Oakland University Welcomes Dr. Brandy A. Randall as New Graduate School Dean

Following a successful national search, Brandy A. Randall, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve as dean of the Graduate School at Oakland University (OU). Her position with OU will become effective on August 1, 2020. “I am honored to have been selected for this role, and look forward to working collaboratively with the campus and the community to advance graduate education at Oakland,” Randall said. Dr. Randall has served as the associate dean of the College of Graduate and … [Read more...]

Six Fridays at 6 Summer Concert Series at Oakland University

Oakland University’s Carillon Concert Series Returns July 10 to Elliott Tower Now in its fifth year, free concert series will welcome carillonneurs from around the word to the campus at Oakland University (OU). OU’s Six Fridays at 6 Summer Carillon Concert Series, which features carillonneurs from around the world, will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year with a series of outdoor concerts starting on Friday, July 10. “Listening to carillon music is a great way of enjoying a live … [Read more...]

Oakland University Campus a Local Hot Spot for Birds and Birdwatchers

Without the usual bustle of students, faculty and staff, the campus at Oakland University (OU) may seem unusually quiet these days. But for birding enthusiasts like Chandler Mancuso, the campus’s 1,400-plus acres are alive with the sights and sounds of nature. “The highest intensities for bird migration are typically in the spring and fall – from late April until early June and then again in September,” said Mancuso, a master’s student in the Department of Chemistry. “I’ve noticed that at … [Read more...]

Oakland University Support of Student Veterans

Oakland University Earns Highest Possible Ranking for Support of Student Veterans For the fourth consecutive year, Oakland University (OU) received a gold ranking, the highest possible rating for veteran-friendliness from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The organization recognizes institutions of higher learning for dedication to student veterans and dependents using their G.I. Bill and other educational benefits. Based on a variety of factors, the schools on this year’s list were … [Read more...]

Oakland University Research Team Probes Molecular Basis for Healthy Vision

By discovering how normal rod and cone structures are achieved, researchers are laying the groundwork for development of treatments that could be deployed much earlier in disease progression. If you’re reading this, thank your rods and cones – the millions of nerve cells that absorb light and allow you to see. These photoreceptors live in your retina, at the back of your eye, and they have a very distinct shape – without which healthy vision is impossible. Andrew Goldberg, Reddy … [Read more...]

Oakland University Community Music Offering Virtual Lessons

Online Lessons Are Available for All Ages in All Instruments and Voices For the first time, Oakland University (OU) Community Music is offering virtual lessons for all ages in all instruments/voices. “As we all adjust to being at home, many of us are missing our musical experiences,” said Katrina Van Maanen, a voice teacher with OU’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. “While we can’t bring back rehearsals, we can bring music education to you. We’re currently offering virtual lessons in … [Read more...]

Oakland University offers Test-Optional Admission for the Fall

To help remove barriers to enrollment amid the ongoing public health crisis, Oakland University (OU) will offer test-optional admission for the fall of 2020 and 2021 to students with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. “We feel that offering test-optional admission is the best way we can support students who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Shane Lewis, director of Undergraduate Admissions. “We want to be sure we are doing all we can to assist our future … [Read more...]

Oakland University Appoints a New Dean

Boruff-Jones Appointed Dean of University Libraries Polly D. Boruff-Jones has been appointed to serve as Dean of University Libraries by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost James P. Lentini. Her position with Oakland University (OU) becomes effective on July 1, 2020. “Polly’s commitment to collaborative leadership and respectful interaction was evident in her visit to campus, and her success in strategic planning and all aspects of overseeing a university library make … [Read more...]

Researchers Seek Public Participation for COVID-19 Study

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. The project collects data through an anonymous online survey in which participants record information about their symptoms and general background, including age, sex, country of origin and ethnicity. The survey is designed to assess symptoms in people who … [Read more...]

What Can a Person’s Grip Strength Reveal About Their Health?

Researchers Establish Grip Strength Cut Points to Assess Diabetes Risk Research studies have linked low muscular strength to increased risk for type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that impairs the body’s response to insulin, resulting in high blood sugar and paving the way for further health challenges. “Insulin is mainly responsible for helping to clear nutrients out of the bloodstream and into various tissues, including muscle tissue,” said Elise Brown, assistant professor of … [Read more...]