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Elvie Ellis, emcee, professional actor and Coordinator, HHDC Camp Blue Hawk; Joseph Harroz, Jr., University of Oklahoma President; Dr. Jed Friedman, Director, OU Health Harold Hamm Diabetes Center; Harold Hamm, CEO, Continental Resources, Inc. and Life Member, HHDC Board of Advisors; Shelly Lambertz, Chairman, HHDC Board of Advisors; Kristin Thomas, Member, HHDC Board of Advisors.

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center’s Connect+Cure Gala Raises $1.8 Million for Diabetes Research

December 05, 2023

More than 800 people gathered for the 2023 Connect+Cure Gala on November 29 to support the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center and celebrate the progress being made toward finding a cure for diabetes. Now in its sixth year, the Connect+Cure Gala raised more than $1.8 million in support of diabetes research and care, with more than $250,000 raised to specifically sponsor participants in Camp Blue Hawk, a residential camp program for children and teens, ages 9 to 17, with Type 1 diabetes.


severe storm in western oklahoma

Severe Weather Disproportionately Impacts Oklahoma’s Native Communities, Study Shows

November 29, 2023

A recent study led by researchers at the University of Oklahoma projects that Native Americans in Oklahoma have approximately five times increased risk of heavy rainfall by the end of the century – notably 68% higher than the state’s general population.

Oklahoma students attending OU-TU School of Community Medicine’s Mash Camp.

University of Oklahoma Receives $16 Million Federal Grant to Train Medical Students from Underserved Areas in Oklahoma

October 23, 2023

The University of Oklahoma will receive $16 million over four years from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to recruit, retain, and graduate medical students from Tribal, rural and medically underserved communities in Oklahoma, with the goal that those students will go on to practice in their home communities.



OU Researcher Aims to Uncover Biological Mechanisms for Fuel Upcycling

November 01, 2023

A project led by John Peters, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, has received a nearly $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences. He is studying the mechanisms for carbon dioxide fixation, an area of research exploring how to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere that contributes to climate warming.

Horus radar looks out over horizon at tornado. April 2023

OU Deploys the World’s Most Advanced Weather Radar

October 10, 2023

The University of Oklahoma has developed and now deployed the most advanced weather radar in the world. Led by a team of engineers and weather experts, and with funds from NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, the Advanced Radar Research Center at OU has launched “Horus,” an all-digital polarimetric phased array radar capable of obtaining data with unprecedented quality and temporal resolution to help understand and predict the formation of severe weather.


VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. David Surratt, Sooner Parents President, Melissa Medina, and the 16 2024 Outstanding Seniors.

Sixteen OU Students Named Outstanding Senior Award Recipients

November 13, 2023

Sixteen seniors from the University of Oklahoma have been selected as Outstanding Seniors for their exceptional achievements in scholarship, honors, awards, leadership and service. Of these 16 students, Mia-Lynne Smith from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was chosen by a committee of OU faculty, staff and students as the overall Outstanding Senior.

From left to right: OU President Joseph Harroz Jr, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Dean Stacy Reeder, OU student Juan de Dios Trujillo Velazquez, K20 Center Managing Director Leslie Williams, and OU Vice President for Online Learning and K20 Center Executive Director Gregg Garn.

OU Announces $86 Million Initiative to Benefit Oklahoma Students’ College and Career Readiness

November 10, 2023

Representatives from the University of Oklahoma hosted a celebration of a new initiative, “GEAR UP for LIFE,” yesterday. The program is a partnership between OU’s K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal and 28 under-resourced schools across 23 primarily rural school districts in Oklahoma to help students and their families prepare for college and workforce training.


J. Larry Nichols.

Larry Nichols Named 2023 Oklahoma Trailblazer

November 09, 2023

Oklahoma energy entrepreneur and philanthropist John Larry Nichols was named the 2023 Oklahoma Trailblazer by the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy at the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Trailblazers have exemplary standards of personal integrity, ethics and service to others. Recipients are ambassadors for the energy industry and role models for future generations, something that Larry Nichols, co-founder and CEO emeritus of Devon Energy, personifies.

