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Sooner Shorts
News and events from around OU.

 Eye on the Skies

OU Advanced Radar Research Center

The most advanced weather radar in the world has been deployed by OU’s Advanced Radar Research Center. Horus was created by ARRC’s interdisciplinary team of engineers, scientists and students to generate data with unprecedented quality and speed. The truck-mounted system observes everything from intense rain to tornadoes and represents a “transformational leap,” says team member and OU meteorology professor David Schvartzman. “I’ve never seen anything like the data that Horus is producing."

Tuscan Treasures

Treasures of Tuscany: Renaissance in Arezzo introduces visitors to Arezzo’s major artists, goldsmithery, textiles, and incunables, many of which have never before been exhibited outside Italy. Organized by the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Treasures of Tuscany is the first international exhibition devoted entirely to the Aretinian Renaissance with artworks drawn from more than 20 Italian institutions and private collections. The exhibition will run through Jan. 28. Admission to the museum is always free.

Making Science Stick

Travis Caperton

Whether it’s a guitar sing-along about the endocrine system to the tune of “Sweet Caroline” or a T-shirt that gets right to the point, OU professor Tarren Shaw uses ingenuity and fun to keep hundreds of students focused on learning the intricacies of biology. “I work every day to create a fantastic, dynamic environment in the classroom,” the OU Distinguished Teaching Award recipient says. To watch a video on Shaw created by OU Marketing and Communication, click here.

An Ambassador of the Heart

When Kathy Wilson-Gold, OU ’81 and ’84, talks about the importance of learning CPR, she speaks from experience. The Edmond, Okla., registered dietitian nutritionist collapsed in an airport and was without a pulse for 10 minutes while receiving CPR from a bystander doctor, firefighter and nurse. “I literally dropped dead,” she says. Wilson-Gold now has an internal defibrillator and counts herself lucky to witness her twins, Michael and Megan, graduate from college. Today, she serves as an ambassador for the American Heart Association.

Aloha, Dillon

OU Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel brought a bit of home with him each time he walked into Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium this season—in the form of Hawaiian leis. The garlands were carried on ice nearly 4,000 miles by his mother, Dori, and “symbolize love and kindness and spirit,” she told the OU Daily. “ … He’s not here by himself, we’re all here with him.” 

Rocky Moutain Muse

Saddlehorn Vista by John David Phillips

As a longtime competitive analyst behind the Coors brands, OU ’79 and ’81 alum John David Phillips spent his career promoting beers whose image is built around Colorado and the American West. That same natural beauty launched Phillips’ second career as a noted artist. His work was recently featured at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts and on the cover of the 2024 Colorado National Monument Calendar, seen here. You can view Phillips’ art at

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