March/April 2009
Oklahoma colleges and universities are obtaining grants to enhance their programs. See what has happened on Oklahoma higher education campuses in March and April!
In This Issue
Regents Honor Partnerships
NEO Receives $199k Nursing Program Grant
ECU SIFE Students Use Grant for Competition
NEO Student Receives Grant for Clinic Equipment
OCAST Awards 10 Grants
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The Oklahoma State Regents recognized 21 partnerships between higher education and businesses to enhance the college and university learning environment. Money is matched by the regents to provide
- tuition waivers for employee's students
- student internships
- faculty externships
- equipment and materials. 
These partnerships help the colleges and universities more effectively meet the needs of the workforce. They are equally important to businesses to stay on the leading edge.

Read more details about all 21 of the partnerships at
NEO Announces $199k Gift from Baptist Regional Health Center Foundation

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The Nursing Department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College received $199,800 gift from the Baptist Regional Health Center Foundation to enable the college to offer the first rural partnership in Oklahoma to provide a Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  The CBSN degree will be awarded from the University of Oklahoma. NEO will help improve the availability of BSN-prepared nurses for Integris Baptist Regional Health Center and the Miami area. 

The hospital will also have access to NEO's simulation lab and the Medical Education Technologies mannequin for its annual competency training of nurses. Through the CBSN option, the first three years of a nursing student's education will be from NEO.  During their fourth and final year, students will remain on the NEO campus but will take OU courses. This program will brighten the futures of NEO studentssupply the region with much-needed nurses. Debbie Morgan is the chair of the NEO Nursing Department.
ECU SIFE Students in Free Enterprise Team Use Grant to Compete
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Using a $1,000 grant from the Sam's Club Foundation, East Central University's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has made or is in the process of making improvements such as installing motion detecting light switches that will go off when a room is empty for a set time; providing the business with environmentally cleaning chemicals, replacing paper hand towel dispensers with air hand dryers and installing widow film to reduce energy usage and air conditioning costs in the summer.

The team has been selected as one of 6 national finalists out of just over 800 SIFE Teams in the United States in the Sam's Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge. This is a great example of the fact that ECU students can and do compete well against other universities in the United States. Dr. Pat Fountain is the ECU SIFE Team advisor and Professor of Business Administration.
NEO Student Receives Article for Clinic Equipment
A grant that Sara Smith, a creative nursing student at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, applied for and received has moved the Ottawa County Health Clinic $1,000 closer toward the purchase of a machine to monitor patients' pulse, blood pressure and temperature.  The current equipment at the Clinic is dated and requires its operator to have medical training.  The vitals machine that Smith would like to purchase can be used by a layperson, meaning that all volunteers can take those readings instead of only nurses or physicians.

The clinic is open each week and free to Otttawa County residents and is staffed totally by volunteers.

The $1000 grant Smith received is a Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Award that has been administered through Oklahoma Campus Compact.  It is sponsored by the Roselyn and Jimmy Carter Partnership Foundation. Smith participates in clinical rotations at the Clinic as part of the NEO Nursing Program. 
OCAST Approves 10 Projects
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Ten research projects have been approved for funding by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology's board. A one-to-one match is required for the Oklahoma Applied Research Support awards totaling $1.7 million for the next three years. Higher education projects include the following:
Fengxia Qi of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center was awarded $89,608 to study lantibiotics, a new and unique class of antibiotics and hold enormous promise to address the current crisis arising from the spread of infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria. The long-term goal of the project is to develop a novel lantibiotic drug, Mutacin I, to be used in therapies against drug-resistant pathogens. Equipment in Qi's laboratory will provide the match.
Kerry Sublette of the University of Tulsa was awarded $80,616 to study bioreactors for remediation of groundwater would be a valuable step in improving the quality of water and to build a Bio-Sep bead technology that can transport organisms where they are needed for remediation. Sublette Consulting Inc. of Tulsa and Microbial Insights Inc. of Tennessee are providing match for the project.
Yu Mao of Oklahoma State University was awarded $90,000 to study fabric nanocoatings with excellent stain resistant and antimicrobial performance to be used in upholstery applications for hospitality and healthcare industries, automobile interiors, seating materials for public transportation and clothing.
Michael Keller of the University of Tulsa was awarded $261,738 to study damaged pipes in earthquake zones that slow the delivery of services to citizens who are victims of seismic activity. Citadel is providing matching funds.
UCO Receives NSF Grant
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The UCO College of Mathematics and Science has received a National Science Foundation STEP grant in the amount of $1,998,750.  The five-year program,  "STEM Double Bridge: Connecting High Schools, Community Colleges, and Universities for Tomorrow's Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics," provides a Summer Bridge component for high school seniors planning to major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) discipline along with a Fall Bridge for community college transfer students.   Other institutional participants include East Central, Northeastern, and Langston Universities.  Two-year colleges are Rose State College, Redlands Community College, Oklahoma City Community College, Comanche Nation, and Oklahoma State University-OkmulgeeDr. Wei Chen, Assistant Dean of the College and Professor of Engineering and Physics is the PI.  Dr. John Barthell, Dean, and Dr. Gregory Wilson, Executive Director of the UCO Office of Research and Grants serve as the Co-PIs. 
The photo is Dr. Wei Chen working in the laboratory with students.
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Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Oklahoma Receives Award for Biomedical Research
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Oklahoma has been awarded a grant for $18 million over five years from the National Institute of Health for biomedical research. The grant awarded through the NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program will include scientists from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, six regional universities and four community colleges in Oklahoma. The regents will consider an annual $500,000 match.

The regional universities are UCO, NSU, LU, SOSU, SWOSU, and CU. The community colleges are TCC, Redlands CC, Comanche Nation College and OCCC.

Dr. Frank Waxman is the PI and Dr. Darrin Akins is co-director.

Research will include cancer, microbiology and developmental biology.


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