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ORAU hosting free educator programs for teachers

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For the month of June, Oak Ridge Associated Universities is hosting free educator professional development courses.

Maria Dassow, and Education Intern at ORAU says each course educates teachers on various topics and activities to take back into the classroom.

“All of these workshops are really for the purpose of supporting teachers as they educate the next generation of America’s stem workforce,” shared Dassow.

ORAU announces recipients of 2021 Pollard Scholarships

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ORAU has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships of $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2021-2022 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships include Semilore (Semmy) Abiodun-Adeniyi, Olivia Campbell, Olivia Hudson, Sara Malicoat and Trisha Prater.

ORAU’s Kristy Kistner appointed to ISO 9004 international group

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Kristy Kistner, ORAU director of performance excellence, is one of three quality management and quality assurance experts appointed to an international ad hoc group established to examine the feasibility of converting International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9004 into a quality assurance standard with stated requirements for organizations to achieve.

ORAU facility move provides office supplies for area teachers’ classrooms

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Imagine a warehouse full of teaching supplies where teachers are invited four times a year to stock up on materials, much like the show Supermarket Sweep.

The Teacher Supply Depot for Anderson County and Clinton City Schools does just that— allowing those educators from Anderson County and Clinton City schools the opportunity to lessen the burden on their own wallets and gather much needed classroom materials throughout the year.

NASA chooses ORAU for up to $129.7M contract

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NASA has selected Oak Ridge Associated Universities to provide the agency with administrative support and coordination of research opportunities between NASA’s mission directorates and centers across the agency.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program 2 contract is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum potential value of approximately $129.7 million, according to a NASA news release. The one-year base performance period begins Sept. 9, and is followed by four one-year options, which would end Sept. 8, 2026.

ORAU facility move provides office supplies for area teachers’ classrooms

oakridger.com

Imagine a warehouse full of teaching supplies where teachers are invited four times a year to stock up on materials, much like the show Supermarket Sweep.

The Teacher Supply Depot for Anderson County and Clinton City Schools does just that— allowing those educators from Anderson County and Clinton City schools the opportunity to lessen the burden on their own wallets and gather much needed classroom materials throughout the year. 

NASA selects ORAU for postdoc program

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NASA has selected Oak Ridge Associated Universities to provide the agency with administrative support and coordination of research opportunities between NASA’s mission directorates and centers across the agency.

The NASA Postdoctoral Program 2 (NPP-2) contract is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a maximum potential value of approximately $129.7 million. The one-year base performance period begins September 9, 2021, and it is followed by four one-year options, which would end September 8, 2026, NASA said in a press release.

ORAU holding free teacher development sessions

WATE-TV

Oak Ridge Associated Universities is holding a number of free professional development sessions for STEM teachers throughout the month of June.

The sessions will be held in person and virtually. Each class with help teachers to professionally, better interact with the student and have access to a wide range of tools to enhance classroom instruction.

On June 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ORAU held a season on Mythical Cartography in the ORAU STEM Classroom, located off the lobby at 100 ORAU Way in Oak Ridge. Teachers learned more about project-based learning and associated resources through creating maps that incorporated geographic standards, visual arts standards, and social studies skills.

ORAU hosts Mythical Cartography Course for Educators

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West Valley Middle’s Janet Getz presents one of the mythical maps she created during a “Mythical Cartography” teacher professional development session hosted by ORAU in Oak Ridge on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The Mythical Cartography session gave educators a method and the tools to teach geography and visual arts in a more creative manner. ORAU is offering additional teacher professional development sessions that can be attended in-person or virtually free of charge through the rest of June.

ORAU awards 35 research grants, $175K to junior faculty

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ORAU has awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000 to 35 junior faculty from its member institutions. The annual grants are made through the company’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program that provides funds to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty, a press release said.

Clinton City Schools elementary students use Design Thinking in ORAU-supported STEM camp

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Students build a vehicle using a littleBits STEM kit during a STEM camp at North Clinton Elementary School on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Rising fifth through seventh graders participated in an ORAU-supported STEM camp for Clinton City Schools this week. Students used Design Thinking, where students used empathy to solve problems.

