To provide a forum for discussion and update colleagues on their progress, University of Oklahoma researchers gathered for the Big Idea Challenge Workshop on Dec. 7 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
The Big Idea Challenge supports research projects with significant potential for future extramural funding and that address global grand challenges. After a brief welcome message from Vice President for Research and Partnerships Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, the five BIC teams presented the progress of their research to date and received feedback from their peers.
The projects presented were:
· Well-Being Across the Lifespan: Early Childhood Experience and Opportunities in Oklahoma
· Social Media and the Visual Politics of Policing Communities of Color
· Achieving Sustainability and Negative Carbon Emissions in an Agro-Energy Producing Region
· Carbon-free H2 Energy Production and Storage (CHEPS)
· X-GEM: Enhancing Future Community Sustainability via Greenhouse Gas Emission Monitoring
The principal investigators for each team discussed the areas their projects have succeeded and where there have been challenges. Attendees were eager to share their ideas and connect each other with advice that they felt might be helpful toward achieving each team’s goals.
For more information about the BIC initiative and current projects, visit ou.edu/research-norman/big-idea-challenge.