May 2009
Oklahoma colleges and universities are obtaining grants to enhance their programs and conduct research. See what has happened on Oklahoma higher education campuses in the past month! 
In This Issue
Murray State College Receives Grants
NWOSU Social Work Grant
SWOSU Small Business Development Center Wins Awards
SWOSU's SMART-6 Grant Project for Math and Science Teachers
SWOSU Receives INBRE Grants
Southeastern Student Receives $5,000 Award
OSU Institute of Technology Receives Library Grant
ROSE Receives Grants
OK Commerce Gives Stimulus Grants
OCAST Health Project Grants
SWOSU Economic Development Award
Tulsa Research Collaboration
Murray State College Receives Grants
Murray State College Centennial Logo

Community Development -
Murray State College, in partnership with the Johnston County Industrial Authority, received a Community Development Block Grant - Economic Development Infrastructure Financing grant (CDBG EDIF) of $100,000 from the Department of Commerce.
OCAST - Cecil Carter announced that Murray State College received a Small Business Innovation and Research Phase I grant from OCAST for $25,000.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University Social Work Grant
NWOSU - Smith and Rehder

Northwestern Oklahoma State University
received the Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program Payback grant in the amount of $25,000 to construct a Social Work Resource Center and interviewing lab on the Alva campus in the Jesse Dunn building.  The Oklahoma Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program, administered by the University of Oklahoma on behalf of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, established the CWPEP Student Payback Fund Grant Program to support Child Welfare professional development.  The principal investigator of this project is Kylene Rehder, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Social Work Program Director.
Picture: Linda Smith, University of Oklahoma CWPEP Program Coordinator and Kylene Rehder, NWOSU.
SWOSU Small Business Development Center Wins Awards
SWOSU Small Business

Doug Misak was chosen as the Financial Services Champion of the Year and the SWOSU SBDC was selected as SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year. The Southwestern Oklahoma State University Small Business Development Center in Weatherford was recently recognized with two state and regional Small Business Champion Awards.
SWOSU competed at the state level and then went on to compete regionally with winners from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. In addition to their state and regional awards, the SWOSU SBDC will be honored with the national SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year Award this summer in Washington, D.C. 

The Oklahoma SBDC is part of a nationwide network of small business development centers that provide free assistance to hundreds of thousands of small business owners and managers annually.  The network has a special partnership with SBA, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, local chambers of commerce throughout the state, and many organizations in the public and private sector. SWOSU SBDC serves 15 counties with 19% of the clients veterans and 45% minority.
SWOSU's SMART-6 Grant Project for Math and Science Teachers
SWOSU Smart-6 Campbell
Dr. Brian D. Campbell
, professor in the SWOSU Department of Chemistry & Physics in Weatherford, recently received a $10,500 grant from Darlington Public School District in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Department of Education for a teachers training program.

The grant will assist faculty involved in the Science and Mathematics Association of Rural Teachers, 21 rural school districts, to be held on the SWOSU campus. SMART-6 is a year-long program intended to increase content knowledge, update teaching methods, and the creation of standards-based mathematics and science lessons for K-12 teachers in western Oklahoma. 
SWOSU Receives INBRE Grants
SWOSU - Bill Kelly

Dr. William Kelly, Dept of Chemistry & Physics
, received a $35,000 NIH OK-INBRE Supplemental Equipment grant to purchase laboratory equipment for interdisciplinary biomedical research involving undergraduate students. He also received $2,200 for his work in the INBRE Summer Student Mentor program. [Picture: Provost Blake Sonobe and Dr. William Kelly, SWOSU Professor]
Dr. Andrea Holgado, Dept. of Biological Sciences, received $25,000 to support "Molecular Analysis of Vesicle Exocytosis," an NIH OK-INBRE biomedical/biochemical research project for undergraduate students at SWOSU.  The students, under the direction of Dr. Holgado, will perform experiments related to the pharmacological characterization and behavior of the cellular processes relating to the nervous system.

Dr. Jason Johnson, Dept. of Chemistry & Physics, received $25,000 to support biomedical/biochemical research for undergraduate students at SWOSU.  The students, under the direction of Dr. Johnson, will carry out data collection and analysis on the project "Unraveling the GTP-Medicated Coordination of CTP Synthetase." He also received $2,200 for his work in the INBRE Summer Student Mentor program.

Dr. Timothy Hubin, Dept. of Chemistry & Physics and Dr. Lisa Appeddu, School of Allied Health, each received $2.200 to support their research with undergraduate students for the INBRE Summer Student Mentor program.
Southeastern Student Receives $5,000 Civic Leadership Award

Campus Compact awarded two college students the 2009 Frank Newman Leadership Award, which honors outstanding civic leadership and provides $5,000: Leticia Burkhalter of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Molly Hamm of Kansas State University. Both students have taken leadership roles in serving their communities while excellent students.

