OU Professor Emeritus George Henderson to Receive Two Prestigious Oklahoma Awards
Noted OU professor will receive the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Glenn Snider Human Relations Award from the Oklahoma Education Association.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORMAN – George Henderson, Ph.D., distinguished University of Oklahoma professor emeritus and founder of OU’s Department of Human Relations, will be honored this spring with awards from two Oklahoma organizations.
A prolific author, Henderson will receive the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book on April 8. The award is given annually to one Oklahoman for an outstanding body of literary work. Its namesake, Arrell Gibson, was a well-regarded Oklahoma historian and OU professor.
“There is no doubt that Dr. Henderson has been a trailblazer in his field, and his research and writings on human relations, cultural diversity, and the neglected and displaced in our society have had profound influences across the nation,” said Connie Armstrong, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Book in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. “It is our privilege to present this honor to Dr. Henderson.”
In addition, Henderson will be honored May 5 with the Glenn Snider Human Relations Award from the Oklahoma Education Association. A leading scholar in the field of human relations, Henderson designed OU’s original curriculum in the discipline nearly 50 years ago. The award is given to those “who have exemplified the practice of effective human relations and concerns for human rights.”
“Dr. Henderson represents the true spirit of the Glenn Snider Human Relations Award,” said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association. “His work in human and civil rights has benefitted generations of students at OU, our state and nation.”
Henderson is an Oklahoma civil rights icon whose career at the University of Oklahoma spans half a century. A trailblazer for equal opportunity, he and his wife, Barbara, were the first African-American homeowners in the city of Norman. When Henderson joined the OU faculty in 1967, he became the third African-American faculty member on the Norman campus. The professor emeritus of human relations, education and sociology achieved several other “firsts” during his OU tenure, including selection as the first African-American dean of a degree-granting college on the Norman campus when he was chosen to head the College of Liberal Studies and as the first African-American professor in the state to occupy an endowed chair when he was appointed S.N. Goldman Professor of Human Relations. Henderson also founded and served as chair of the Department of Human Relations at OU.
Although he retired from the university in 2006, he continues to teach on a part-time basis. Henderson garnered more than 50 university and community awards and honors during his time at OU, including, in 2011, the university’s highest honor, the Doctor of Humane Letters. The Henderson-Tolson Cultural Center and Henderson Scholars Program at OU bear his name, and students continue to benefit from his mentorship. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant who has mentored generations of civil rights leaders in Oklahoma and across the country.
OU Professor to Receive IEEE Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award
NORMAN — A University of Oklahoma professor, Mohammed Atiquzzaman, is the recipient of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award for 2018. The annual award is given to an accomplished, senior-level researcher who has achieved outstanding results in satellite communications and recognizes excellent scientific contributions done by academia and industries. Atiquzzaman will receive the award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications in Kansas City, Missouri, May 20-24. Read more
OU Physicist Developing Quantum-Enhanced Sensors for Real-Life Applications
NORMAN — A University of Oklahoma physicist, Alberto M. Marino, is developing quantum-enhanced sensors that could find their way into applications ranging from biomedical to chemical detection. In a new study, Marino’s team, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, demonstrates the ability of quantum states of light to enhance the sensitivities of state-of-the-art plasmonic sensors. The team presents the first implementation of a sensor with sensitivities considered state-of-the-art and shows how quantum-enhanced sensing can find its way into real-life applications. Read more
OU Class of 2018 Gift to Honor Borens
NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma Class of 2018 will celebrate their time at OU through a dedicated green space that will add to OU’s national reputation as one of America’s most beautiful campuses. Located along Lindsey Street in front of the newly completed Residential Colleges, this year’s class gift will fund a picturesque lawn named The Boren Green. Read more
OU Students Receive National Security Education Program Award for International Study
NORMAN – University of Oklahoma senior James Ratcliff and OU junior Libby Trowbridge recently were selected as recipients of the prestigious Boren Award for International Study, sponsored by the National Security Education Program. Thirty-four OU students have received the award since the program began in 1994. Read more
OU-Led Research Team Accelerating Antibiotic Discovery
NORMAN — University of Oklahoma professors, Helen Zgurskaya and Valentin Rybenkov, and team are addressing the challenge and critical need for new antibiotics that can fight infections caused by the multi-drug resistant bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, considered an urgent threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The OU team responded to a special request for applications from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, and received a five-year, $5.7 million grant to develop new, more effective approaches against Gram-negative bacteria that are protected by multi-drug efflux pumps and low-permeability membranes. Read more
OU Study Explains Why Mars Growth Stunted
NORMAN — A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team explains why the growth of Mars was stunted by an orbital instability among the outer solar system’s giant planets in a new study on the evolution of the young solar system. The OU study builds on the widely-accepted Nice Model, which invokes a planetary instability to explain many peculiar observed aspects of the outer solar system. An OU model used computer simulations to show how planet accretion (growth) is halted by the outer solar system instability. Without it, Mars possibly could have become a larger, habitable planet like Earth. Read more
OU Regents' Alumni Awards to be Presented to Fourteen Outstanding Individuals
NORMAN — Fourteen exceptional University of Oklahoma alumni will receive Regents’ Alumni Awards for their dedication and service to OU in a ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 11, on the Norman campus. Being honored are: Michael Burrage, Chris Cheatwood, James L. Gallogly, Joi S. Gordon, Sam Hinkie, Jerry D. Holmes, Phil Kramer, Julia Mainini, Robert S. McKenny, Sr., Gracie Evans Montgomery, John D. Montgomery, Jr., David R. Proctor, Jerry J. Ransom, Shawn Emerson Simmons. Read more