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Teachers: Could you be the next winner of ORAU's Extreme Classroom Makeover?

Teachers: Could you be the next winner of ORAU's Extreme Classroom Makeover?

It's that time of year! Our 2019 Extreme Classroom Makeover contest is now open for applications. Check out this year's contest guidelines and create a video that shows us why your classroom needs a technology makeover! The deadline to submit your application and video is January 25, 2019.

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Burn pit registries key to understanding exposure/disease relationships

Burn pit registries key to understanding exposure/disease relationships

Exposure to airborne toxins from burn pits located near military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan is reported to have caused a variety of health concerns, including cancers, respiratory illness and blood disorders. The revision and integration of a burn pit registry in combination with a longitudinal active health surveillance program would create a better understanding of the relationship between airborne toxins created by open-air burn pits and diagnosis of diseases among members of the military who may have been exposed to those toxins.

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ORAU research project seeks to improve accuracy of radiation dose calculations

ORAU research project seeks to improve accuracy of radiation dose calculations

Researchers at ORAU are working to make radiation dose reconstruction more accurate by removing the limits built in to SOURCES-4C code, which helps calculate radiation dose.

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Health screening, total worker health

What is Total Exposure Health?

Total Exposure Health is the evaluation of an individual’s workplace exposures, as well as lifestyle, environmental and other exposures, so that the total health and wellbeing of that person can be more positively impacted through integrated health protection and promotion initiatives. The National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP) provides exposure-based medical exams, tests, and procedures to identify medical conditions of both occupational and non-occupational origin.

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Anthony Davila, LSU student and VFRP researcher at ORAU

Research at REAC/TS focuses on field-deployable detection tools for radiation medical accidents

Through ORAU's Visiting Faculty Research Program, LSU student Tony Davila investigated various methods by which the depth of nuclear contaminants in human tissue can be determined to help surgeons more easily remove them without damaging surrounding tissue, blood vessels or muscle mass.

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Radiation safety & health physics training

PTP sealORAU also offers some of the best radiation safety and health physics training available in the United States at our Oak Ridge, Tenn., facility. Whether you are just starting your career in the health physics field and want to learn in a hands-on, classroom environment, or are a seasoned professional who needs a refresher or way to develop new skills, Professional Training Programs has a course for you! Browse our course listing:

  • Applied Health Physics Course instructor and students

    Applied Health Physics

    The use of radiation in industry, medicine, and education has created a need for persons trained in the principles of radiation safety and health physics. To meet this need, ORAU conducts a five-week training course—Applied Health Physics. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

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  • Air Sampling

    Air Sampling for Radioactive Materials

    This five-day, laboratory-oriented course introduces participants to the basic theories and mechanics of air sampling for radionuclides. Approximately 40% of the time is spent collecting and analyzing air samples; the remaining time is devoted to lectures.

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  • Environmental Monitoring Course instructor and students in the field

    Environmental Monitoring

    This five-day, laboratory-oriented course introduces participants to the basic theories and mechanics of environmental monitoring for radioactivity. Approximately 50% of the time is spent collecting and analyzing samples; the remaining time is devoted to lectures.

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  • Gamma Spectroscopy Course instructor and students in classroom

    Gamma Spectroscopy

    This five-day, laboratory-oriented course covers the basics of radionuclide identification and quantification by gamma spectroscopy. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent in the laboratory.

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  • Health Physics Statistics Course instructor and students in classroom

    Health Physics Statistics

    This five-day course introduces participants to the use of statistics in operational health physics. The course is divided between lectures and practical laboratory activities designed to reinforce important principles. Core concepts such as probability distributions, descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing are included to support more detailed discussions on uncertainty propagation and statistical tests.

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  • Introduction to Radiation Safety Course student in lab

    Introduction to Radiation Safety

    This five-day lecture/laboratory course is an introduction to the basic science behind radiation safety and to common applications of radiation safety principles. Lectures include a description of common radiation sources, interactions of radiation with matter, biological effects, detection and measurement. Laboratory exercises emphasize radiation detection and measurement techniques using both fixed and portable instrumentation.

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  • Medical Radiation Safety Training Officer Course instructor and students

    Medical Radiation Safety Officer

    This five-day lecture/laboratory course introduces course participants to current issues and technologies in the medical applications of radiation. The issues and technologies are discussed in the context of improving and developing an institution’s radiation safety program.

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  • MARSAME Course student in class

    MARSAME

    This four-day training course focuses on the methodology and practical application of the MARSAME standard. This standard supplements the MARSSIM manual that has become the basis for real property final status surveys. The objective of the course is to provide attendees with a solid understanding of the MARSAME standard, practice through exercise and provide practical information related to its implementation.

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  • MARSSIM Training Course instructor in class

    MARSSIM

    This five-day course emphasizes the decision-making processes involved in the design and implementation of a MARSSIM-based decommissioning survey. Topics include an overview of radiological survey types, the data quality objectives process, selection and application of DCGLs, background reference area selection, survey instrument detection sensitivity, area classification, statistical design of surveys, measurement uncertainty and performing statistical tests.

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  • Human figure showing circulatory system

    Occupational Internal Dosimetry

    This five-day course is designed to provide course participants with a thorough understanding of current methods for determining radiation doses resulting from intakes of radioactive materials by workers. The course covers the basic concepts and principles of internal dose assessments, and describes the ICRP internal dosimetry systems and models currently in use in the United States and internationally.

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  • Radiation Safety Officer Training Course equipment

    Radiation Safety Officer Training

    This five-day lecture/laboratory course introduces course participants to relevant issues that influence the effectiveness of a radiation safety program. The course emphasizes a variety of administrative and technical issues that a radiation safety officer has to address. An interactive format offers the opportunity for instructor/group discussions to facilitate the learning process.

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  • Worker conducting site characterization survey

    Site Characterization in Support of Decommissioning

    This five-day course emphasizes site evaluation, data planning, survey implementation and tools, data interpretation, and decision-making processes involved in the historical site assessment, scoping survey and characterization survey phases of decommissioning. Topics include: site assessment, surveys for radiological and chemical contaminants, data quality objectives and assessments, safety evaluations, planning and budgeting.

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  • Come see us!

    Dr. Karen Carera will present ORAU's decade of health communication research for CDC at the IAEA Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public in Vienna on October 1, 2018.

    REAC/TS' Acting Medical/Technical Director Carol Iddins, MD, will also present "Emergency Communications to the Public: Tools and Techniques for Radiological/Nuclear Emergencies."

    IAEA Symposium on Communicating Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies to the Public

    This symposium will promote effective public communication during a nuclear or radiological emergency, and provide a forum for networking and information exchange. Participants will be invited to discuss the latest developments regarding communication with the public in a nuclear or radiological emergency in order to further strengthen the preparedness of States and of the international community.

  • Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities

    Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparednes at the ORAU booth at the 2019 NACCHO Preparedness Summit March 26-29, 2019 in St. Louis.

    The Preparedness Summit is the first and longest running national conference on public health preparedness. The Summit convenes a wide array of partners; presenting new research findings, sharing tools and resources and providing a variety of opportunities for attendees to learn how to implement model practices that enhance the nation’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies.

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