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Further Together, the ORAU podcast

Further Together, the ORAU podcast

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. They’ll talk about ORAU’s storied history, how we’re impacting an ever-changing world, as well as our commitment to our community.

The Further Together episode guide below will allow you to listen to each edition on Blubrry.com. You can also find Further Together on the Apple Podcasts app for iOS devices, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and Stitcher.

Episode 76: The Gratitude Show 2021

Episode 76: The Gratitude Show 2021

Podcast host Michael Holtz considers himself a gratitude evangelist, and Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday of the year. The Gratitude Show episode of Further Together, the ORAU Podcast, has become an annual tradition. We hope hearing from employees across the organization will lift your spirits as much as they've lifted ours.

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Episode 75: Building on a Legacy: the National Supplemental Screening Program

Episode 75: Building on a Legacy: the National Supplemental Screening Program

The National Supplemental Screening Program, or NSSP, is a legacy program for ORAU that began in 1996. The NSSP provides free medical screenings to Department of Energy workers who have have been exposed to hazards in the workplace. The NSSP collects data to help identify if those former workers have developed any health conditions related to workplace exposures, as well as any health conditions that arise as the workers age. In this conversation, host Michael Holtz talks with John McInerny, MD, co-principal investigator for the NSSP who has been a practicing physician in various capacities for more than 50 years, and Jamie Stalker, MD, co-principal investigator, who is also medical director for the ORISE Beryllium Lab and has decades of experience as an occupational health and internal medicine physician. As Dr. McInerny heads toward retirement, Dr. Stalker will take the reins at NSSP. We discuss all of that and more in this episode of Further Together, the ORAU Podcast.

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Episode 74: Award-winning research: a conversation with Sara Howard

Episode 74: Award-winning research: a conversation with Sara Howard

In this episode, Michael Holtz talks to Sara Howard, MPH and Ph.D. student, who works in the epidemiology and exposure science group at ORAU and ORISE, recently won a Scholar-in-Training Award for her virtual poster presentation at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Radiation Research Society. Her poster presentation focused on "Tobacco use and its relationship to socioeconomic status in occupational radiation cohorts." She used data from the Million Person Study and other sources for her project. We discuss the specifics of her research, the Million Person Study and Sara's plan for the future. Take a listen to this great conversation with an up-and-coming researcher.

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Episode 73: ORAU at 75: A conversation with Ray Smith

Episode 73: ORAU at 75: A conversation with Ray Smith

Acclaimed Oak Ridge historian Ray Smith, who knows just about everything there is to know about the Manhattan Project that created Oak Ridge and everything that has happened since, sat down with host Michael Holtz to talk about ORAU's place in Oak Ridge's history. From our founding to our early leadership to our impact on nuclear medicine and beyond, Smith is a wealth of knowledge.

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Episode 72: Research at ORAU: Kickoff episode with Ken Tobin

With this episode, Further Together begins a monthly series of podcast episodes in which we talk about the research enterprise at ORAU. Ken Tobin, vice president and senior research officer in our Research and University Partnerships Office, gives an overview of ORAU's research enterprise along with a sneak peek at future episodes, which will include interviews with researchers across the organization. Research has always been part of ORAU's DNA. This series gives us a chance to shine a brighter light on the amazing work being done by our people.

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Episode 71: How the annual giving campaign meets community needs

Episode 71: How the annual giving campaign meets community needs

Like a number of companies, ORAU kicked off its annual giving campaign. We invited Naomi Asher, executive director of the United Way of Anderson County to talk about the importance of the annual giving campaign as a fundraising mechanism and how UWAC and its partner agencies support some of the most basic needs in our communities. Also joining host Michael Holtz for this conversation are Jennifer Enderson from Emory Valley Center and Joey Collins from Aid to Families in Appalachian Counties. A little money goes a long way, as you'll hear in this conversation.

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Past Episodes

  • As ORAU kicks off its 75th anniversary celebration, Andy Page, president and CEO, talks about the company he has led for the last 11 years. He shares his journey from national security program manager to CEO, how he and corporate leadership navigated ORAU through the worldwide pandemic, how our corporate culture has changed, and what makes a company like ORAU built to last for 75 years and beyond. Page tells host Michael Holtz that ORAU's future is bright, and that it's the people, dedicated to the mission of public service, are what make ORAU strong.

