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Dr. Julio Friedmann
Research Distinguished Lecture Series
Opportunities and Tools for a Net-Zero Emissions World

Featuring Dr. S. Julio Friedmann

The governments and corporations of the world have made increasingly strong commitments to achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, with many setting ambitious emissions reductions targets for 2040, 2035, and 2030. Increasingly, these commitments are matched by enabling policies which are moving private capital into key markets including energy, infrastructure, and manufacturing. The constraints of a net-zero world are stringent and severe, requiring novel technology, business models, investment, and infrastructure to succeed. This talk will explore a few of the foundational elements of a net-zero world, and explain opportunities for innovators in every sector.

Date: October 30, 2020 12:00 PM (CST)

Location: Online via Zoom

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The OU Big Idea Challenge solicits proposals from transdisciplinary, convergent research teams that focus on grand challenges. Explore the OU Big Idea Challenge RFP (PDF) and engage in the multiple workshop opportunities found on the News & Events page.

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October 12, 2020

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October 21, 2020

OU Experts Reflect on 2020 Nobel Prize Recipients for Chemistry, Physics

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Nobel Prize recipients represent the minds behind some of humanity’s most significant scientific and cultural accomplishments. In this story, OU researchers share their perspectives on the work by this year’s recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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October 16, 2020

Picture A Scientist Screening, Discussion Series

Picture a scientist film

View a free screening of Picture a Scientist, a documentary that focuses on issues at the intersection of gender, race, and academic science careers through the compelling stories of three women scientists who fought for, or are fighting for, greater access and equity in science. Register for the free screening to receive information on how to stream the film anytime over the weekend from 6:00 p.m. Oct. 23 until 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

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October 9, 2020

OU Researchers Conduct First Drone-Based Weather Observations At Max Westheimer Airport

Launch of the OU CopterSonde from the University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport. The airport tower can be seen in the background.

Everyone has been impacted by unexpected weather events at some point in their life with consequences ranging from being mildly inconvenienced to experiencing life threatening conditions. One community that is particularly susceptible to the weather is aviation. There has been an on-going effort to improve weather awareness for aviators with an emphasis on conditions at airports. Supported in part through funding from NASA, the OU Center for Autonomous Sensing and Sampling is working with individuals at the OU Max Westheimer Airport to conduct novel observations of the atmosphere using state-of-the-art Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones. Resulting measurements can be used to improve numerical weather prediction model forecasts or communicated directly to pilots  to help keep them apprised of current weather conditions.

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October 8, 2020

OU and NOAA Team Up to Provide Radar Coverage During Hurricane Delta

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As Hurricane Delta lumbers toward the Central Louisiana coast, the University of Oklahoma’s Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching radar team, in collaboration with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, is deploying a mobile weather radar to the area around Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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September 29, 2020

OU-Led Study Aims to Use Microbial Information to Inform Global Climate Change Models

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Jizhong Zhou, the Director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics, a George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the OU College of Arts and Sciences and the lead for the study, tackles a problem that has challenged scientists for more than a decade.

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September 25, 2020

OU Research uses Artificial Intelligence to Predict Preeclampsia Risk

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Talayeh Razzaghi, an assistant professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, OU Gallogly College of Engineering, is leading a project using machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to predict when pregnant women may have increased risk of preeclampsia.

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September 23, 2020

OU Researchers Investigate the Equity of Faculty Evaluations

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The Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships on the OU Norman campus recently funded eleven short-term projects that position OU faculty and their collaborators to effectively compete for significant external funding opportunities related to the impact of social inequities on knowledge creation and dissemination.

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