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Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources: A National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center

Featuring Fabio Ribeiro

Date: Friday January 22, 2021 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Online via Zoom

CISTAR is creating a technically excellent and inclusive community of hydrocarbon systems researchers, learners, and teachers through competency-based education, best-practice mentoring, and growth in key professional skills. Industry and Innovation: CISTAR leverages NSF funding through an industrial membership program that enables strategic advice and accelerates R&D progress and technology transfer to industry. In this presentation, we will discuss the current and future activities of CISTAR and the past steps that contributed to the formation of the center.

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OU Humanity & Health Presents
Pandemic Then (and Now): COVID-19 through the Lens of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Featuring Dr. Nancy Bristow

Date: Thursday January 28, 2021 12 p.m. 
Location: Online via Zoom

Dr. Nancy Bristow will be leading this free Humanity & Health webinar focused on the 1918 Influenza epidemic and hosted by OU's Dr. Robert L. Griswold, and how the lessons learned by public health officials then apply to the Covid-19 epidemic.

In 1918 an influenza pandemic swept around the globe killing some 50-100 million people died worldwide, 675,000 of them Americans.  As we experience our own pandemic in 2020-2021, the similarities are striking.  Professor Nancy K. Bristow will explore several parallels between the two experiences—from public health responses to the inequitable impact of the crises—and will suggest insights this history offers as we face the complex challenges and choices COVID-19 is presenting to our local, national, and global communities.

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Big Idea Challenge: Oral Presentations

Date: Friday January 29, 2021 1-4 p.m. 
Location: Online via Zoom

Eleven semi-finalists have been invited to give short presentations on their proposals for the second phase of review of OU's Big Idea Challenge. Each talk will be 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes Q&A. The Big Idea Challenge will provide resources to transdisciplinary teams for projects that position the university as a leader in generating new insights and contributions to solving regional, national and global challenges in security, sustainability, health and communities.  These talks are open to the public; registration is not required.

Meeting ID: 992 9069 9288
Passcode: 76848437

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Research News

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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December 22, 2020

OU Graduate Becomes Among First Space Force Guardians

Cash Balke

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.

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December 14, 2020

OU Research Explores the Relationship Between Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jizhong Zhou

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.

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December 14, 2020

Michael Purcell named Executive Director of ORS and Associate Vice President for Research and Partnerships

Michael Purcell

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.

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December 10, 2020

New Study Finds OU Research Well Cited, Impactful

Seed Sower by Melanie Foster

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.

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