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ORAU Rewards Employees with More Than $88,000

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) awarded $88,000 to 178 employees in a recent ceremony to celebrate the year’s Achievement Cash Award Program (ACAP).

The purpose of ACAP is to recognize specific, exceptional contributions and noteworthy achievements of individual employees and teams directly related to ORAU’s strategic goals. Recognized achievements are those that are exceptional, going beyond the normal expected actions or outcomes.

MEO Winning Team
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Team members not pictured: Carolyn Doty, Rose Foster, Rose Marie Womble
L to R: Diane DeBinder, Melissa Dash, Wilma Templin-Branner, Melissa Carroll; pictured with ORAU President Ron Townsend (far right)

One ORAU team helped the National Library of Medicine target an audience of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Educational Institutions to extend its community outreach goals. The team conducted 14 training sessions held over eight weeks and involving a total of 256 faculty members, physicians, community leaders and other participants who learned how to best use the public medical databases available on the Web.

Owen Cox and Ron Townsend
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ORAU’s Owen Cox, pictured with Ron Townsend (far right), received an ACAP for improving the process for procuring hazardous chemicals and radiological materials, resulting in a reduction of administrative errors, excess materials and costs.

Over the past four years, Cox helped improved this process, stepping up as the “gatekeeper” for centralized procurement of these materials resulting in significant indirect cost savings. His efforts and documented processes contributed to ORAU’s recent achievement of U.S. Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program Star status.

Jeff Underwood, Paul Tarricone, Ron Townsend
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L to R: Jeff Underwood, Paul Tarricone, Ron Townsend

As problems with spam and e-mail viruses continue to increase, ORAU's spam and firewall protection team (left) began a search for a solution to block the more than 100,000 spam messages and 5,000 viruses to ORAU e-mail boxes each month. Three years ago, e-mail spam was significantly lower. However, team members Jeff Underwood and Paul Tarricone anticipated the future growth of the problem, began looking into options. This past year, this team purchased new firewall products at a minimal cost, saving approximately $200,000 per year in estimated labor cost.

L to R: Judy Stanley, Ron Townsend Judy Stanley and Ron Townsend
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Judy Stanley, pictured at right with Ron Townsend (far right) received an ACAP for exceptional innovation, creativity and leadership, while being extremely successful in nurturing and mentoring several small, disadvantaged and woman-owned businesses. Stanley worked with local businesses to help them obtain small, disadvantaged business status, streamline business processes--to save them time and money—identify and offer online sexual harassment training for staff. She even paired one small business with a large research institute in order to complete some highly technical tasks.

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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