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Learn more about how the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is stimulating advancements in science through news articles that illustrate our commitment to strengthening science education and workforce development, worker health research, environmental stewardship, and radiation emergency medical assistance and training.

Problem solved | Crossville Chronicle

Jan. 15, 2019 - 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

Sept. 5, 2018 - 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

March 8, 2018 - 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.

Oak Ridgers package 20,000 meals for world crisis zones | Knoxville News Sentinel

March 8, 2018 - More than 100 Oak Ridge volunteers bustled about tables, passing sachets of food back and forth at an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education warehouse Thursday. 

Oak Ridge High School wins science bowl at Pellissippi State Community College | The Daily Times

Feb. 26, 2018 - Oak Ridge High School took first place in this year’s Department of Energy Tennessee Science Bowl, held Saturday at Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County campus. Saturday’s achievement marked back-to-back wins for Oak Ridge High School at the annual competition. Winning students received a trophy and $1,000 cash prize, and will get an all-expenses-paid trip to the DOE National Science Bowl from April 26-30 in Washington, D.C. Major sponsors of the Tennessee Science Bowl include the DOE-Office of Science, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, ORISE and Pellissippi State Community College.

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 | ScienceMag

Jan. 23, 2019 - 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

Oct. 30, 2018 - 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.

Spatial Patterns of Escherichia coli Concentrations in Sediment before and after High-Flow Events in a First-Order CreekJournal of Environmental Quality

Oct. 23, 2018 - Matthew D. Stocker, an ORISE participant, is co-author of research that examines spatial patterns of Escherichia coli in freshwater sediments to evaluate the impact of sediment resuspension on microbial water quality in watersheds.

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

Oct. 17, 2018 - 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 | Springer

Sept. 12, 2018 - 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

Aug. 31, 2018 - 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. 

Opportunities to Prevent Overdose Deaths Involving Prescription and Illicit Opioids, 11 States, July 2016–June 2017 | CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

SEAP students finish a successful summer at MRICD | APG News

Aug. 22, 2018The 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

Aug. 2, 2018 - 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 | WVNS-TV

July 25, 2018 - 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.

Next-Gen Nuclear Is Coming—If Society Wants It | Wired

July 24, 2018 - Arctic communities are beginning to explore advanced nuclear reactors as a solution to their unique energy challenges.

Previously Unknown Rice Blast Resistance Isolated | USDA Agricultural Research Service

May 23, 2018 - 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 | Ozy

Feb. 1, 2018 - 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

Interns use math to understand health, well-being, and life-threatening ailments | SIAM News

Jan. 26, 2018 - Doctoral student Erik Palmer returned to his hometown of Berkeley, Calif., to perform research on multiphase flows at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, made possible through the NSF's Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program.

Doctoral Students Apply Passion for Mathematics to Nuclear Research, Cosmology, and Microscopy | SIAM News

Jan. 18, 2018Kasey Bray, participant in the NSF’s Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program at the DOE’s Nevada National Security Site, spent her summer developing a method of analysis for researchers studying nuclear material properties.

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