Showing posts from April, 2022

OU Scientists' Experimental Research Aims to Treat Metastatic Cancer

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma are testing an experimental treatment for metastatic cancer focusing on pancreatic cancer. Metastasis, the condition when cancer cells spread beyond the original tumor, is the “worst enemy” of cancer patients, said Wei R. Chen , Ph.D., the Stephenson Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering. “It is the metastasis of cancer that kills about 90% of cancer patients,” Chen said. “Pancreatic cancer is the worst of all because it metastasizes so fast. At the time of diagnosis, 80% of patients would either have local advancement or distance metastasis – where cancer has spread to other parts of the body. The five-year survival rate of the patients with distance metastatic pancreatic cancer is only about 3%.” The five-year study is funded by an approximately $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute and is led by Chen and Min Li, Ph.D., a George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Medicine, Surgery a

OU Engineering Students Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Five students in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma have been selected as 2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows.  The fellowships provide students with a three-year annual stipend, allowance for tuition and fees, and access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students.  “We are very proud of our engineering students who received an NSF fellowship. Each of these scholars is committed to conducting research that will broadly impact Oklahoma, our nation and our world. The award will help each of them become a leader who will contribute to scientific innovation and teaching,” said John Klier, Ph.D., the college’s dean.  Clayton Blosser, of Norman, Oklahoma, is working toward a master’s in electrical engineering with an anticipated graduation date of May 2022. He works as a research assistant at the Advanced Radar Research Center and serves in leadership and outreach positions for IEEE’s honor

Well done! 9 Engineering Educators Recognized at 2022 Faculty Awards and Honors Event

The Norman campus at the University of Oklahoma returned to hosting an in-person event to celebrate the recipients of university faculty awards. More than 40 faculty members were honored at a luncheon Thursday, April 14, in recognition of their outstanding pursuits in teaching; scholarship, research and creative activity; mentorship and service.  Gallogly College of Engineering faculty recipients are: Award for Excellence in Research in Engineering and Applied Sciences:  Wei Chen, Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering Award for Excellence in Transdisciplinary, Convergent Research:  University of Oklahoma Sewage Surveillance Team that includes Jason Vogel and Keith Strevett, both from the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science Regents’ Award for Superior Research and Creative Activity / Scholarly Activity:  Pierre-Emmanuel Kirstetter, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, and the School of Meteorology David Ross Boyd Professorship:  Tohren C. G. Kib

Can OU Research Team Clear Up Biases in Artificial Intelligence?

Group’s goal is to help environmental scientists learn the basics of AI. There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence is embedded in our everyday lives. From smartphones to ridesharing apps to mobile check deposits, AI is so pervasive that we rarely think about how it works.  For one University of Oklahoma scientist, however, artificial intelligence and machine learning are at the forefront of her work – expressly as it relates to weather. Amy McGovern, Ph.D., leads the National Science Foundation AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography at the University of Oklahoma.  An American Meteorological Fellow, McGovern has been studying severe weather phenomena since the late 1990s. During her career, she has witnessed a rapid emergence in the AI field, all while developing what she hopes are trustworthy AI methods to avert weather and climate disasters.  Lately, however, McGovern and researchers from Colorado and Washington have noticed grav

OU Professor Takes Lead in Building High-speed Aerothermodynamics Lab

Hiroshi Ozawa, Ph.D., a new faculty member in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering  in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, is taking the lead in building a high-speed aerothermodynamics lab on OU’s North Campus. High-speed aerothermodynamics includes hypersonics and plays a key role in the aerospace industry, the second largest industry in Oklahoma. Ozawa’s research is in experimental hypersonics which accelerates designs and applications in hypersonic vehicles, defense and commercial markets, and space transportation. Hypersonic – moving at a speed greatly in excess of the speed of sound, usually meaning greater than Mach 5 – translates into traveling at 60 miles per minute. Understanding flow behavior and heating load at this speed help in the design of fast-moving aircraft that reduces flight duration. Ozawa joined OU in 2021 bringing with him an impressive background. His experience includes stints at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Nago