Going Further. Together.
ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance science education and workforce development and protect health and the environment. We connect the right people and resources to get things done, and we put the full power of our organization behind every project—both large and small.
Eradicating polio: Mission possible for Alan Janssen
ORAU's Alan Janssen’s personal and professional mission to eradicate polio dates back to his time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he worked for 25 years—the last eight in global health, which included polio eradication. He traveled to Asian and African countries including India, Nigeria, Kenya and Liberia, where he and his team members worked with community leaders to educate the public about the need to vaccinate against poliovirus.
Rare collection and its curator hold insights into health physics history
The ORAU Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum contains a number of unique items that provide a throwback to pop culture in Atomic era. Paul Frame, Ph.D., a health physicist and trainer at ORAU, started the collection in the 1980. The collection has since grown to include hundreds of items that spotlight the history of health physics.
Helping those in need
ORAU employee Shelia Johnson and members of Oak Valley Baptist Church recycle grocery bags by cutting and weaving sleeping mats for the homeless. Each mat takes about 10 hours to produce and provide insulation against moisture and cold. Watch the video and read the Knoxville News Sentinel's feature on the work Shelia and Oak Valley Baptist Church are doing to help those in need.
Teachers: Could you be the next winner of ORAU's Extreme Classroom Makeover?
It's that time of year! Our 2019 Extreme Classroom Makeover contest is now open for applications. Check out this year's contest guidelines and create a video that shows us why your classroom needs a technology makeover! The deadline to submit your application and video is January 25, 2019.
Radiation safety & health physics training
ORAU also offers some of the best radiation safety and health physics training available in the United States at our Oak Ridge, Tenn., facility. Whether you are just starting your career in the health physics field and want to learn in a hands-on, classroom environment, or are a seasoned professional who needs a refresher or way to develop new skills, Professional Training Programs has a course for you! Browse our course listing:
Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities
Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparednes at the ORAU booth at the 2019 NACCHO Preparedness Summit March 26-29, 2019 in St. Louis.
The Preparedness Summit is the first and longest running national conference on public health preparedness. The Summit convenes a wide array of partners; presenting new research findings, sharing tools and resources and providing a variety of opportunities for attendees to learn how to implement model practices that enhance the nation’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies.
Come see us at the Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference
The TLA Annual Conference will be held April 24-26, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
April 24, 2019 - Half-day workshop: “Walking Together Through Open Doors: Successful Mentoring” featuring speaker Dr. Diane Kelly, professor and director, University of Tennessee School of Information Science. The workshop will also include a one-hour panel discussion and a one-hour mentoring plan exercise.
April 26, 2019, 9 a.m. - One-hour presentation: “Resilience in Leadership: Balancing your Heart and Mind.” Feeling burned out? Are you beginning to have a hard time adapting to the speed of change? How about the constant task changing and multitasking that goes on in our library jobs and personal lives? It’s time to recharge! Join the TLA Leadership Roundtable to learn how to get rid of the anxiety, learn to disconnect appropriately, and take time for you and focus on things that really matter.
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