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Join host Michael Holtz as he discusses all things ORAU, through interviews with our experts who provide innovative scientific and technical solutions for our customers. Learn about ORAU’s storied history, how we’re impacting an ever-changing world, as well as our commitment to our community.

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  • Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), like acupuncture, chiropractic and more, is on the rise among women. Brenda Blunt, senior director of health policy, and Davyda Hammond, safety culture program manager, are investigating the experiences of women who use CAM, as well as how providers market to clients and how they see their role in healthcare. Their project is funded through the ORAU-Directed Research and Development program and they have partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct this research. In this conversation, Blunt, Hammond, and host Michael Holtz discuss various aspects of their research, including the diversity of their outreach, the experiences women have with CAM providers, and how women are willing to make economic sacrifices for CAM services.

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  • Our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Educational Institutions are often untapped resources abounding in talent, ingenuity and expertise but often lacking in the material resources necessary for scientific research. Tapping into HBCU talent resources is why ORAU and the Ecological Society of America officially began a working relationship with the signing of a memorandum of understanding during the ESA’s 108th annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, August 7, 2023. In this episode, host Michael Holtz talks to Catherine O'Riordan, executive director of ESA, Jeff Miller, ORAU senior vice president, Teresa Mourad, director of education and diversity programs for ESA, and Desmond Stubbs, director of diversity initiatives for ORAU. They discuss the importance of the MOU and what the future holds for our working relationship.

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  • ORAU's Research and University Partnerships Office offers Innovation Partnership Grants to bring together University Consortium members and ORAU subject matter experts for meaningful collaborations. One of those collaborations involved Vanderbilt University and the funding of a Tennessee University-Business Showcase focused on building a biomedical/biotech economic engine in Middle Tennessee and beyond. In this episode, host Michael Holtz talks to Brenda Blunt, ORAU senior director of health policy; Scott Massey, president and CEO of Global Action Platform at the Massey School of Business at Belmont University; and Charleson Bell, director of entrepreneurship and and biomedical innovation at the Vanderbilt Center for Innovation and Design. The conversation focuses on everything from the importance of investing in innovations, transforming Middle Tennessee' workforce and so much more.

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    Listen to Episode 120

  • For the first time ever, the ORAU Research and University Partnerships Office funded four interns to work in various capacities across the organization. Each represents a member of the ORAU University Consortium. This conversation is led by guest host Adam Delahoussaye, a RUPO intern working in Communications and Marketing, and co-hosted by Michael Holtz. Adam and Kayla Lacey, Kelsey O'Brien and Tony Zbysinski, discuss their varied internship experiences, what may be in store for their futures, and plan for a "corn meetup" in America's Midwest. The interns are joined by Lindsay Motz from RUPO, who managed the internship program. Listen in for an insightful, interesting and fun conversation.

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  • Public health has been in the spotlight over the last few years. In this episode, host Michael Holtz talked to two public health luminaries: Julie Crumly, Ph.D., senior researcher at ORAU, and Paul Irwin, MD, DrPhD, the dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Crumly received the UAB School of Public Health's Alumni Award for Practice earlier this year. Irwin has roots in East Tennessee. During this conversation, we discussed Crumly's award, how she and ORAU have contributed to the overall practice of public health in East Tennessee and across the country, and the challenges and the bright future for public health practice in the United States.

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