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Formula for Success
While most of the Oakland University colleagues he started with 35 years ago have retired, Michael Sevilla, professor of chemistry, says that’s not part of his formula. Instead, Sevilla says he enjoys watching the Chemistry Department he chaired for six years grow younger.
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Profiles in Research — Yang Xia
When it comes to osteoarthritis, it all depends on how you look at it. Or so believes the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which this year gave a $2.1-million grant to Oakland University Physics Professor Yang Xia for his research.
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Profiles in Research — Ken Mitton
When it comes to researching diseases of the retina, the old adage applies: There is much more than meets the eye. It is a complex area of science, particularly at the genetic level, where Ken Mitton labors as assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Oakland University’s Eye Research Institute.
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Profiles in Research — Shailesh Lal
In 2003, Oakland University Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Shailesh Lal was sitting up late one night in his office. He was not only sitting in his office, he was sitting in the midst of a dilemma. What he had found led him to the discovery of helitrons — genes that jump from one part of the corn genome to another, which may hold promise for fighting cancer and world hunger.
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Profiles in Research — Ken Hightower
When you find a vein of gold, you mine it. Or so goes the philosophy of the School of Health Sciences (SHS). In this case, the precious commodity in question is 25 years of data gleaned from records of the Meadow Brook Health Enhancement Institute. From 1979 until it closed in 2003, the campus-based institute kept detailed health records of more than 8,000 members in Southeast Michigan, creating a unique and lasting opportunity for OU professors and students to study the prevalence and trends of a wide range of health issues for years to come.
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Getting where they’re going
Oakland's Office of Disability Support Services provides and coordinates accommodations for students with disabilities. Offering all students equal access to educational opportunities has been the goal of DSS since it became a dedicated department in 2000.
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Unlocking the mysteries of marriage
If you ask 373 couples what the secret to marital bliss is, you’ll get 373 different answers. With or without consensus, however, the topic holds an undeniable fascination and value for sociologists such as Oakland University Professor Terri Orbuch. Also known to Detroit’s WMGC radio listeners as “the Love Doctor,” Orbuch has spent her career working to unravel the mysteries of successful relationships through her nearly two-decade long study, “The Early Years of Marriage” project.
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Wonder-Full — Alumnus puts science at your fingertips
Mel Drumm CAS ’80 has always been fascinated by the way things work. Executive director of the nationally renowned Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum since last October, he has spent a career passing his love of “what makes things tick.”
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The Grizz at the Big Dance - Memories...
Alumni, staff and friends share memories of Oakland's Big Bounce into the NCAA national spotlight.
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