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Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France: Research Training in Paleoclimate

Name (PI): 
Gerilyn “Lynn” Soreghan
Department/Organization: 
Geology and Geophysics
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

Were the tropical mountains of Pangea glaciated 300 Million years ago? How did tropical climate evolve as earth transitioned to ice-free conditions after the Late Paleozoic Ice Age? About 300 Million years ago, Earth was locked in an intense glaciation, the so-called “Late Paleozoic Ice Age.” The termination of that “icehouse” records Earth’s most recent example of a transition to an ice-free world. This research project focuses on detecting tropical climate conditions in the paleo-mountains of France during this key period of Earth history, and involves sedimentology of red bed and associated sediments from this time.

TIBETAN AND BHUTANESE DIGITAL RARE AND HISTORICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Name (PI): 
Michael Givel
Department/Organization: 
Political Science
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

The goal of this project is to catalogue and preserve historical documents that provide both a detailed background and broad overview of the evolution of the history and culture of early Bhutan. Outside Bhutan, rare and historical Bhutanese diplomatic documents are housed in national archives, museums, private collections, etc. Today, documents from the 17th and 18th centuries relate to reports by emissaries that were posted in Bhutan or frontier offices. In addition, internally, there are historical documents that are held in private collections and homes passed through Bhutanese feudal lords and nobilities in the past. Aligned with overall goal of Bhutan to preserve its traditional Buddhist culture and history and also in line with the institutional objectives of the University of Oklahoma and College of Arts and Sciences this project will 1) contribute to a corpus of comprehensive, centralized, and first source primary data and unique knowledge in the evolution of early Bhutanese history, governance, and Tibetan Buddhist culture; and 2) provide an unrestricted online archival resource for novel scholarly historical and cultural analyses and conclusions of Bhutan¹s diplomatic history, foreign affairs, and interactions with several nations including: Cooch Behar, India, Vatican, Tibet, China, Nepal, Sikkim, Derge Kingdom, and Ladakh. In conjunction with Professor Givel and Bizzell Library---development of a plan for digitization of diverse materials in multiple locations, including equipment and workflow that will meet the grant needs as well as best practices for digitization of cultural heritage objects; development of workflow and documentation protocol and plan-includes: workflow review, consultation, and adjustments at beginning of digitization and at start & end of digitization at each site; development of a simple metadata guideline to use when collecting descriptive metadata, with a unique identifier for each item; development of a plan for in-situ digital security and storage that respects the technology constraints of the project locations; and ongoing document digitization based on best practices.

The National Weather Center (NWC) Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Name (PI): 
Dr. Daphne LaDue
Department/Organization: 
National Weather Center
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

The National Weather Center (NWC) Research Experiences for Undergraduates program brings 12 undergraduate student from across the US to experience the joy of scientific discovery while conducting cutting-edge research and learning skills to become scientists. Each student collaborates with one or more scientists in the weather, climate, and radar organizations within the University of Oklahoma-Norman's University Research Campus to conduct research and live the life of a scientist. In addition to their research project, participants attend lectures, participate in workshops to build skills and knowledge relevant to the job, learn a variety of research methods, and present their research in both written and oral formats. Students from any major are welcome to apply if they are interested in trying a career in weather, climate, or radar research. The most common majors among applicants are math, physics, meteorology, and computer science majors, though we have had students from social sciences and humanities participate. We especially welcome science education students. New this year is an opportunity for 1 or 2 electrical and computer engineering students to work on a weather radar research project. Be aware that REU programs are required to select more than half their participants from schools where research opportunities are limited. Therefore, regarding OU students, this program could serve to attract students from outside the College of Atmospheric& Geographic Sciences, and/or broaden participation in the sciences. Applicants must be 1) enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, and 2) a US citizen or permanent resident of the US. Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

Biogeochemistry, Thermal Ecology and Arthropod Activity- NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Name (PI): 
Michael Kaspari
Department/Organization: 
The Kaspari Lab
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

The Kaspari Lab at the University of Oklahoma and the National Science Foundation offer two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) over the Summer of 2016 to provide a field-oriented research experience for undergraduate students. Students will complete an independent research project at one or more field stations within the continental USA under the supervision of an experienced field biologist. While the individual projects will be tailored to (and developed by) the interests of the student, our lab group will be working on several projects focused on: 1) thermal ecology of arthropods,2) the biogeochemistry of brown and green food webs, and 3) large-scale temporal and spatial patterns of ant diversity. The successful applicant can plan on traveling through the western United States, working in desert, grassland, and forest ecosystem. Selected students will receive a stipend of $5000. Housing will be provided at field stations, although there will likely be some tent camping. This program is open to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Graduating seniors (May or August 2016) are not eligible. Send a letter of introduction; curriculum vitae listing relevant coursework completed (including the name of the institution and professor); and an academic letter of recommendation to Mike Weiser at michael.d.weiser@ou.edu Timeline and Duration: This specific program will start in mid-May and end in late July. Most of that time will be spent in the field in the western USA. While in the field, work days can be very long, and we typically work and/or travel every day. Exact work schedules, start/end dates and breaks (e.g., taking a week off for family events) are negotiable.

Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities

Name (PI): 
Renee McPherson
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

Interns will be involved in hands-on activities related to climate research that will allow them to see the direct impacts of climate variability and change on the West Texas Southern High Plains, prairie and forest ecosystems and tribal cultures in Oklahoma, and the bayous, delta and coastline of Louisiana. Internship participants will travel across the South Central United States to visit university campuses and field locations, so they must have the physical ability and willingness to travel or work outside as well as endure different living conditions. Internship participants must be comfortable (but do not have to have prior experience) with traveling by boat and kayak (safety equipment will be provided). Interns will spend one week with Louisiana State University, one week with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, and one week with Texas Tech University. Annual cohorts can accommodate up to ten internship participants.

Honors FYRE Program - Spring 2016

Name (PI): 
The Honors FYRE Program
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

The OU FYRE program allows select first-year Honors students or students who concurrently apply to the Honors College to conduct a semester-long internship in participating research group on campus. Participation in the FYRE program provides three-hours of graded Honors credit (HON 2970). Support by the Honors College, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has enabled this research experience to expand into many disciplines across campus. Research faculty mentors from departments across campus involved in research in topics related to Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Social Sciences will participate in FYRE 2015-16 program. A final list of all the topics will be provided with the application form. PURPOSE OF FYRE PROGRAM The FYRE program provides an opportunity for students to conduct cutting-edge scientific research at the beginning of their college experience. In addition to hands-on primary research in a faculty research group dispersed in various departments, the FYRE program also provides collective mentoring and perspective to educate the students as to the possible professional paths made possible through scientific research. The FYRE students will have a significant advantage in preparing for advanced careers in science and will also develop important skills in critical thinking and problem solving that can be applied in careers outside of research.

Identifying Challenges and Opportunities for Tornado Prediction

Name (PI): 
Dr. Daphne LaDue
Department/Organization: 
National Weather Center
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

We are studying perceptions and attitudes of weather forecasters about using various weather prediction models in tornado forecasting operations Your responsibility involves taking detailed notes during phone interviews (as many as 20, 1-hour-long) with National Weather Service forecast offices, adding to those notes with use of audio recordings, sorting of data, and assisting with thematic coding. Other opportunities may arise to interview or otherwise collect data with participants during the Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Experiment in May and early June 2016. Both phases are part of our larger study developing forecasting tools for predicting and detecting tornadoes.

Community Planning in Emergency Management (with Tulsa Partners, Inc.)

Name (PI): 
Mark Shafer
Department/Organization: 
Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

This opportunity has expired.

Internship, 15-20 hours per week, assisting Tulsa Partners on using a whole community approach in emergency management planning and training. This would include: * Assisting in promotion and scheduling of Tulsa Partners Community Resilience Speakers Bureau, providing educational outreach on a variety of resilience topics; * Work being done with the City of Tulsa on its Program for Public Information for the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, City of Tulsa Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, and the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative; * Working with the Oklahoma Silver Jackets Program on outreach with communities behind the Tulsa/ West Tulsa Levees; * Work with the March 25, 2015 Tornado Tulsa Area Long Term Recovery Committee; * Work with our three core programs: The Disaster Resistant Business Council, Language & Culture Bank and Millennium Center for Green and Safe Living; * Other activities, such as workshops for Long Term Care Facilities and other groups wanting to learn about disaster preparedness, hazard mitigation, and related activities.

Biomedical Imaging and Medical Physics in the TRUE Lab

Name (PI): 
Dr. Liangzhong Xiang
Department/Organization: 
Stephenson Research & Technology Center
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

The TRUE lab invites applications for undergraduate research opportunities in Biomedical Imaging and Medical Physics. The TRUE (Theranostics with Radiation-induced Ultrasound Emission) lab focuses on the development of ultrasound-based imaging techniques with new contrast mechanisms including laser-induced photoacoustic tomography (PAT), X-ray acoustic computed tomography (XACT), Proton acoustic tomography (pCT) and other radiation induced acoustic emission for imaging and therapy.

SCIPP Summer Internships Spring 2015

Name (PI): 
Mark Shafer
Department/Organization: 
Oklahoma Climatological Survey
Summary and Designated Tasks: 

The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program invites applicants for two 12-week, full-time paid summer internships in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Lafayette, Louisiana. Two internships are available:

1. Tulsa Partners, Tulsa, Oklahoma: Tulsa Partners is a nonprofit organization working to build safe, sustainable communities. The project will be to measure and track how key messages in the city’s Public Information plan related to the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System are being delivered to the community. In particular, examinations of risk perception related to the West Tulsa levees may be examined. Tulsa was recently selected to participate in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program; elements of this project may overlap with initial efforts on the Resilient Cities initiative.

2. Gulf Coast Joint Venture, Lafayette, Louisiana: The Gulf Coast Joint Venture is a regionally based, landscape oriented volunteer partnership of private, state and federal conservation organizations dedicated to delivery of habitat conservation important to priority bird species. The Joint Venture seeks to expand upon work conducted in 2014 with a SCIPP summer intern to examine the relationship of weather parameters to waterfowl and shorebird habitat along the Gulf Coast. 

In addition to hands-on experience working with nonprofit organizations and community or ecological resilience, SCIPP will provide funding and opportunities to present research results at relevant regional and national meetings. The projects provide opportunities to develop your research, publications, and presentations portfolio that may help with future career goals, graduate school applications, or capstone projects.