Freddy Gray, ORAU director of health preparedness and response and health communication, describes the process related to COVID-19 as "the ability to try to find out people that have been exposed to another person that is infected."

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Register now for 2020 educator professional development sessions

Register now for 2020 educator professional development sessions

STEM teachers from Kindergarten through high school, and others interested in the STEM fields, can choose from a number of professional development opportunities provided by ORAU.

Workshops and professional development sessions are free to attend. Sessions will take place on Zoom. 

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Podcast: COVID-19: what do we know now and where do we go from here?

Podcast: COVID-19: what do we know now and where do we go from here?

As the nation and the world take steps to reopen for business after weeks of safer at home/stay at home practices, the subject of contact tracing is making headlines. What is contact tracing, how does it work, and why is it important? These questions and more are addressed by ORAU health communication and marketing team members. Freddy Gray, Julie Crumly, Rachel Vasconez and Jennifer Burnette join hosts Michael Holtz and Jenna Harpenau for this important and timely conversation.

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Contact tracing is critical as nation’s COVID-19 recovery moves forward

Contact tracing is critical as nation’s COVID-19 recovery moves forward

As state and local governments across the country loosen stay-at-home and safer-at-home restrictions, public health experts at all levels of government remain concerned about the potential for COVID-19 flare-ups and the possibility of a second wave of outbreaks. To prevent this from happening, public health departments are relying on contact tracing to help reduce community spread of the coronavirus.

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2020 William G. Pollard Scholarship Winners

2020 William G. Pollard Scholarship Winners

ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships of $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2020-2021 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Jamie Batson, Cody Blankenship, Olivia Hudson, Audra Jean (AJ) Jones and Savannah Jones.

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Going Further. Together.

Going Further. Together.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance science education and workforce development and protect health and the environment. We connect the right people and resources to get things done, and we put the full power of our organization behind every project—both large and small.