Integrative Life Sciences
Solving health and medical problems requires the knowledge of how cells react to other cells. Researchers of the Integrative Life Sciences initiative study the relationships of genes and molecules within living organisms. Major medical breakthroughs in the 21st century will come from understanding these relationships. The Initiative is made of collaborative teams of engineers, chemists, mathematicians and biologists including scientists at the OU Health Sciences Center who use advanced research tools to see how cells work. This broad approach is based on the recognition that health and life matters begin with the activity of cells.
Contact: George Richter-Addo, PhD and Department Chair, Chemistry, and Faculty Coordinator, ILSI, firstname.lastname@example.org
K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal
Building a prosperous economy for tomorrow depends on the curiosity and knowledge that children develop today, especially in science. The K20 Center is an educational and research center that connects university researchers to more than 500 K-12 schools in Oklahoma. Staffed by faculty in both educational and scientific disciplines, K20 seeks to improve science education through a teaching model that emphasizes student participation. Students learn best when they produce real scientific work. The center has three objectives: 1) further teachers’ subject knowledge with university research -- and show them how to teach that new knowledge; 2) spur student learning through digital educational games; and 3) develop innovative teaching strategies with collaborative teams of school administrators and teachers.
Contact: Gregg A. Garn, Director, email@example.com
Applied Social Research
The Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) works to enhance understanding of human behavior and to develop solutions to emerging real-world problems. The Center’s roster of researchers come from many social science fields – political science and public administration, anthropology, psychology, communication, geography, and management information systems. Some topics tackled by CASR researchers include threats addressed by public policy and public opinion, crisis management, health care issues, and the performance and ethics of leaders and scientists.
Contact: Carol L. Silva, Associate Director, Center for Applied Social Research, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Hank Jenkins-Smith, George Lynn Cross Research Professor, email@example.com
One of the key goals of meteorologists, especially in Oklahoma, is to improve warnings of potentially hazardous weather. The improvement and accuracy of weather radar systems is the central goal of the Weather Radar strategic initiative. With several weather operations on the OU Research Campus at the National Weather Center, including NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office, National Severe Storms Laboratory, and Radar Operations Center, OU is poised to be a leader in radar meteorology research, education, training and operations. The Weather Radar initiative includes faculty from meteorology, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and civil engineering and environmental science. Researchers of this initiative concentrate on improving everyday understanding of radar research, advancing radar hardware, helping build a radar industry, and educating students and the public about radar systems.
Contact: Robert Palmer, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Center for Applied Research and Develop, firstname.lastname@example.org
Defense Strategic Initiative
Ensuring safety and security of our nation is a foremost role of government and represents a multi-faceted research challenge involving ever-changing technologies and strategies. U.S. troops require timely and accurate situational awareness, protection against treats, as well as state-of-the-art medical assessments, services and assistive devices. Whether they are large, theater-scale systems or lightweight and hand-carried, U.S. military systems must operate effectively. Current research conducted by OU faculty and students in areas related to defense, security and intelligence is enhanced by the success of the OU Defense Strategic Initiative. This initiative has directed new resources toward identifying, pursuing and winning DSI grants and contracts while developing the research and administrative infrastructure needed to operate in the DSI space. Since this initiative was launched in 2010, funding for DSI research at OU from U.S. Department of Defense agencies alone has increased by 177 percent.
Contact: Robert Palmer, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Center for Applied Research and Development, email@example.com