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Vice President for Research and Partnerships and the Center for Faculty Excellence Presents:
Aerospace, Defense, and Global Security (ADGS) Webinar: Understanding the Department Of Defense (DOD) Funding Landscape
 

Date: 1 - 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2021
Location: Online Via Zoom

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) funds research in many areas including health, science, engineering, and social sciences. Join John Antonio, Senior Associate Vice President, Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships in a webinar convened by the Aerospace, Defense, and Global Security (ADGS) strategic research vertical to connect and support OU researchers to interests and funding opportunities at the DOD. We will hear from our Lewis-Burke and Associates government consultants on how researchers can prepare to interact with Program Managers and increase the likelihood of procuring funds for research.

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Humanity and Health Webinar Series Presents:
From City to Room: The Use of Light and Air to Address Air Quality and Airborne Disease and Their Impacts on Design
 

Date: 12 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2021
Location: Online Via Zoom

Recorded history shows a multitude of city and building design requirements to address the spread of disease, and in this free Humanity and Health webinar, Dr. Lee Fithian and Director Elizbeth Pober will share some of the latest design interventions in the era of COVID-19 that are leading to changes in urban design, buildings and interior spaces.

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Research @ Home Webinar Series Presents:
From Invention to Discovery and Back Again: Examining the Cycle of Invention and Discovery

Featuring Dr. Tolu Odumosu

Date: 12 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021
Location: Online Via Zoom

Institutions have a power all their own to shape our experience and understanding of the world. Consider how federal use of the term "social distancing" has granted the term a very peculiar obduracy. As a group of sociologists argued in the early days of the pandemic, what we needed was "physical distancing" with complementary efforts to preserve social ties as much as possible to enable proper mental health. Their valiant efforts were all for naught, and "social distancing" has become the vernacular of the pandemic. Names have the power to shape thinking, and even when we realize the problems inherent in their use, shifting to different language, and different perspectives can be a herculean task.

In this talk, I will examine the history and resiliency of the terms "basic" and "applied" research and demonstrate how they have become a hindrance to US Science, Technology, and Innovation. By attending to researchers' lived experiences and their daily practice, I will demonstrate the critical importance of integrated research practice and its contribution to the virtuous cycle of discovery, invention, and innovation.

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Research News

April 6, 2021

Wang, Galizia Recognized as Influential Researchers

Bin Wang and Michele Galizia

Two University of Oklahoma engineering faculty members are recipients of the American Chemical Society’s 2021 Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research Influential Researcher Award.

Bin Wang, associate professor, and Michele Galizia, assistant professor, in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering, were nominated as thought leaders in chemical engineering/applied chemistry whose work has been noteworthy, creative and significant.

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April 5, 2021

3D Implants in 3 Minutes: OU Engineering Student Recognized for Thesis Video Presentation

Ali Rassi

With just three minutes to present his research on 3D printed implants, University of Oklahoma graduate student Ali Rassi has risen to the occasion.

Rassi, a master’s student in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, was recently named the overall winner of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools’ regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition for his video presentation on 3D printed implants – a technique that may ultimately help those with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or other joint health issues. Rassi’s video also was one of three videos that was selected to be aired publicly at the competition.

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March 30, 2021

Corix Plains Institute Research Used Radar to Show Effects of Artificial Lights on Grasshoppers

Elske Tielens

The expansion of artificial night lights globally has had important impacts on animal behavior and health, recent studies have shown. A study led by a research team at the University of Oklahoma on the effects of bright city lighting on grasshoppers will appear in the next issue of the journal Biology Letters.

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March 29, 2021

OU Chemistry Professor Named to List of 12 Texas Women Who Made History

Donna Nelson

Donna Nelson, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma, recently was named to the University of Texas-Austin’s listing of 12 Texas women who made history.

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March 24, 2021

Book of Poetry by OU English Professor Receives 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

A book of poetry by a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma on March 22 was honored recently with the 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry.

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards will air at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27, on CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2 and LOGO.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers received the award for her collection of poems, The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan University Press, 2020), which is based upon 15 years of archival research on the life and times of Phillis Wheatley Peters, a formerly enslaved African person who in 1773 became the first Black American woman to publish a book. The Age of Phillis was long-listed for the 2020 National Book Award in Poetry, is the finalist for the 2021 PEN/Volcker Award and the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry, and was chosen as the “common read” for the Society of Early Americanists for the academic year of 2020-2021.  

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March 17, 2021

OU Research Study Named Finalist for PNAS Cozzarelli Prize

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 A University of Oklahoma research study on the causes contributing to a declining insect population was named the finalist for the prestigious Cozzarelli Prize through the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The OU article received the “2020 Cozzarelli Prize Finalist” designation in the applied biological, agricultural and environmental sciences class, one of six scientific disciplines within the National Academy of Sciences.

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March 15, 2021

OU Research Well-Represented in GRDA Annual Report

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OU researchers with the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, Gallogly College of Engineering, are well represented in the Grand River Dam Authority's 2020 annual report (pages 22-41), providing an annual review of their watershed partnership efforts.

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March 11, 2021

Caryn Vaughn Named Society for Freshwater Science Fellow

Caryn Vaughn

Caryn Vaughn, a George Lynn Cross Distinguished Research Professor and Presidential Professor in the Department of Biology and Oklahoma Biological Survey, was selected as a 2021 Society for Freshwater Science Fellow. She is one of six fellows selected nationally. 

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March 11, 2021

Exploring the Moral Identity of Recent Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates

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David Craig, President’s Associates Presidential Professor and associate dean in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, leads a national research team studying the moral psychology and ethical development of recent graduates from Gaylord College and other top programs across the country. The study explores moral identity among recent U.S. graduates in media-related fields in emerging adulthood, defined as ages 18 to 29, through a multi-year longitudinal study.

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March 10, 2021

Recent Economic Development Administration Grant Enables Opportunities for OU Aerospace Growth

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A recent grant awarded to the University of Oklahoma will enable the creation and retention of jobs in the aerospace industry and accelerate Oklahoma’s economic recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Aerospace Workforce Development and Venture Support effort, funded through the 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs through the CARES Act, is primarily focused on three initiatives: grow an educated aerospace workforce with specific skill sets that align and meet employer needs; support aerospace venture creation; and establish and expand on industry relationships.

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March 5, 2021

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

OU vice president for research and partnerships Tomás Díaz de la Rubia

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

NOAA researcher monitors flash flood software

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

Stefan Wilhelm

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

Stefan Wilhelm

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

Joyce Burch

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

Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan

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

A chamber for testing ultraviolet light wavelengths in the UVC range for disinfection of air at velocity

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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