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Daniel Allen To Lead U.S. Stream Drying Study With $3 Million In NSF Grants

Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen (Assistant Professor of Biology) will lead one of the first coordinated ecology research projects to study what happens to streams as they dry across the United States. The National Science Foundation funded the study with a $1.4 million grant to OU and $1.6 million in grants to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley; Northern Arizona University; University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and University of Arizona.

Alberto Marino To Study New Possibilities In Quantum Physics

Alberto Marino

Physics professor, Alberto Marino, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development Program) Award in the amount of $500,000 to study new possibilities for the use of spatial degree of freedom in applications ranging from long-distance quantum communications to quantum imaging. The compatibility of the spatial degree of freedom with long-distance quantum networks can bring about a revolution to the field of quantum information science by making it possible to transmit large amounts of information through a quantum channel.


Research Team Identifies Genetic Structure Of Painted Bunting

Researcher, Andrea Contina, and his team have identified the genetic structure of the Painted Bunting, a neotropical migratory songbird, using microsatellite DNA and single nucleotide polymorphisms to develop high-resolution markers to differentiate between individual birds breeding in different Oklahoma populations and across the United States. Through this research, Contina and his team now can differentiate between the eastern and western Painted Buntings and identify the species pattern of migration and population of origin.

Kaiser Foundation Gift Expands Reach Of OU Social Simulation Program

OU Tulsa Social Stimulation

The Herman and Kate Kaiser Foundation of Tulsa gave a $661,000 gift to continue the groundbreaking work of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa’s Social Simulation Program and Haruv USA. The gift will provide students and community members with expanded training simulations targeting child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, suicide, mental health, patient and client interactions and adverse childhood experiences.


Climate Warming Affects Tallgrass Prairie Ecosystem


Jizhong Zhou (Professor of Microbiology) and his team have completed a new study on the effects of climate warming on soil microbes in a long-term climate change experiment at a tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The new study shows that climate warming will affect microbial communities in the future, and future community states will be more predictable under warmed climate. Eventually, microbial communities will produce different functions and feedbacks to climate warming.

Edward Cokely Featured by BBC Future

Ed Cokely

Edward Cokely's (Professor of Psychology) work in risk literacy was featured by David Robson in a piece for BBC Future. The article, "How Well Do You Think About Risk and Uncertainty," focused on how the capacity to weigh different potential outcomes is essential for good decision-making.patients, physicians and allied professionals.  

Scott Johnson Selected For Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Scott Johnson

Congratulations to Scott Johnson (associate professor of Classics and Letters) on being named a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a national award honoring scholars, artists and scientists who are selected on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. Johnson, who is a historian of late antique literature and culture, was selected in the field of intellectual and cultural history based on his cultural biography of the language of Syriac, the first book of its kind in English.

Signature Initiatives From College's Strategic Plan For 2017-20

Medicine Wheel

Becoming a nationally recognized leader in research and teaching related to America's Indigenous peoples. Departments researching Indignous Peoples include:

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Film and Media Studies
  • History
  • Native American Studies
  • Social Work
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Addressing the health needs of our state and our nation. Departments researching health-related topics include:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Communication
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • History of Science
  • Microbiology and Plant Biology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
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Advancing the study of water, natural resources and the environment. Departments researching environmental issues:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Microbiology and Plant Biology

2016-2017 Faculty Publications

 PublishedIn PressAcceptedSubmitted
Book Chapters111512319
Conference Proceedings55080
Journal Articles16254284137

Faculty Awards

NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
June AbbasLibrary and Information StudiesInstitute for Museum and Library ServicesNavigating Screens: Libraries as Community Hubs for Teaching Positive Screen Media Practices$528,874
Noel Brady, Keri Kornelson, Deborah Moore-Russo, and Milso SavicMathematicsAssociation of Public and Land Grant UniversitiesStudent Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning$93,298
Gregory BurgeEconomicsLincoln Institute of Land PolicyLocation-based Development Impact Fees and New Business Location Decisions$15,000
Amy Sue GoodinPolitical ScienceState of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation DepartmentOklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Department$12,000
John TobinPhysics and AstronomyUnited Space Research AssociationOutflow Energetics in the Heart of NGC 1333: FIFI-LS Spectroscopy of the SVS13/HH 7-11 Region$91,700
Ying WangMathematicsNational Science FoundationCareer Award Mathematical Analysis and Numerical Methods of Underground Oil Recovery Models 
Steven WellsSocial WorkHealth Sciences CenterOklahoma Lend: MCH Interdisciplinary Core Faculty Member$10,307
School of Library and Information StudiesWGBH Educational FoundationPublic Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship$229,772
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
Daniel AllenBiologyState of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation DepartmentTargeted Surveys for Peppered Shiner in the Kiamichi, Little, Glover and Mountain Fork Rivers$11,967
Marshall CheneyHealth and Exercise ScienceU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of HealthThe Influence of Vaper and Smoker Identities on Young Adult Smokers Who Use Electronic Cigarettes$118,544
Edward CokelyPsychologyMedscape, LLC.Risk Literacy CME Partnership$20,500
Shane Connelly and Michael MumfordPsychologyBinghampton UniversityCollective Leadership and Collective Planning for the U.S. Army$124,902
Michael PattenOklahoma Biological SurveyState of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation DepartmentPopulation Biology and Landscape Ecology of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken$32,551
Indrajeet SharmaChemistry and BiochemistryAmerican Chemical Society, Petroleum Research FundSynthetic Utility of Cascade Reactions Involving Diazo Synthons$110,000
Carol Silva and Hank Jenkins SmithPolitical ScienceSandia LaboratoriesAnalysis of Public Perceptions and Preferences for Nuclear Security Programs and Policies: 2017$40,000
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
Laura BartleyMicrobiology and Plant BiologyU.S. Department of Commerce, Small Business AdministrationSBIRxOK$125,000
Laura BartleyMicrobiology and Plant BiologyState of Oklahoma, Center for the Advancement of Science and TechnologySBIRxOK$150,000
Marshall CheneyHealth and Exercise ScienceU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of HealthThe Influence of Vaper and Smoker Identities on Young Adult Smokers Who Use Electronic Cigarettes$118,544
Jack FriedmanCenter for Applied Social ResearchU.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationUsing Vulnerability as Empirical Data to Improve Forecast and Warning Services$200,000
Karl HambrightBiologyState of Oklahoma, Wildlife Conservation DepartmentGenetic Analyses in Support of ODWC Fisheries Programs: Largemouth Bass Microsatellites and Golden Algae-related Fish Kills$20,000
Nathan KaibPhysics & AstronomyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignExploring the Evolution and Characterizing the Chaos of the Terrestrial Planets$50,000
Jeremy RossOklahoma Biological SurveyState of Oklahoma, Wildlife Conservation DepartmentManagement and Cave Protection for Federally-listed Bats and Co-occurring Stygobitic Fauna in Oklahoma$22,500
Hank Jenkins Smith &
Carol Silva
Political ScienceThird WayCoding, Tracking, and Analyzing Nuclear Debates on Social Media: OU/Third Way Collaboration$50,000
Paul SpicerAnthropologyHealth Sciences CenterStephenson Cancer Center Disparities Program Leadership Support$14,794
Joseph SuflitaMicrobiology and Plant BiologyUniversity of CalgaryManaging Microbial Corrosion in Canada's Offshore and Onshore Oil Production Operations$288,421