Skip Navigation

OU Research Staff Elected to Lead National and Regional Research Organizations

OU Public Affairs WebsiteOU homepagePublic Affairs homepage
Skip Side Navigation

OU Research Staff Elected to Lead National and Regional Research Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jana Smith, Director, Strategic Communications for R&D, University of Oklahoma, (405) 325-1322, jana.smith@ou.edu

NORMAN — Two University of Oklahoma research staff members recently were elected to lead national and regional research organizations.

“The election of Alicia Knoedler and Fran Stephens to top leadership positions in their respective professional societies is a clear testimony to their outstanding leadership abilities and the respect they have earned from their colleagues at the national and regional levels.  We are very fortunate to have them in the OU family,” said Kelvin Droegemeier, vice president for research for OU’s Norman campus.

Knoedler, associate vice president for research and director of the OU Center for Research Program Development and Enrichment, was elected in May to serve as the next president of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals.

She is a founding member and current member of the board of directors of the organization, which focuses on more clearly defining research development.

In her position as Center director, Knoedler facilitates research and scholarly activities across the Norman campus by supporting the efforts of faculty and researchers as they develop competitive research programs and proposals for both internal as well as extramural funding.

Fran Stephens, proposal development specialist in the Office of Research Services, was elected as president of the Southern Section of the Society of Research Administrators International in March.  The Southern Section encompasses 14 states and Puerto Rico.

She has been an active member of the SRA Southern Section since 2004 having served on numerous International and Southern Section committees.  She was recognized by Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for Outstanding Service in Support of Research Scientists in 2006.

Stephens is a Certified Research Administrator and has completed the SRA International’s Grantsmanship Certificate.  In addition, she completed the National Council of University Research Administrators Sponsored Project Administration Level I and II training.

Recent News

OU Professor to Receive IEEE Satellite Communications Technical Contribution Award

Mohammed Atiquzzaman

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

Albert Marino

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

The Boren Green

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

The Boren Awards

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

Zygurskaya and Rybenkov

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

News Archives

2017  | 2016  | 2015  | 2014  |  2013  

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018


For requests for past releases, please contact OU Public Affairs at (405) 325-1701 or publicaffairs@ou.edu.