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University of Oklahoma Student Receives Oklahoma Transportation Center's Student of the Year Award

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Feb. 10, 2011 By Amy Buchanan University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences Pictured (L-R): Musharraf Zaman, OU College of Engineering associate dean of research and graduate programs; Jewellyn Grout, spouse; Trevor Grout, OU engineering student; Michelle McFarland, Oklahoma Transportation Center assistant director; and Tony Dark, OTC executive director. NORMAN, Okla.—Trevor Grout, engineering graduate student at the University of Oklahoma’s Atmospheric Radar Research Center, was presented with the Oklahoma Transportation Center’s student of the year award at the 14th annual Council of University Transportation Centers’ award banquet, held recently in Washington, D.C. Grout was the only one from Oklahoma among the 60 recipients recognized nationally for outstanding achievement in and contribution to transportation research and education. Since July 2009, Grout has been working with collaborators o

OU Team Targeting Tar Creek

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By April Wilkerson April is a reporter in Oklahoma City. Contact her at 278-2849. Posted: 09:27 PM Friday, February 25, 2011 OKLAHOMA CITY – Although their initial project money has run out, University of Oklahoma professor Robert Nairn and his research team are looking for ways to continue their water restoration work at the Tar Creek Superfund Site in northeastern Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the passive water treatment approach his team uses is being implemented in Bolivia. Nairn, who also serves as director of OU’s Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, is looking for new grant possibilities after finishing a $6 million project at Tar Creek that removes contaminants from water seeping up from mines. That initial system is still running, but the contaminants it captures are only the tip of the iceberg. “The polluted water is still coming out of the ground, and we’ve done calculations of how long that will last,” Nairn said. “Those calculations indicate that the water qu

CNN Hero Award Winner Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe to Speak About Work in Uganda

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NORMAN – The Center for Social Justice, along with the University of Oklahoma Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Sooners Without Borders, and Pros for Africa , will host a talk with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe about her work with rape victims in Africa , Monday, Feb 21. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Dale Hall, Room 200, 455 W. Lindsey, on the OU Norman campus. Free parking will be available in the parking lot immediately to the west and north of Dale Hall. Nyirumbe is a Ugandan who was named a CNN Hero for her work with rape victims in Africa. She began the St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring School in Gulu, Uganda, to give shelter to girls and women who have been abducted by members of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Many of these young women were raped by their abductors and now have children. The St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring School empowers women and teaches them the skills necessary to make a living for themselves

OU ESTABLISHES A NEW WATER AND SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE WHICH WILL INCLUDE THE OKLAHOMA WATER SURVEY

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1-26-11 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Catherine Bishop, Vice President OU Public Affairs, (405) 325-1543 or Joanne Thomson, Marketing Manager CORIX Group of Companies, (604) 575-6136 OKLAHOMA CITY – University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced today that OU is establishing an Institute for Water and Sustainability using the University’s research expertise to benefit Oklahoma and the nation, including emerging regions of the world. The institute will be led by a national expert, who will be appointed to an endowed faculty position funded by a $2 million gift from Corix, a multi-utility infrastructure company, which is in a long-term association with OU in its utility system. The Institute will include the new Oklahoma Water Survey patterned on the Oklahoma Geological Survey, which is also housed at OU. “The formation of the Corix Institute was guided by the importance of understanding and managing water in all its dimensions,” Boren