The Norman Transcript

Headlines

October 31, 2012

OU breaks ground on $15M lab

NORMAN — A 35,000 square foot radar laboratory planned east of the National Weather Center on the OU Research Campus will help transform the university’s “Center of Excellence” weather radar program to the best in the world, officials said Tuesday.

The $15 million building is designed for interaction among students and clusters of faculty. Creativity, innovation and new technologies come through such deliberative collaboration.

“It’s not only what is being done here, it’s how it’s being done,” said Kelvin Droegemeier, OU’s vice president of research.

OU officials broke ground on the research laboratory on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. President David L. Boren praised the faculty who will occupy the new space.

“In this area of radar research technology and application, there is no better faculty in the United States,” he said.

One of those faculty members, Jessica Ruyle, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, called the building a “pivotal element” for research and training on campus. She said work done there would have civilian and military applications.

Bob Palmer, director of the OU Advanced Radar Research Center, credited the program’s success to teamwork, loyalty, respect and the vision of the university administration.

“OU’s administration has a vision for what the radar program should be in the next 20 to 30 years,” Palmer said.

The Radar Innovations Lab, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013, is the eighth research facility to be built on the OU Research Campus in less than a decade.

Boren said the lab is part of the effort to transform the state’s econonomy from natural resources to technology, intellectural property and innovation. The lab will serve both the research and educational missions of the university, providing a hands-on active learning environment for OU’s engineering and science students.

“This facility wll create the kind of collaborative energy and technology we are talking about,” Boren said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Fracking Operation Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Information scarce on ‘dark money’ group in Oklahoma superintendent campaign

    An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission....

    July 24, 2014

  • Medical examiner says inmate died of an accidental drug overdose

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said a woman found dead in the Cleveland County jail Feb. 23 died of a drug overdose....

    July 24, 2014

  • Ride CART fare free on Ozone Alert Day

    Environmental officials have declared today as an Ozone Alert Day. Passengers ride fare free on Cleveland Area Rapid Transit on Ozone Alert Days....

    July 24, 2014

  • Board votes to delay plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Arizona inmate dies two hours after execution begins

    PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S....

    July 24, 2014

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck ID’d

    Norman police identified a man transported to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room after a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday....

    July 24, 2014

  • Wine, Organ and Compline at St. Thomas More

    St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson St., is hosting the Wine, Organ and Compline at 7 p.m. today. The series will begin with a wine and cheese gathering in the atrium, followed by an organ recital presented by guest organist ...

    July 24, 2014

  • 48 dead after Taiwan plane crash

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island today where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following persons were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Kenneth Leo Turk, 64, aggravated count of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol · Kelly Revonn Turner, 21, ...

    July 24, 2014