Dear Faculty and Administrators,
Spring is in the air and grants are in the institutions! It is with
pleasure that we share announcements of grants earned by energetic
experts in their field during this past month. We hope you enjoy this news and share your own
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Dr. Linda Mason
Coordinator of Grant Writing Assistance
NOC Tree Grant
Enid's Northern Oklahoma College
campus recently became the first college in Oklahoma
to be awarded the Tree Campus USA
designation from Arbor Day Foundation.
OU SLIS Receives IMLS Grant
The University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies (OU
SLIS) received $414,545 from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS) for "Partnering to Build a 21st Century Community of
Oklahoma Academic Librarians" Project.
OU SLIS is partnering with 9 Oklahoma academic libraries:
East Central University, Langston University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma
State University, Rose State College, Southern Nazarene University, University
of Oklahoma (Norman), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and
University of Oklahoma Tulsa. The partnership will collaborate in recruiting
and educating 15 new academic librarians prepared to fill leadership
roles in providing services to underserved and minority groups. These recruits
will be awarded IMLS-funded scholarships to earn a master's degree in
librarianship through the SLIS Master of Library and Information Studies online
and face-to-face courses. Students will be competitively selected to begin in a Spring or Fall
2010 cohort group. The Project provides student support of in-state
tuition and fees, a textbook allowance, a laptop computer, travel to a half-day
orientation to the Project, and cohort attendance at one national and two state
library conferences. Dr. Kathy Latrobe is the Director of the School of Library and Information Studies.
OU Uses Steam to Create Electricity
OU is contributing semiconductor know-how with California
venture funds, a federal grant, and a North Carolina-based company to jump into the $125 billion market for
thermoelectric energy harvesting. OU's George Lynn Cross Research Professor Patrick McCann, is leading the semiconductor project.
typical steam-turbine power plant only uses about 40 percent of
the heat energy it generates, and excess steam is typically sent
to a condenser and returned to its liquid form. Under Phononic
Devices, Inc. technology that active vapor is shifted to the
semiconductor to convert the heat into
thermoelectric power for use elsewhere. Phononic
Devices, Inc. was started with $2 million in venture capital from Oak
Investment Partners and Venrock, and a
US Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency $3 million grant. The project will convert excess or waste steam power into electrical juice to power
generators, refrigerators and possibly the automobiles.
NWOSU Receives Angel Mountain Ketterman Supplies Grant|
Dr. Carole McKenzieand Dr. Marianne Szauer, are principal investigators for a grant project, sponsored by Angel Mountain, to provide supplies and equip- ment to the Nursing
department for the Ketterman Clinical Skills Lab, on the NWOSU-Enid campus. These supplies will be used on all three campuses
for nursing activities. Dr. McKenzie is pictured on the left and Dr. Szauer is pictured on the right.
NWOSU Receives Woodward Regional Hospital Grant|
Dr. Deena Fisher and Dr. Carole McKenzie and Northwestern Oklahoma State University received a grant from the Woodward Regional
Hospital, the Woodward
Industrial Foundation and a private donor, to provide salary for one nursing
faculty member at the NWOSU Woodward Campus. This project will increase
enrollment of LPN's and ADN's in the BSN program at NWOSU while increasing BSN
employees at Woodward
NWOSU Receives Koch Grant|
Dr. Cheryl Evansand Northwestern Oklahoma State Universityreceived $4,250from the Charles Koch Foundationand $4,250from the Lew
Centerfor an entrepreneurship seminar on the
NWOSU-Enid Campus. The seminar focuses on the importance of entrepreneurs
and private enterprise in society and features prominent scholars from around
the country. Dr. Cheryl Evans serves as the principal investigator of this
|Dr. Aaron Mason and Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Social Sciences Department received $100,000from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahomato establish an endowment for the
purpose of creating the NWOSU-Masonic Institute for Citizenship Studies. The
Institute will support the department's cultural heritage lectures, the
presidential lectures, the Civic Education Fellowship Program, and other
departmental projects and programs. Dr. Aaron Mason, pictured here, serves as the principal
investigator of this project. A reception with the gift presentation was held on the Alva
Campus on March 24, 2010 where members of the Masonic Fraternity awarded grant
funds to Dr. Mason and the Social Sciences department, pictured below. |
NSU Receives Child Welfare Grant|
Dr. Virginia Whitekillerand Northeastern Oklahoma State Universityreceived $110,000from Children and Family Servicesto develop, provide and
evaluate leadership training to child welfare mid-managers and supervisors
across the country. It will also develop a national plan for dissemination of
best practices in child welfare. NSU
plans to expound upon the current academic curriculum foundation offered for
social work students with a career interest in child welfare. Stipends will be offered to students who
participate in the program as well as opportunities for professional
development and leadership skills.