Price College of Business at OU Launches Commercial Space Applications Graduate Certificate

October 24, 2023

With rapid advancement and growing opportunities in the commercial space sector, the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business is rolling out a first-of-its-kind graduate certificate program in Commercial Space Applications beginning in spring 2024.


The College of Pharmacy on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City.

OU College of Pharmacy Researcher Testing Promising Drug to Treat PTSD, Alcohol Use Disorder

November 20, 2023

A researcher at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy at OU Health Sciences is playing a key role in a preclinical trial that is testing a non-addictive drug to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder. Recent findings from the trial are promising: The drug reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder like anxiety and increased pain sensitivity, while also decreasing alcohol consumption.

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University of Oklahoma Faculty Receive $1.8 Million Grant from Environmental Protection Agency to Study Children’s Health Related to Chemical Exposures

October 30, 2023

OU researchers have received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a research center to address children’s cumulative health impacts from agricultural and non-chemical exposures. This grant will create the Children’s Environmental Health Center in the U.S. Southern Great Plains, which includes Oklahoma and Texas. The Center will focus on mitigating the chemical and non-chemical stressors that affect school absenteeism caused by gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases.


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OU Board of Regents Approves College of Nursing Renovations, Academic Appointments and More

September 13, 2023

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents met today to approve the next steps to renovate nursing student facilities and classrooms, academic appointments, the formation of a search committee and other items. At the meeting, held on Cameron University’s Duncan campus, the Regents approved an agenda item related to enhancements at OU’s Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, which has significantly increased enrollment to meet workforce demands. The board authorized the selection of a construction management firm for the project, which will provide additional learning spaces, modernize existing classrooms and upgrade the college’s student success center.


Researchers find weight loss drugs may treat addictive behaviors
CBS News

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University followed six patients with problem drinking who were also being treated with the active ingredient in Ozempic and Wegovy for weight loss, a drug called semaglutide.

Medicaid disenrollment could drive many to ERs for health care, homeless expert says
The Oklahoman

Since then, the disenrollment has continued, leaving thousands — including those without housing ― without health insurance. It’s also put a strain on those health care providers that serve the homeless community: groups such as OU Health, Variety Health Care and Community Health Charities Inc. 

Outcomes associated with participation in high-quality early care and education

A team from the Early Childhood Education Institute at the University of Oklahoma- Tulsa, regularly evaluated the children's academic outcomes and executive function through the end of third grade. 

Dentist from Green Country helps fellow OU fan with new teeth
City News OKC

Severe weather disproportionately impacts Oklahoma’s Native communities, study shows
Cherokee Phoenix

As the climate, demographics and land usage continue to change, tribal communities in Oklahoma are increasingly at risk of severe weather. A recent study published in the journal Weather, Climate, and Society led by Yang Hong with the University of Oklahoma examines these changes and the risks.


Col Brian Moore at the podium during Sooner Advanced Manufacturing Lab opening ceremony.
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The Sooner Advanced Manufacturing Lab Grand Opening

November 29, 2023

Yesterday, government, military, and defense industry leaders attended a grand opening event for the University of Oklahoma’s new Sooner Advanced Manufacturing Lab. The lab enables research and workforce development to support the growing defense industry in Oklahoma.

President Harroz at podium during 2023 Annual Gala event.
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2023 Annual Gala

October 20, 2023

The University of Oklahoma held its Annual Gala on Friday, Oct. 20, where the OU community gathered to celebrate the raising of over $900 million toward our ambitious $2 billion goal.

Homecoming Court posing at OU Homecoming game on October 21, 2023.
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Homecoming Weekend 2023

October 21, 2023

OU celebrated it's annual homecoming weekend Oct. 20 and 21 with festivities that included a Glow Parade, the Rah Rally and culminated in a win over the University of Central Florida on Saturday.