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Big Idea Challenge Oral Presentations

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Big Idea Challenge Oral Presentations

1 - 4 p.m., January 29, 2021

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. On behalf of their collaborative team, the lead Principal Investigator or co-lead PIs listed below will describe their BIC proposal and projected outcomes. 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

Schedule of Presentations

1:05 - 1:20 pm

Creation of a Sustainable and Holistic Refugee Resettlement Model (SHRRM)

Chie Noyori-Corbett (view team)
Social Work

1:20 - 1:35 pm

Social Media and the Visual Politics of Policing Communities of Color

Sherri Irvin & Karlos Hill (view team)
Philosophy & African and African-American Studies

1:35 - 1:50 pm

Enabling Tribal Data Sovereignty

Paul Spicer & Amanda Cobb-Greetham (view team)
Anthropology & Native American Studies

1:50 - 2:05 pm

Achieving Sustainability and Negative Carbon Emissions in an Agro-Energy Producing Region 

Kyle Murray (view team)
Oklahoma Geological Survey  

2:05 - 2:10 pm


2:10 - 2:25 pm

Childhood Adversity, Health Inequities, and Early Mortality in Rural Oklahoma Communities 

Constance Chapple & Erin Maher (view team)

2:25 - 2:40 pm

Countering Religious Extremism throughReligious Literacy in the Academy and Beyond 

Kimberly Marshall (view team)

2:40 - 2:55 pm

Cultivating Child Well-Being

Sherri Castle (view team)
Early Childhood Education Institute, OU-Tulsa

2:55 - 3:10 pm

Understanding, Predicting, and Countering Vaccine Misinformation and Disinformation  

Shane Connelly & Georgia Kosmopoulou (view team)
Psychology & Economics

3:10 - 3:15 pm


3:15 - 3:30 pm

Carbon-free H2 Energy Production and Storage (CHEPS) 

Dimitrios Papavassiliou (view team)
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering 

3:30 - 3:45 pm

X-GEM: Enhancing Future Community Sustainability via Greenhouse Gas Emission Monitoring

Binbin Weng (view team)
Electrical and Computer Engineering

3:45 - 4:00 pm

A Holistic Approach to Make the Transition to a Hydrogen-Fueled Economy   

Deepak Devegowda (view team)
Petroleum Engineering

Teams - Lead PI(s), Co-PIs

Social Work

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Chie Noyori-Corbett
  • June Abbas, Library & Information Studies
  • Suchismita Bhattacharjee, Architecture
  • Ronald Frantz, Jr., Architecture
  • Sunny Lee, Communication
  • Ying Wang, Mathematics
  • Jiening Ruan, Instructional Leadership & Academic Curriculum
  • Qiong Wang, Marketing

Philosophy & African and African-American Studies

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Sherri Irvin
  • Karlos Hill

Anthropology & Native American Studies

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Paul Spicer
  • Amanda Cobb-Greetham
  • Laura Harjo, Native American Studies
  • Raina Heaton, Native American Studies & Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
  • Taiawagi Helton, Law
  • Kelvin White, Library and Information Studies
  • Deven Carlson, Political Science
  • David Ebert, Electrial and Computer Engineering, Computer Science
  • Jennifer Koch, Geography and Environmental Sustainability
  • Audrey Reinert, Data Institute for Societal Challenges

Oklahoma Geological Survey

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Kyle Murray
  • Travis Gliedt, Geography and Environmental Sustainabiliity
  • Pejman Kazempoor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Jennifer Koch, Geography and Environmental Sustainabiliity
  • Heather McCarthy, Microbiology and Plant Biology


Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Constance Chapple
  • Erin Maher
  • Lauren Ethridge, Psychology
  • Julie Miller-Cribbs, Social Work
  • Helen Milojevich, Pediatrics, OUHSC
  • Sara Beth Bell, Psychology
  • Amy Goodwin, Political Science
  • John Harris, City and Regional Planning
  • Loretta Bass, Sociology
  • Joshua Gentges, ER physician
  • Yousef Khanfar, Photographer


Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Kimberly Marshall
  • Andreana Prichard, Honors College
  • Tina Dothard Peterson, Social Work
  • Zoe Sherinian, Ethnomusicology
  • Rebecca Loraam, Geography
  • Darren Purcell, Geography
  • James Olufowote, Communication
  • Kristy Brueger, Social Studies Education
  • Raymond Orr, Native American Studies
  • Jennifer Holland, History

Early Childhood Education Institute, OU-Tulsa

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Sherri Castle
  • Lois Coleman, Health & Exercise Science
  • Susan Sisson, Nutritional Sciences, OUHSC
  • Bryce Lowery, Regional & City Planning
  • Mike Wimberly, Geography and Environmental Sustainabiliity
  • Jooyeon Hwang, Occupational and Environmental Health, OUHSC
  • Melissa Van Cain, Medical Informatics and Pediatrics, OU-Tulsa
  • Paul Darden, Pediatrics, OUHSC
  • David Ebert, Electrical Computer Engineering, Computer Sciences, Data Institute for Societal Challenges
  • Diane Horm, Early Childhood Education Institute, OU-Tulsa

Psychology & Economics

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Shane Connelly
  • Georgia Kosmopoulou
  • Kash Barker, Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Rachel Blum, Political Science
  • Barbara Carlson, Nursing, OUHSC
  • Mark Doescher, Family and Preventative Medicine
  • Christan Grant, Computer Science
  • Amanda Janitz, Biostatistics & Epidemiology, OUHSC
  • Matthew Jensen, Management Information Systems
  • Lori Jervis, Anthropology
  • Sunny Lee, Communications
  • Glenn Leshner, Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Laura-Isobel McCall, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Shaila Miranda, Managment Information Systems
  • Nancy Snow, Philosphy
  • Heshan Sun, Managment Information Systems
  • Sridhar Radhakrishnan, Computer Science
  • Kent Teague, Immunology
  • Aaron Wendelboe, Epidemiology

Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Dimitrios Papavassiliou
  • Firat Demir, Economics
  • Katerina Tsetsura, Journalism & Mass Communication

Sr. Personnel:

  • Ngoc Bui, Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
  • Steven Crossley, Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
  • Adam Feltz, Psychology
  • Michele Galizia, Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
  • Jeffrey Harwell, Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
  • Nicholas Hayman, Oklahoma Geological Survey
  • Jonathan McFadden, Economics
  • Sepideh Razavi, Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
  • Daniel Resasco, Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
  • Dingjing Shi, Psychology
  • Zev Trachtenberg, Philosophy
  • Bin Wang, Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Binbin Weng
  • Lee Fithian, Architecture
  • Tina Dothard Peterson, Social Work
  • Wesley Honeycutt, OK Biological Survey
  • Ming Xue, Meterology
  • Farrokh Mistree, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Sr. Personnel:

  • Elizabeth Pillar-Little, Meterology
  • Wilson Merchan Merchan, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Yingtao Liu, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Xiao-Ming Hu, Meteorology
  • Xuguang Wang, Meteorology
  • Sean Crowell, GeoCarb
  • Netra Regmi, Oklahoma Geological Survey
  • Christan Grant, Computer Science
  • Wenwen Cheng, Architecture
  • Meghan Wieters, Architecture
  • Zahed Siddique, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Nathan Snook, Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms
  • Sun Wei, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Sara Mata, Oklahoma Biological Survey
  • Kim Cassie, Social Work
  • Ed Sankowski, Philosophy
  • David Ferris, Ctr for Energy Solutions
  • Janet Allen, Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Pejman Kazempoor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Saeed Salehi, Petroleum and Geological Engineering
  • Anthony Levenda, Geography and Environmental Sustainabiliity

Petroleum Engineering

Lead PI(s)Co-PI's
  • Deepak Devegowda
  • Ali Tinni, Petroleum Engineering
  • Carl Sondergeld, Petroleum Engineering
  • Chandra Rai, Petroleum Engineering
  • Ed Sankowski, Philosophy
  • Farrokh Mistree, AME
  • Janet Allen, Communication
  • Jill Edy, Communication
  • Katerina Tsetsura, Journalism
  • Scott Lin, Finance
  • Talayeh Razzaghi, Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Tom Hooper, Finance
  • Xiaowei Chen, Geosciences

External Partners:

  • Loucas Tsake, GE research
  • Omer Capraz, Chemical Engineering, OSU