Shane Hoffman is famous. If you haven’t heard of “Prof Hoff,” then you probably don’t play MARVEL: Contest of Champions or spend hours watching reviews of Oreos and pizzas.

His YouTube channel has more than 30,000 subscribers and over 11 million views. Hoffman, a 31-year-old New Mexico native and a professor in the School of Media and Strategic Communications, is not your typical college lecturer.

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Colton Flynn, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography, got the amazing opportunity to go to Ethiopia for nine months to pursue his research thanks to the Fulbright Scholar Program. His research focused on an Ethiopian crop called tef.

“My research works on finding the health of the plant in agricultural fields using satellites. Then using a spectroradiometer we can predict the nutrient content of the plant and the seed in the field. Just by scanning the sun’s reflectance I am able to determine how much nutrient is in the crop or grain,” Flynn said.

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The Oklahoma State University Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History is hosting the fifth annual summer program aimed at junior high and high school students.

The Summer Art Academy is a non-credit commuter program of summer classes for students aged 12-18. Classes are taught by OSU-affiliated instructors in three- to five-day blocks. Students can learn new skills and build their portfolios. The academy offers a wide range of classes: watercolor, jewelry making, drawing, pottery and art history.

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The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.

The College of Arts and Sciences honorees with their hometowns and majors are:

  • Danya Brewer, psychology, Emporia, Kansas
  • Emily Dawn Fry, biological science, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Caroline K. Graham, microbiology/cell and molecular biology and biochemistry, Midwest City, Oklahoma
  • Savannah Martin, microbiology/cell and molecular biology, Duncan, Oklahoma
  • Sarah Oliver, biochemistry, Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • Amairani Perez Chamu, American studies, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Alma Delfina Rios, biochemistry, Buffalo, Oklahoma
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Maggie Chamberlain, a Ph.D. student and Oklahoma State University’s first recipient of the William Averette Anderson Fund Fellowship, plans to dedicate her career to her passion for environmental disaster relief through working at a nonprofit or governmental organization that directly benefits communities impacted by disasters.

The native of Austin, Texas, received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology with a concentration on diversity and gender studies from Texas State University in San Marcos. She chose this path due to her interest in the environmental interaction between social and natural settings. 

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With technology rapidly advancing, more humanities scholars are conducting research using a variety of digital tools and databases as well as sharing their research through open access and online journals to reach a wider audience.

The Edmon Low Library and the Oklahoma State University Digital Humanities Initiative are hosting two free, community-friendly digital humanities events around a visit by Dr. Roopika Risam, an assistant professor of English and English education at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Risam’s research focuses on building and sustaining humanities knowledge infrastructures in postcolonial studies, African studies and U.S. ethnic studies. She founded and directs the graduate certificate in digital studies and the digital scholars program at SSU.

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Oklahoma State University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is hosting its annual conference to help speech-language pathologists better assist clients. The Cimarron Conference on Communication Disorders will be from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 at the Wes Watkins Center on the Oklahoma State University-Stillwater campus. This year’s topic is, “The Anatomy of a Dyslexia Diagnosis: How Can Informal and Formal Assessment Help.”

“The Cimarron Conference is a perfect opportunity to recharge my career batteries and allow me to focus on the latest research in our field,” said Leslie Baldwin, the conference’s coordinator and Communication Sciences and Disorders lecturer. “It always covers a timely and relevant topic.”

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