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University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren today announced a $500 million campaign to raise private funds to support student scholarships; new residential colleges and classroom and laboratory upgrades; and endowments for faculty fellowships, universitywide initiatives and college programs.

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OU Freshmen Fall to Spring Retention Rate Increases to 95.5%

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NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma has announced that the freshmen fall to spring retention rate reached an all-time high of 95.5% this year, the highest percentage ever recorded at the University.



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Joe Foote Named 2015 Otis Sullivant Award Winner

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NORMAN – A national leader in journalism and education, Joe Foote – dean and Edward L. Gaylord Chair in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication – has been named the 2015 recipient of the $20,000 Otis Sullivant Award for Perceptivity at the University of Oklahoma.


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OU Research Team Receives NIH Grant to Facilitate Innovative Technique that Enhances Breast Cancer Detection

NORMAN — An innovative technique that enhances breast cancer detection while reducing radiation dose has been proposed by a University of Oklahoma research team.  In response, the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3 million grant to the OU team to facilitate the technique, which includes building a patient imaging system and conducting preclinical evaluations and Phase I clinical trials. Read More

Gary England to Join OU as Meteorologist-in-Residence

OKLAHOMA CITY — Currently collaborating with the University of Oklahoma on an upcoming educational opportunity, Oklahoma’s own Gary England has been named OU’s Consulting Meteorologist-in-Residence. The appointment was announced by OU President David L. Boren at the March meeting of the OU Board of Regents. Read More

An International Team of Researchers Discover Strong Association Between Lifestyles of Indigenous Communities and Gut Microbial Ecologies

NORMAN — An international team of researchers led by the University of Oklahoma has discovered a strong association between the lifestyles of indigenous communities and their gut microbial ecologies (gut microbiome), a study that may have implications for the health of all people. Read More

Kyle Harper Named OU Norman Campus Provost Following National Search

OKLAHOMA CITY – After a comprehensive national search, Kyle Harper, an educator who has served in leadership positions in the Provost’s Office since 2013, has been named Senior Vice President and Provost for the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. Read More

University of Oklahoma President David Boren Announces Inaugural Masters for OU's New Residential Colleges

OKLAHOMA CITY — Mark Morvant, an organic chemist and an expert in the implementation of teaching strategies that successfully engage students, and Keith Gaddie, a political scientist and a specialist in working with students on data engagement, have been selected as the first masters for the University of Oklahoma’s soon-to-be-constructed Residential Colleges. Read More

OU Board of Regents Elects Stuart, Weitzenhoffer as Officers

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jon R. Stuart of Tulsa has been elected as chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents and A. Max Weitzenhoffer of Norman has been elected as vice chairman of the board. Read More