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ORAU History - 1967

ORAU’s colony of marmosets was the only one in the United States being developed for general lab research.

The Oak Ridge Engineering Practice School began operating in January of 1967. A joint project by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the University of Tennessee College of Engineering, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Atomic Energy Commission, the school provided undergraduate students with experiences in solving and reporting on real engineering problems.

The Board-authorized construction of a 10,000-square-foot building containing labs and offices and animal rooms to house a colony of marmosets began in 1967 and was completed in 1968. Located on ORAU’s main campus in Oak Ridge, the building could house 450 marmosets in 12 rooms with carefully controlled environments.

In May 1967, a new traineeship program was initiated in order to improve ORAU employment opportunities for blacks. Four three-month trainee positions were established.

From July 31 through Aug. 11, 1967, ORAU hosted the first of two, two-week conferences on “Science for Clergymen.” Through lectures, seminars, visits to research facilities, and a laboratory session, the conference provided the 30 attendees chosen from 249 applicants with an understanding of the nature, scope, effects, and trends of contemporary science.

The Savannah River Nuclear Education Committee was established to develop and enhance cooperative research programs between Savannah River Laboratory and seven colleges and universities in South Carolina and Georgia.