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ORAU Webinar Series

ORAU Webinar Series

For more than 70 years, ORAU has 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.

Our Webinar Series features world-class subject matter experts presenting novel and emerging research in their respective fields. Our goal is to stimulate conversation and collaboration around some of the important research needs facing our country.

Trust in Peer Review

Peer Review Week (Sept. 21-25, 2020) is a yearly global event celebrating the essential role that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. This year’s theme, “Trust in Peer Review,” shines a light on how the peer review process works and why it helps build trust in research. 

As Phil Hurst of the Royal Society and co-chair of the Peer Review Week steering group states, “Research contributions—on climate change, poverty, disease, or any of the other challenges we face—have an important impact on people’s lives. It’s vital for researchers, the public, and policymakers to know whether and, if so, how the research they’re relying on has been evaluated and tested.” 

In support of this effort, ORAU hosted a webinar featuring a team of researchers from the University of South Florida, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the nonprofit Understanding Interventions That Broaden Participation in Science to discuss trust in peer review from and editorial, academic and research perspective.

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Trust in Peer Review Webinar
-Presented by Daryl Chubin, Ph.D., Stephen P. Turner, Ph.D., and Carol Tenopir, Ph.D., 

Building a Research Agenda—Enabling Greater Effectiveness and Efficiency in Government (A Virtual Collaboration)

This is a joint effort of ORAU and The MITRE Corporation, and represents the first in a series of information sessions to develop a research agenda framework.

ORAU and MITRE have joined forces on assisting the government in developing a research agenda framework that supports the key drivers of transformation: IT Modernization – Data, Accountability and Transparency – People/Workforce for the 21st Century. ORAU and MITRE wish to lay the foundation for where government operations and services need to be in 5, 10, and 20 years. The output of this Research Agenda is designed to inform the government in its development of the 2021 Learning Agenda and set up the framework for more detailed research with the proposed OMB Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center initiative in 2021. 

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Recent Webinar: Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 Using Wastewater—A Leading Edge Indicator

This webinar was a joint effort of ORAU and The MITRE Corporation. ORAU and MITRE are active members of the national COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition and together are exploring opportunities that could directly benefit ORAU university consortium members.

Early research indicates that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for causing COVID-19, can be detected in the feces of infected individuals (including asymptomatic individuals). The fact that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be detected in wastewater prior to an individual developing symptoms and presenting to the healthcare system for a diagnostic test, gives it the potential to serve as a leading-edge indicator of virus transmission in a community. There is a need to define and develop the end-to-end process for implementation of sewage surveillance for relevant and priority use cases.

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The University Partnerships Office and the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition welcome your comments and feedback about this webinar. Send an email to and/or to

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Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 Using Wastewater—A Leading Edge Indicator
-Presented by Dr. Monique K. Mansoura, Dr. Rolf Halden, Dr. Lauren Stadler, Dr. Jordan Peccia

Recent Webinar: Investigating ultrastructural mechanisms of TBI using X-ray diffraction

In the United States in 2018, it is estimated that were 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) with more than 280,000 of those requiring hospitalization and more than 55,000 deaths. These numbers do not reflect the TBIs recorded for our service members. According to the Defense Medical Surveillance System, our military personnel suffered than 383,000 TBIs between 2000 and early 2018. Brain injury is now being described as the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   

While a patient may present with cognitive or behavior issues, the structural damage inside the brain can be almost invisible. On Wednesday, March 4, ORAU hosted a webinar featuring a team of researchers from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology to discuss how they are using X-ray diffraction to better understand the structural impact of a TBI. 

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