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Current Issue: May 7, 2021
Fornelli Receives Prestigious ASMS Research Award
Luca Fornelli, an assistant professor of biology and chemistry in the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, is one of three recipients of this year’s prestigious American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award.
OU Sets Research Record: Expenditures Increase 22.19% Despite COVID-19 Challenges
In spite of challenges posed by the pandemic, University of Oklahoma research expenditures hit record levels in fiscal year 2020 – up 22.19% over the previous fiscal year to a record-high total of $377.6 million – providing a critical boost to Oklahoma’s economy during COVID-19.
OU Professor’s Ongoing Work on Tar Creek Featured in Report on America’s Most Endangered Rivers
For over four decades, Tar Creek in northeastern Oklahoma has been off-limits for fishing, water sports and other outdoor recreational activities.
The well-publicized Tar Creek Superfund Site in the Tri-State Mining District, an area that also includes portions of southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri, originally produced lead and zinc to make bullets during both World Wars. Toxic mining waste, containing lead, zinc and cadmium – known locally as “chat” – was left on the surface of the site when mining operations ceased in the 1970s. Cleanup of the over 30 million tons of chat continues to this day. In addition, the flooded underground mines leak contaminated water to local streams.
An OU-led Study Sheds New Insight on Forest Loss and Degradation in Brazilian Amazon
An international team led by Xiangming Xiao, George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, published a paper in the April issue of the journal Nature Climate Change that has major implications on forest policies, conservation and management practices in the Brazilian Amazon (https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01026-5). Xiao also is director of OU’s Center for Earth Observation and Modeling. Yuanwei Qin, a research scientist at the Center for Earth Observation and Modeling at OU, is the lead author of the study.
OU Researchers Awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to Study Oral Pathogen Evolution
University of Oklahoma researchers Dr. Cecil Lewis and Dr. Tanvi Honap have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant (NSF BCS-2045308) for their project “CHOMPER: Calculus and Hominid Oral Metagenomes for Pathogen Evolution Research”.