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ORAU History - 1987

ORAU’s Science and Mathematics Action for Revitalizing Teaching (SMART) program featured summer workshops that offered teachers of grades K-8 innovative techniques for stimulating students’ interest in science and math.

In 1987, the University Relations Division (now referred to as the University Partnerships Office) explored development with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of an electronic bulletin board and mail system to keep universities informed of research opportunities.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored STRIVE (Science Teachers Research Involvement for Vital Education) program opened research participation programs to junior and senior high school science and mathematics teachers in 1987.

PRISM (Partners for Resources and Initiatives in Science and Mathematics) was established jointly by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1987 to improve the quality of science and mathematics education.

The Science and Engineering Research Semester (SERS) was established by DOE in 1987 to strengthen science and engineering research. SERS was an offshoot of UPD’s University/DOE Laboratory Cooperative Program.

In 1987, ORAU was designated as an independent verification contractor for DOE’s Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). The Manpower, Education, Research, and Training Division’s Radiological Site Assessment Program (now referred to as Environmental Assessments and Health Physics) performed document reviews, confirmatory analyses, and radiological surveys at eight sites undergoing remediation.

Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) personnel consulted with Brazilian physicians, health physicists, dosimetrists, and environmentalists following a 1987 accident in Goiania in which 244 persons were exposed to radioactive cesium-137.

In 1987, in the Special Projects Division (now referred to as National Security and Emergency Management), employees located in the Washington, D.C., office were heavily involved in work for the U.S. Navy through the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) program. SPD used its unique capabilities and contacts with ORAU member universities to provide technical advice and assistance in NAVSEA's massive training management process.

At the University Isotope Separator at Oak Ridge (UNISOR), the hardware for the On-Line Nuclear Orientation (OLNO) facility was installed in 1987, and preliminary tests were run. The facility was one of only three in the world and the only one in the United States.