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Nathan Howard, former ORISE postdoc participant, wins Nuclear Fusion Award

MIT News

Nathan Howard, research scientist at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), has won the 2019 Nuclear Fusion Award from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a paper that explains heat losses due to turbulence in the core of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. Howard authored the winning paper as a postdoc supported by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

Disrupting the SySTEM: East Tennessee races to build future STEM workforce


It's critical to plan 20-25 years in advance for the jobs of tomorrow, according to Craig Layman, associate director for workforce development for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. But how can you start to develop a roadmap for that far into the future when it's a struggle to fill some of the jobs of today?

Problem solved

Crossville Chronicle

Kimberly Smith, a senior at Stone Memorial High School, used her engineering skills to solve a common high school problem: students toying with gas valves in chemistry classrooms. The project not only earned her high marks in her engineering class but also took first place in the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education November 3D Printer Design Challenge.

Science teachers work alongside Army researchers to hone laboratory skills

RDECOM C&B Public Affairs

While some teachers certainly take off to recharge their batteries each summer, for some, there is no academic off-season and for a choice few, part of their summer vacation included a trip to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Chemical & Biological (RDECOM C&B) Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The Joint Science and Technology Institute is a two-week STEM-intensive program took teachers out of the classroom and into the labs with the opportunity to experience real-world laboratory science and gain practical knowledge they can take back to their schools and apply in their lessons with students.

Oak Ridge groups pack 20,000 meals for the hungry

WATE 6 News

Three Oak Ridge non-profits worked together Thursday to help the world's most vulnerable as part of a campaign called "Rise Against Hunger." More than 100 volunteers worked together to pack 20,000 nutritious meals, following an assembly-line process. The dehydrated meals consist of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

News about participants in ORISE internships, fellowships, and other research opportunities

What is it like to be an ORISE participant? One of the best ways to learn about the important research participants are conducting during their assignments is to read about their experiences in their own words and as published by news media across the country. These news features illustrate how current and previous research participants are making a positive impact on current and future science.

New CDC Study Examines Effects Of Smoking Status On ART Clinical Outcomes


A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that smoking in the three months prior to assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment was associated with higher adjusted odds of cycle cancellation resulting in no embryo transfer and cancellations before fresh oocyte retrieval or frozen embryo transfer. Associations between smoking and selected ART clinical outcomes are described in an article published in Journal of Women’s Health.

HIV Infection-Related Care Outcomes among U.S.-Born and Non-U.S.-Born Blacks with Diagnosed HIV in 40 U.S. Areas: The National HIV Surveillance System, 2016

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

ORISE participant Hanna Demeke co-authored a study that found non-U.S.-born blacks achieved higher HIV care outcomes than U.S.-born blacks, despite delayed entry to care. Possible explanations include a late-stage presentation that requires immediate linkage and optimal treatment and care provided through government-funded programs.

Leading female rice scientists, young researchers recognized for solutions to global food and nutrition security


Dr. Aaron Michael Shew, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Arkansas Centre for Advanced Spatial Technologies, investigates consumer valuations of biotech rice interventions associated with insect resistance. His research contributes significantly to an understanding of consumer preferences for conventional and advanced biotechnology products.

A reliable cryptocurrency needs good governance, say researchers


Participants in cryptocurrency networks like Bitcoin need to be better at preempting beneficial software changes. This will ensure the security and privacy of addresses and transactions, and help retain the value of cryptocurrencies, says Benjamin Trump (ORISE Fellow, United States Army Corps of Engineers). He is the lead author of a study in Springer’s journal Environment Systems and Decisions, which analyzes the governance challenges of many cryptocurrencies and explains why such challenges threaten the long-term usefulness of such cryptocurrencies.

Revised fish aging techniques improve fish contaminant trend analyses in the face of changing Great Lakes food webs

Journal of Great Lakes Research

Kathryn A. Meyer, an ORISE Fellow, contributed to research that suggests that fish age is an important variable when assessing contaminant trends and that the U.S. EPA's Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program needed to revise its compositing scheme to group fish according to age, rather than by length, prior to homogenization and chemical analysis.

SEAP students finish a successful summer at MRICD

APG News

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD) closed out its 2018 Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program, or SEAP, on August 10 with scientific presentations from 14 of its 15 SEAP students, one having already finished the program to attend school. SEAP is a springboard into other internships and opportunities at the MRICD. About 20 to 25 percent of the students who intern at the MRICD through SEAP return as ORISE interns while attending college or post-baccalaureate to prepare for graduate or medical school.

Prevention and Control of Youth Camp–Associated Acute Gastroenteritis Outbreaks

Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

ORISE-funded researchers studied the occurance of youth camp–associated AGE outbreaks as a result of numerous pathogens. Researchers found that these outbreaks are facilitated by factors that include improper food preparation, inadequate cleaning and disinfection, shared accommodations, and contact with animals.

Virginia Tech Graduate Student Pursues Innovative Microbe-Based Cancer Therapy


Katherine Broadway, a Virginia Tech graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences is researching a tumor-targeting microbe that can be injected into the bloodstream. This microbe attaches to cancerous tissue, avoiding healthy tissue. When the microbe colonizes the tumor, it attracts the immune system, which then destroys the tumor.

Previously Unknown Rice Blast Resistance Isolated

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Haijun Zhao, a participant with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, worked with a team of scientists that discovered a never-before-described gene that gives rice resistance to a disease that has been costing about $66 billion a year in global damage.

Why Cities at Risk From Climate Change Do the Least to Prevent It


Janet Reyna, ORISE science and technology policy fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, is quoted in an article citing a report from the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact that to the impact of household electricity consumption.

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