The University of Tulsa boasts its first David L. Boren Scholar, Rachel Wolf, an anthropology, Russian studies and music sophomore with a penchant for investigative research. Most students don’t spend winter break with their head in a book, but in December 2016, Wolf spent 250 hours researching Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
University of Tulsa Associate Professor Jeremy Daily and a group of engineering and computer science students have received a patent for their work in crash recovery systems. The Forensic Link Adapter is a forensic recovery and preservation system used by highway patrol organizations, forensic engineers, insurance companies and attorneys. The device recovers forensic crash data for heavy duty tractor trailers.
At The University of Tulsa, undergraduate students can participate in several research projects with TU’s Institute of Trauma, Adversity and Injustice. From projects on the treatment of chronic nightmares to studying the mental health profiles of TU athletes, students work in a multidisciplinary setting to address problems related to violence, trauma and social injustice.
Meghan Harrison is a senior Biochemistry major from Philadelphia, Pa. In today’s video, she talks about being diagnosed with Lyme Disease, advocating for patients and doing research in a microbiology and immunology laboratory. She was also named TU’s 2017 Homecoming queen. Watch Meghan’s TU story below.
Paige Hibbard is a senior Mechanical Engineering major from St. Louis, Mo. She has been hired as an undergraduate research assistant and is working on a rehabilitation project for disable children with The Little Lighthouse School.
Alyssa Hernandez is a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, OK. Alyssa and some fellow classmates collaborated with Tulsa’s Little Light House to design a toy melodica for children with developmental challenges.
Sarah Sullivan is a sophomore Biochemistry major from Fayetteville, AR. Sarah has been doing research at TU since her freshman year. Listen in to what her research project is about and how she has tied it into her own personal story.
Today’s My Take on TU segment comes from Ellen Emeric, a senior Sociology major from Springfield, Mo.
This past summer, I participated in a summer research fellowship at Texas A&M University. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program brought together ten undergraduate students from around the country and gave us the opportunity to conduct research in the fields of sociology and urban planning. This REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) was particularly exciting for me because, firstly, as a social scientist, the opportunities for exposure to research are not as prevalent as they are for many STEM students; and, secondly, I am currently applying to graduate programs in City Planning for Fall 2017. I was thrilled by the chance to begin to delve into the foundations of that discipline.
Over the course of six weeks, I completed an advanced seminar in statistics and research methods; learned the basics of statistical and spatial mapping softwares; and designed and completed—with the help of an incredible A&M faculty mentor—a research project and presentation on the relationship between Urban Decline and Transportation. While in Texas, my cohort also spent a few days in Houston. There, we toured historic neighborhoods that have undergone massive urban changes, learned about the complexities of housing inequality, and met with environmental justice ambassadors who have been advocating for those negatively impacted by the booming petro-chemical industry. It was certainly a challenging and intense six weeks, but I could not have asked for a better experience. Each member of my cohort brought something completely unique and ex-citing to the group, and our diverse backgrounds added an extraordinary amount to the time we all spent together.
The REU program stretches far and wide across nearly all disciplines and many locations, and I am eager to see where this network can take me. This month, I will present my research—entitled “The Means of Moving Peoples: Urban Decline and Public Transportation in Dayton, Ohio”—at the Southern Demographic Association annual conference in Athens, Georgia.
Below is an excerpt from Ellen’s research.
The Means of Moving Peoples: Urban Decline and Public Transportation in Dayton, Ohio
The city of Dayton, Ohio lies within the Rust Belt of the United States, a historical region that has been experiencing massive urban depopulation, or shrinkage, since the 1960s, primarily as a result of de-industrialization and manufacturing decline. In fact, the city has suffered a 47% population decrease since that time period; these conditions have resulted in an abundance of neighborhood decline in the city. It has been shown that cities developed around a sustainable public transportation system tend toward growth and stability. This analysis focuses on mapping urban decline in Dayton using an index created with a suitability model in ArcGIS, and compares the spatial location of that decline to the location of three main public transportation hubs in the city. The project seeks to understand, firstly, the relationship between proximity to public transportation and spatial distribution of urban decline in Dayton, and secondly, whether greater availability of and access to public transportation can encourage urban regeneration.