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Yoga
Thursday, October 03, 2019


Oakland University’s School of Nursing has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation for a community-wide event to offer free yoga classes on Tuesday, October 15, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Recreation Center on Oakland’s campus. 


Jon Carroll preparing to fly drone
Wednesday, September 11, 2019


This summer, Oakland University Professor Jon Carroll went to Africa to explore the role drones can play in combatting the spread of malaria. The project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, uses precision agriculture to support public health, environmental protection, food security and other efforts. 


Oakland University partners with Lean Enterprise Institute to improve Lean education
Monday, September 09, 2019


Oakland University’s Pawley Lean Institute and its Industrial and Systems Engineering Department is collaborating with the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (LEI) in Boston — founded by the father of the Lean movement, Dr. James Womack — to create new educational opportunities in Lean thinking and practice for OU students, as well as to improve existing ones.


Eye Research Stock Photo
Friday, September 06, 2019


Evangelos Gragoudas, M.D., who pioneered the use of proton therapy for the treatment of eye tumors, and photodynamic therapy for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, is the speaker for Oakland University’s 2019 Harding Lecture. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms, with a reception starting at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture to follow at noon. 


History Comes Alive 2019
Wednesday, September 04, 2019


Oakland University’s popular History Comes Alive lecture series, which offers a unique glimpse into the past by highlighting a variety of historic events — some serious, some not so serious — kicked off on Sept. 17, 2019 and will continue through March 18, 2020.


Robert Van Til
Monday, June 17, 2019


The efforts of Oakland University’s Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISE) Department to integrate Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) concepts, techniques and tools into its curriculum are highlighted in Product Lifecycle Management (Volume 4): The Case Studies — the latest book by Dr. John Stark, an internationally recognized expert on PLM.


Jacob Corll
Friday, May 10, 2019


Jacob Corll, an Oakland University alum whose research led to the discovery of a master gene that regulates the expression of other genes involved in the development of corn kernels, was recently recognized as the co-first author of a manuscript published in The Plant Cell, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Society of Plant Biologists.


Hunter Vaughan Book
Monday, April 29, 2019


In his new book, Oakland University film scholar Hunter Vaughan pulls back the curtain on what he calls “Hollywood’s dirtiest secret.” 


Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj
Monday, April 15, 2019


Last August, Oakland University’s Department of Psychology welcomed Fulbright scholars Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj to campus. 


HOP-UP-PT with Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson
Monday, April 15, 2019


Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson, assistant professors of physical therapy at Oakland University, have created the Home-based Older Person Upstreaming Prevention Physical Therapy (HOP-UP-PT) program, which is designed to provide early preventative interventions to senior citizens at risk of being homebound by facilitating partnerships between community centers and local physical therapists.


Alex Johnston
Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Alex Johnston was a freshman when he started as a clinical volunteer in the emergency department at a Detroit area hospital. After seeing several patients lose their life to heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, the now senior biology major says he grew curious about the events that lead to heart attacks and how to prevent them. 


Venkat Reddy and V. Everett Kinsey
Wednesday, April 03, 2019


Oakland University’s vision statement pledges to “unlock the potential of individuals and leave a lasting impact on the world through the transformative power of education and research.” 


Dr. Wei Zhang and research team
Wednesday, March 27, 2019


Dr. Wei Zhang and a team of researchers from the Department of Physics at Oakland University (OU), along with collaborators at Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, IL) and Fudan University (Shanghai), have discovered a new “control knob” for tuning material’s properties that paves the way for more energy-efficient electronic devices like hard disk drives.


Elizabeth Allan
Monday, March 25, 2019


Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D., associate professor of writing and rhetoric, is among a distinct group of scholars whose work will be showcased in the 2019 Best of the Journals in Writing and Rhetoric. 


Daniel J. Goble balance testing with student assistant
Wednesday, March 20, 2019


A new study by Daniel J. Goble, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science, has been published in the Journal of Athletic Training. The study examined more than 10,000 male and female athletes, ages 8 to 21, to provide normative data for the BTrackS Balance Test (BBT), a tool that Dr. Goble invented for concussion balance testing. 