UCO Receives Grant for Exploring Chemistry Summer Academy|
Dr. Dana Rundle, Dr. Robert Bost, and the University of Central Oklahomareceived a grant to support a non-residential Exploring Chemistry Summer Academyon June 7-11 and June 14-18 for Oklahoma students entering the 9th, 10th and 11th grades in the fall of 2010. Participants will engage in scientific inquiry through lab
experimentation to include organic syntheses, nanotech-nology, toxicology,
biochemistry, and nuclear chemistry to understand how these disciplines affect
daily life. UCO chemistry majors will guide participant teams, with UCO
faculty serving as instructors. For more information, visit the Exploring
Chemistry website at http://www.chemistry.uco.edu/Summer_Academy/Summer_Academy.htm
or contact Dr. Rundle at 405 974 5510, email@example.com.
UCO Receives Forensic Science Grant|
Dwight Adamsand the University of Central Oklahoma received $1 millionfrom the
AT&T Foundationto support the Forensic Science Institute.The unique dome at the entrance of the University
of Central Oklahoma campus stood high
in the blue Edmond
skies Thursday as people inside celebrated the opening of the Forensic Science
The official opening of the institute brought more
than 100 people who director Dwight Adams called friends and
associates. Law enforcement officials and criminal investigators
from the federal to the state level joined area legislators and city officials
at the gathering.
This is the second link in building a hub for the forensic
science community in Edmond.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center that opened
in May 2008 is across the street from the institute. There is now a push by Edmond city officials to move the state medical examiner's
office from Oklahoma City to Edmond.
The institute has a 165-seat auditorium, four classrooms,
conference room, faculty offices and a multipurpose evidence recovery
bay. The new building incorporates the latest in computer
equipment, especially in the AT&T Digital Evidence and Cyber Security
Laboratory. Law enforcement officers from OSBI and Oklahoma
City and Edmond police departments work
in the AT&T lab on actual cases from Oklahoma,
Arkansas, New Mexico and other surrounding states.
SWOSU Receives Engineering Grant|
Mr. Brad Fitzgeraldand Southwestern Oklahoma State University's Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Technologyreceived $1,300from the Society of Manuracturing Engineersto support student
travel expenses to the national competition for the two winning teams of the local First Tech Challenge Robotics Competition.
SWOSU Gets NCAA Grant|
Ms. Kelli Litsch, pictured, and Southwestern Oklahoma State Universityreceived $650from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)to support tutorial
services for student athletes. Student athletes are students first and athletes second, and contributing their time to athletics is accompanied by tutors helping them improve their academic progress.
SWOSU Alum Attends Nobel Laureate Conference in Germany |
A Southwestern Oklahoma State
University graduate has been selected
to represent Harvard University at this summer's Nobel Laureate Conference
in Germany. Cammie Valdez (pictured), who graduated in 2008 from SWOSU with degrees in chemistry
and mathematics, is the first PhD student in chemical biology from SWOSU to
attend Harvard. Valdez, originally from Enid,
is one of only 77 graduate students from the United States to be invited to the
conference. She is the only one from Harvard. The 60th meeting of Nobel
Laureates will take place June 27-July 3 and is an
interdisciplinary meeting dedicated to the Laureates in chemistry,
physics and medicine/physiology.
Brian Campbell, professor of chemistry at SWOSU, said Valdez was one of his most productive and
dynamic Louis Stokes Oklahoma Alliance for Minority Participation grant
scholars. The Louis Stokes program is to find the best and brightest students
to prepare them for graduate school. Campbell
said Harvard has taken notice of SWOSU students. He just found out another
SWOSU student, Courtney Garcia, has been selected to attend Harvard this summer
on a research program.
