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Brandi Bethke and Sarah Trabert.

OU Researchers Receive Newcomb Cleveland Prize

February 28, 2024

Two researchers at the University of Oklahoma are part of an interdisciplinary team of Indigenous and Western scientists who have received the 2024 Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The $25,000 award is the association’s oldest prize. It is offered annually to an outstanding publication in Science.

RESEARCH


OU researchers preparing a soil sample.

OU Research Reveals Accelerated Soil Priming Under Climate Warming

February 28, 2024

A first-of-its-kind study led by researchers at the University of Oklahoma highlights a crucial biosphere feedback mechanism and its effects on releasing soil carbon into the atmosphere.

Lurdes Queimado, and Balaji Sadhasivam.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Decreases Effectiveness of Chemotherapy, OU Health Sciences Research Reveals in First-of-Its-Kind Study

February 27, 2024

People who are diagnosed with head and neck cancer often receive a standard type of chemotherapy as part of their treatment. If they are exposed to secondhand smoke during chemotherapy — even if they have never smoked themselves — the treatment may be far less effective at killing cancer cells. That finding, considered the first of its kind, was revealed in a study recently published by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences.

CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY


Gerald Franklin standing in front of a shelving unit with his hand on a tan storage box.

Sam Noble Museum Volunteer Honored for Contributions to Archaeological Research

February 29, 2024

The Society for American Archaeology recently named Norman, OK resident Gerald Franklin as the recipient of its annual Crabtree Award for Avocational Archaeology for his service of more than 1,000 volunteer hours with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Professional Archaeology Network.

Exterior of the Gaylord College of Journalism building located on the south oval walkway on the Norman, OK. Campus.

Gaylord College students, faculty earn multiple awards from Broadcast Education Association

February 28, 2024

Thirty-five students and three faculty members within the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma received honors from the Broadcast Education Association during the Festival of Media Arts. BEA received 1,900 entries from over 300 schools for the awards this year. Last year, 28 Gaylord College students received recognition.

EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP


OU, OCCC Announce Partnership to Address Oklahoma Teacher Shortage

February 22, 2024

To address the need for qualified teachers in Oklahoma classrooms, the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and Oklahoma City Community College have partnered to create OU Teacher Bound x OCCC for students interested in becoming teachers in Oklahoma.

Greg Burge.

OU Economics Professor Greg Burge to Receive Medal for Excellence

February 15, 2024

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence is honoring University of Oklahoma economics professor and department chair Greg Burge with the Medal for Excellence in Research University Teaching.“Dr. Burge’s personal touch and sustained engagement work miracles,” said colleague Qihong Liu, who noted that rates of student failure — measured by the number of D’s and F’s — fell by more than half during the first year Burge started teaching OU’s Principles of Macroeconomics introductory course.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS


Two dentists work together with a young patient.

OU College of Dentistry Provides Free Dental Care During Kids’ Day

February 24, 2024

The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry provided free cleanings, fillings and crowns to over 100 children during the annual Kids’ Day. The event was sponsored in part by the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation

Lurdes Queimado, and Balaji Sadhasivam.

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Decreases Effectiveness of Chemotherapy, OU Health Sciences Research Reveals in First-of-Its-Kind Study

February 27, 2024

People who are diagnosed with head and neck cancer often receive a standard type of chemotherapy as part of their treatment. If they are exposed to secondhand smoke during chemotherapy — even if they have never smoked themselves — the treatment may be far less effective at killing cancer cells. That finding, considered the first of its kind, was revealed in a study recently published by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY


OU Receives $1.4 Million Grant for Wildfire Research

January 24, 2024

The Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations (CIWRO) at the University of Oklahoma has received $1.4 million to conduct research into mitigating the impacts of wildfires across the country. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is part of a $34 million national initiative to improve the understanding and modeling of wildfire behavior and integrate that into weather forecasting and wildfire warnings.

Green Energy Research Addresses Indigenous Needs

January 08, 2024

University of Oklahoma professor Diana Denham is leading a research project to co-design renewable agricultural and ecological systems that reflect the knowledge and priorities of Indigenous community partners.

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY


Michael A. Schade.

Michael Schade Named Interim Director of the OU Office of Innovation and Corporate Partnerships

February 15, 2024

Michael A. Schade has been named the interim chief innovation and corporate officer for the University of Oklahoma and the interim executive director of the OU Office of Innovation and Corporate Partnerships (OICP), effective immediately.

OU Receives Federal Funding to ‘Intensify’ Research Impact

December 19, 2023

The University of Oklahoma is one of 18 U.S. academic institutions to receive the first-ever Accelerating Research Translation awards from the National Science Foundation. The $6 million award distributed over four years is intended to enable institutions to accelerate the pace and scale of translational research that will grow the nation’s economy.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES


The Merry Widow poster. Being performed February 15-18, 2024.

OU to Present Endearing Operetta, The Merry Widow

February 20, 2024

An inspiring story of love and misadventure will be presented in University Theatre’s upcoming production of The Merry Widow. The show will run Feb. 15 – 18 on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. Franz Lehar’s uplifting opera is a delightful story of a woman’s quest for love and how her burgeoning romance is hampered by deception, mishap, and comedic misadventures.

Adrianna Hicks.

OU Musical Theater Alum Member of 2024 Grammy-winning Cast

February 20, 2024

When veteran music producer Scott M. Riesett thanked the cast and crew of the Best Musical Theater Album winning Broadway production of Some Like It Hot at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards February 4th, it included cast member and principal vocalist Adrianna Hicks.

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Students smiling on OU Norman Campus during Winter Howdy Week 2024.
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Winter Howdy Week 2024

January 19, 2024

Classes were back in full swing as the University of Oklahoma welcomed students home after winter break, while also celebrating OU President Harroz's birthday.

OU President, Joe Harroz, singing with the Pride of Oklahoma marching band in the tunnel of an OU football game.
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2023 Through OU Photography

January 10, 2024

Look back on 2023 in pictures through the best of University of Oklahoma photography.

Dillon Gabriel, wearing a marching band hat, and OU Band members pose together with instruments after OU vs West Virginia football game on November 11, 2023.
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Best of Home Football Games 2023

November 24, 2023

With the win over TCU on Nov. 24 The University of Oklahoma Sooners recorded their 58th unbeaten home season. The 2023 season marked OU's last as a member of the Big 12, as the Sooners move to the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2024.

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