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Of the People, By the People, For the People
As the inaugural speaker of OU's College of Arts and Sciences' Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,300 at the Shotwell-Gustafson Pavilion, then met with several groups of students the next morning to talk about politics, education and the writing life.
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The Gift of Big Ideas
When Gretchen and Ed Adler endowed the Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities, they did it because they wanted to expose Oakland University students to a simple but vitally important commodity: grand ideas.
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Middle East: Soldiers' View
U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Talley wrote his will in February. He got immunized for illnesses common in the Middle East. He underwent training to deal with nuclear, biological and chemical threats. And then he waited. The day after America's 173rd Airborne Brigade silently dropped from the skies – a thousand parachutes floating into the enemy territory of Bashur, Northern Iraq – Talley unloaded his gear, stood along the Bashur Airfield's landing strip and told his first war story.
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OU fighter pilot called to duty
For a 1996 OU public administration graduate, "Chester" is the moniker used on missions with the Air Force's 107th Fighter Squadron. His work since the 9/11 terrorist attacks supported homeland security and enforced the No-Fly Zone in Northern Iraq. His unit was called to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Middle East: Student View
Sumeera Younis, a 19-year-old women's studies major, leads her life by the dictums of the Prophet Muhammad, consciously recognizing that, although she is one person, when she walks on OU's campus or down the streets of Rochester, Mich., she represents something bigger. She is a Muslim-American woman at a time when it's not easy to be Muslim.
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Middle East: Scholars' View
At OU, candlelight peace vigils glowed at sunset. Small student gatherings – for and against the war with Iraq – popped up in the heart of campus. In subjects from business to political science to technology, war discussion steered class debate.
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AIDS: Please don't forget about us
Last summer, OU junior Robert Hillman went on an educational trip to South Africa with the National Youth Leadership Forum. He observed doctors and researchers as they experimented with new HIV/AIDS treatments and drugs.
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AIDS Study: Senior citizens not immune
While most AIDS prevention messages target drug users and young people, Associate Professor of Nursing Frances Jackson would like to add senior citizens to the list. Her research on the spread of HIV/AIDS among aging African-American men revealed the extent to which seniors are affected by the disease.
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Casting a Spell
If you're under 30 and you can spell, you should probably thank Ron Cramer. The OU professor of education's Spelling series – originated in the 1970s – serves as the official text in nearly 40 states, guiding millions of American elementary school children. Over the course of four decades, Cramer has turned his love of language and the intricate ways it evolves in children's minds into his life work.
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A Nose for Business
In an innovative project that put OU marketing students to work for three metro Detroit nonprofit organizations, five students made clowns of themselves in a strategic move to market red foam noses in support of Detroit's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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One Breath at a Time
OU chemistry graduate Jack Parker has become an internationally recognized doctor and expert in lung disease. His detective-like research helped develop safer work environments for coal miners across the United States and for poverty-stricken asbestos miners in Siberia, Brazil and Zimbabwe.
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