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Research News

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.


Research Expo Congressman Bishop Speaking
Monday, October 22, 2018


On Friday, October 19, the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science hosted an expo showcasing faculty research in the areas of Data Analytics and Cyber Security, Autonomous Systems and Technology, Power and Energy, and Advanced Manufacturing. 


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.


Jon Carroll Flying Drone
Thursday, March 08, 2018


Oakland University professor Jon Carroll, Ph.D., is part of a pioneering team of scholars harnessing the latest advances in science and technology to promote sustainable agriculture in Africa. 


Tomoko Wakabayashi
Thursday, March 01, 2018


An Oakland University professor will be paired this month with a prestigious scholar from Arizona State University as part of the new PI Academy mentoring program at OU.  


Crystal VanKooten
Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Oakland University’s popular Soundings Series will return on Wednesday, March 7 with a hands-on writing workshop led by three successful and publicly engaged OU faculty members who will be sharing tips and tricks for crafting Tweets, composing short pieces for blogs and creating soundbites about your work.


Dr. Jonathan Silberman and Tom Kuslits seated at a table in front of a sign that reads Economic Data Center
Thursday, February 08, 2018


Economics professor Jonathan Silberman, Ph.D., is banking on opening more eyes to Michigan’s fertile business landscape.


Ranadeb Chaudhuri, Ph.D. gesturing with his hands
Wednesday, January 31, 2018


The asset management industry directs the investment of $71 trillion worldwide. By 2020, managing other people’s money is projected to become a $100-trillion business. But who is managing the managers?


Jae Hyeung Kang, Ph.D. seated in front of a window
Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Leadership determines a company’s success and employee satisfaction. But which style of leadership is most effective for entrepreneurial startups?


Ziaodong Deng, Ph.D., in a doctor's office
Wednesday, January 31, 2018


More than 133 million Americans are affected by chronic disease, a number that is expected to reach close to 160 million by 2020, according to the National Health Council.


Ravi Parameswaran, Ph.D. leaning against a railing at the top of a stairway
Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Once the domain of a company’s production/operations department, environmental awareness has steadily expanded to include functions across the entire organization. Over the last three decades, Earth-friendly actions have evolved from recycling and sourcing materials that use recycled content to incorporating sustainability considerations into products and services.


Bruce Logan
Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Oakland University will welcome 30 prestigious scholars to campus this year as part of a new PI Academy mentoring program that pairs OU junior faculty with top professors from universities across the nation.


Mobilization Zone
Friday, January 05, 2018


The Mobilization Zone (MZ) of Oakland University’s Research Office offers several opportunities for local, high-tech startup companies, including two programs sponsored by the Michigan Corporate Relations Network — the Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) and the Small Company Internship Award (SCIA) program.


'Soul Food' Soundings Series
Wednesday, December 20, 2017


For nearly a year, the founders of the Soul Food concert series — Mark Stone, associate professor of music at Oakland University, and Dwayne Anthony, community relations specialist and arts commissioner for the city of Pontiac — have been bringing their message of peace and unity through music to the Oakland County community.


Sigma Xi Excellence Award
Wednesday, December 20, 2017


The Oakland University chapter of Sigma Xi recently achieved a third place ranking after competing with more than 500 chapters in the United States and abroad for the Sigma Xi Chapter Excellence Award, which is presented to chapters that have demonstrated exceptional innovation and quality in their overall annual programming. 


I2B
Tuesday, December 05, 2017


Oakland University’s (OU) Research Office and the School of Business Administration (SBA) have recently launched the Ideas 2 Business (I2B) program, a real-world, project-based experience connecting students with local businesses.


Research Town Hall
Monday, October 30, 2017


The Research Office at Oakland University will host its first Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in Banquet Room B at the Oakland Center.


OU ASSE EHS Awards
Thursday, October 05, 2017


Jim Smith, president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and Dr. Darryl Hill, past president of the ASSE, visited Oakland University on Thursday, Oct. 5 to recognize the university’s Environmental Health & Safety Program, and to present awards to EHS alumni Mary Asher and Erika Cleary, who were recognized for outstanding undergraduate research.


Soundings Series
Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Scholars who are searching for ways to effectively market their own research, ideas and conversations to a broader community will want to plan on attending “Social Media Strategies for Scholars,” an upcoming “Soundings Series” event at Oakland University.


Dr. Lal & Dr. Madlambayan maize cancer research
Tuesday, September 12, 2017


The genetic information in a kernel of corn could be a key to better understanding how normal cells become cancerous in humans, according to a recent collaborative study conducted by researchers from Oakland University and the University of Florida.


Dr. Randal Westrick
Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Dr. Randal Westrick, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Oakland University, is using a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and a $150,000 grant from American Heart Association to help identify genes that decrease susceptibility to blood clotting in mice, and to explore whether those genes could one day lead to therapies designed to prevent life-threatening blood clots in human beings.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Sheldon R. Gordon, Ph.D., a professor in the department of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a $15,000 Eye and Vision Research grant by Eversight, a global nonprofit network of eye banks. The grant was awarded in support of his work in the area of corneal research.


Dr. Slavin
Thursday, August 03, 2017


Dr. Andrei Slavin, a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Physics at Oakland University, has been awarded a $210,829 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a collaborative research project which seeks to develop a new type of terahertz generator that can be used in a variety of fields, including communication, medical imaging and security.


WaliaSymposium1440
Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Each year, at least 2 million people in the United States become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of those infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Air Quality Award
Friday, July 07, 2017


A research poster presented by Oakland University undergraduates Erika Cleary and Mary Asher was awarded the grand prize by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) at the Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference and Exposition, held June 19-22 in Denver, Colorado.