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Oak Ridge Associated Universities

For more than 70 years, we have helped our customers advance their mission by providing science, health and workforce solutions. Through our specialized teams of experts and a consortium of more than 120 universities, we connect the right people and resources to help our customers solve our nation’s most challenging issues.

Science Bowl Prep voice skill helps teams prepare for Tennessee Science Bowl

Science Bowl Prep voice skill helps teams prepare for Tennessee Science Bowl

The Science Bowl Prep skill is designed to simulate real game play with the voice assistant serving as the moderator. Teams can practice for the Tennessee Science Bowl using the all-new Science Bowl Prep voice skill on either an Amazon Echo (Alexa) device, Google Home device, and their respective apps on their smartphone.

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Remembering the legacy of Katherine Johnson

ORAU joins the nation in mourning the death of Katherine Johnson, the famed NASA mathematician who inspired the film Hidden Figures. Johnson was part of NASA’s “Computer Pool,” a group of mathematicians whose data powered early space missions. The group’s success hinged on the accomplishments of its black members at a time when the space agency was still largely segregated. In honor of Johnson’s legacy and inspiration to future mathematicians and STEM students, ORAU is taking a look back to when we showed Hidden Figures to students at Vine Middle Magnet School in Knoxville.

Is it possible to more quickly determine risk estimates for cancer from occupational radiation exposures?

Is it possible to more quickly determine risk estimates for cancer from occupational radiation exposures?

ORAU researchers are partnering with Texas A&M University to evaluate the feasibility of developing a preliminary set of reference models to address the need for valid and reproducible reference models. These models could be applied quickly and easily to epidemiologic studies of radiation dose to inform policymaking that sets better limits for protecting workers from adverse health effects, like cancers.

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Subject Matter Experts conducting peer review

Integrity in science

Avoiding conflict of interest, preventing plagiarism, ensuring diversity of thought and avoiding implicit bias are important issues that have to be addressed in every peer review. In the end, avoiding or preventing these issues not only makes for a better review, it makes for better science.

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‘Silver Wave’ rising

‘Silver Wave’ rising

A silver wave is coming. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2035 adults over age 65 will outnumber children under age 18 for the first time in history. This group of older adults is living longer, and their longevity will necessitate preparing for gerontological issues—health, societal, infrastructure, financial and other impacts—that will result. ORAU is working to address this.

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New Episode! Further Together, the ORAU podcast

New Episode! Further Together, the ORAU podcast

ORISE has been tracking stay rates for foreign nationals who come to the United States to earn doctoral degrees in science, engineering and other STEM-related fields since the 1970s. Why is this information important? What does it tell us about higher education in the United States? And what does the future look like for foreign nationals who come here to get their degrees? Leigh Ann Pennington and Mike Finn are experts at tracking this data, and explaining what it all means. Join us for an enlightening conversation.

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Going Further. Together.

Going Further. Together.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance science education and workforce development and protect health and the environment. We connect the right people and resources to get things done, and we put the full power of our organization behind every project—both large and small.

  • Events Sponsorship Program

    The Events Sponsorship Program provides up to $4,000 to support events that involve participants from more than one ORAU institution. Typical events might include visits to an ORAU institution by a renowned speaker, conferences or workshops with a focused theme, or a technology transfer/business plan competition.

    Deadline is March 1, 2020

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  • 75th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions

    ORAU’s 75th Annual Meeting of the Council of Sponsoring Institutions will be held March 9-11, 2020 and is focused on “Smart Cities and Communities.” The meeting will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss key technology, economic and policy challenges and opportunities. Experts and leaders from academia, federal agencies, and national organizations will share their views on critical infrastructure systems and resiliency, as well as transitioning innovative research to practice.

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  • ORAU-Directed Research and Development Program

    Phase 2: ORAU/University joint applications

    Deadline is March 23, 2020

    Phase 2 projects are defined as innovative research projects that enhance ORAU’s core scientific and technical competencies in partnership with a member university. The project should be achievable in 3 to 6 months, but no longer than 1 year, and is designed to produce "proof-of-concept"-type results leading to a white paper, conference presentation, and/or a technical publication with a clear proposal concept and identification of target funding sources. 

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