Burkhalter, a special education major and mother of 5, has founded three sustainable community based organizations. Families Feeding Families (FFF) is a community kitchen that serves hot meals 5 days a week. Since opening, FFF has provided more than 275,000 meals. The Back Pack program provides elementary school children with nutritional, kid-friendly food that doesn't require refrigeration or preparation. Mommy and Me provides guidance to new mothers on interacting appropriately with their young children to facilitate their development and refers families to any necessary community services.
OSU Institute of Technology Grant
Jenny Duncan - OSU IT Library Director

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries, in partnership with the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, announced that they awarded Jenny Duncan, Library Director for OSU Institute of Technology, a grant of $3,500 for "Threats to Your Collection." The grant will allow for the purchase of Archival Safe Flat Files, a Visible Light Meter, and other much needed equipment to assist the University in preserving a major part of the matted images currently held in the Archive.
The goal of the OSUIT University Archive is to develop and properly store historical collections in a systematic way, thus enabling the collections to be used for research, educational ventures, legal issues, alumni andto be enjoyed by the community. The Archive serves as a final repository for the historical records of the University.
Rose State College Receives Grants
ROSE Security
A new partnership between Rose State College and the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security will enable the College to procure 800 MHz radios and associated software/peripherals for the campus police department. Chief Mike Brown, pictured here, heads the new campus police department formed in July 2008.

The Kids College and Senior Quilting Program are only two examples of many successful outreach programs provided through the College's Continuing Education and Community Services Division.  A $43,565 grant from the Midwest City Hospital Authority will provide the necessary funding to allow Rose State College to purchase new equipment for these and more programs.
Stimulus Grants - Oklahoma Commerce
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
The Oklahoma Commerce Department is recommending that 24 Oklahoma energy projects receive more than $42 million in grants and loans as part of the federal stimulus package.

Oklahoma State University, energy savings performance contract, Stillwater, $2.5 million.

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, building energy efficiency, Tulsa, $1.5 million.

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, electric vehicle solar charging station, Norman, $15,715.

Northeastern State University, NSU Community Transit System, Tahlequah, $800,000.

Oklahoma State University/Noble Foundation, establish pilot plants to demonstrate decentralized bioenergy production systems, Stillwater, $4,492,141.

Other grants were made to High Plains Technology Center, Red River Technology Center, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Oklahoma Sustainability Network, Native American Cultural and Educational Authority, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority, Tulsa Industrial Authority, Oklahoma Office of the Secretaries of Energy & Environment, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, Cherokee Hills Resource Conservation and Development, State Department of Central Services' Fleet Management Division,  Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority, Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority, Tulsa Public Schools, and the Community Action Development Corporation.

Loans were made to Advanced Environmental Technologies Inc., OEM Systems LLC, Orbitek Inc., and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma.
OCAST Approves Health Grants
OCAST logo The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology approved 23  of 152 applications for Oklahoma health research projects for more than $3 million in funding. Funding for the projects ranged from $102,000 to $135,000.

OUHSC - The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center received 8 grants. Principal investigators include Gillian Air, Michelle Callegan, David Crawford, Michael ElliottAndrew Gardner, Jean Ricci Goodman, Yih-Kuen Jan, and Yun Zheng Le.

OU - The University of Oklahoma received 5 grants. Principal investigators are George Richter-Addo, Lei Ding, Susan Schroeder, Vassilios Sikavitsas and Bing Zhang.

OSU - Oklahoma State University received 4 grants. Principal investigators are Damon ChandlerRita Miller, Solo Kuvibidila and Eduardo Yakihara.

OSU-CHS - Kathleen Curtis, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Services, is principal investigator for a project.      

TU - Jami Rhudy is principal investigator for a University of Tulsa project.

Four of the projects were approved for research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Principal investigators are Kenneth Humphries, Susan Kovats, Kenneth Miller and Marta Alarcon-Riquelme.

Congratulations to all for their competitive health research funding!
SWOSU Economic Development Award
SWOSU - Economic Development
Dr. Marvin Hankins, Center for Economic and Business Development and Granna's LLC, a food processing facility in Bessie, received the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Partnership Recognition Award of $500 to support university and business partnerships. Granna's currently employs approximately 30 people and produces a menu of 27 ready-to-serve entrees distributed to various community action programs throughout the state.
Picture: Left to right:  Dr. Marvin Hankins, Director of SWOSU Center for Economic & Business Development; SWOSU President Dr. John Hays, Granna's Connie and Farrell Miller; and Lisa Snider, CEBD Business Development Specialist.
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Dr. Linda Mason, Coordinator for Grant Writing Assistance
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Tulsa Research Collaboration
The Tulsa Research Partners was created for multidisciplinary collaborative research among colleges, universities and private-sector research groups. Researchers from the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and Tulsa Community College have united for this initiative. This independent research consortium aims to obtain grants to support technology development projects in software, information technology/cyber-security, advanced materials, bio-life and alternative energy sources.

The researchers understand that there are limited resources, and we have to leverage these resources. The researchers are thinking about projects that can be completed together and are not concerned about protecting their turf.

Tulsa Research Partners is part of several initiatives sponsored by the Oklahoma Innovation Institute. Formed several years ago in Tulsa, the Oklahoma Innovation Institute is designed to serve as the home for the creation and implementation of multiple programs to develop the economic development of the region. Barry Davis is the executive director of the Oklahoma Innovative Institute.

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