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Foreign Influence in university research
Office of Export Control and Secure Research Operations Present: 
Foreign Government Influence in University Research

Date: 12 p.m. March 10 2021 
Location: Online via Zoom

Global research and technological competition have expanded the range of concerns and the level of risk for the integrity of university research. While international collaboration adds value in many ways to the scientific enterprise, it also creates the possibility for improper foreign government influence, ranging from the misdirection of research to the actual theft of data, ideas, and intellectual property. This presentation, hosted by OU Export Control and Secure Research Operations, will address foreign government influence by discussing:

  • What activities are associated with Foreign Government Influence
  • What are some methods of collection of research/IP
  • Red flags
  • What can motivate researchers to take part
  • Risks to the researcher and institution

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University of Oklahoma, Peru University Partner on Health, Climate Research Projects

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Researchers from the University of Oklahoma are working with the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, one of Peru’s largest and oldest public research universities, on four collaborative projects to study climate change impacts and adaptation strategies for Latin America, as well as advanced public health monitoring and technologies to mitigate the disparate impact of diseases such as cancer and COVD-19 amongst the indigenous populations of Peru. 

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March 3, 2021

Improved Flash Flood Tools Aim to Increase Public Safety

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Researchers from the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory are improving current software to enhance guidance for the categorization of flash flood warnings to increase public response and public safety to these deadly weather events. 

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February 25, 2021

OU Study Highlights Need for Improving Methane Emission Database

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A University of Oklahoma-led study published in 2020 revealed that both area and plant growth of paddy rice is significantly related to the spatial-temporal dynamics of atmospheric methane concentration in monsoon Asia, where 87% of the world’s paddy rice fields are situated. Now, the same international research team has released a follow-up discussion paper in the journal Nature Communications. In this paper, the team identifies the limits and insufficiency of the major greenhouse emission database (EDGAR) in estimating paddy rice methane emissions.

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February 24, 2021

Stefan Wilhelm Named 2021 Scialog Fellow

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Stefan Wilhelm, an assistant professor in the Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering and an associate member of the Stephenson Cancer Center was named a 2021 Scialog: Advancing Bioimaging Fellow. Fifty five early-career researchers, interested in pursuing collaborative, high-risk, highly impactful discovery research on untested ideas applicable to creating breakthroughs in imaging technology and applications are invited to participate in the program. The program format encourages participants to engage in dialogue and form new research teams, through interaction with a collection of scientists who approach the problem from different perspectives and disciplines. 

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February 22, 2021

OU Research Delineates the Impacts of Climate Warming on Microbial Network Interactions

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Climate change impacts are broad and far reaching. A new study by OU researchers from the Institute for Environmental Genomics explores the impacts of climate warming on microbial network complexity and stability, providing critical insights to ecosystem management and for projecting ecological consequences of future climate warming.

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February 18, 2021

OC-ALC Team Tours New Sustainment and Modernization Partnership Facility on the University Research Campus

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A team of top-level executives from the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC) at Tinker Air Force Base visited campus Feb. 11 to meet with OU’s Vice President for Research and Partnerships Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, Senior Associate VPRP John Antonio, Gallogly College of Engineering Dean John Klier, and many other faculty and staff. 

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February 18, 2021

VPRP Office of Corporate Partnerships and Regional Economic Development Bridges Industry and Research

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Joyce Burch is the director of the Office of Corporate Partnerships and Regional Economic Development for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships. The OCP serves as a bridge between business and industry and the University.

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February 10, 2021

OU ‘Big Idea Challenge’ Funds Five Projects to Explore Solutions to Global Grand Challenges

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Five research teams at the University of Oklahoma will receive internal funding to support innovative research projects. The awards are for the OU Big Idea Challenge, an initiative launched by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships to support the development of transdisciplinary research projects with significant potential for future extramural funding and that address global grand challenges.

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February 9, 2021

OU Names Inaugural Director of Its Center for Quantum Research and Technology

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Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan, an internationally renowned leader in advanced technology innovation, will lead the University of Oklahoma Center for Quantum Research and Technology as director designate before becoming the center’s inaugural director July 1. The center was enabled by a generous gift from the Avenir Foundation and brings together faculty and students with interest in quantum materials, sensors and the scientific study of measurement, as well as quantum communications and computing. 

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January 28, 2021

Innovation Hub Prototyping Services

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The Tom Love Innovation Hub prototyping services launched in 2020 to support entrepreneurs, researchers, and help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the Innovation Hub will expand their prototyping services to include two new offerings, a waterjet cutting machine and CNC mill.

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January 26, 2021

Data Science Institute Sponsors Three Science-Based AI Projects

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The Data Institute for Societal Challenges will sponsor three projects that advance data science research. Inspired by a recent announcement from the Department of Energy to provide funding for science-based artificial intelligence projects, DISC hosted a two-part workshop to help OU faculty develop teams and competitive proposals for research projects that involved AI-enabled solutions aligned with the DOE’s mission.

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January 19, 2021

OU to Lead AI-enabled Sustainable Agriculture Planning Grant

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The University of Oklahoma will lead a national research team to support artificial intelligence-enabled sustainable agricultural communities and production through advancements in plant and crop science, weather and climate forecast models, hydrologic models and water management tools, and the climate-food-water ecosystem.

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January 7, 2021

National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Support Possible Through Proposed Legislation

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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.

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