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May 27, 2020

Strategic Research Advisory Board Discusses Research Goals, Outlook in May Meeting

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One of the hallmarks of higher education is the meeting of expert minds from diverse fields to explore solutions to and overcome challenges. Now, with the campus just beginning to reopen, one such gathering began online to share perspectives on how to safely resume research and creative scholarship on the Norman campus.

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May 20, 2020

OU Physicists Awarded Department of Defense Research Grant to Investigate Applications of Einstein’s “Spooky Action at a Distance”

OU professor Arne Schwettmann works on a laser-cooling apparatus

University of Oklahoma professors Arne Schwettmann and Grant Biedermann recently received a research award to investigate applications of what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” from the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a program within the Department of Defense. The $584,814 grant will be awarded over three years starting in the fall.

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May 18, 2020

Two Graduate Students Receive NSF Fellowship

Morgan Schneider and Colton Ross

Morgan Schneider, a graduate student with the Advanced Radar Research Center and the School of Meteorology, received an National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship to pursue her Ph.D. 

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May 14, 2020

OU Pilots Testing Program for Research Personnel Returning to Campus

Charles B. Goddard Health Center personnel collecting samples for PCR testing of the SARS-COV-2 virus.

The University of Oklahoma announced a pilot testing program to restart research and creative activity operations on the Norman campus. The program begins with a voluntary cohort of researchers who will complete a health screening and COVID-19 test before returning to campus.

“In this opt-in ‘Phase 1,’ all OU employees who have been approved to return to campus will undergo a PCR test for the SARS-COV-2 virus and complete health screenings developed by physicians at the OU Health Sciences Center,” OU Vice President for Research and Partnerships Tomás Díaz de la Rubia said. “Employees will undergo further testing and contact tracing during the summer, and those found to be positive for the virus will be asked to quarantine. Throughout the pilot program, our first priority is to ensure the public health of our community and the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.”

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April 30, 2020

Essential Equipment Prototyped and Manufactured at OU Donated to OU Medicine

OU’s Tom Love Innovation Hub staff unload small isolation boxes to be used during intubation procedures at OU Medical. These isolation boxes will help mitigate the possibility of droplet transmission of COVID-19 during intubation procedures.

The University of Oklahoma is leveraging its expertise and resources to alleviate the shortage of protective gear and critical equipment for health care workers. Recently, more than 300 face shields and 11 isolation boxes, manufactured at OU’s Tom Love Innovation Hub, were donated to OU Medical Center.

The equipment is part of the broad university effort to develop, prototype, validate and offer recommended essential equipment designs. For several weeks, a task force of over 40 engineers, designers, occupational health and safety experts, doctors and specialists from OU’s three campuses has been evaluating prototypes and iterating designs in an effort to find the designs that are safest and most effective.

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