List of Research Liaisons

College of Architecture

  • Tamera McCuen

    Tammy McCuen is an Associate Professor of Construction Science at the University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture. Her research focuses on spatial reasoning and the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for solving complex ill-structured problems. Her current research focuses on the use of BIM to create comprehensive representations, inclusive of spatial and object data, as a tool for solving the types of problems common to the disciplines of the built environment. She is an active member of the buildingSMART alliance and advisor for continuing education in the building industry.

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College of Arts and Sciences

  • Bonnie Pitblado

    Bonnie Pitblado is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, College of Arts and Sciences.  She is an archaeologist who focuses on the earliest human occupations of the New World and particularly the Rocky Mountains and Plains.  Related research includes developing a geochemical protocol for sourcing the rock type quartzite, which many prehistoric people used to make tools of various sorts.  Bonnie conducts field work most summers, often as field schools for OU undergraduate and graduate students, and principally in the Gunnison Basin of Colorado.  She h

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  • Carol Silva

    Carol L. Silva is the Director of the Center for Risk and Crisis Management (CRCM), an Associate Director of the Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) and an Associate Professor of Political Science. She has been at OU since 2007. Her current research encompasses the intersection of a set of theoretical and methodological social science issues. The theoretical puzzles in social valuation generally, and more specifically the translation of values into public choice.

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  • Charles Kimball

    Dr. Charles Kimball is the Presidential Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program. He came to OU in 2008 after 12 years as Professor of Comparative Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on Islam, Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and the contemporary intersection of religion and politics in the Middle East and the U.S. He is the author of numerous articles and five books, including When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (2011).

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  • Debra Bemben

    Debra Bemben, Ph.D., FACSM, is a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus. She teaches a variety of Exercise Physiology courses in the department and conducts research in the areas of bone health and endocrine responses to exercise. Dr. Bemben earned her PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is the director of the Bone Density Research Laboratory in the Department of Health and Exercise Science.

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  • Elaine Hsieh

    Dr. Elaine Hsieh is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication. She has been at OU for 7 years. Her previous NIH funding was on issues related to health literacy, social support, and uncertainty management. Her current research focuses on the communicative process between various individuals during an illness event, with a particular interest in issues related to the cross-cultural contexts of health care and illness.

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  • Gus Palmer, Jr.

    Gus Palmer, Jr. is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Interim Director of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.  He is a linguistic anthropologist whose main area of concentration is American Indian languages.  Among other things, he is also presently working on a Kiowa dictionary with other Kiowa speakers in Oklahoma.  A fluent speaker of Kiowa, Palmer developed and taught the Kiowa language course from 1992 through 2003.  Palmer spent several summers working with the Pawnee Nation language revitalization and p

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  • Howie Baer

    Howard Baer is the Homer L. Dodge Professor of High Energy Physics at the OU Department of Physics and Astronomy. After spending 21 years at Florida State University, Dr. Baer has been at OU for 2.5 years, having joined the faculty in August, 2008. Dr. Baer specializes in theoretical high energy physics at the interface of theory and experiment. He works mainly on particle physics models including weak scale supersymmetry. His work involves calculating rates for production and detection of new matter states-- the hypothetical superpartners-- at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

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  • James Rosenthal

    Dr. James Rosenthal is Professor of Social Work at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma, where he has taught since 1985. His primary research interests are in child welfare services including foster care and adoption, children's mental health, and child maltreatment. His secondary interests are in applied research methods, program evaluation, and data interpretation. He has published numerous articles in leading social work and children's services journals.

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  • Janette Habashi

    Dr. Janette Habashi is an assistant professor for the Human Relations department. She has been at OU-Tulsa for 6 years after completing her PhD at Kent State University in Educational Psychology and teaching at the University of Akron. Her research with children and Indigenous populations examine socialization, national identity, political participation/resistance, and children's rights-based approaches in policy and research.

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