ORAU awarded contract to build workforce capacity for rural and frontier health departments in response to COVID-19

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ORAU was awarded a contract to provide tailored training and technical assistance in public health communication to rural and frontier health department awardees for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). 

This work aims to build the workforce capacity of local health departments related to their COVID-19 contact tracing and testing and vaccine administration efforts, a news release stated.

ORISE workshops offered to teachers to inspire STEM learning

WATE-TV

Educators have the opportunity to sharpen their tools when it comes to STEM learning and the digital classroom with a number of free workshops being offered this June. The workshops are being offered by ORISE AND ORAU. They will be held virtually with some in-person opportunities.

Q&A: Communication Strategist Breaks Down How to Talk About Addiction and COVID-19’s Impact on Appalachia’s Opioid Crisis

The Opioid Effect

The stigma associated with addiction and drug use in Appalachia and across the country has created a problem for people who are seeking access to care, says researcher Jennifer Reynolds.

Reynolds is a communication strategist for the ORAU, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and has spent 15 years researching how to communicate about drug addiction and opioid use with the public. 

COVID-19 and Stigma: How Access to Care Has Become Harder in Appalachia

The Opioid Effect

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that drug overdose mortality rates are rising around the country and that “anecdotally, partners in Appalachia attribute those most recent trends to the impact of COVID-19,” according to a December article for the Journal of Appalachian Health.

Additional research by Well Being Trust and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care reports that more than 150,000 lives could be lost to drug and alcohol use and suicide throughout the pandemic, with an additional 75,000 being directly related to pandemic isolation and the mental health impacts brought by COVID-19. 

What could the ‘next new normal’ may look like

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More than a year into the pandemic, more people are now getting vaccinated and ready to pack up that home office and move back to their old desk or will they?

What could the ‘next new normal’ look like in 2021?

“I don’t think anybody predicted, we’d be here 13 months later and still dealing with the pandemic, and frankly we’re not done,” said Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Epidemiologist and Senior Vice President, Director at ORAU.

ORAU receives National Science Foundation grant to study greenhouse gases in Arctic

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The National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs has awarded ORAU a collaborative research grant to study greenhouse gas emissions in the Arctic. The award is valued at $581,829.

The grant will be used to study local and regional emissions of isotopes of methane and carbon dioxide. Methane and carbon dioxide are two greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases can help raise the Earth’s temperature, changing the climate and causing other significant changes. (Isotopes are different forms of an element that have equal numbers of protons but different numbers of neutrons in their nuclei.)

East Tennessee scientists use a drone called the "Coyote" to study hurricanes

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Drones could hold the key to learning more about storms like Hurricane Laura.

"It is kind of exciting because there's an area in a hurricane that if you go there, you don't live to tell about it. It's underneath the eyewall, low altitude over the ocean. These aircraft are designed to go there," said Ron Dobosy, a retiree of ORAU and an atmospheric scientist. 

Dobosy and SUAS Pilot Ed Dumas were part of a team that calibrated and improved instruments for a drone called the "Coyote." 

Amparo Atencio, Come on Down!

Oak Ridger

Local resident Amparo Atencio recently won a new car on “The Price Is Right” television game show.

Atencio, who works at Oak Ridge Associated Universities as a technical training project manager, was asked about her win and experiences on the game show by The Oak Ridger and ORAU’s newsletter.

Oak Ridge woman wins car on "The Price is Right"

WVLT

An Oak Ridge woman got the surprise of a lifetime when she won a car on the Price is Right.

Amparo Atencio, who works at ORAU, and her family from all across the country successfully got tickets to the March 11 taping before CBS Studios closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ORAU announces Pollard Scholarship Winners

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Oak Ridge Associated Universities has awarded five William G. Pollard Scholarships of $2,500 each toward undergraduate studies for the 2020-2021 academic year. The recipients of this year’s scholarships are Jamie Batson, Cody Blankenship, Olivia Hudson, Audra Jean (AJ) Jones and Savannah Jones.

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