Research News

Healthology 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020

Oakland University’s Healthology Symposium is going virtual this year and will focus on the creative solutions developed across different health sectors in response to the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Julian Rrushi
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Julian RrushiJulian Rrushi has been awarded a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to discover the physics of cyberspace, an emergent research area that could revolutionize the field of cybersecurity. 

Oakland University researchers acquire flow cytometry cell sorter with NSF grant
Friday, October 09, 2020

A grant from the National Science Foundation recently helped researchers at Oakland University acquire a flow cytometry cell sorter, a scientific instrument which will allow for hands-on collaborative research in the areas of amphibian biology, plant genomics, and stem cell biology.

PI Academy 2020
Thursday, October 01, 2020

Oakland University’s PI Academy, which trains early-career faculty in the key aspects of becoming a nationally recognized researcher and scholar and then pairs them with prestigious scholars from across the nation, is going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luis Villa-Diaz
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Oakland University Professor Luis Villa-Diaz has been awarded a $550,178 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his research on stem cell biology and the potential use of stem cells in regenerative medicine.

Tonya Allen & Bobby Schostak
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

At its formal meeting on August 3, the Oakland University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Tonya Allen as chair and Robert (Bobby) Schostak as vice chair of the Board.

Robert Van Til, OU ISE
Friday, June 19, 2020

Industrial and Systems Engineering is one of eight jobs that are projected to be great ones to target in the current economic climate, according to a recent article by U.S. News & World Report.

Linzi Hobbs
Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Oakland University graduate student Linzi Hobbs was recently awarded the prestigious ASH HONORS fellowship by the American Society of Hematology.

ISE Department’s Systems of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Systems graduate class uses Machine Learning to model real world problems
Thursday, May 07, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has many people using delivery services for everything from food to medicine for the first time. At some point in the future, Autonomous Vehicles (AV) ranging from automobiles to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) might provide these services without drivers present which would further lower risk of contracting the deadly virus.Students in Oakland University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department course “Systems of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles” are learning the latest technologies and business cases used across various industries that may play a key role in defining what a future with AV looks like.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences, which is co-edited by Oakland University Psychology Professors Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Todd K. Shackelford, was recently published by Springer Nature.

Summer II Online
Thursday, April 30, 2020

In an ongoing effort to support the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakland University is moving its Summer II classes online.

COVID-19 Research Study
Monday, April 13, 2020

A group of researchers in Oakland University’s Department of Biological Sciences is seeking public participation in a research study to identify COVID-19 symptoms and track the timeline of their development among the general population. 

OU students gain real-world experience in business as part of collaborative project
Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Last fall, more than 60 Oakland University students were able to gain real-world experience in business as part of a collaborative project involving OU’s Department of Writing and Rhetoric, OU INC client Herculeze Technologies, the OU Mobilization Zone and the Office of Research Administration.

Artishia Moore with dynamometer
Monday, April 06, 2020

What can a person’s grip strength reveal about their health?

Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette
Monday, March 23, 2020

Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Oakland University whose research could lead to a better understanding of how pathogens “set up shop” inside the human body, has been selected for an editorial spotlight in an upcoming issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM), a biweekly, peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Society for Microbiology.

Downtown Pontiac
Wednesday, March 04, 2020

A new $117,700 grant awarded to Oakland University will fund a feasibility study for a Small Business Support Center in downtown Pontiac. The project will evaluate how university, city, county and state resources can be integrated into a single entity to develop, sustain and promote non-technology companies including retail, restaurants, cleaning services and more. 

Oakland University selected to participate in Data Literacy Institute
Thursday, February 06, 2020

Oakland University has been selected to participate in a Data Literacy Institute project aimed at increasing the use of data to boost student success, including the number of graduates.

Wei Zhang
Thursday, January 23, 2020

A project that is part of a new scientific wave that could revolutionize the electronics industry has earned Dr. Wei Zhang, an assistant professor of physics at Oakland University, the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award.

Taras Oleksyk
Tuesday, January 07, 2020

For years, scientists around the world have been mapping out billions of DNA bases that make up the human genetic code. Human genomes have been mapped from DNA of populations in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Western Europe. 

Sigma Xi conference 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Oakland University students continued to demonstrate their research excellence at the 2019 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, which took place November 14-17 in Madison, Wisconsin.This year, five students received superior presentation awards in diverse disciplines including Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, and Microbiology and Molecular Biology.

Global Engagement stock photo
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Oakland University’s Office of Global Engagement was recently awarded a pair of grants from the U.S. Department of State that will deepen the university’s impact on teaching and research around the world. 

Humble Design
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Utilizing “Lean Thinking,” Oakland University Industrial and Systems Engineering students Monisha Vasudeva and Sagar Bajaj have been helping Humble Design — a nonprofit that furnishes homes for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness — improve their operations and optimize the space inside the organization’s warehouse in Pontiac, Mich.

Friday, November 22, 2019

What began in 2018 as a two-day, international interdisciplinary conference held at Oakland University and hosted by the Department of Psychology, has evolved into a new academic volume entitled, Evolutionary Perspectives on Death.

Sean Ferguson
Monday, November 18, 2019

The first floor of Kresge Library is home to Oakland University Archives and Special Collections, a vast trove of books, newspapers, photos, microfilms, audio/visual materials and artifacts. Many are centuries old and held exclusively by OU Libraries. 

Jennifer Lucarelli and Laurel Stevenson
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Oakland University professors Laurel Stevenson and Jennifer Lucarelli will oversee a new grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund that will expand the university’s collaborative efforts to promote healthy living in and around the city of Pontiac. 