Ora Pescovitz and Stephen J. O'Brien
Tuesday, March 12, 2019


The Oakland University Department of Biological Sciences recently hosted a genomics symposium, drawing researchers from around the country to discuss the latest advances in a field that is providing new insights into the function of genes, the promise of genomic medicine and the history of life itself. 


Pi Sigma Alpha Conference
Thursday, March 07, 2019


The Oakland University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, recently sent eight students to present their research at the annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, which was held Feb. 15-17 in Washington, D.C.


Oakland campus
Wednesday, February 27, 2019


M2 Alex Yang’s article "Distinguishing the athletes’ heart from inherited cardiomyopathies" was published in Beaumont’s State of the Heart newsletter, a publication containing heart health information for patients and families.


Mina Wassef and Randall Engle
Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Each day, faculty mentors help guide students toward their academic and personal goals, passing down knowledge and wisdom that will last a lifetime. 


Puerto Rican parrots
Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Researchers at Oakland University led an international effort to map and analyze the DNA of three Amazon parrot species, with the goal of preserving the birds from extinction. 


River
Wednesday, January 09, 2019


Oakland University ecologist Scott Tiegs is the lead author of a new scientific paper examining carbon-cycling rates of river-based ecosystems around the world.



Friday, December 21, 2018


In the most recent update to the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education, Oakland University has moved up to the second-highest tier of research universities. This tier features colleges and universities with “high research activity,” a designation held by only 3.1 percent of the 4,424 colleges and universities on the Carnegie Classification list. 


OU’s Environmental Health and Safety degree program ranked among top in nation
Thursday, December 13, 2018


Oakland University’s Environmental Health and Safety online degree program has been ranked as one of the top 25 Best Value Occupational Safety and Health degree programs in the nation for 2019 by Value Colleges (VC), an online ranking system that compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment.


Julia Tituskin
Thursday, December 06, 2018


Honors College graduating seniors recently presented their Honors Theses, with topics including health care, economics, linguistics, history and more. Students are required to complete a research thesis in order to graduate from OU’s Honors College. 


Disruption in Detroit
Thursday, December 06, 2018


When Oakland University history professor Daniel Clark started conducting oral history interviews with retired autoworkers in the early 2000s, he expected to hear stories of a widely mythologized golden age – an era of prosperity in the 1940s and ‘50s that propelled tens of thousands of unionized auto workers into a secure, blue collar middle class lifestyle. 


Student Newspaper Digital Archives Homepage
Friday, November 30, 2018


If you want to experience Oakland University’s history through the eyes of hundreds of student journalists, you no longer have to visit University Archives to do so. Thanks to a generous gift from the family of a former OU library professor – and collective efforts of dedicated library employees –  you can access digital issues of the university’s student newspaper dating back to its inaugural issue, published on October 23, 1959. 


Malcolm Gladwell
Monday, November 19, 2018


On Saturday, November 17, Oakland University staff, faculty and supporters gathered in the Founders Ballrooms of the Oakland Center to celebrate the public launch of the university’s largest-ever comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve.” 


President Pescovitz delivers 2018 State of the University Address
Wednesday, November 14, 2018


While delivering the 2018 State of the University Address on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., highlighted several accomplishments and points of pride from around campus, and provided an update on the university’s strategic goals.


Sigma Xi Conference Group photo
Monday, November 12, 2018


Two Oakland University graduate students, Roshan Timilsina and Tyler Parsons, received superior presentation awards at the 2018 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, which took place October 25-28 in San Francisco, California. 


Campus Aerial View
Thursday, November 01, 2018


Oakland University will launch the public phase of its comprehensive campaign, “Aspire. Advance. Achieve,” at a November 17 gala headlined by acclaimed author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell. 


Dr. David Stone
Friday, October 26, 2018


The Research Office at Oakland University hosted its second Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and presented awards to several OU faculty members in recognition of their outstanding research and initiative.


