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Dimmick Joins ORAU

Feb. 7, 2005

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. Susan Dimmick recently joined Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) as a health education project manager for the Health and Safety Communication (HSC) group. She brings with her more than 24 years of communication and health care experience.

“Dr. Dimmick's expertise in health communication expands our capabilities in this area and her past experience in health care complements other current projects. She is a valued addition to our group,” said HSC Manager Peggy Smith.

In her new position at ORAU, Dimmick will work with colleagues to develop a communication strategy and products for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Environmental Public Health Tracking network. She also is working with colleagues to develop a model response plan for airports and the surrounding health departments that may be needed to contain a communicable disease at U.S. ports of entry. Projects involving evaluation and risk communication hold interest for her as well.

“I’ve always wanted to work directly with the CDC and other clients with health communication needs. Working with HSC colleagues allows me to integrate areas in my background that help me make a contribution to clients’ health communication challenges,” Dimmick said.

Most recently, Dimmick was an associate professor in the department of radiology at the University of Tennessee (UT) Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, (2000-2004) where she conducted research and evaluation for the UT Telehealth Network. Telehealth uses technology to provide patients with access to physicians and nurses even when the two are separated by physical distance. Dimmick was also an assistant and tenured associate professor at UT, Knoxville, (1989-2000) in the College of Communications, where she continues to hold adjunct professor status. She has made numerous presentations and published a number of refereed journal articles and book chapters.

As a Fulbright Research/Lecturing Scholar in distance education she taught in Ecuador. She previously served as an instructor at both at North Carolina A&T State University and The Ohio State University. Dimmick also held several positions at various newspapers including the Lebanon Star, Ohio; Raleigh Times, North Carolina; Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, Ohio; and Winchester Sun, Kentucky. She was a freelance consultant with Allied Cable Co., Cleveland, Ohio; an editor at Wendy’s International, Inc., Columbus; a public information officer and part-time speechwriter for the Ohio governor while she was with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Working as a nurse for more than 10 years, Dimmick was a fetal monitor nurse at the Metropolitan City Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio; worked in the infectious disease unit at Children’s Hospital in Columbus; and she worked in home health for several years.

Dimmick earned a nursing license after graduating from Lakewood School of Practical Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in journalism and marketing from The Ohio State University; and earned a doctorate in communications at UT, Knoxville.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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