The mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.
Public Affairs supports OU’s mission through publicity, promotion and special events designed to encourage public understanding and support of the University and to foster a consistent, positive image of OU across the state and nation.
OU History Professor to Receive Prestigious Wrangler Award
NORMAN — Professor David Wrobel, Merrick Chair of Western History at the University of Oklahoma, has been selected to receive the prestigious Wrangler Award in recognition of his nonfiction book, Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression.
Peggy V. Helmerich School of Drama at OU Dominates Regional Competition
NORMAN – Students from the Peggy V. Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma won top honors at the recent Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Shreveport, La. Drama students won top honors in the Irene Ryan Acting competition, and the Design, Technology and Management, Dramaturgy, and Playwriting competitions. Several awards include special invitations to compete or train at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in April.
OU Study Suggests Non-Uniform Climate Warming Affects Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, Ecosystems and Future Predictions
NORMAN — A recent University of Oklahoma study of five decades of satellite data, model simulations and in situ observations suggests the impact of seasonal diurnal or daily warming varies between global regions affecting many ecosystem functions and services, such as food production, carbon sequestration and climate regulation. The effects of non-uniform climate warming on terrestrial ecosystems is a key challenge in carbon cycle research and for those making future predictions. Read more about the study.
International Research Team Discovers Disease-Causing Bacteria in Dental Plaque
NORMAN — When a University of Oklahoma researcher and an international team of experts analyzed the dental calculus or plaque from teeth preserved for 1,000 years, the results revealed human health and dietary information never seen before.The team discovered disease-causing bacteria in a German Medieval population, which is the same or very similar to inflammatory disease-causing bacteria in humans today—unlikely scientific results given modern hygiene and dental health practices. Read more about the research.
First OU Next Generation Radar Deployed in Dallas-Fort Worth Area
NORMAN – A University of Oklahoma next generation radar was deployed in Addison, Texas, today as part of a new cutting-edge system designed to save lives and property by providing near-surface, fine-scale, rapidly updated information on severe weather. The Dallas-Fort Worth Urban Demonstration Network is a five-year, $10 million joint venture between OU, the University of Massachusetts and Colorado State University. Read more about the radar.