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Dan Allen

University of Oklahoma Assistant Professor of Biology Dan Allen has co-authored a paper published in Nature Geoscience.

“A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways” was published May 21, and represents the first global study of the contribution that intermittent rivers make to carbon cycling.

Planets in Extra-galactic Galaxies


A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way. Xinyu Dai, professor in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, OU College of Arts and Sciences, with OU postdoctoral researcher Eduardo Guerras, made the discovery with data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a telescope in space that is controlled by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

The discovery has received worldwide attention including coverage by Newsweek, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian and The New York Post. NewsOn6 in Tulsa also featured Dai and Guerras.

David Vishanoff


David Vishanoff, associate professor, Religious Studies, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his project “Psalms of the Muslim Prophet David: Arabic Edition and English Translation,” which will bring to light a curious and little-known alternative version of the Psalms.

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The fascinating kingdom of fungi is on display in Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space galleries in a new exhibition developed in partnership with the University of Oklahoma’s Natural Products Discovery Group. Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi opened Dec. 26 and runs through Aug. 12.



Joshua Nelson, associate professor of English, and Warren Queton, OU tribal liaison, joined Broadway star and humanities advocate Lin-Manuel Miranda on Capitol Hill to showcase the NEH-funded work OU's Sam Noble Museum is doing to preserve Native American music.

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Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, associate professor and director of Women's and Gender Studies, and core affiliate faculty member Kiersten Edwards, assistant professor, Educational Leadership and POlicy Studies, explore in their new book "Curriculum at the Crossroads," the ways in which college curriculum is complicated, informed, understood, resisted and enriched by women of color.

Ed Cokely


Edward Cokely, Psychology, received funding for his research on risk literacy from Risk LIteracy CME Partnership by Medscape, LLC. His study has a goal to provide education on effective ways to communicate disease-related and treatment-related risk information to patients. The program reviews evidence-based research on factors that often influence informed decision-making among patients, physicians and allied professionals.  

Carol Sliva


Carol Silva and Hank Jenkins Smith received funding from Sandia Laboratories aimed at understanding Americans’ views on nuclear security and related issues of relevance to the goals of reducing global nuclear dangers and pursuing global nuclear strategic stability. For over a decade, OU has maintained a unique program for the collection of systematic, nationwide surveys of public and elite perceptions of nuclear security concerns, issues and options. Using data from these surveys, OU researchers will evaluate the manner in which U.S. residents’ views have evolved on matters of nuclear security, including nuclear conflict, deterrence and international efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear conflict.

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