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ORAU History - 1991

Researchers from around the world have come to work at the unique University Isotope Separator (UNISOR) at Oak Ridge. In 1994, UNISOR obtained a recoil mass spectrometer to help researchers identify in microseconds the mass of the products of nuclear reactions.

In 1991, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) offered the first $5,000 Junior Faculty Enhancement grants to five faculty members from ORAU member institutions. The program, which was expanded to include 10 awards in 1992, provides seed money for junior faculty members in physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.

Professional Training Programs (now referred to as Radiation Sciences Training) celebrated its 1,000th class in January 1991. The program has been dedicated to providing the best in specialized training for professional and technical personnel for industry and government as well as college students and faculty.

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) hosted the third in a series of international conferences, "The Medical Basis for Radiation Accident Preparedness III: Psychological Perspective." The conference presented information indicating psychological trauma may prove to be the major problem of radiation accidents.

Senior officials from colleges and universities throughout the country gathered at Georgia Tech in Atlanta on October 1-2, 1991, for ORAU’s Campus Compliance Workshop. The workshop assisted colleges and universities in understanding and addressing compliance issues for hazardous materials.

Increased public interest in the environment has led to expansion and more strict enforcement of regulations. Court actions had increased against not only universities, but also against individuals who may be held directly liable for violations, heightening the need for awareness among campus officials.