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February 19, 2014

Recognition from peers

NORMAN — In less than 10 years, a piece of land dotted with World War II-era buildings and a couple of abandoned pools used for Navy training and community swimming has been transformed into a world-class research park.

OU’s 277-acre Research Park, just east of the Lloyd Noble Center and north of State Highway 9, has been recognized as the nation’s top research park for 2013 by the Association of University Research Parks.

The park, anchored by the National Weather Center, includes four “Partner Buildings,” with a fifth to open in the fall. All house public and private sector collaborations, bringing academic and private interests together.

It was all made possible years ago when lawmakers allowed academic entities and their faculty to benefit from research work. Besides the fifth “Partners” building, OU will open the Radar Innovations Lab this spring.

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