Volume 9 | Feb. 12, 2019
The college has started a crowdfunding campaign seeking support for the Emergency Scholarship Fund. This fund allows the college to empower students experiencing hardships so that an unexpected financial setback doesn’t prevent them from graduating on time or at all. To learn more about our campaign click here . If you have donated already, thank you. You can also help by sharing the link to our campaign with your friends and family to help make this project a huge success!

The college’s annual banquet will be held Friday, March 8, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The Kaleidoscope Banquet begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45. Dress is business attire. To make reservations, please visit here.

For their contributions on the local, state, national and international levels, Rick Bayless, Frank Higginbottom, Brooke Murphy and Joseph Trimble will be recognized as the 2019 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, higher education civil rights pioneer George Henderson, whose OU career has spanned over half a century, will be honored as the 2019 Distinguished Service Award recipient for his exemplary service to the college. For complete information on our award winners, click here .

The following faculty award winners also will be honored:

Irene Rothbaum Award
Ying Wang , Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Longmire Prize for Teaching
Mark Norris , Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

James and JoAnn Holden Faculty Award
Alberto Marino , Assistant Professor, Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy 

John H. and Jane M. Patten Teaching Award
Robert Lemon , Associate Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Kinney-Sugg Outstanding Professor Award
Edward Cokely , Professor, Psychology
The four distinguished alumni winners will give lectures Thursday, March 7. The schedule for the lectures, which are free and open to the public, follows:
Brooke S. Murphy, J.D. - '67, B.A. in History
Why Am I in the College of Arts and Sciences and What's Next?
9:30 a.m., Dale Hall Tower Ninth Floor

Murphy is an experienced trial attorney in Oklahoma and has been a trailblazer for women throughout her career after being named the first female partner at Crowe & Dunlevy, Attorneys and Counselors at Law.

A past president of Crowe & Dunlevy, Murphy has served on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the Board of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as well as the Oklahoma City University School of Law Executive Board. A Master of the Bench of the Luther Bohanon Inn Court and the past president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, she also has been a member of the Local Civil Rules Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the Magistrate Selection Panel for that Court.

Active in the community, she has been honored with the Mona Lambird Spotlight Award,  The Journal Record Leadership in Law Award and the Lawyers for Children Service to Children Award.
Joseph E. Trimble, Ph.D., '69,
Ph.D. in Social Psychology
Globally Authentic and Culturally Diverse Leadership
Noon, Dale Hall Tower Ninth Floor

Trimble is an unquestioned leading contributor to the field of psychology and Native Americans, with a record spanning over six decades. Besides his expertise in indigenous issues, he is a recognized authority in multicultural psychology. Because of this expertise, he was asked to chair an APA committee on infusing multicultural issues throughout multicultural psychology textbooks. Still highly active as a scholar, he has published over 200 articles, chapters, books and technical reports, and he has served on over 60 professional committees and advisory boards, including consulting activities.

Currently, he is a distinguished university professor of psychology and a research associate at Western Washington University’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research and the President's Professor at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Among his many awards and commendations, and as evidence to both his scholarly and community and civic contributions, Trimble was the 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s highest award, the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest. He also was the 2004 recipient of APA's Peace and Social Justice Award.
Dr. Frank Higginbottom, '68,
B.A. in Chemistry, Minor in Physics
Current Concepts in Implant Dentistry
Noon, OU College of Dentistry, Room 104,
1201 N. Stonewall Ave., Oklahoma City

Upon his graduation from dental school, Higginbottom joined the U.S. Army. In 1974, after two years of service, he returned to Dallas and opened his private practice of esthetics, restorative and implant dentistry in the Baylor University Medical Complex.