Claudia Petrescu
Tuesday, July 31, 2018


A new, eight-member advisory council has been created to promote and advocate for graduate education and Lifelong Learning at Oakland University.



Monday, July 16, 2018


Lan Yao, Ph.D., RN, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Oakland University, has been named a 2018 Fellow in the Health Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. 


Graeme Harper
Thursday, July 12, 2018


Oakland University Honors College Dean Graeme Harper has been elected to a three-year term as vice chair at the At-Large Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. 


Shengnan Qiao
Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Shengnan Qiao, who spent two years as a joint Ph.D. student in Oakland University’s Eye Research Institute (ERI), recently rubbed elbows with some of the world’s preeminent research scientists at the 68th annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany. The event drew 39 Nobel Laureates and 600 young scientists from 84 nations. 


Monica Szmyd in a white lab coat teaching students at a summer camp
Tuesday, July 03, 2018


Rising M2 Monica Szmyd’s research was recognized at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society (Endo-2018) in Chicago. After being selected for having one of the four top-scoring abstracts in her section, she presented in the Presidential Poster Competition alongside residents, fellows and doctors of philosophy (Ph.D.).


Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Todd Shackelford
Monday, June 25, 2018


What is personality? Where does personality come from? How does personality influence health, politics, economics, relationships and other aspects of life? 


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Tuesday, June 19, 2018


As part of the 35th annual International Social Philosophy Conference taking place July 19-21 at Oakland University, OU will host a Community Health Mini-Conference on Friday, July 20 featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and public health advocate whose research revealed that children in Flint, Mich. were exposed to harmful levels of lead in their drinking water.


Amanda Lechnar with penguins
Tuesday, May 22, 2018


A six-month study by Oakland University alumna Amanda Lechnar on the underwater behavior of gentoo penguins at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center is changing the way researchers are looking at how animals in captivity interact with each other and their environment.


three men wearing name badges talking in front of a display table for Vector
Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science hosted the 18th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology in May.


Huirong Fu and students
Monday, May 14, 2018


The U.S. government recently designated Oakland University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. 


Abdrahamane Traoré
Tuesday, May 08, 2018


For some people, going “off-grid” means taking a voluntary respite from phone and email. But for countless others around the world, off-grid means routinely having to go without electricity for days, weeks or longer. 


Shelby Jane Seyburn Foundation
Monday, April 16, 2018


Inspired by their daughter’s memory, the parents of an Oakland University graduate and psychology major who was killed last June in a car crash on I-75 have established the Shelby Jane Seyburn Foundation as a way to keep their daughter’s legacy alive while continuing to support the research she was passionate about at OU.


Laura Schartman with Googasian Award
Thursday, March 29, 2018


For outstanding contributions to the advancement of women, longtime Oakland University employee Laura Schartman has received the 2018 Phyllis Law Googasian Award. She was honored this week at the 26th annual Phyllis Law Googasian and Women and Gender Studies Award Luncheon, in the presence of current and former colleagues. 


Karen Miller
Friday, March 23, 2018


The Oakland University Research Office will present “Reaching the Public: Translating Teaching to a General Audience” — a Soundings Series event featuring Karen Miller, an associate professor and specialist in modern American political history at OU — from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 in room 242 in Elliott Hall.


Joyce Havstad
Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Oakland University will welcome Professor Geoffrey Beach of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Professor Sandra Mitchell of the University of Pittsburgh to the OU campus on March 29 and 30 as part of the new PI Academy mentoring program that pairs junior faculty with prestigious scholars from across the nation.


Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Oakland University’s PI Academy mentoring program continues to pair OU junior faculty with top professors from universities across the nation.


OU ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award winners
Monday, March 12, 2018


Oakland University senior Katherine McAuliffe and Professor Evan Trivedi have been selected by the American Chemical Society to receive the 2017 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research for their research into synthetic drugs designed to make it easier to detect cancer in humans.