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International Forum on Ecology and Evolution of Avian Influenza Webinar Series

The International Forum on Ecology and Evolution of Avian Influenza (IFEEAI) aims to provide an interactive platform to bring together researchers, students and stakeholders to share and discuss the recent advances in studying ecology and evolution of avian influenza viruses (both low pathogenic and highly pathogenic to domestic and wild animals and humans), which help support surveillance, responses and pandemic preparedness of infectious diseases. The IFEEAI invites you to attend the following webinar series:

Webinar I - May 25, 2021 (US & Beijing), 8am US Central Time, 9pm Beijing (1pm GMT)
Dr. Dayan Wang of the Chinese National Influenza Center, National Institute for Viral Disease Prevention and Control, and China CDC, will discuss "Influenza surveillance in China after the emergency of COVID-19." 

Webinar II - June 7 (US), June 8 (Beijing), 8pm US Central Time, 9am Beijing (1am GMT)
Dr. Honglei Sun of the China Agricultural University will discuss "Haemagglutinin Mutation and Higher Neuraminidase Activity Enhanced the Adaption of H5N6 Avian Influenza Viruses to Mammalian Hosts." 

Webinar III - June 21 (US), June 22 (Beijing), 8pm US Central Time, 9am Beijing (1am GMT)
Dr. Juan Pu of the China Agricultural University will discuss the "Role of avian H9N2 influenza viruses in generating novel avian reassortants."  

For the latest IFEEAI updates and news, visit:

To register for the IFEEAI webinar series, please click here.

DISC Workshops

DISC & SCC Seed Funding Teaming Session

We are excited to announce that the Data Institute of Societal Challenges (DISC) and Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) are co-hosting a seed funding teaming session to connect OU researchers across disciplines in support of data-science enabled cancer research. This event will take place on Friday, October 29th, from 12-1pm.

To facilitate research in this area, DISC and SCC will be providing seed funding of up to $100k to 1-2 research teams based on the review of submitted one-page project descriptions.  Additional details on how to craft a one-pager will be discussed during this meeting.


Tentative Timeline:

  • Nov 15th – Submit One-Pagers for Feedback
  • Nov 22nd – Feedback will be sent back to teams
  • December 6th – One-Pagers Due

To register, please click here.

After registering, you will receive the Zoom link for the meeting.

CFE & DISC: Engaging Researchers & Community Organizations

This session invites representatives from community organizations and/or local systems who interact with youth and families to discuss local data trends. This event will help to better envision solutions to these challenges, along with fostering new community-based partnerships. This session is the first in a series of events that will take place throughout fall. Each event will focus on a unique community challenge.

Location will be sent out after registration is complete. Register on eventbrite and choose in-person or zoom attendance. Lunch will be provided for in-person sessions.

Session I : September 29, 2021 - 12:00-1:30 PM

Future sessions will be announced soon

Register Here

R&CA 335: OU Networking w/ DISC

In partnership with the Center for Faculty Excellence, we are hosting our first in-person DISC networking event on Tuesday, September 7th, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Zarrow School of Social Work Community Room.  The purpose of this event is for all interested OU faculty to meet and engage with the DISC team and OU colleagues interested in and applying data science, learn about ongoing work, and ideate directions in which we can truly impact our society's challenges.  Lunch will be provided for this meeting. A zoom link will be available for those who are not able to attend in person.

Register here

NIH Bridges2AI Workshop

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a set of opportunities related to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in the context of biomedical research. Some of the opportunities will open in June 2021. The Data Institute for Societal Challenges (DISC), in partnership with the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) would like to support team-building at OU to prepare proposals for the new Common Fund program, Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) through NIH. 

DISC and CFE will be hosting a workshop to discuss research interests as they relate to this funding opportunity. This gathering will focus on researcher introductions, identifying potential collaborations, and making plans for follow-up workshops tailored to specific research topics as they relate to the NIH Bridge2AI Program.

Two dates are being offered for this initial workshop. Participants will only need to attend one offering.

May 18, 2021 - 10-11am via Zoom 
May 28, 2021 - 4-5pm via Zoom

Register here.

Follow-up workshops will be announced soon.

For more information on Bridge2AI funding opportunities, please click here.

ADGS/DISC/CFE Workshop Series: Research at the Convergence of Data Science and Aerospace, Defense & Global Security

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) funds research in many areas including health, science, engineering, and social sciences. Data science has the potential to uncover insights, create efficiencies, and increase our trust in scientific findings. Join John Antonio, Senior Vice President, Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships and David Ebert, Director of the Data Science Institute for Societal Challenges (DISC), and Clara Smith, Associate Director for Research at the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) in a workshop series to connect OU researchers across disciplines and develop research ideas that take on challenges in the strategic vertical of Aerospace, Defense, and Global Security (ADGS).

Session I: April 19, 2021 - Understanding the DOD Funding Landscape
An introduction to the DOD funding landscape.

Session II: April 26. 2021 - Ideating for Research at the Convergence of Data Science and ADGS
In this session, researcher’s shared their expertise and interests​, discussed challenges in breakout sessions​, and developed individual one-pager summaries of their research ideas. ​

Session III: Team-Building for Research at the Convergence of Data Science and ADGS
May 18, 2021 - 1-2pm via Zoom - Leveraging Social & Data Sciences for Human-Machine Teaming
May 19, 2021 - 9-10am via Zoom - AI/ML for Manufacturing
May 19, 2021 - 1-2pm via Zoom - Climate/Weather for National Security
In this session, researchers will explore potential collaborations and develop collaborative one-page summaries in three separate "Team-Building" workshops. Attend one, two, or all three based on your research interests. Seed funding of up to $10K per topic area will be granted to successful teams that work toward full proposal development and research strategy. Use link below to register.

Session IV: July 2021 - DOD Proposal Development
This session will walk researchers through proposal components for DOD RFPs. We will share tips and tricks for deciphering DOD-specific language, and cover the DOD submission process. 

Session V: August 2021 - ADGS/DISC Meeting
This meeting will set the direction for the 2021-2022 academic year and funded teams will share their research strategy to pursue external funding.​

Register here.

Need more info?
Contact Clara Smith, Center for Faculty Excellence, at

Opioid Research Collaboration

The Data Institute for Societal Challenges (DISC), the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Faculty Excellence will be reconvening researchers and scholars at OU focused on addressing the opioid epidemic through applied research, data science techniques, community collaborations, and/or creative activity.

The group will meet regularly to:

1. Create a forum for faculty and researchers on OU’s campuses to foster collaboration, idea generation, and pursuit of transdisciplinary extramural funding on the opioid epidemic, treatment, and prevention.

2. Position OU to be ready to respond to opioid manufacturer settlement funds and research dollars as they become available.

3. Identify opportunities for using data-enabled science to advance research agendas and proposals in this area.

 4. Be a resource to state agencies and communities in Oklahoma and beyond working to respond to this crisis and improve individual, community, and family well-being.

Session I: April 6, 2021
Get to know each other, discuss purpose and organization moving forward, hear from OU’s Southwest Prevention Center, and receive an overview of the current funding landscape.

Session II: April 27, 2021
Work with the Center for Faculty Excellence to develop compelling one-pagers of research pursuits and proposals.

Register here

Need more information?
Contact Erin Maher, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Research Director for DISC at