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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.

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.

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.

Hands-on training of scientists and engineers matters more than ever | C&EN News

Nov. 6, 2017 - ORISE education advocates discuss how research participations programs are essential for promoting U.S. innovation and economic competitiveness.

ORISE Report Shows Nuclear Engineering Doctorate Degrees Increase in 2016 While Bachelor's and Master's Degrees Decline | ElectricEnergyOnline.com

Sept. 8, 2017After 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.

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.

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.

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.

NMRC Researcher Ties for First at the Armed Forces Open Chess Championship | Navy.mil

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 ChemistryThe 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, 2017Wearable 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.

Poor Overall Environmental Quality Linked to Elevated Cancer Rates | Newswise

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.

Immunoprevalence to Six Waterborne Pathogens in Beachgoers at Boquerón Beach, Puerto Rico: Application of a Microsphere-Based Salivary Antibody Multiplex Immunoassay | Frontiers in Public Health

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.

Increased Oil and Natural Gas Production Could Result from Data on Low Frequency Tremors Discovered by NETL During Hydraulic Fracturing | NETL

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.

Navy Medicine Researcher Plays in Annual NATO Chess Tournament | Navy.mil

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.

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