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ORAU partners with Appalachian Regional Commission to address opioid misuse, abuse and overdose

For the past three years, ORAU has traveled to six Appalachian states training more than 30 anti-drug coalitions, not-for-profit organizations, local health departments, emergency responders, and law enforcement agencies through an Opioid Prevention Social Media Training and Technical Assistance Program.

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Middle School students engaged in STEM activity

Registration for K-12 student and teacher programs is now open!

Parents—are you looking for an exciting STEM experience for your child this summer? Teachers—would you like to interact with other teachers and share ideas through professional development? ORAU is kicking off our summer program registration this month! Visit our new K-12 focused STEM website to find our what's in store this summer and what you need to know to register for these exciting STEM workshops.

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Is social media helping or hindering vaccination rates?

Is social media helping or hindering vaccination rates?

That’s the question ORAU researchers asking. Members of ORAU’s Health Communications and Marketing Team are collaborating with the University of Georgia to analyze social media conversations across three major vaccine types—childhood immunizations, HPV, and seasonal influenza—to better inform communication strategies aimed at decreasing hesitancy and increasing vaccination rates. The research is being conducted through an ORAU-Directed Research and Development program grant.

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30,000 nuclear workers surveyed on safety cultures in their workplaces

30,000 nuclear workers surveyed on safety cultures in their workplaces

Workers desire an environment where they are respected for their expertise, acknowledged for their contributions and informed about the reasons behind decisions. By using written surveys and electronic surveys, focus groups and one-on-one interviews, ORAU gained input from 30,000 workers over six years, which resulted in valuable feedback on the effectiveness of safety programs and initiatives.

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Bridging the gap to Total Exposure Health

Bridging the gap to Total Exposure Health

Learn how ORAU’s subject matter experts continue to provide thought leadership on Total Exposure Health and apply that knowledge through the multiple programs we manage and laboratory facilities we operate by downloading ORAU Perspective: a white paper on Total Exposure Health.

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"ORAU Story" is hot off the press!

"ORAU Story" is hot off the press!

Our annual report, "ORAU Story," is here! Visit the link below to get an inside look at stories about our employees, customers and partners that create ORAU's story as it unfolds each day. See our proudest moments and featured thought leaders from a year full of accomplishments.

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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.

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


    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


    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 at the Collaborate 19, the Oracle Applications Users Group Forum

    April 8: Christin Lane and Manda Salyer-Goss will present “Oracle Project Contracts Implementation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Presenters will share a user story from an implementation of the Oracle Projects Contracts module given from the perspective of the project manager and functional lead. Learn what worked, what didn’t, and some tricks we found along the way. Presenters will discuss the importance of cross functional buy-in and participation and some unique ideas to encourage this. Integration with other E-Business suite modules such as procurement and accounts receivable, OBIEE Reporting and overcoming pain points of the implementation will also be discussed.

  • Come see us at the Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference

    The TLA Annual Conference will be held April 24-26, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    April 24, 2019: Half-day workshop: “Walking Together Through Open Doors: Successful Mentoring” featuring speaker Dr. Diane Kelly, professor and director, University of Tennessee School of Information Science. The workshop will also include a one-hour panel discussion and a one-hour mentoring plan exercise.

    April 26, 2019, 9 a.m.: One-hour presentation: “Resilience in Leadership: Balancing your Heart and Mind.” Feeling burned out? Are you beginning to have a hard time adapting to the speed of change? How about the constant task changing and multitasking that goes on in our library jobs and personal lives? It’s time to recharge! Join the TLA Leadership Roundtable to learn how to get rid of the anxiety, learn to disconnect appropriately, and take time for you and focus on things that really matter.


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