During his career, Higginbottom also served on the staff of Baylor University Medical Center, Garland Memorial Hospital and Baylor College of Dentistry; he currently is a professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and Graduate Prosthodontics and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas in San Antonio. He has published extensively and made numerous presentations related to dental research both nationally and internationally while maintaining an active dental practice and dedicated involvement in his profession. As a member of the International Team for Implantology in Switzerland, Higginbottom has played an important role in developing dental implants into the gold standard for replacing missing teeth.
Chef Rick Bayless, '74, B.A. in Spanish
Path of Passion: Food and Journey Through the Restaurant World
3 p.m., Dale Hall Tower, Ninth Floor

Bayless is one of the most highly regarded chefs in the world, focusing on Mexican cuisine. Bayless is best known for winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Master. He has won the highest possible order awarded to foreigners by the Mexican government, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, for contributions to Mexican culture. Through his study of Mexican foodways, cuisine and culture, Bayless has contributed to international recognition of Mexican food as complex, rich and historically important.

Bayless is a successful restaurateur and owns eight world-class restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Topolobampo in Chicago. He stars on his own Emmy-nominated PBS television series, “Mexico-One Plate at a Time,” now in its 11th season. He is the author of eight cookbooks explaining and demonstrating the pre-Hispanic origins of contemporary Mexican cuisine and its importance to Mexican culture. His books include Rick Bayless's   Mexican Kitchen , which was named Cookbook of the Year at the 1996 IACP/Julia Child Cookbook Awards.  
As part of Kaleidoscope Evening, the College of Arts and Sciences will hold auctions and a raffle, with all proceeds supporting student scholarship. In addition, there will be an online auction featuring a golf package at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course and a PE-ET Bowl. The bowl, worked by OU Economics professor Lex Holmes, comes from the historic PE-ET Elm, which was taken down from in front of Evans Hall in the summer of 2006. Please visit the college website in early March for more information about the online auction. 
This year, the College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate the achievements of our graduating students on Saturday, May 11, at the Lloyd Noble Center. We will have two ceremonies, which will begin at 5 p.m. with the Graduate College Convocation for Arts and Sciences masters students. The College of Arts and Sciences Convocation for students receiving their undergraduate degrees will begin at 8 p.m. For more information click here.

A few weeks before Kaki Simmons graduated last December from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in mathematics, she reflected on the generosity of those who made her goal possible.

Simmons gathered for dinner with professors from her department, staff from the college and David and Judi Proctor. The Proctors have established numerous scholarships in the college in honor of their late sons (David Michael Proctor and Matthew David Proctor), including one for math majors, which Simmons had received.

“The scholarship is what made coming to OU a reality for me,” said Simmons. “I have been able to get to know the Proctors through the years and form a relationship with them. The last dinner we had was very special for me. They are very giving, and their generosity makes me want to pass it forward and do well in my field.”

Simmons is off to a strong start as research she conducted with professor Milos Savic will be published soon. A year ago, she proposed the idea to Savic to research obstacles Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students face in their mathematics courses.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Simmons originally volunteered in the deaf community in high school and she founded the American Sign Language Club at OU.

The research sheds light on some of the struggles faced by students in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Simmons and Savic conducted surveys with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, asking about their experiences and roadblocks in mathematics class and how frustrations led to many changing their majors. 

After completing the survey, they submitted the study to SIGMAA on RUME, and got full acceptance from all the reviewers. Simmons will be published in the SIGMAA on RUME 2019 conference proceedings.

Simmons hopes this leads to new teaching methods of math courses, in order to ease these frustrations and allow these students to thrive. She plans on continuing her education, and her career goal is to be a professor of math at a university where she can research math education for undergraduates.

“I will always be grateful to David and Judi Proctor for their unending support and the opportunities I have had at OU because of it,” said Simmons. “I thank them both for showing me what the OU family is all about, and I am thankful to now feel like a part of theirs.” 
Make plans now to join thousands from across the OU community on April 13 for The Big Event. During The Big Event, over 6,000 students, faculty and staff go out across the Norman and Greater Oklahoma City metro area for a day of service. For the past 19 years, students have participated in this event to show their appreciation to the surrounding community by completing service projects such as painting, yard work, building playground equipment and visiting with the elderly. The event is a completely student-run service project.

This year, alumni are being asked to join in service to the community. If you're going to be in the Norman area the day of the event, we encourage you to join us as we work to improve the community and the lives of those who live here.

