Academics News

Thursday, April 04, 2019

The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Behavioral Endocrinology, just published by the Oxford University Press, is edited by Oakland University’s Associate Professor of Psychology, Lisa L.M. Welling, Ph.D., and Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology Todd K. Shackelford, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

For a seventh year, Oakland University is holding its Summer Career Camps for 14- to 18-year-old teens at the OU Anton/Frankel Center in Mount Clemens.The career camps are a unique pre-college experience to help motivated and ambitious college-bound teens choose a college major and future career.

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.

Marguerite Mahler
Friday, March 22, 2019

More than 40 years ago, Marguerite Mahler was reading the Detroit Free Press when she noticed an article about a new legal assistant program starting at Oakland University. The 40-something wife and mother had left a career in laboratory science to raise her family and was looking to re-enter the workforce. 

Matthew Drogowski matched at Beaumont Health in emergency medicine
Friday, March 15, 2019

On Friday, March 15, the Class of 2019 learned which hospitals and medical facilities they will be heading to for their medical residencies upon graduation from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in May.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

The 17th annual Diverse Voices Conference takes place at Oakland University’s Varner Recital Hall from at 10 a.m. -1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. It is open to everyone and there is no charge to attend.

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. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCESThe 2019 Meadow Brook Lecture in International Affairs brings keynote speaker Professor Jessica Chen Weiss to Oakland’s campus on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Her talk will take place at historic Meadow Brook Hall in the ballroom.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University is planning a program entitled “Political Humor and its Impact on American Life.” The program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. It will be held in Banquet Room B of the Oakland Center on campus at Oakland University. It is free and open to the public.

Kristin Rohrbeck
Friday, February 08, 2019

Oakland University’s Kristin Rohrbeck, director of the Joanne & Ted Lindsay Foundation Autism Outreach Services (OUCARES), has been named the overall winner of the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.

Linda Davis
Friday, February 08, 2019

Longtime Macomb County District Judge Linda Davis recalls a time when she regarded addiction as a “moral failing” that only happened to flawed people from dysfunctional environments. It wasn't until her child, a straight-A student with a promising future, became addicted to heroin that she recognized the truth: “Addiction affects everybody. It affects all ages, all races, and all socioeconomic climates. It does not discriminate.” 

Friday, February 08, 2019

Much of the study of engineering involves the application of basic sciences and mathematics.  But the practice of engineering moves beyond these basics to tackle real life problems and provide solutions for industry and society.

man leaning on a railing in a hallway with a tall window next to him
Thursday, February 07, 2019

With an electrical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in hand, Akash Maheshwari launched his career as drive graduate trainee at Continental.

professor in a red jacket standing at the front of a classroom, student raising his hand in front of her
Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) extended the accreditation of the business and accounting programs at the School of Business Administration at Oakland University.

Oakland campus
Thursday, January 24, 2019

OUWB medical students attended a leadership seminar where Oakland University President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., answered questions, gave advice on mentorship and goals, and shared her medical career journey with them.

Adam LeRoy and Shawna Boomgaard
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Shawna Boomgaard and Adam LeRoy presented at the fall 2018 MEMPSA (Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association) conference on December 7, 2018. The MEMSPA conference offered elementary and middle school principals a broad range of current topics necessary for continued professional and administrative growth.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Oakland University’s Sigma Xi chapter has been recognized by The Scientific Research Honor Society as one of its leading chapters for the initiation of new members. OU is part of the Research and Doctoral Universities Constituency category within the organization’s more than 500 national and international chapters.

Oakland campus
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Third-year OUWB student Maayan Yakir and her Embark research and scholarship program mentor Mary Smyth, M.D., recently presented their work on energy insecurity affecting young children in the state to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).

Monday, December 17, 2018

New Oakland University graduates Jake Farnsworth and Mickey McGlinnen were selected as recipients for fall 2018 Undergraduate Distinguished Achievement Awards presented during commencement ceremonies this weekend.

OU’s Environmental Health and Safety degree program ranked among top in nation
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Oakland University’s Environmental Health and Safety online degree program has been ranked as one of the top 25 Best Value Occupational Safety and Health degree programs in the nation for 2019 by Value Colleges (VC), an online ranking system that compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment.

students in black professional attire, seated in rows in a classroom, all looking forward
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In their most recent case competition, teams of Business Scholars developed and presented marketing strategies to grow annual sales for Detroit Bikes.

