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Current Issue: December 18, 2020
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Support Possible Through Proposed Legislation
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced the Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act on Jan. 5, 2021. A news release issued by Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas says the legislation creates a new postdoctoral fellowship program at the National Science Foundation to help keep early career researchers whose employment opportunities have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis in the STEM pipeline with the goal of preventing the loss of research talent due to job market disruptions caused by economic decline during and after the pandemic.
OU Graduate Becomes Among First Space Force Guardians
Cash Balke has become the first University of Oklahoma graduate to join the Space Force. He commissioned into the Space Force on Dec. 19, one of less than 100 cadets to be commissioned into the newly formed military branch this spring. Balke, from Edmond, graduated Dec. 18 with a degree in aerospace engineering and was a member of Air Force ROTC Detachment 675.
OU Research Explores the Relationship Between Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A University of Oklahoma-led interdisciplinary study on a decade-long experiment (1997-2009) at the University of Minnesota found that lower nitrogen levels in soil promoted release of carbon dioxide from soils under high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, and could therefore contribute to furthering rising atmospheric greenhouse gases and climate change.
Michael Purcell named Executive Director of ORS and Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships
Michael Purcell has been named as the executive director of the Office of Research Services at the University of Oklahoma-Norman campus and an associate vice president for research and partnerships. Michael is 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.
New Study Finds OU Research Well Cited, Impactful
According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS Biology, 188 University of Oklahoma researchers are listed as among the most influential researchers in the world. The study was led by Stanford University professor John Loannidis and analyzed the career-long impacts of researchers globally across a broad range of disciplines. The resulting list features the top 100,000 impactful researchers.