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ORAU History - 1976

DOE’s Fossil Energy Research Participation Program

DOE’s Fossil Energy Research Participation Program, established in 1976 and administered by ORAU, has allowed faculty and students nationwide to work on fossil energy research problems.

The Fossil Fuel Research Participation Program was planned and announced in 1976. During the program's first summer, 21 faculty scientists from campuses all over the United States worked on fossil energy research problems at the Energy Research Centers in Bartlesville, Okla.; Morgantown, W. Va.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) participated in the American Bicentennial celebration by operating the Solar and Conservation exhibit on the Mall in the shadow of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. It also planned and manned the Energy Research and Development Administration’s (ERDA) exhibit at the U.S. Bicentennial Science and Technology Exhibition at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Attendance at these special exhibits, together with the normal attendance at ERDA’s traveling exhibits, approached 2 million people that year.

Training and Technology (TAT), a program in the Manpower Development Division, celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 1976. Since its inception, nearly 3,100 persons had graduated from this outstanding industrial education program.

ORAU held a series of three ecology conferences for the Biological Services Program of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The first two conferences were held in Oak Ridge, the third in Savannah, Ga. The conferences dealt with a series of ecological issues culminating in recommendations on the pattern of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projects relative to ecological paradigms and the value of ecological templates for designing research and development strategies.

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) moved into a new, 5,300-square-foot facility in the recently completed wing of Oak Ridge Hospital. The facility was designed for the acute care of radiation accident victims. It also houses the radiation accident registries and the facilities for training medics, paramedics, and health physicists in radiation accident management.