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COVID-19 Testing Kits Now Available Due to Public-Private Partnership

Jessica Blanchard

OU associate professor of microbiology Bradley Stevenson and graduate students Emily Junkins and James Floyd have contributed to the advancement of a new, validated COVID-19 testing protocol with a local diagnostic development company and are working to develop alternative COVID-19 testing methods. Norman-based lab IMMY develops, manufactures and distributes diagnostic tests for pathogens and has been assisting with COVID-19 testing. Read more about how OU shared reagent kits and supplies to help IMMY increase the amount of COVID-19 testing that could be done within the state and how Stevenson and his team are researching alternative testing approaches.

NEH Announces $22.2 Million for 224 Humanities Projects Nationwide

Jessica Blanchard

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country on April 7.

Among those receiving grants was Raina Heaton, assistant professor of Native American Studies, for her project “Collaboration and Development for Digital Access to the Native American Languages Collection Project.” This project plans for the creation of online access to Native American language holdings at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, at the University of Oklahoma. Planning entails a series of workshops for tribal community members, linguists, archivists and technology developers in order to share user needs and best practices in the design of language repositories.

In New Book, OU Professor Presents New Theory on LGBTQ Stigma

Jessica Blanchard

In a new book, Meredith G. F. Worthen, professor of sociology, presents a groundbreaking theory of LGBTQ stigma – the first-ever theory about stigma that is both testable and well-positioned in existing stigma scholarship. 

In Queers, Bis, and Straight Lies: An Intersectional Examination of LGBTQ Stigma, Worthen introduces Norm-Centered Stigma Theory, which stresses the importance of the interplay between social norms, norm violations and social power. 

Researchers to Study the Impact of False Information on the Public’s Response to COVID-19


As the world grapples to understand and contain the COVID-19 virus, a team of researchers at the University of Oklahoma received a $200,000 National Science Foundation award to study in real time how Americans perceive COVID-19 and how false information shared through social media influences their behavior. The project is a collaborative effort between faculty and researchers in several areas at OU: National Institute for Risk and Resilience co-directors Hank Jenkins-Smith and Carol Silva, deputy director Joe Ripberger, research scientist Kuhika Gupta and postdoctoral researcher Andrew Fox; Department of Political Science professor and chair Scott Robinson; and Public and Community Health Programs coordinator Jen Ross.

Neurotransmitters and Motoneuron Contacts of Multifunctional and Behaviorally Specialized Turtle Spinal Cord Interneurons


Some multifunctional & behaviorally specialized interneurons are excitatory, while others are inhibitory, and each type can signal directly to motor neurons. OU professor of biology Ari Berkowitz and his lab are working to understanding how spinal cord networks in turtles generate the right movement at the right time. Their work was recently featured in the  Journal of Neuroscience. 

Living the Recurring Dream: Measuring Climate-Related Beliefs, Attitudes and Behaviors Over Time In Oklahoma


How certain are you about whether the climate is changing due to human generation of greenhouse gas emissions? It turns out that for many Americans these beliefs are quite variable, and more so among partisans on the political right than those on the left.

Hank Jenkins-Smith, contributed to Nature in a piece on measuring climate-related beliefs, attitudes and behaviors over time in Oklahoma.

Signature Initiatives From College's Strategic Plan For 2017-20

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Becoming a nationally recognized leader in research and teaching related to America's Indigenous peoples. Departments researching Indignous Peoples include:

  • Anthropology
  • English
  • Film and Media Studies
  • History
  • Native American Studies
  • Social Work
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Addressing the health needs of our state and our nation. Departments researching health-related topics include:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Communication
  • Health and Exercise Science
  • History of Science
  • Microbiology and Plant Biology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
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Advancing the study of water, natural resources and the environment. Departments researching environmental issues:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Microbiology and Plant Biology