    Listen to Episode 70 Transcript for Episode 70 

  • As we close National Preparedness Month, ORAU's team of experts look to the past to help map out the future of preparedness. They discuss Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in Southeast Louisiana on August 29, 2005. The powerful Category 3 storm left 1,800 people dead, caused $100 billion in damage, and demonstrated that America was ill prepared to respond to a disaster of such magnitude. A lot has changed in the last 16 years. Our experts explain the changes, and how ORAU has remained involved in preparedness work.

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  • In our fourth conversation about National Postdoc Appreciation Week, host Michael Holtz talks to Erin Burr about her postdoc experience and how that experience developed into the work she does today. We also discuss how she became interested in a STEM career and so much more. We've enjoyed observing National Postdoc Appreciation Week through these conversations. We hope you enjoyed listening to this special edition of the ORISE Featurecast.

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  • It's National Postdoc Appreciation Week! We're celebrating at the ORISE Featurecast by talking with folks within our organization who have their own postdoc experiences to share. This week, host Michael Holtz talks with Ann Martin about her experience, what drew her to pursue a career in STEM, and how her experience shaped who she is today.

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  • National Postdoc Appreciation Week is September 21-25. In preparation for the observance, ORISE Featurecast host Michael Holtz sat down with four members of our team who shared about their own postdoc experiences. In this episode, he talked to Rachel Creager, who discusses her postdoc experience, how she got interested in a career in the STEM fields and what she does today. Give a listen!

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  • National Postdoc Appreciation Week is September 21-25. In preparation for the observance, ORISE Featurecast host Michael Holtz sat down with four members of our team who shared about their own postdoc experiences. First up is Rachel Hill, who discusses her postdoc experience, how she got interested in a career in the STEM fields and what she does today. Give a listen!

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  • September is National Preparedness Month, an observance to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. Disaster and pandemic preparedness have been among ORAU’s capabilities for decades. In this episode of Further Together, a team of preparedness experts gather to discuss preparedness in the pre-9/11 era, post-9/11 work, pandemic preparedness and so much more. This is the first of a two-part conversation with Freddy Gray, Julie Crumly, Rachel Vasconez, Mary Connelly, Will Artley and Linda Hodges. Learn more about ORAU’s preparedness capabilities.

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  • If Lauren Shaffer's 10-year-old brother had not been required to interview someone who lived through the period of history depicted in the book, "Number the Stars," she and the rest of her family may never have heard the story of her great-grandfather's flight from Nazi Germany, or of her grandmother living in hiding for over a year before visas could be secured to get out of the country, or of Uncle Willy, who risked his own life to save a number of Jewish families from the extermination camps. After sharing the story for the first time, her grandmother spoke to classrooms and school groups in Michigan and Florida for years. Now, the torch has been passed to the younger generations of the family to continue to bear witness and keep history from repeating itself. Lauren shared this story as part of ORAU's annual Heritage Day, sponsored by the Diversity Council. We are honored to that she agreed to share the story again for Further Together.

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  • Keri Cagle, ORAU director of science and technology and ORISE director of scientific technical resource integration, is willing to bet she has the best team in the entire ORAU enterprise. They're close knit, they work hard, and they have experienced loads of successes over the past year and beyond. Leading a team like hers bring her joy, as does the optimism she feels about the anticipated growth of ORAU. She wears two (and probably more) hats at ORAU, while also pursuing a doctoral degree, building a new house and spending time with her family. Learn more about Keri during her conversation with Michael Holtz for this episode of Further Together.

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  • Isaac Clark, an ORAU program specialist, leaned into his creative side to write a children's book called Batchy's Busy Day. Batchy spends one very busy day attempting to help his friends with basic chores but ends up causing more problems than he solved. Clark is donating a portion of proceeds from the book to the International OCD Foundation, which helps people with OCD access mental health services and support resources. Clark experiences OCD himself, which he talks about during this conversation with Further Together host Michael Holtz.

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