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Learn more about how ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions for the Department of Energy and other federal agencies through news articles that highlight our commitment to advancing science education and workforce development, and protect health and the environment; our unique laboratory capabilities; our specialized teams of experts; and our consortium of colleges and universities.

ORAU celebrates 30th birthday of Diversity Council

KnoxNews

ORAU employees and executives play corn hole during an event celebrating the 30th birthday of ORAU's Diversity Council held at ORAU's main campus in Oak Ridge on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. The event was the company's first in-person gathering since the start of pandemic and featured a cornhole tournament between executives and employees, other yard games, food trucks and more.

Closing the Spaces in the U.S. Healthcare Gap

MITRE

One size simply can’t fit all when it comes to patient care. And it shouldn’t. Yet underrepresented populations are often left out of the healthcare equation. MITRE and Oak Ridge Associated Universities-funded research aims to disrupt health disparities.

SIU researcher to probe climate change education for young learners

Southern Illinois University Carbondale News

Kristin Hurst, an assistant professor of sustainability in the School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, and a team of researchers recently received a $150,000 grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to discover how to best combine effective climate change communication with best practices for teaching science to young learners. The goal is to identify when and how climate science can most effectively be introduced to middle school and high school curriculums.

UofL researcher wins prestigious award for energy innovation

University of Louisville News

A University of Louisville researcher has won a prestigious award for his work to better understand chemical reactions — work that could help produce more efficient, cleaner and safer energy.

Andrew Wilson, of the UofL chemistry department, was one of just 41 U.S. researchers selected to receive a 2022 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. The award, presented by Oak Ridge Associated Universities, recognizes outstanding full-time assistant professors within two years of tenure track appointment.

Claxton teacher wins $7,500 in Extreme Classroom Makeover

Oak Ridger

Elaina Fields, a third-grade teacher at Claxton Elementary School in Anderson County, was named runnerup in Oak Ridge Associated Universities' Extreme Classroom Makeover and received a check for $5,000 on Thursday, March 24. She also received an additional $2,500 as winner of the competition’s Viewers’ Choice Award for her video submission.

Sevier Co. Schools teacher wins $25,000 for new classroom technology

WBIR-TV

When a Sevier County Schools teacher walked into her school's gym on Tuesday, she thought it was for a routine meeting. Instead, she and several educators gathered to hand her $25,000.

She was the winner of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities' "Extreme Classroom Makeover" program. Through the program, the ORAU selects teachers who teach third-grade through tenth-grade math or science, within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge, to get a big surprise.

ORAU welcomes new board members, six new universities

Oak Ridger

Officials at Oak Ridge Associated Universities recently nnounced the election of two new board members, a new Council chair and vice-chair, and welcomed six new institutions to its 152-member university consortium.

The announcement was made during the ORAU Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions on Tuesday, March 8, according to a news release.

40 Under 40: Jennifer Tyrell has a heart for students and teachers' potential

KnoxNews.com

Jennifer Tyrell brings passion to every single science, technology, engineering and math project she tackles. After spending time in the classroom, she knows how influential teachers are in children's lives. She organizes outreach programs that support teachers and works with organizations that serve young people so they can reach their full potential.

Extreme Classroom Makeover

WATE-TV

ORAU is re-launching Extreme Classroom Makeover for 2022. One teacher in one classroom will receive $25,000 in new tech for creating the most compelling and creative video explaining what they would do with $25,000 and how they would use what they buy.

ORAU announces recipients of 2021 Pollard Scholarships

oakridger.com

ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships of $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2021-2022 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships include Semilore (Semmy) Abiodun-Adeniyi, Olivia Campbell, Olivia Hudson, Sara Malicoat and Trisha Prater.

ORAU awards five Pollard Scholarships

oakridgetoday.com

ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships of $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2021-2022 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships include Semilore (Semmy) Abiodun-Adeniyi, Olivia Campbell, Olivia Hudson, Sara Malicoat, and Trisha Prater.

ORAU’s Kristy Kistner appointed to ISO 9004 international group

oakridger.com

Kristy Kistner, ORAU director of performance excellence, is one of three quality management and quality assurance experts appointed to an international ad hoc group established to examine the feasibility of converting International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9004 into a quality assurance standard with stated requirements for organizations to achieve.

ORAU facility move provides office supplies for area teachers’ classrooms

oakridger.com

Imagine a warehouse full of teaching supplies where teachers are invited four times a year to stock up on materials, much like the show Supermarket Sweep.

The Teacher Supply Depot for Anderson County and Clinton City Schools does just that— allowing those educators from Anderson County and Clinton City schools the opportunity to lessen the burden on their own wallets and gather much needed classroom materials throughout the year.

NASA chooses ORAU for up to $129.7M contract

oakridger.com

NASA has selected Oak Ridge Associated Universities to provide the agency with administrative support and coordination of research opportunities between NASA’s mission directorates and centers across the agency.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program 2 contract is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum potential value of approximately $129.7 million, according to a NASA news release. The one-year base performance period begins Sept. 9, and is followed by four one-year options, which would end Sept. 8, 2026.

NASA selects ORAU for postdoc program

oakridgetoday.com

NASA has selected Oak Ridge Associated Universities to provide the agency with administrative support and coordination of research opportunities between NASA’s mission directorates and centers across the agency.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program 2 (NPP-2) contract is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum potential value of approximately $129.7 million. The one-year base performance period begins September 9, 2021, and it is followed by four one-year options, which would end September 8, 2026, NASA said in a press release.

ORAU hosts Mythical Cartography Course for Educators

knoxnews.com

West Valley Middle’s Janet Getz presents one of the mythical maps she created during a “Mythical Cartography” teacher professional development session hosted by ORAU in Oak Ridge on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The Mythical Cartography session gave educators a method and the tools to teach geography and visual arts in a more creative manner. ORAU is offering additional teacher professional development sessions that can be attended in-person or virtually free of charge through the rest of June.

ORAU awards 35 research grants, $175K to junior faculty

oakridgetoday.com

ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000 to 35 junior faculty from its member institutions. The annual grants are made through the company’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program that provides funds to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty, a press release said.

Clinton City Schools elementary students use Design Thinking in ORAU-supported STEM camp

oakridger.com

Students build a vehicle using a littleBits STEM kit during a STEM camp at North Clinton Elementary School on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Rising fifth through seventh graders participated in an ORAU-supported STEM camp for Clinton City Schools this week. Students used Design Thinking, where students used empathy to solve problems.

ORAU awarded contract to build workforce capacity for rural and frontier health departments in response to COVID-19

oakridger.com

ORAU was awarded a contract to provide tailored training and technical assistance in public health communication to rural and frontier health department awardees for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). 

This work aims to build the workforce capacity of local health departments related to their COVID-19 contact tracing and testing and vaccine administration efforts, a news release stated.

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