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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.
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.
Crofton/Odenton: Arundel Middle students win national drone contest | Capital Gazette
Dec. 31, 2017 - Arundel Middle School seventh grade students Evelyn Moss and Daniel Murray were among five winners in the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Technology (ORISE) national “All I Want for Christmas is a Drone” competition.
Nov. 6, 2017 - ORISE education advocates discuss how research participations programs are essential for promoting U.S. innovation and economic competitiveness.
Sept. 8, 2017 - After briefly rebounding in 2015, the number of college students graduating in nuclear engineering dropped in 2016. This is according to an annual study conducted by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education which surveyed 35 U.S. universities with nuclear engineering programs. The report, titled Nuclear Engineering Enrollments and Degrees Survey, 2016 Data, includes degrees granted between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016.
Tennessee duo replicates 1976 ‘Atomic Man’ incident | Washington Times Online
Aug. 20, 2017 - A postgraduate student intern and an Oak Ridge Associated University researcher teamed up to replicate the 1976 McCluskey Room Incident, in which a chemical worker now known as “the Atomic Man,” survived the highest known exposure to the radioactive isotope Americium-241 at Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant in Washington.
Department of Energy offers free health screening to former Vitro plant workers | Observer-Reporter
Aug. 7, 2017 - Former employees of Vitro Manufacturing, a long-closed beryllium-producing factory in Canonsburg, are eligible for free beryllium screening offered by the U.S. Department of Energy to see if they have an early indicator of chronic beryllium disease, formerly known as berylliosis. Former employees interested in participating in the medical screening should contact Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Institute for Science and Education, which is managing this program for DOE, at the toll-free number, 1-866-219-3442.
ORISE Offers Students One Stop Shop for Internships and More | Engineering.com
April 17, 2017 - The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) recently unveiled its website portal specializing in jobs, internships and fellowships all aimed at greenhorn STEM students and new graduates. As ORISE is comprised of elements of the DoE, all of these opportunities fall under the auspices of the DoE and related agencies.
Feb. 2, 2017 - The ORISE Radiological and Environmental Analytical Laboratory received A2LA accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025, an international standard that ensures the quality and accuracy of laboratory equipment calibration and sampling analysis.
Dec. 23, 2016 - ORISE partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to host a CareerLink Event Day that provided a full day of networking and workshops for faculty and undergraduate students from minority institutions.
Oct. 25, 2016 - Local Oak Ridge Historian D. Ray Smith recaps REAC/TS' 40-year history in providing unique services to the nation and the world regarding radiation accident emergency response.
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.
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
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.
Jan. 18, 2018 - Kasey 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.
The Epidemiology of Foodborne Botulism Outbreaks: A Systematic Review | Clinical Infectious Diseases
Dec. 27, 2017 - A group of researchers performed a systematic review of foodborne botulism outbreaks to describe their clinical aspects and descriptive epidemiology in order to inform public health response strategies. This project was supported in part by an appointment to the CDC Fellowship Program, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and CDC.
Health and Development at Age 19–24 Months of 19 Children Who Were Born with Microcephaly and Laboratory Evidence of Congenital Zika Virus Infection During the 2015 Zika Virus Outbreak — Brazil, 2017 | CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Dec. 15, 2017 - ORISE Fellow Ashley Satterfield-Nash recently co-authored a study that discovered congenital Zika virus infection has been linked to increased rates of microcephaly and a unique pattern of birth defects among infants. Although children with microcephaly and laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection have been described in early infancy, the subsequent health and development in young children have not been well characterized, constraining planning for the care of these children.
Nov. 16, 2017 - A Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) scientist tied for first at the Armed Forces Open (AFO) chess championship. Lt. Chaselynn Watters began conducting military research in 2013 as an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at the Naval Medical Research Unit - San Antonio. He later joined the Navy in 2015, and now continues to bring his insight, experience and research skills to NMRC.
A metabolic pathway that feeds liver cancer | Health Medicine Network
Aug. 10, 2017 - A little-studied gene may explain how some liver cancer cells obtain the nutrition they need to proliferate, according to new research from the University of Maryland. The results of this research will be published as an Editors’ Pick in the Aug. 18 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
Water quality improvements increase home prices in Narragansett Bay | American Geophysical Union blog
July 18, 2017 - Improvements in water quality in Narragansett Bay have had a positive impact on property values in the surrounding areas and future improvements to water quality could continue to benefit nearby property, a new study finds. Tingting Liu, an ORISE Research Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati, Ohio, is lead author of the new study in Water Resources Research.