2018 Faculty Publications

 BooksBook ChaptersConference ProceedingsJournal ArticlesOther
In Press206009619

Faculty Awards

NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
Laura BartleyMicrobiology and Plant BiologyU.S. Department of Commerce, Small Business AdministrationSBIRxOK$125,000
Laura BartleyMicrobiology and Plant BiologyState of Oklahoma, Center for the Advancement of Science and TechnologySBIRxOK$150,000
Marshall CheneyHealth and Exercise ScienceU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of HealthThe Influence of Vaper and Smoker Identities on Young Adult Smokers Who Use Electronic Cigarettes$118,544
Jack FriedmanCenter for Applied Social ResearchU.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationUsing Vulnerability as Empirical Data to Improve Forecast and Warning Services$200,000
Karl HambrightBiologyState of Oklahoma, Wildlife Conservation DepartmentGenetic Analyses in Support of ODWC Fisheries Programs: Largemouth Bass Microsatellites and Golden Algae-related Fish Kills$20,000
Nathan KaibPhysics & AstronomyUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignExploring the Evolution and Characterizing the Chaos of the Terrestrial Planets$50,000
Jeremy RossOklahoma Biological SurveyState of Oklahoma, Wildlife Conservation DepartmentManagement and Cave Protection for Federally-listed Bats and Co-occurring Stygobitic Fauna in Oklahoma$22,500
Hank Jenkins Smith &
Carol Silva
Political ScienceThird WayCoding, Tracking, and Analyzing Nuclear Debates on Social Media: OU/Third Way Collaboration$50,000
Paul SpicerAnthropologyHealth Sciences CenterStephenson Cancer Center Disparities Program Leadership Support$14,794
Joseph SuflitaMicrobiology and Plant BiologyUniversity of CalgaryManaging Microbial Corrosion in Canada's Offshore and Onshore Oil Production Operations$288,421
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
Daniel AllenBiologyState of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation DepartmentTargeted Surveys for Peppered Shiner in the Kiamichi, Little, Glover and Mountain Fork Rivers$11,967
Marshall CheneyHealth and Exercise ScienceU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of HealthThe Influence of Vaper and Smoker Identities on Young Adult Smokers Who Use Electronic Cigarettes$118,544
Edward CokelyPsychologyMedscape, LLC.Risk Literacy CME Partnership$20,500
Shane Connelly and Michael MumfordPsychologyBinghampton UniversityCollective Leadership and Collective Planning for the U.S. Army$124,902
Michael PattenOklahoma Biological SurveyState of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation DepartmentPopulation Biology and Landscape Ecology of the Lesser Prairie-Chicken$32,551
Indrajeet SharmaChemistry and BiochemistryAmerican Chemical Society, Petroleum Research FundSynthetic Utility of Cascade Reactions Involving Diazo Synthons$110,000
Carol Silva and Hank Jenkins SmithPolitical ScienceSandia LaboratoriesAnalysis of Public Perceptions and Preferences for Nuclear Security Programs and Policies: 2017$40,000
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
June AbbasLibrary and Information StudiesInstitute for Museum and Library ServicesNavigating Screens: Libraries as Community Hubs for Teaching Positive Screen Media Practices$528,874
Noel Brady, Keri Kornelson, Deborah Moore-Russo, and Milso SavicMathematicsAssociation of Public and Land Grant UniversitiesStudent Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning$93,298
Gregory BurgeEconomicsLincoln Institute of Land PolicyLocation-based Development Impact Fees and New Business Location Decisions$15,000
Amy Sue GoodinPolitical ScienceState of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation DepartmentOklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Department$12,000
John TobinPhysics and AstronomyUnited Space Research AssociationOutflow Energetics in the Heart of NGC 1333: FIFI-LS Spectroscopy of the SVS13/HH 7-11 Region$91,700
Ying WangMathematicsNational Science FoundationCareer Award Mathematical Analysis and Numerical Methods of Underground Oil Recovery Models 
Steven WellsSocial WorkHealth Sciences CenterOklahoma Lend: MCH Interdisciplinary Core Faculty Member$10,307
School of Library and Information StudiesWGBH Educational FoundationPublic Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship$229,772
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
Tassie HirschfieldAnthropologyNASA

Land Use Patterns and Political Instability as Predictors for the Reemergence of Malaria in the Caucasus


Rodet Rodriguez, Ingo SchluppBiologyNational Geographic Society

Discovering Speciation Patterns in Livebearing Fishes of Limia (Teleostei: Poeciliidae) in Cuba and Hispaniola


Helen Zgurskaya, Valenti RybenkovChemistry and Biochemistry U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, NIH

Optimization of Efflux Avoidance and Inhibition for Antibiotic Development 


NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount



Alberto Marino



NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program Award


"CAREER: Control of Spatial Quantum Correlations for Enhanced Quantum Networks$500,000
Lori Snyder, Joy Pendley, Paul SpicerPsychology, Center for Applied Research, Anthropology U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, NIH 

Factors Influencing Scientific Research Careers Among American Indians


$1.7 Million, Five-year
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount


Alberto Marino



NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program Award


CAREER: Control of Spatial Quantum Correlations for Enhanced Quantum Networks$500,000
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
Robert CichewiczChemistry and BiochemistryCFD Research CorporationProducing Biosynthetic Therapeutics from Extreme Microbiomes$50,000.00


Chongle Pan 


Microbiology and Plant Biology 

UT - Knoxville


High-Performance Bioinformatics Workflow for Integrative "-Omics" Data Analytics


Jeremy RossOklahoma Biological SurveyState of Oklahoma, Wildlife Conservation DepartmentWinter Habit Use and Seasonal Movements in the Three Longspur Species$34,728.35
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
Howard BaerPhysics 

U.S. Department of Energy


OU High Energy Physics: Experimental Physics Investigations Using Colliding Beam Detectors at Fermilab and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) (TASK A) 2013-2016$503,000
Jessica Blanchard, Paul SpicerCenter for Applied Social Research, Anthropology

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health


Programs for the Training and Advancement of the Next GENeration of Native Researchers in Genetics, Ethics and Society



K. David Hambright, Lee Krumholz Biology and Environmental Studies, Microbiology and Plant Biology National Science FoundationCyanobacterial Bloom Microbial Interactome as a Model for Understanding Biogeographical and Seasonal Patterns in Functional Biodiversity$2 million, five-year project


Ian Sellers


Physics U.S. Department of EnergyHot carriers Dynamics in Low-Dimensional Systems$225,485.00
Michael Wenger U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of HealthIron Status at Perimenopause: Effects on Brain and Behavior$240,502
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount


Michael Ashby


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Univ. of Southern California

Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science$23,334
Charles RiceChemistry and BiochemistryU.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of HealthAntibiotic Potentiators Targeting Biofilms of MRSA and MRSE (not Small Molecule Inhibitors of Bacterial Condensins)$71,078
NameDepartment/CenterFunding AgencyProject TitleAmount
Adam FeltzPsychology Animal Charity Evaluators"Knowing What You Eat: Measuring the Effectiveness of Educational Interventions on Animal Consumption$11,122.50


Thomas Fenn




Collaborative Research: Elemental and Isotopic Characterization of Raw Materials for Ancient Glass from South Asia - Understanding Changing Trade Patterns Around the Indian Ocean




Nathan KaibAstronomyNSF CAREER: Next Generation Models of Planet Formation and Evolution



Si WuChemistry and BiochemistryU.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of HealthQuantitative Analysis of Serum Autoantibody Repertories in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus$463,254