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ORAU K-12 goes virtual: Setting teachers up for success with remote professional development

ORAU K-12 goes virtual: Setting teachers up for success with remote professional development

Educators around the country had to make a huge pivot from classroom to virtual learning this spring. ORAU’s K-12 STEM team had to follow suit with this summer’s teacher professional development programs. Because of the pandemic, all 29 sessions that would have normally been held in a classroom setting were instead offered in a virtual environment.

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Podcast: Riding into the danger zone: the work of ORAU’s forensic DNA examiners

Sean Crabbe says The Hurt Locker, the 2008 Academy Award-winning film that follows an Iraq War ordnance disposal team, comes pretty close to following the approach he and his team take when conducting forensic DNA analysis for the Defense Forensic Science Center. In this episode, Crabbe talks about the work he and his team do, his background and what awaits him when pandemic travel restrictions are lifted. Don't miss this conversation!

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"Is it radioactive?" The questions we get

"Is it radioactive?" The questions we get

Are Brazil nuts radioactive? Can I get radiation poisoning from my Fiestaware® plates? Are kitty litter and lawn fertilizer really made from uranium? These are the kinds of questions that lead many people to the treasure trove of information found in the ORAU Radiation History Museum section of the ORAU website.

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Podcast: Jill Latchana on balancing work and caring for five kids

Podcast: Jill Latchana on balancing work and caring for five kids

Jill Latchana says it's the little things that bring her joy, like a dance party with her five children to celebrate 15 years of marriage to her husband, Neil. Her five children each have different ethnic backgrounds, all are adopted or being fostered, and they clearly bring her joy. Jenna and Michael talk to Jill about how she and Neil balance work with life as foster parents (they've fostered 18 kids), how they made the decision to adopt, how they pour love into the lives of their foster kids, and so much more.

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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.