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Roberts Selected to Lead and Toohey Named Associate Director of ORAU’s Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification Program

April 20, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has named Sarah Roberts as vice president and director for its Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification (IEAV) program. Roberts had served as acting director of this department since October 2009. Dr. Richard ‘Dick’ Toohey, who had most recently served as ORAU’s interim vice president of University Partnerships, has been named IEAV associate director.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts

Dr. Richard 'Dick' Toohey

Dr. Richard ‘Dick’ Toohey

In this role, Roberts is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and overseeing the day-to-day operations of ORAU’s site characterization and independent verification activities conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). She also manages ORAU’s professional training programs, which have provided specialized health physics training for more than 60 years.

Before becoming acting director, Roberts served as associate director for IEAV, serving as a technical expert on issues related to health physics and radiological surveys. She also held the position of survey projects manager, managing a group of health physicists in performing independent verification survey activities at DOE and NRC sites.

“Since becoming interim director last fall, Sarah has provided seamless leadership for IEAV’s strategic mission, including the continuation of an aggressive schedule to perform waste characterization of 34 facilities slated for demolition at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “It’s her reputation for quality and integrity that made her the best candidate for this position.”

Before coming to work with ORAU, Roberts served as a radiological safety consultant for Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc., providing technical expertise in the areas of radiological engineering and health physics for DOE’s Rocky Flats Project Office. She has also successfully served as a radiological safety manager, radiological engineer and health physicist and in other radiology and health physics related roles at various institutions across the country. Roberts holds an M.S. in health physics from Colorado State University and a B.S. in biology/medical technology from Ohio University. She is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and is a member of the local and national chapters of the Health Physics Society.

Toohey joined ORAU in 1994 and has served as director of the Radiation Internal Dose Information Center, as senior health physicist for the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site and was also the director of ORAU Dose Reconstruction Programs before becoming the acting vice president of University Partnerships.

“As a recent past president of the National Health Physics Society, Dick has a superb reputation in the health physics and training fields,” said Page. “His expertise, particularly in the areas of science, research and education, will undoubtedly help ORAU advance its work in the field of environmental assessment and verification.”

Before coming to ORAU, Toohey worked as group leader for the Center for Human Radiobiology and section head for the Environment, Safety and Health Division of Argonne National Laboratory. Toohey then spent a year as professor and associate director for the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries at Washington State University. He also spent 26 years in the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Toohey received an A.B. in physics from Xavier University, and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He is an elected fellow of the Health Physics Society, certified in comprehensive health physics practice through the American Board of Health Physics, a director of the National Council for Radiation Protection and Measurements, and treasurer of the International Radiation Protection Association.

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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