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July 7, 2020

OU Researcher Receives Department of Defense Young Faculty Award

Justin Metcalf

Justin Metcalf, assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma,  has received a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

In recent years, commercial and military demand for using the electromagnetic spectrum has exploded. Mobile devices, digital audio and streaming platforms compete with military needs for communications and intelligence. Metcalf’s research project explores how the electromagnetic spectrum has become critically congested.

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July 2, 2020

Interim Executive Director of the Office of Research Services Named

Andrea Deaton

Many of you know Andrea Deaton from her role as an Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships and Executive Director of the Office of Research Services (ORS). Since becoming the Executive Director in 2006, Andrea has been responsible for ensuring the continuity of daily operations of all pre-award functions related to the administration of sponsored research and creative activities for the Norman campus and related programs on the Tulsa campus. Andrea will be retiring effective August 31, 2020, but her last day in the office will be July 15.

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June 25, 2020

Julian Sabisch Joins the Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory

Julian Sabisch

Julian Sabisch will join the Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory (SRNML) in July as a transmission electron microscopy and imaging research scientist. Sabisch will operate, maintain, supervise and provide research-related training principally on transmission electron microscopy and related equipment in the core light/electron imaging facility.

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June 23, 2020

OU Researcher Receives Department of Energy Early Career Award

Bayram Saparov

Bayram Saparov, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, was selected for a 2020 Early Career Research Award from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. 

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June 18, 2020

The Measles Virus May Be Older Than Previously Believed


Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease that despite being vaccine-preventable still imposes a tremendous burden on human health. Like many human diseases, measles originated in animals. A spill-over of a cattle-infecting virus, the common ancestor to both measles virus and its closest relative, rinderpest virus, likely gave rise to the disease. The timing and circumstances of this important host switch, however, are still debated.

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