Faculty, as you consider fall 2019 textbook adoptions ahead of the upcoming March deadline, consider adopting an alternative to traditional, costly textbooks.  Open educational resources (OER)   are both free to students and free of typical copyright restrictions. Instructors are encouraged to remix, adapt and customize OER to their personal needs and taste and OU Libraries wants to help you do so.
OU Libraries’ Alternative Textbook Grant  is accepting applications through Feb. 22 for those who would like to receive supplemental compensation for time spent adjusting a course to make use of a textbook alternative in lieu of a traditional, costly textbook. Successful applications from College of Arts and Sciences faculty are eligible to receive up to $2,500 from OU Libraries and outstanding applications may be further compensated with funds from the college. 
To learn more about open education please visit  open.ou.edu   or contact OU Libraries’ Open Education Coordinator,  Cody Taylor .
A focus on affordability and increasing strong students’ ability to access OU is a priority for the university. To make OU more affordable, this year, the university has increased nearly all freshman scholarships for the incoming class of 2019 and did not increase tuition for the 2018-19 school year. OU is one of two four-year public institutions in Oklahoma that did not increase tuition and mandatory fees this year. To learn more about OU's latest step in making a world-class education attainable click here.
The Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts has named Professor Michael Mumford  of OU's Department of Psychology as the recipient of the 2019 Rudolf Arnheim Award. This award is given for outstanding lifetime achievement in the psychology of aesthetics, creativity and the arts by Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.
Young Yun Kim , Professor of Communication, recently finished editing the three-volume International Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication , which employs a broadly based taxonomy of intercultural communication that consists of six organizing themes. Those themes are the traditional ICC core theme — known as "intercultural communication" — and five associated themes recognized as "cross-cultural communication," "cultural communication," "intergroup communication," "intercultural training" and "critical intercultural communication." The encyclopedia addresses issues of ethnicity and race in intercultural communication — not as a separate theme, but as an integral part of each thematic area. It also provides entries outside the ICC's discipline of communication, such as cross-cultural psychology, cultural anthropology and social psychology. Last spring, she received the OU Regents’ Award for Research and Scholarly Achievement.
Current and former graduate students did a staged reading of a play written by Michael W. Kramer , c hair of the Department of Communication, at the National Communication Association annual convention in Salt Lake City in November. The play, “Eight Hours,” follows the career of a high school teacher, beginning with the first hour of his first day of teaching. Each scene skips seven years and one class period, and the play concludes with his retirement. Each scene addresses an important educational issue such as teacher burnout, treatment of student-athletes and cheating. After listening to the reading at the National Communication Association, one colleague wrote that the play is about “the heart and soul of a teacher.”
Marisa Saaverdra Flores, Natalie Daugherty and William Howe from the Department of Communication presented their research at the Organizational Communication Mini Conference. The conference, held at Rutgers last year, brought together top Ph.D. students in organizational communication with universities planning on hiring new professors in the next year.
Emily Johnson has won the AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) Translation Prize for  Arsenii Formakov, Gulag Letters , ed., trans., and with an introduction by Johnson (Yale University Press, 2017). The completion of this project was made possible in part by research and publication support provided by the Provost, Vice President for Research and College of Arts and Sciences. AATSEEL is a national organization and this is the biggest translation prize in her field.  Johnson has translated and edited a collection of letters written by Formakov, a Latvian Russian poet, novelist and journalist, during two terms in Soviet labor camps, 1940 to 1947 in Kraslag and 1949 to 1955 in Kamyshlag and Ozerlag. This correspondence, which Formakov mailed home to his family in Riga, provides readers with a firsthand account of the workings of the Soviet penal system and testifies to the hardships of daily life for Latvian prisoners in the Gulag.
Congratulations to all College of Arts and Sciences graduate assistants, who were recently honored with the Provost's Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. The 2018 spring semester recipients of the award represent the top 10 percent of all graduate assistants across campus as determined by student evaluations. The following graduate assistants in the college earned the distinction:
Bilal Al-Mutwalli (Chemistry)
Taylor Arnold (Health and Exercise Science)
Jasmine Austin (Communication)
Juliana Barbati (Communication)
John Baucom (History)
Matthew Beckner (Chemistry)
Madison Beneda Bender (Psychology)
Skye Butterson (Biology)
Karen Castillioni (Plant Biology)
Tianna Cobb (Communication)
John Corpolongo (History)
Christy De Lara (Spanish)
Daniel Delafield (Chemistry)
Mary Eid (Microbiology)
Angie Ellis (Mathematics)
James Floyd (Microbiology)
Robert Fogle (Chemistry)
Eric Gardner (Chemistry)
Hongxiao Guo (Chinese)
Erin Hausmann (Mathematics)
Matthew Holtfrerich (Physics)
Tyler Hunt (Biology)
Karolina Koziol (Health and Exercise Science)
Hongyan Ma (Chemistry)
Saurav Malla (Chemistry)
Danielle McGill (Health and Exercise Science)
Mary Moon (Biology)
Miasha Neely (French)
Juan Nunez (Chemistry)
Kalyn Prince (English)
Joel Prowting (Health and Exercise Science)
Christopher Sartorius (Political Science)
Dania Sheaib (Mathematics)
Nisrine Slitine El Mghari (French)
Christine Strong (Economics)
Alexander Velasquez (Philosophy)
Payton Wright (Chemistry)
Azucena Yearby (Spanish)
Si Wu , assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is collaborating with Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Indiana University to develop new strategies leading to diagnosis and early intervention of Lupus, an autoimmune disease that affects up to 1.5 million Americans. Wu received a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant for this research.
OU researchers, led by Courtney Hofman and Rita Austin, in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, are addressing the challenges of curating ancient biomolecules and working toward the development and dissemination of best practices . In a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Hofman and her collaborators suggest museums play a critical role among stakeholders in ancient biomolecules research and should be responsive to these concerns. 
OU astrophysicist Nathan Kaib has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Award. Kaib is modeling the early stages of the formation of the solar system with a new algorithm that will allow computer simulations to run on graphic processing units at the OU Supercomputing Center for Education and Research. Also, Kaib is modeling early stages of planets within binary star systems to understand how these planets are affected by nearby stellar neighbors. This research will be integrated into Oklahoma classrooms through the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.




