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...]

Three Students Honored with Oakland University Awards

Oakland University (OU) Recognizes Three Students for Distinguishing Themselves as Outstanding Scholars and Leaders on Campus and in the Community The Alfred G. Wilson and Matilda R. Wilson awards – the most prestigious honors the university presents to students – have recognized OU’s top male and female scholars and leaders since 1965. The awards commemorate the Wilson family, whose generous donation of land and financial resources helped establish the university in 1957. The Human … [Read more...]

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Re-Accredited for 8 Years

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) has been re-accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for 8 years, the maximum time possible. Duane Mezwa, M.D., Stephan Sharf Interim Dean, OUWB, and chief academic officer, William Beaumont Hospital, made the announcement. “It is with extreme pride that I share with you that OUWB has been granted eight years of accreditation, the maximum amount of time that can be awarded, from the Liaison Committee on Medical … [Read more...]

Physics Professor Earns Prestigious CAREER Award

A new scientific wave that could revolutionize the electronics industry has earned Dr. Wei Zhang, an assistant professor of physics at Oakland University (OU), the National Science Foundation (NEF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. The award is presented annually to non-tenured faculty who has demonstrated the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education, and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. “The CAREER … [Read more...]

Research Could Lead to a Better Understanding of How Pathogens ‘Set Up Shop’ Inside the Human Body

Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette Earns Recognition in Renowned Journal Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Oakland University (OU) 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. “AEM is one … [Read more...]

A Conversation with Howard Reich

Howard Reich, Chronicler of Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel, to Speak at Oakland University The Cis Maisel Center for Judaic Studies and Community Engagement at Oakland University (OU) will present “A Conversation with Howard Reich” from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in Oakland Center Founders Ballroom A. During the last four years of his life, holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel met with Reich to discuss the subject that linked them. Both Wiesel and … [Read more...]

Esports Added to Oakland University Athletics Program

Oakland University first D-1 school to add varsity esports team in Michigan Oakland University has become the first Division I university in the state of Michigan to formally announce the addition of a varsity esports team to its athletics program. The team will begin competition in the fall of 2020. The University also announced a unique partnership with Team Renegades, a professional esports team based at GameTime in Auburn Hills. Esports is short for “electronic sports” and is defined … [Read more...]

England Study Abroad Captures History in Motion

A group of Oakland University (OU) students immersed themselves in history this summer when they spent 10 days in England as part of a study abroad. The course, “Tudors of England,” focused on the lives of the highly influential family of monarchs who ruled England from 1485 to 1603. “It would be difficult to overstate the impact of the Tudors,” said Randall Engle, course instructor and adjunct professor in OU’s Religious Studies program. “They broke religious ties with Rome, warred … [Read more...]