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The Oka’ Institute vision is to create practical water solutions, both locally and globally, driven by research and directed by data that result in long-term sustainable ecological management and economic development

2018 Sustainability Conference

Thank you for your contribution to the 2018 Oka’ Institute Sustainability Conference! Quality information was shared and great connections were made, all making our conference a huge success. We could not have done it without your support!

Professor Jad Ziolkowska at the Oka' Institute

The Oka’ Institute welcomed Dr. Jad Ziolkowska, Assistant Professor and Environmental Economist in the Department of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, to speak to Oka’ Research Professors, Oka’ Summer Researchers, Oka’ Adjunct Professors, graduate students, and Oka’ interns and staff. Ziolkowska’s presentation focused on the hidden value of water and the correlation between soil moisture and groundwater levels. Her research has implications for both the future valuation of water as water resources become more limited, and for drought prediction.

Summer Research

The Oka’ Institute is pleased to announce it has selected five East Central University professors – Dr. Randall Maples, Kevin W. Blackwood, Dr. Christine Pappas, Dr. Terrie Becerra and Dr. Leah S. Dudley - to lead summer research projects. For the second straight year, the Oka’ Institute is investing in research that incentivizes undergraduate research and meets the institute’s goals and objectives. Click here for more details.