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ORAU History - 2013

2013 Extreme Classroom Makeover winner

ORAU presented fifth grade math and science teacher Karla Fultz with $25,000 to realize her dream of enhanced technology in her classroom during an assembly at A. L. Lotts Elementary School in Knox County.


National Security

In FY14, ORAU supported largescale exercises to help NNSA ensure the highest state of readiness for radiological threats. national security and emergency response agencies looked to ORAU experts for support with a wide range of exercises and training—such as Nuclear Weapons Accident/Incident Exercise (NUWAIX), Vibrant Response and Urban Shield—that validate their readiness for nuclear security threats and strengthen their response to radiological incidents.

Science Education and Workforce Development

During FY14, ORAU supported graduate student awards to attend international meetings of medicine, economics, math and computer science laureates; junior faculty research in a wide range of fields; high performance computing grants with ORNL; and travel grants for university faculty. ORAU also partnered with ORNL and Pellissippi State Community College to launch a new DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advanced Manufacturing Internship. This provides veterans with timely training opportunities and a competitive advantage when returning to the workforce.

Last year alone, ORAU supported nearly 9,000 students and facultywho took part in internship, scholarship, and fellowship programs that either provided further direction for their careers or encouraged them to pursue degrees in areas of critical national need. That number consisted of:

  • 1,225 undergraduate students
  • 877 graduate students
  • 2,214 recent graduates
  • 1,697 postdoctoral fellows
  • 194 university faculty
  • 411 other scientists
  • 1,405 K-12 students
  • 873 K-12 teachers

Health and the Environment

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) awarded ORAU a contract in 2014 to continue reconstructing radiation doses for current and former workers in the nuclear industry. The dose reconstructions provide critical information used by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in adjudicating claims filed under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. This DOL program provides compensation to many of those workers, or their surviving family members, who have developed cancer as a result of the radiation exposure they experienced during their work. ORAU has managed this contract since its inception in 2002.

ORAU health physicists also verified environmental cleanup work at several major sites across the DOE complex and conducted a comprehensive safety culture evaluation for the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Community Involvement

Fifth grade math and science teacher Susan Silvey of Lake City Middle School, was awarded $30,000 to enhance the technology in her classroom and, as a result, the STEM learning of her students. The funding is part of ORAU’s annual Extreme Classroom Makeover competition, now in its sixth year, which highlights and supports educators like Silvey who are working to inspire more students to pursue math- and science-based careers. Winners have typically purchased items such as additional computers, iPads, digital cameras, a clicker system, televisions, promethean boards and other technology that helped advance students’ learning activities.

Commitment to Safety

This year, ORAU received ISO 9001 certification, an internationally known validation of quality management systems. For the third consecutive time, ORISE was honored by DOE with a 2014 VPP Legacy of Stars award for our continued pursuit of safety and health excellence.