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May 14, 2021

OU-Norman Vice President for Research, Partnerships Awards 17 Proposals Through New Funding Programs

Venky Venkatesan

Seventeen research teams at the University of Oklahoma will receive a total of $300,000 internal funding to support innovative research and equipment. The awards are provided by two new research investment programs facilitated by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships at OU-Norman.

OU Vice President for Research and Partnerships Tomás Díaz de la Rubia said, “these two new funding programs support the advancement of social sciences, humanities, and arts research projects and support the strategic investment of equipment necessary to elevate OU research. Both are both essential components to enrich and positively impact Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through research and creative activity as described in the Lead On strategic plan.”

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May 13, 2021

Venky Venkatesan Named Fellow of the Royal Society

Venky Venkatesan

Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan, director of the Center for Quantum Research and Technology at the University of Oklahoma, is one of 60 outstanding scientists from across the globe selected to join the Royal Society as a fellow.

The distinguished group of scientists consists of 52 Fellows, 10 Foreign Members and one Honorary Fellow and were all selected for their exceptional contributions to science. They join the ranks of Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Lise Meitner, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and Dorothy Hodgkin who all enriched the society with their expertise.

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May 6, 2021

Fornelli Receives Prestigious ASMS Research Award

Luca Fornelli

Luca Fornelli, an assistant professor of biology and chemistry in the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, is one of three recipients of this year’s prestigious American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award.

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May 4, 2021

OU Sets Research Record: Expenditures Increase 22.19% Despite COVID-19 Challenges

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In spite of challenges posed by the pandemic, University of Oklahoma research expenditures hit record levels in fiscal year 2020 – up 22.19% over the previous fiscal year to a record-high total of $377.6 million – providing a critical boost to Oklahoma’s economy during COVID-19.

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May 4, 2021

OU Professor’s Ongoing Work on Tar Creek Featured in Report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers

Robert W. Nairn

For over four decades, Tar Creek in northeastern Oklahoma has been off-limits for fishing, water sports and other outdoor recreational activities.

The well-publicized Tar Creek Superfund Site in the Tri-State Mining District, an area that also includes portions of southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri, originally produced lead and zinc to make bullets during both World Wars. Toxic mining waste, containing lead, zinc and cadmium – known locally as “chat” – was left on the surface of the site when mining operations ceased in the 1970s. Cleanup of the over 30 million tons of chat continues to this day. In addition, the flooded underground mines leak contaminated water to local streams.

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April 29, 2021

An OU-led Study Sheds New Insight on Forest Loss and Degradation in Brazilian Amazon

Yuanwei Qin and Xiangming Xiao

An international team led by Xiangming Xiao, George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, published a paper in the April issue of the journal Nature Climate Change that has major implications on forest policies, conservation and management practices in the Brazilian Amazon ( Xiao also is director of OU’s Center for Earth Observation and Modeling. Yuanwei Qin, a research scientist at the Center for Earth Observation and Modeling at OU, is the lead author of the study.

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April 28, 2021

OU Researchers Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to Study Oral Pathogen Evolution

Dr. Tanvi Honap and Dr. Cecil Lewis

University of Oklahoma researchers Dr. Cecil Lewis and Dr. Tanvi Honap have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant (NSF BCS-2045308) for their project “CHOMPER: Calculus and Hominid Oral Metagenomes for Pathogen Evolution Research”.

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April 20, 2021

Interdisciplinary OU Team Launches American School Online Architecture Database With Support From National Endowment for the Arts

Above: Herb Greene, Prairie House, Norman, Oklahoma, 1960-61. Bob Bowlby Collection, American School Archive, University of Oklahoma Libraries.

An interdisciplinary team of University of Oklahoma faculty and staff from the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, University Libraries and the Office of Digital Learning recently launched an interactive database on the American School of Architecture with the assistance of an $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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April 19, 2021

OU Doctoral Student’s Research on Fruit Fly Behavior Earns Best Poster Award at International Conference

Mehrnaz Afkhami

Mehrnaz Afkhami مهرناز افخمی, a doctoral biology student at the University of Oklahoma, was awarded the graduate student poster award at this year’s 62nd Annual Drosophila Research Conference.  She was selected for this honor among hundreds of posters, beating out the two runners-up from Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University. The conference was held as part of the international meeting (known as the Fly meeting) of the Genetics Society of America, which serves as one of the premier research conferences for geneticists who use fruit flies for their research.

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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

Cozzarelli Prize

 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

us capitol building

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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