This project is part of a larger research program focused on tracking evolving patterns of social media communications about critical national topics. The research team has collected all tweets containing references to nuclear issues since 2013, and (using human-assisted machine algorithms) identified those that concern national defense and security. These data will enable analysis of the changing networks engaged in communication on nuclear security over time and before/after major events. The objective is to model changes over time in the emergence and transmission of narratives about security risks.



This project involves a research group from across the country (including Silke Feltz , OU Department of English Composition Program). The research focuses on understanding why some people consume animal products and the effectiveness of different educational programs on people’s animal consumption habits. Preliminary work suggests that many people do not know some of the facts about animal food production, and that knowledge is related to a reduction in animal product consumption. 
The college congratulates postdoctoral research fellow Daniel Nelson, who is the 2019 winner of the Hynes Award from the Society for Freshwater Science. Nelson, an early career researcher in the OU Biology Department, served as senior author on a recent outstanding publication and is being honored with this distinguished award at the society’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City in May. The annual awards recognize achievements in environmental stewardship, service to the Society and excellence in research for established and new investigators.
Virginia K. Felkner, a junior pursuing a dual degree in letters and computer science, recently participated in a panel on the Digital Latin Library at the 150th annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies. Felkner is a research assistant to Samuel J. Huskey, chair of OU's Department of Classics and Letters. Her presentation was titled "Automatically Encoding Critical Editions of Latin Texts."
The meeting, which was held in San Diego Jan. 3-6, gave Felkner the opportunity to share her research, which focuses on developing software to allow scholars without technical background to publish high-quality digital critical editions. 
A Norman native, Felkner plans to pursue a doctorate in computer science with a focus in natural language processing after she graduates in May 2020. Her career goal is to become a computer science professor at a large research institution. 
“The opportunity to attend the meeting was absolutely incredible,” said Felkner. “I met people I look up to and whose work I have followed for years. The sessions allowed me to see what others are working on and how my work could help others pursue their research. I am grateful to be a part of a university that supports undergraduate students so much.” 
The University of Oklahoma Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences announced a new renewable two-year term for a Faculty Fellow for Debate to help guide and advise the nationally acclaimed OU Debate team. The OU Debate team is nationally recognized in cross-examination style debate and currently enjoys the fifth- and sixth-ranked pairings in the country. For more information click here. 
Beginning this fall, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) degree will be offered at OU-Tulsa . This degree prepares students to be skilled social work practitioners who are committed to serving our community. Students will expand their knowledge of research, practice evaluation and policies related to social welfare, and build their abilities in providing culturally competent social work interventions. 
Chan Hellman, professor in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and director of the Hope Research Center at OU-Tulsa, was recently featured in Tulsa People Magazine . Nearly 2,000 published studies about hope, including the research of Hellman, are featured in his new book, Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life . The book is co-authored with Casey Gwinn, president of the Alliance for HOPE International and founder of Camp Hope America.
Feb. 12-13
HARUV USA will present a two-day Spotlight on Youth Trafficking training program at OU-Tulsa.

