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Current Issue: September 18, 2020
Bill Nye demonstrates why wearing masks protects people from COVID-19
Scientist Bill Nye is urging everyone to wear a mask in the fight to stop the coronavirus. He says it is "literally a matter of life and death." Nye joins "CBS This Morning" to give a live demonstration of why masks work.
OU Names Two Senior Associate Vice Presidents for Research, Partnerships
Following the recommendations of an internal search committee, the University of Oklahoma has named two senior associate vice presidents for research and partnerships. Janet Ward, the Brammer Presidential Professor of History and the founding director of the OU Arts and Humanities Forum, joined the Office of the Vice President for research and Partnerships on Sept. 1. John Antonio, who previously served as interim dean for the Gallogly College of Engineering, will join the OVPRP following the execution of a transition plan with the GCoE. Antonio currently holds the Howard and Suzanne Kauffmann Chair and is a professor of computer science.
How Do Weather Forecasters Communicate Risk Before, During, and After Extreme Weather Events?
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma’s National Institute for Risk and Resilience, Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, and the National Severe Storms Lab recently conducted a transdisciplinary experiment exploring the effect of social and behavioral data on how weather forecasters communicate risk before, during, and after extreme weather events.
OU Researchers Collect Data From Hurricane Sally
University of Oklahoma scientists led by Michael Biggerstaff, OU School of Meteorology professor, deployed a Shared Mobile Atmospheric Research and Teaching (SMART) weather radar south of Mobile, Alabama, in advance of the landfall of Hurricane Sally. There they measured the structure of the winds in the hurricane boundary layer, the lowest mile of air above the ground.
OU Forms Community-Led Think Tank
A community-led think tank is coming to Northeast Oklahoma City. The think tank, led by the University of Oklahoma, will research anti-racist frameworks in education through engaging stakeholders and researching precedents.
OU faculty members Andrea Benjamin in the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, and Deborah Richards in the Division of Architecture, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, lead the project with Vanessa Morrison, an affiliate faculty member in the College of Architecture and the co-founder of BlackSpace Oklahoma, a nonprofit organization on a mission to strengthen Black communities for social and spatial change.
Improving Understanding of Climate Change Through Cloud Formation
Greg McFarquhar, the director of the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and a professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, will lead a three-year project funded by a $689,082 grant from the Department of Energy. The project uses unique sets of data collected in polar regions that give information on the small-scale properties of aerosols and clouds, data that will provide better insight into weather prediction models.