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. 

students observing white sculptures in a glass case at the Detroit Institute of Art
Monday, December 03, 2018

“What do you see?”Mark Haimann, M.D. addresses a group of thoughtful medical students as they huddle before an exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

Melanie Mayberry, Arati Kelekar and Nelia Afonso
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) and University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (Detroit Mercy) will launch a new interprofessional course to educate medical and dental students on how health care professionals collaborate for the benefit of their patients. 

James Isabirye Dissertation Defense
Thursday, November 29, 2018

While working to reintroduce traditional songs and instruments to the people of Uganda, Oakland University graduate student James Isabirye — a lecturer of music and drama at Kyambogo University in Uganda — has been pursuing his Ph.D. in Music Education at Oakland University.

woman standing with an open laptop projecting onto a screen on a brick wall while people watch her presentation
Monday, November 19, 2018

As part of its professional development opportunities, the Oakland University Office of Public School Academies (PSA Office) offers its schools a chance to participate in a cohort focused on Response to Intervention (RTI). Three schools are a part of this year’s cohort – Caniff Liberty Academy, Dove Academy, and Weston Preparatory Academy.

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.” 

woman seated with her arms crossed at a desk with a laptop and a book, smiling at the camera
Friday, November 16, 2018

Nakisha Scruggs is bringing up her five-year-old daughter in Mount Clemens — the same place where she was born and raised. The single mother has worked on the assembly line at Fiat Chrysler LLC’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant for five years. Professionally, she aspires to move to a corporate position.

OU students honored with scholarships at Global Automotive Summit
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Two Oakland University students — Jordan Simmons and Kierstin Smith — were among 21 deserving students awarded more than $165,000 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year during the 19th annual Rainbow PUSH/CEF Global Automotive Summit’s Business and Education Awards Luncheon, which was held on Nov. 2 in Detroit.

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.

young man in a shirt and tie posing for a photo with an older female professor in a classroom
Monday, November 12, 2018

M2 Michelle Fedorowicz and M3 Jeff Triska were the first OUWB students to be selected for the highly competitive National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program.

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. 

Man and woman shaking hands, smiling at the camera
Friday, October 26, 2018

This year, 21 OUWB M4 students received induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, an international society recognizing students, alumni and faculty who dedicate themselves to the medical profession. 

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.

group photo of business scholar students in a classroom with a sign that says "Thank You Oakland University"
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This year’s Business Scholars participated in its first of three case competitions of the academic year. Sponsored by the OU Credit Union, the School of Business Scholars Program provides a select group of students a unique opportunity to enhance problem solving, decision making and leadership skills.

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. 

Monday, October 08, 2018

This year’s President’s Colloquium “The Dead Past and the Living Present” will be presented by Jeffrey Insko, Ph.D., associate professor of English. The event will take place at noon on Monday, Oct. 15, in the Founders Ball Rooms of the Oakland Center, on OU’s Rochester campus. A question-and-answer session will immediately follow. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Oakland University student Marybeth Gormley has been awarded her second $2,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholarship. She is among eight top students from around the country who will receive the scholarship to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers by the professional public safety officers of LEEP.

two women in professional clothing standing in front of a projector that says "creating a path to resilience shawna boomgaard and melissa lopez"
Monday, September 24, 2018

Shawna Boomgaard (LMSW, CTP-E and Manager of Academic Accountability at OU) and Melissa Lopez (CTP-E and Title One Director at Dove Academy of Detroit) presented, “Creating a Path to Resilience” at the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education in Traverse City, MI.

man in a green shirt, standing in a classroom, smiling at the camera
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

At the close of each academic year, three rising M2 and three rising M3 students are selected as recipients of the M1 and M2 Outstanding Student Awards. Each one receives a $1,000 scholarship, which is applied to his or her financial aid package for the next academic year.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Oakland University, along with partner schools Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College, has signed individual articulation agreements that will benefit students at all three schools.

professor standing in front of a periodic table of the elements chart, holding a model of a human torso, with two students on his right
Thursday, August 23, 2018

The five-week OUWB Beaumont Future Medical Scholars (BFMS) pipeline program, in collaboration with Cranbrook Horizons-Upward Bound, introduces about 30 Detroit-area high school students to the many avenues of medical education and career paths in medicine.

student in a white lab coat giving a fist bump to a man in a suit
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s Class of 2022 students received their first physician’s white coats and celebrated the beginning of their medical educations at the traditional White Coat Ceremony.

Group of female students at the Diversity & Inclusion program
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

High school students participating in OUWB’s Future Physicians Summer Enrichment Program (FPSEP) worked in groups to complete a research project. On their last day of the program, they presented these projects to a room of family members, peers and OUWB faculty members.