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OSU Professor Charles Abramson inducted into Colombian Academy

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dr. Charles I. Abramson, Regents Professor of Psychology, Lawrence L. Boger Professor of International Studies and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology was recently inducted into the Colombian Academy of Mathematics, Physical and Natural Science. The ceremony was held in August in Bogota with approximately fifty people in attendance. The academy, founded in 1933, promotes and encourages the development of science, technology, innovation and education in Colombia. The Academy has a membership of approximately 200 scientists, from a broad range of disciplines. Dr. Abramson is only the second psychologist to be recognized by the Academy and the first North American psychologist to be so recognized.

Dr. Enrique Forero, President of the Academy, detailed Dr. Abramson’s contributions in the United States and internationally, including extensive work in South America. In Colombia, Dr. Abramson has embarked on a project with Colombian researchers to study stingless bees and to introduce comparative psychology to Colombia. In addition to his many research contributions, Dr. Abramson, in the context of his Boger Professorship in International Studies, explores collaborative relations between Oklahoma State University and many international universities, including the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito and the National University of Colombia. One of his contributions is the development of a free behavioral observation app which is being translated into Spanish for distribution.

During the ceremony, Dr. Abramson gave an address on the importance of Colombia for comparative psychology. Colombia has the largest number of endemic species in the world, over 1,800 bird species have been described, and the largest number of amphibians in the world reside in Colombia, making it a perfect location for comparative research.

After the lectures, Dr. Abramson’s wife Zeyna was invited to the podium to present the certificate of membership to Dr. Abramson. Dr. Abramson looks forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with the Academy and ultimately hopes to use his connection to the Academy to deepen the research and student mobilities ties with the nation, including bringing Oklahoma State University students to Colombia.

OSU scholar returns from U.K. for presentation and initiation

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Oklahoma State University alumnus Joel Halcomb, who helped put his alma mater in the spotlight by winning the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, will talk about the experience and his work as a university professor in England on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Murray Hall Parlor.

His presentation, "From OSU History Major to University of East Anglia Lecturer,” will be followed immediately by his initiation into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at OSU. Both events are free and open to the public.

Halcomb enrolled in OSU at the age of 21 while working as an electrician. The nontraditional student was completing a double honors college major in history and mathematics in 2005, when he and a fellow student, Ashleigh Hildebrand, learned they had been selected as two of only 40 winners of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship in the U.S. The program, established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, funds a fulltime postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge in England.

“Joel’s story—starting as a somewhat older ‘newcomer’ to higher education, who went on to earn the coveted Gates Cambridge Scholarship—became one of the most exciting examples of personal achievement and land grant values and opportunities in OSU’s history,” said Dr. Bob Graalman, who was serving as scholar development director at the time.

Halcomb studied the early modern history of Great Britain at Cambridge, with an emphasis on religion. His doctoral work recreated Puritan religious practice and religious politics during Britain’s mid-17th-century “Puritan Revolution.” Since earning his doctorate, he has worked at the universities of St. Andrews, Cambridge, and now serves as a lecturer at East Anglia, in Norwich, England, where he teaches all aspects of early modern British history.

Ashleigh (Hildebrand) Ross went on to earn a master’s degree in environmental policy from Cambridge, and a double masters in chemical engineering and technology policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She currently works as a senior reservoir engineer at ConocoPhillips.

Halcomb’s research focuses on religious practice, culture and politics in Britain and Ireland during the British Civil Wars. He is a founding member of the Dissenting Experience project (, which promotes scholarship on the history, literature and culture of early modern religious nonconformity in England.

Halcomb’s presentation is sponsored by the OSU History Club and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society at OSU.

Eid al Adha Greetings!

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017

The School of International Studies and Outreach at Oklahoma State University sends warm greetings at the start of Eid al Adha to our Muslim students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. At Oklahoma State University, we cherish your presence and your friendship. Wishing you a very happy Eid and a joyful celebration with your friends and families!

Eid al Adha Greetings

OSU Names Dean for School of Global Studies and Partnerships

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dr. Alan Randolph “Randy” Kluver The OSU/A&M Board of Regents today approved the hiring of Dr. Alan Randolph “Randy” Kluver as the new dean for the Oklahoma State University School of Global Studies and Partnerships.

“Dr. Kluver is the best person to lead the School of Global Studies and Partnerships and continue OSU’s international engagement while enriching our students’ international experiences and opportunities,” said OSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Sandefur.

Kluver will oversee the continued development, implementation, and coordination of global education and research projects for the university. His duties include oversight of the Study Abroad/National Student Exchange Office, the Center for International Trade and Development, the English Language Institute, Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, and the academic programs of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships.

“I would like to thank the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, President Hargis, and Provost Sandefur for this opportunity, I am very excited to be part of a program with such a rich history of international outreach,” Kluver said.

Oklahoma State University’s international engagement dates from the 1940’s, when U.S. President Harry Truman selected Oklahoma A&M’s President, Henry G. Bennett, to be the first visionary national administrator of the Point 4 Program, known now as the USAID Program. The mission of the School of Global Studies and Partnerships is to develop and implement strategic internationalization strategies and outreach programs that prepare students, faculty, and the community to excel and lead in an increasingly global context.

Kluver currently serves as a Global Faculty Ambassador-Asia, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute and Professor of Communications at Texas A&M University. Previously, he was Executive Director of Global Partnerships and Director of the Institute for Pacific Asia at Texas A&M, and has taught at universities in the US, Singapore, and the People’s Republic of China. He was the founding Director of the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SIRC) in Singapore, which became the leading research institute focusing on the growth of the Internet in Asia. He has generated nearly $10 million in funding for international education, outreach, and research while at Texas A&M, and has published widely in the fields of new media, Chinese politics, and international communication.

Kluver received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, M.A. from California State University and B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

He will assume his position at OSU in August.

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