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This group is working to understand how the human brain controls and learns to control behavior, and how disease impacts these processes. The group includes faculty, postdocs and senior graduate students in brain imaging, sensing of brain chemistry and motor behavior, data analysis and computational modeling. This group is scheduled to meet the 3rd Friday of every month 10:30-11:30 am over Zoom (except the March meeting will be March 25th)

For more information, please get in touch with Andy Fagg at

This group has approximately 90 members consisting of faculty, staff, and graduate students across all OU campuses interested in research to address the opioid crisis in Oklahoma and the US. The goal of the group is to keep abreast of opportunities for opioid-related funding, share ongoing research to foster collaboration and expansion of the research, and, ultimately, to use research to develop and implement solutions. The group hosts events a couple of times a year and is open to member feedback about new directions. We hope in 2022 to design and participate in a community service project—building the relationship between OU and the broader community.

For more information, please contact Erin Maher at

The OU Community Engagement Community of Practice is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and Data Institute for Societal Challenges. This community of practice emphasizes community-engaged OU researchers, educators, and scholars across campuses and disciplines. This Community of Practice has met monthly since May of 2021 and held meetings throughout the fall 2021 semester to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to interact with community partners (primarily in the Norman and OKC areas) who have a variety of data, service learning, and infrastructure needs.

If you are interested in community-engaged research or service-learning and have questions about this program or other opportunities to learn more about community-engaged research and/or service learning, please contact Shane Brady or Joy Pendley. Further information regarding Spring 2022 meetings will be announced soon.

This group works to bring people together who work in Digital Humanities or would like to engage in Digital Humanities work to foster collaboration. Furthermore, this group will also be used to discuss the future steps of the Digital Humanities program at OU. Our goal is to get faculty and staff to work on or become interested in Digital Humanities. In addition to this, we also wish to link our Digital Humanities sector with that of the Arts and Humanities Forum. Dr. Carrie Schroeder and Dr. Kimberly Marshall will be the co-facilitators of these endeavors.

If you would like to be added to our listserv, please contact Jack Wagner at

Seed Funding Opportunity for Research in Digital Humanities now open, please click here to learn more.

One of the OU VPRP’s strategic research verticals is Environment, Energy and Sustainability (ESS). Within this EES vertical, the strategic plan identifies the focus area of Earth system observation and prediction. Developing research ideas that fall into this category is the goal of this group that meets on a semi-regular basis. More specifically, this group brings together researchers working on understanding processes in the biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and their linkages. In our conversations we apply a systems approach, identify synergies and shared research interests around the broader topics of Earth systems science, observation and prediction of the Earth system, and work towards describing these ideas and synergies in 1-page summaries. One of the underlaying motivations is to be prepared for emerging funding opportunities and for reaching out to program managers of potential funding agenci

If you would like to join this Community of Practice, please contact Jennifer Koch at