Gopal Srinivasan
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In recognition of their outstanding research and initiative, The Research Office at Oakland University presented awards to several OU faculty members during the Research, Innovation and Engagement Town Hall held Thursday, Oct. 24 at OU.

Sha Zhao standing in front of a projector screen, smiling at the camera
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sha Zhao, Ph.D., doesn’t believe in assuming. When looking at the intense policy debate over income inequality in the U.S., Dr. Zhao, an Oakland University Assistant Professor of Accounting, did not make the standard assumption that CEO pay was skyrocketing — as the gap between leadership and worker salaries widened — with little benefit to the company.

Shawn McCann & Amanda Nichols Hess
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Oakland University’s popular Soundings Series will return on Wednesday, Oct. 30 with a special presentation by OU Libraries’ Dr. Amanda Nichols Hess and Professor  Shawn McCann on visualizing data for community audiences.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Oakland University’s School of Nursing has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation for a community-wide event to offer free yoga classes on Tuesday, October 15, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the Recreation Center on Oakland’s campus. 

Jon Carroll preparing to fly drone
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This summer, Oakland University Professor Jon Carroll went to Africa to explore the role drones can play in combatting the spread of malaria. The project, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development, uses precision agriculture to support public health, environmental protection, food security and other efforts. 

Oakland University partners with Lean Enterprise Institute to improve Lean education
Monday, September 09, 2019

Oakland University’s Pawley Lean Institute and its Industrial and Systems Engineering Department is collaborating with the Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. (LEI) in Boston — founded by the father of the Lean movement, Dr. James Womack — to create new educational opportunities in Lean thinking and practice for OU students, as well as to improve existing ones.

Eye Research Stock Photo
Friday, September 06, 2019

Evangelos Gragoudas, M.D., who pioneered the use of proton therapy for the treatment of eye tumors, and photodynamic therapy for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, is the speaker for Oakland University’s 2019 Harding Lecture. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 in the Oakland Center Gold Rooms, with a reception starting at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture to follow at noon. 

History Comes Alive 2019
Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Oakland University’s popular History Comes Alive lecture series, which offers a unique glimpse into the past by highlighting a variety of historic events — some serious, some not so serious — kicked off on Sept. 17, 2019 and will continue through March 18, 2020.

Robert Van Til
Monday, June 17, 2019

The efforts of Oakland University’s Industrial Systems and Engineering (ISE) Department to integrate Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) concepts, techniques and tools into its curriculum are highlighted in Product Lifecycle Management (Volume 4): The Case Studies — the latest book by Dr. John Stark, an internationally recognized expert on PLM.

Jacob Corll
Friday, May 10, 2019

Jacob Corll, an Oakland University alum whose research led to the discovery of a master gene that regulates the expression of other genes involved in the development of corn kernels, was recently recognized as the co-first author of a manuscript published in The Plant Cell, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Society of Plant Biologists.

Hunter Vaughan Book
Monday, April 29, 2019

In his new book, Oakland University film scholar Hunter Vaughan pulls back the curtain on what he calls “Hollywood’s dirtiest secret.” 

Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj
Monday, April 15, 2019

Last August, Oakland University’s Department of Psychology welcomed Fulbright scholars Anna Szala and Rania Bellaaj to campus. 

HOP-UP-PT with Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson
Monday, April 15, 2019

Dr. Sara Arena and Dr. Chris Wilson, assistant professors of physical therapy at Oakland University, have created the Home-based Older Person Upstreaming Prevention Physical Therapy (HOP-UP-PT) program, which is designed to provide early preventative interventions to senior citizens at risk of being homebound by facilitating partnerships between community centers and local physical therapists.

Alex Johnston
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Alex Johnston was a freshman when he started as a clinical volunteer in the emergency department at a Detroit area hospital. After seeing several patients lose their life to heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, the now senior biology major says he grew curious about the events that lead to heart attacks and how to prevent them. 

Venkat Reddy and V. Everett Kinsey
Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Oakland University’s vision statement pledges to “unlock the potential of individuals and leave a lasting impact on the world through the transformative power of education and research.” 

Dr. Wei Zhang and research team
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Dr. Wei Zhang and a team of researchers from the Department of Physics at Oakland University (OU), along with collaborators at Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, IL) and Fudan University (Shanghai), have discovered a new “control knob” for tuning material’s properties that paves the way for more energy-efficient electronic devices like hard disk drives.

Elizabeth Allan
Monday, March 25, 2019

Elizabeth Allan, Ph.D., associate professor of writing and rhetoric, is among a distinct group of scholars whose work will be showcased in the 2019 Best of the Journals in Writing and Rhetoric. 

Daniel J. Goble balance testing with student assistant
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A new study by Daniel J. Goble, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise science, has been published in the Journal of Athletic Training. The study examined more than 10,000 male and female athletes, ages 8 to 21, to provide normative data for the BTrackS Balance Test (BBT), a tool that Dr. Goble invented for concussion balance testing. 

Ora Pescovitz and Stephen J. O'Brien
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Oakland University Department of Biological Sciences recently hosted a genomics symposium, drawing researchers from around the country to discuss the latest advances in a field that is providing new insights into the function of genes, the promise of genomic medicine and the history of life itself. 

Pi Sigma Alpha Conference
Thursday, March 07, 2019

The Oakland University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, recently sent eight students to present their research at the annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, which was held Feb. 15-17 in Washington, D.C.

Oakland campus
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

M2 Alex Yang’s article "Distinguishing the athletes’ heart from inherited cardiomyopathies" was published in Beaumont’s State of the Heart newsletter, a publication containing heart health information for patients and families.

Mina Wassef and Randall Engle
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Each day, faculty mentors help guide students toward their academic and personal goals, passing down knowledge and wisdom that will last a lifetime.