Feb. 15            
Sabbatical leave reports from fall 2018 only or spring 2018 and fall 2018 (two-semester sabbatical) are due to the Dean’s office.

Feb. 15
The College of Arts and Sciences Research Discussion Series and the Humanities Forum invite you to a discussion on funding opportunities for the humanities. Scott Johnson (Department of Classics and Letters), Kathryn Schumaker (Department of Classics and Letters) and David Vishanoff (Department of Religious Studies) will give presentations related to their funded work, followed by Q&A. They will share their thoughts on how to prepare a successful proposal and their experiences on how to effectively navigate the application process. Associate Dean for Research Georgia Kosmopoulou will provide a brief overview of available Guggenheim, NEH and ACLS fellowship opportunities. Janet Ward, director of the Humanities Forum, will provide information on the upcoming NEH grant application workshop she is hosting on Feb. 21-22. 

Feb. 19 
The Nonprofit Studies Program is hosting a Nonprofit Internship and Career fair from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the GRA rooms of the Union. Local and state nonprofits will be attending the event with informational table displays. All students are welcome.
Feb. 20        
The College of Arts and Sciences and the Clara Luper Department of African and African-American Studies present "How to Be an Antiracist." The lecture will be given by Ibram Kendi at 7 p.m. in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. An author, professor and speaker, Kendi is a professor of history and international relations and the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University .

Feb. 27             
CASFAM Staff meeting, 9 a.m., Dale Hall Tower 906

Feb. 28      
Chairs and Directors meeting by area, 9 a.m., Ellison Hall

Feb. 28      
Deadline for academic units to submit faculty evaluations to the Dean’s office.

Feb. 28             
Deadline for academic unit Committees A to submit chair/director evaluations and for chairs/directors to submit evaluation self-assessments to the Dean’s office.
Feb. 28
The Department of Health and Exercise Science will host its Spring 2019 Seminar from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the JJ Rhyne Community Room in Zarrow Hall. Monica Hubal, associate professor of Kinesiology at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis will present "Non-scary 'Omics: Basics of Exercise Genomics."

March 7
College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series (see top of newsletter for details)

March 8
The college’s annual banquet will be held Friday, March 8, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The Kaleidoscope Banquet begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45. To make reservations please visit here.

March 8 (est.)  
Deadline for faculty to email Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship proposals to Cassie Zacarelli at cassiezacc@ou.edu.

March 8 (est.)
Deadline for faculty to submit Senior Faculty Summer Fellowship proposals to Cassie Zacarelli at cassiezacc@ou.edu.

March 15              
Deadline for academic unit Committees A to submit evaluations for chair/director reappointment and for chairs/directors to submit reappointment self-assessments to the Dean’s office.

March 15       
Deadline for academic units to submit staff performance evaluations to Darla Madden.