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July 2008

Appalachian High School Students and Teachers Spend Two Weeks with National Lab Mentors
While most students and teachers were taking a break from their studies and curriculum planning, 61 select students and teachers from Appalachia chose to spend two weeks of their summer vacation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) conducting research with top scientists.

High School Students Get Insider’s View of Emerging Technologies during Visit to Oak Ridge
During the fifth and final week of their studies and field trips as participants in the inaugural class of Tennessee Tech University’s (TTU) Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies, 54 of the state’s top high school juniors and seniors recently visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Technology 2020 facility to learn about some of the world’s leading technologies.

June 2008

ORAU Wins Award of Excellence from Tennessee Administrative Professionals Organization
ORAU received the 2008 Award of Excellence given by the Tennessee Division of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) during the division’s annual officer installation and awards banquet held recently in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

May 2008

Research Doors Open for B&W Y-12, ORAU with MOU Signing
B&W Y-12, the contractor operating the Y-12 National Security Complex, and ORAU, a consortium of 121 doctoral-granting institutions, signed a memorandum of understanding today that will allow the two institutions to engage in a number of collaborative research partnerships.

ORAU Awards Research Grants to 30 Junior Faculty at Its Member Universities
In an effort to invest in the future of science education, ORAU has made its annual selection of Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award winners.

ORAU and Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer Form Partnership
ORAU and the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for Technology Transfer have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that forms an alliance between ORAU and the FLC to explore mutually beneficial collaborations and activities that directly support each organization’s strategic mission.

ORAU’s Commitment to Environmental Management Recognized by International Organization
ORAU has successfully renewed its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 registration after a recent week-long reassessment audit.

ORAU Recognized as One of Tennessee’s Best Employers for the Second Straight Year 
For the second year in a row, ORAU has been recognized as one of the Best Employers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee magazine in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Tennessee State Council, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Best Companies Group.

ORAU Awards 2008 Pollard Scholarships to Exceptional Students
ORAU is awarding five William G. Pollard scholarships, at $1,200 each, toward undergraduate studies for the 2008-2009 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Shanleigh Adler, Nathan Basler, Kaitlyn Huppmann, Russell Thurmond and Julie Turner.

April 2008

ORAU Welcomes Two New Universities to Consortium
ORAU welcomed the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) as its newest consortium members during the 63rd annual meeting of the ORAU Consortium of Sponsoring Institutions held in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

March 2008

2007 ORAU Annual Report Now Available
ORAU experienced another successful year of offering innovative solutions that meet the needs of our consortium and our customers. Read about some of our notable achievements in the 2007 ORAU Annual Report.

ORAU/ORCAS Workshop Focuses on Relationships Between Universities, DOE, and National Labs
In conjunction with the annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions, representatives from more than 50 ORAU member schools participated in a workshop to gain additional insight into developing productive collaborations with DOE and its labs. Innovative research opportunities were also highlighted.

February 2008

Oak Ridge Team Takes Top Prize in Tennessee Science Bowl
Oak Ridge High School claimed victory over 54 teams from 33 schools across the state of Tennessee in the U.S. Department of Energy event, held Feb. 23 in Knoxville. The team will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to compete against more than 60 teams in DOE's National Science Bowl®. ORAU was a co-sponsor and organizer of the Tennessee event.

Outstanding Mentors Honored DOE, ORAU, ORNL
The U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory recognized outstanding ORNL staff for mentoring students and teachers in laboratory education programs and throughout the community. ORAU administered 34 education programs for ORNL in 2007, involving almost 1,100 participants from nearly 300 colleges and universities in the United States and around the world.

January 2008

ORAU Council Meeting Set for March 4-5, 2008
The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held at the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies (ORCAS). In conjunction with the meeting, ORCAS will host a workshop on Relationships Between Universities, National Laboratories, and the Department of Energy. Successful collaborations between universities and DOE labs and opportunities for the future collaborations and DOE extramural funding will be highlighted.

NASA Postdoc Participant Studies Mysteries of Black Holes
As a participant in the ORAU-administered NASA Postdoctral Fellowship Program, Astrophysicist Keigo Fukumura is fulfilling his dream of “pursuing the mysteries of the universe.”

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