Wearable vision systems reveal more than a 'highway in the sky' | Science magazine
May 23, 2017 - Wearable visualization systems (WVS) are at the forefront of consumer electronics product development, and social media companies are investing heavily in enabling compelling experiences through augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). In "Daylight luminance requirements for full-color, see-through, helmet-mounted display systems," Thomas Harding and Clarence Rash (U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Lab and Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) describe two lines of investigation in luminance requirements to address visual perception issues of concern when color is implemented in eyes-out, see-through helmet-mounted displays.
May 11, 2017 - Nationwide, counties with the poorest quality across five domains—air, water, land, the built environment and sociodemographic—had the highest incidence of cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer.Co-authors on the study are Lynne Messer of Portland State University; Kristen Rappazzo and Danelle Lobdell of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Chris Gray and Shannon Grabich of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
May 1, 2017 - ORISE participant Clarissa L. Curioso worked with a team of researchers to apply a multiplex bead-based immunoassay capable of measuring IgG antibody responses to six waterborne pathogens simultaneously in human saliva to estimate immunoprevalence in beachgoers at Boquerón Beach, Puerto Rico.
April 25, 2017 - Abhash Kumar, a contractor at NETL who developed the new surface seismic monitoring capability along with Erich Zorn, an intern with NETL in the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), explained that hydraulic fracturing has revolutionized the Nation's energy security requirements as well as hydrocarbon production capabilities.
Jackeline Rios-Torres: Safe, efficient self-driving vehicles | Military-technologies.com
April 24, 2017 - Jackeline Rios-Torres, a former ORISE research participant, is in the driver’s seat of research helping to create the future of transportation through connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow in the Energy and Transportation Sciences Division, she has been creating control schemes and algorithms for connected cars to ensure better traffic flow, fuel optimization and safety.
April 21, 2017 - Lt. Chaselynn Watters, Navy Medicine researcher and former ORISE research participant, represented the U.S. Navy at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Chess Championship in Hungary, March 26 - April 1, 2017.
Women's History Month: Breaking Down Fuel Cells Barriers | DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
March 16, 2017 - Adria Wilson, a former ORISE fellow and now a technology manager in the DOE EERE Fuel Cells Technologies Office, talks about why she chose to pursue a career in science.
March 9, 2017 - Shafer Powell, an ORISE intern with ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division and Climate Change Science Institute, worked closely with senior scientists to input data to support the Fine-Root Ecology Database (FRED), a new global, centralized database of plant root traits, or identifying characteristics, that can advance our understanding of how the hidden structure of plants belowground may interact with and relate to life aboveground.
Why diversity matters in science | DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Feb. 28, 2017 - Nick Litombe, ORISE Fellow in the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, talks about the importance of involving more students in Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics (STEM) programs and letting minority communities know the resources available to them.
McGehee to present research to NASA | Hot Springs Sentinel-Record
Feb. 14, 2017 - Diamond McGehee, an ORISE intern with the National Center for Toxicology Research, is among 15 students from across the nation recently selected to present their research during the National Council of NASA Space Grant Directors' Spring Meeting outside Washington, D.C.
Kids & sodium intake | Today's Dietitian
Feb. 1, 2017 - Zerleen Quader, ORISE research fellow in the division for heart disease and stroke prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, led a study to examine the negative health effects of high sodium consumption among children.
New study finds extensive use of fluorinated chemicals in fast food wrappers | Science Magazine
Feb. 1, 2017 - According to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, Americans may be consuming fast food wrapped in paper treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)—the same chemicals used in stain-resistant products, firefighting materials and nonstick cookware.
Masters of energy | University of Dayton
Dec. 14, 2016 - Two University of Dayton graduate students are studying ways to improve energy efficiency with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Program, administered by ORISE.
Celebrating progress to improve public health and the environment along the U.S. - Mexico border | EPA "Our Planet, Our Home" Blog
Oct. 26, 2016 - Naseera Bland, an ORISE fellow in EPA's Office of Wastewater Management, expressed her views on how collaboration of partners in the border area will help improve the quality of life and environmental conditions of families and communities along the border.
Sept. 28, 2016 - Mili Duggal, an ORISE fellow with the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Office of Medical Policy, co-authored a blog that promotes clinical investigator training that can aid researchers in advancing new drug development for the American public.
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