SWOSU Students at Science in Action Day at Nobel Museum of Natural History |
Oklahoma State University biology students (pictured from left) Sassy Guthmuellerof
Purcell, Takara Hawkins of Madill, Angela Foustof Oologah and Erica Benda of
Union Cityparticipated in "Science in Action Day 2010"at
the Sam Noble Museum of Natural Historyin Norman. Accompanying them was SWOSU
Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Andrea Holgado.|
record-breaking 1,180 people attended the event designed to introduce children
to science. Parents and children had the opportunity to explore the museum and
see scientific demonstrations presented by various groups. The
SWOSU students helped with the Neuroscience Booth along with faculty and
students from the University of Oklahoma Zoology Department.
students provided a demonstration in which children were able to view live C.
elegans worms under a fluorescent microscope. The worms had been engineered
in such a way that their nervous system glowed green. C. elegans is a
microscopic worm often used as a model organism in biomedical research,
particularly in the field of neuroscience. In the future, Holgado said studies
of the nervous system in this worm may provide insight into various
neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. These findings
will be used in the development of new treatments for these diseases.
OPSU SOEA Gets NEA Grant|
Christie, Chapter president, Jerry Mihelic, Chapter sponsorof the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA)chapter, and Oklahoma Panhandle State
Universityreceived $1,000to assist the Goodwell Schools. SOEA is a pre-professional organization of
undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education. The
OPSU chapter has been in service for over a decade and 25-35 students
participate each year.
OPSU chapter works in several areas, and one of those is in service to
communities in the school's service area. Over 140 chapters from around the country applied for this grant and only 50
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Having a clear and passionate description of the project will be the best way to win the grant. Don't start to write too early! Spend a lot of talking, planning, and imagining time with your colleagues. It will pay off in the real project!
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19 Governor's Cup Teams Advance
19 teams from
colleges in Oklahoma
have advanced to the oral presentation round in the sixth annual Donald W.
Reynolds Governor's Cup business plan competition. Judges named 7graduate final-
ists and 12 undergrad- uate semifinalists to com- pete for $200,000 in cash prizes and scholar- ships.
Graduate finalists include 1. CleanHands LLC, OSU
2. Halsa Inc., OSU
3. In-Line Imaging, OU 4. Novel
Water Softening, OSU
5. Phoenix Enhanced Oil Recovery, OU & OCU
6. Secure Analytics Inc., OSU
7. Zephyrus, OU.
Undergraduate semifinalists include
1. AllergenTech, OU
2. Creation42, OU
3. Frontier Bio-Fuels,OU
4. Jibon, OCU
5. OsteoGo, OU
6. Reel Genius, OU
7. Samson Technologies, OU
8. Surgical Solutions, OSU-OKC
9. Swaasth, OCU
10. The Knee Process, ORU
11. UniPHI, OU and
12. ValetUdo, TU
The competition is underwritten by the Donald W. Reynolds
Foundation, along with support from other local sources. It is managed by i2E,
the nonprofit corporation created to mentor technology-based startup companies.
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation ranks fourth among
91 members of the Association of Independent Research Institutes in grant
funding received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state foundation has received 19 stimulus grants
totaling $16.7 million for this fiscal year. |
The money, distributed by the National
Institutes of Health,was awarded on a competitive basis.
The analysis found only three institutions received more
funding: Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla,
in Seattle and Dana-Farber Cancer Research
Institute in Boston.
All are larger than the Oklahoma
foundation, based on number of scientists. Grants to OMRF ranged from $47,000 to $7 million. The
largest is to expand the foundation's clinical immunology research labs and
build a cryostorage unit in a research tower that is under construction.
Dr. Stephen Prescott, foundation president, said that the grants were awarded to OMRF because of top scientists
doing cutting-edge research to understand and treat human disease.
OMRF scientists received funding for research on illnesses
including lupus, multiple sclerosis, blood disease and cancer. One
$4 million grant will enable scientists to accelerate their research in the
genetics of lupus.
|New Stillwater Museum Gets Grant |
Speers and Dena Cornforth received grants and donations of $100,000 for the Oklahoma Wondertorium. |
The two Stillwater
women were just trying to come up with stuff to do with their children. The nonprofit organization operates a "museum
without walls" program that brings educational programs to day cares and school
classrooms across Payne
support what children are already learning in the classroom.
When they venture out, Wondertorium staff and volunteers
might bring trunks of objects related to life in Oklahoma a century ago, such as period
clothing, items to make butter, quilts, a dream catcher or items to demonstrate
how to recognize animal tracks. They might bring microscopes for a program that
explains what viruses are and how they work. Another program explores nanoscale
science and technology, using sand from around the world, including
laboratory-altered "magic sand."