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January 8, 2019

Young Planets Orbiting Red Dwarfs May Lack Ingredients for Life

Young Planets Orbiting Red Dwarfs May Lack Ingredients for Life

Rocky planets orbiting red dwarf stars may be bone dry and lifeless, according to a new study using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Water and organic compounds, essential for life as we know it, may get blown away before they can reach the surface of young planets.

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December 19, 2018

OU Classified as 2018 Carnegie Institution Top Tier Research University

OU's Cecil Lewis in the lab.

The University of Oklahoma announced today that it has achieved the 2018 Carnegie Institution’s Very High Research Activity classification. With this designation, OU is among the nation’s top 120 doctoral-degree granting institutions in the 2018 top research category. OU made history in 2010 as the first public institution in Oklahoma to receive the Carnegie top tier research university classification and was classified again as a top tier research institution in 2015.
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November 27, 2018

OU Biologist and Director of Environmental Studies Elected AAAS Fellow

David Hambright

A University of Oklahoma biologist and director of environmental studies, K. David Hambright, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions in the field of freshwater plankton biology, particularly for contributions to understanding food web structure and function across multiple trophic levels
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November 07, 2018

OU's K20 Center Receives $68M in GEAR UP Funding

K20 Gear Up Kids

2018 GEAR UP partnership awards, totaling more than $68 million in funding over the course of seven years. With these awards, the K20 Center has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the quality of education in 46 schools and more than 12,000 students across Oklahoma, many of which have been deeply affected by issues such as poverty and teacher shortages.
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October 26, 2018

OU Professors to Lead Global Research on Bluegreen Algae in Freshwaters

Scooping up algae

University of Oklahoma professors, Karl D. Hambright and Lee R. Krumholz, will lead a global research team to study one of the most common environmental problems—freshwater toxic cyanobacteria (bluegreen algae) blooms, which threaten freshwater lakes and pose substantial health risks to humans, pets, livestock and wildlife. The group will address the fundamental interactions between cyanobacteria and other bacteria co-occurring with the blooms.
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October 23, 2018

New Study Examines Attitudes Toward LGT Individuals


OU sociologist examines how measures of social contact and social distancing relate to attitudes toward lesbian, gay and transgender individuals.

A University of Oklahoma sociologist, Meredith G. F. Worthen, examines how measures of social contact and social distancing relate to attitudes toward lesbian, gay and transgender individuals in a new study.
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October 3, 2018

OU Radar Team Developing Testbed

ARRC Development Team

The University of Oklahoma Advanced Radar Research Center is developing an all-digital polarimetric phased array mobile radar testbed with a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, to address significant near-term obstacles and fulfill many operational missions.
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September 26, 2018

OU's SMART-R Team Data Reveals Threats During Hurricane Florence Landfall

Alord Operating Radar

The University of Oklahoma Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching radar team set up a mobile C-band radar on the shoulder of I-140 on the Cape Fear River bridge west of Wilmington, North Carolina, during Hurricane Florence landfall. Four OU and Purdue University portable integrated precipitation systems were placed in open fields southwest of Wilmington to measure raindrop sizes, winds, temperature, humidity and pressure.
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September 10, 2018

OU IT Team Receives NSF Instrumentation Grant for Research Data Archiving

Sooner Bassue

A University of Oklahoma team is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant in the amount of $967,755 for a new academic research data storage instrument—a massive tape archive known as the OU and Regional Research Store, which will serve as a national model for affordable, large-scale, multi-institutional storage.
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April 13, 2018

Oklahoma Researchers Tapped to Study Antarctic Glacier and Its Impact on Rising Sea Levels

Walter and Nakata

Oklahoma Geological Survey State Seismologist Jake Walter and University of Oklahoma Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy Assistant Professor Nori Nakata have been selected to take part in a $25 million research collaboration to study a remote Antarctic glacier and how its collapse could significantly affect global sea levels.
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November 4, 2017

6 ways climate change and disease helped topple the Roman Empire


Americans have always loved to compare themselves to the ancient Romans. Our political language and ideology are suffused with Latin influences like “capitol,” “forum,” and “senate”; the neoclassical style is our federal architecture; our very model of a constitutional republic is deeply indebted to Rome’s example.
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