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May 22, 2020

Innovative Program Creates Opportunity for OU Students Whose Summer Internships Were Canceled

When the coronavirus pandemic caused businesses to shutter their offices in favor of telecommuting, many students in the University of Oklahoma Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy lost summer internships. With internships a graduation requirement for some majors, students’ graduation tracks were in jeopardy.

That’s when the college’s Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions stepped in to help.

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April 2, 2020

University of Oklahoma to Host Climate Education Virtual Teach-In

The University of Oklahoma is participating in a nationwide virtual teach-in focused on significant actions that can be taken in Oklahoma to help solve climate change. The event on April 7 is open to members of the public and includes lesson plan guides for teachers.

Solve Climate By 2030 features simultaneous, university-led webinars in almost all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 10 other countries. The OU-hosted webinar will bring together experts charged with identifying three ambitious-but-feasible ideas to locally address climate change.

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Feb. 19, 2020

OU Petroleum Engineering Student Team Takes Home North American PetroBowl® Title and Prepares for International Championship

A team of petroleum engineering students from the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma won first prize at the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ annual PetroBowl® North American regional qualifier competition, hosted at the University of Southern California.

PetroBowl® is a technical quiz competition for universities with petroleum engineering programs. Student teams compete in regional qualifier competitions around the world. The top five or six teams from each regional qualifier will meet this October in Denver for the PetroBowl® Championship.

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Jan. 28, 2020

Energy Executive David Ferris to Lead the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions at OU’s Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy

NORMAN, OKLA. – David Ferris, a University of Oklahoma alumnus with experience developing multi-billion-dollar strategic plans for large energy-related corporations, has been named the inaugural director of the Ronnie K. Irani Center for Energy Solutions in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at OU.

First envisioned by alumnus Ronnie K. Irani, the Irani Center for Energy Solutions provides OU students the opportunity to participate in real-world, real-time industry projects. As the center’s new director, Ferris is expanding the Irani Center’s focus to also include community engagement initiatives and the Energy Institute of the Americas, the college’s professional energy education and development department.

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Dec. 23, 2019

OU Geoscientists Document the Role of Atmospheric Dust on Marine Ecosystems 300 Million Years Ago

Dust plays a crucial role in the life and health of our planet. In our modern world, dust-borne nutrients traveling in great dust storms from the Saharan Desert fertilize the soil in the Amazon Rainforest and feed photosynthetic organisms like algae in the Atlantic Ocean. In turn, it is those organisms that breathe in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen.

Mehrdad Sardar Abadi, a researcher in the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy School of Geosciences and School director Lynn Soreghan, led a study with researchers from Florida State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hampton University and the College of Charleston, to understand the role of dust on the Earth’s atmosphere in deep time – 300 million years ago. 

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Oct. 24, 2019

University of Oklahoma Geoscientist Hopes to Make Induced Earthquakes Predictable

University of Oklahoma Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy assistant professor Xiaowei Chen and a group of geoscientists from Arizona State University and the University of California, Berkeley, have created a model to forecast induced earthquake activity from the disposal of wastewater after oil and gas production.

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Sept. 12, 2019

OU Study on Earthquake Activity in Oklahoma Reveals the Susceptibility of Oklahoma’s Rocks to Wastewater Injection-Related Earthquakes

A team of University of Oklahoma researchers recently published their findings on the connections between injection-related earthquake activity, and pre-existing fault systems in the granitic basement rocks that underlie large portions of Oklahoma in the journal Nature-Geoscience.

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July 22, 2019

University of Oklahoma Petroleum Engineering Students Win  International Drilling Competition

Robots and college students. It sounds like a sci-fi story, but it was an actual event that landed a team of University of Oklahoma engineering students first place at the annual Drillbotics® international competition.

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June 27, 2018

Mewbourne College Professor Receives Young Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy

Siddharth Misra, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, is a 2018 winner of the Early Career Research Program award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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April 13, 2018

Oklahoma Researchers Tapped to Study Antarctic Glacier and Its Impact on Rising Sea Levels

Oklahoma Geological Survey State Seismologist Jake Walter and University of Oklahoma Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy Assistant Professor Nori Nakata have been selected to take part in a $25 million research collaboration to study a remote Antarctic glacier and how its collapse could significantly affect global sea levels.

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