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OU Ranked
Very High Research Classification 
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The University of Oklahoma has achieved the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's highest tier of research activity classification, Very High Research. It is the first time a public university in Oklahoma has received the classification from the Carnegie Foundation, an independent policy and research center chartered by Congress in 1906. Since 1994 research and sponsored programs expenditures have almost tripled on OU's Norman campus. During fiscal year 2010, the campus set a record with more than $86 million in research expenditures. The Carnegie classification "is one of the important measures" that distinguishes institutions of higher education. This new ranking enhances all of Oklahoma higher education. Yay, OU and Oklahoma! 

Dear faculty and administrators,Mason 07


We are on the way up in this new year! Enjoy reading about the grants that have been obtained by the higher education institutions in Oklahoma. Each one represents enhancement for our students' experiences in their degree programs.


Congratulations to all!

Dr. Linda Mason
Coordinator of Grant Writing Assistance
NNEO Jeff HaleEOA&M Environmental Projects 

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College President Jeff Hale announced a program with the Peoria Tribe to create a wetlands test area for the Tar Creek Superfund site. The tribe will fund the pond construction and water testing effort with $371,333 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to collaborative train the conservationists of tomorrow.


NEO also entered a partnership with The Nature Conservancy that opens the Oklahoma Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and other protected lands for class studies and research. In its memorandum with The Nature Conservancy's Oklahoma Chapter, the college has landed the first higher education partnership in the history of that preservation organization. NEO faculty members are working on curriculum plans for investigating the tallgrass preserve, 39,000 acres in Osage County harboring more than 750 plant types, 2,500 free-roaming bison and hundreds of other species. While course additions will start with the college's science and agriculture departments, Vice President for Academic Affairs Tim Faltyn said all NEO students will have opportunities to participate in field trips, research projects and other Nature Conservancy resources.

SE Grants

OklahomaChild Care Resource & Referral Bonus AwarSE Scott Hensleyd - $4,597

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services via Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral Association, Inc. awardedScott Hensley, Director of Continuing Education and Career Management and Project Coordinator, Stephanie Makke, Coordinator for Continuing Education and Child Care Resources funds to ensure that all families in the Southeast service delivery area have access to quality child care and education for their children through community-based resource and referral services.


Science Educators Training on GLOBE Objectives - $25,000

SE Kathy LightseyThe National Science Foundation via Oklahoma State University awarded Dr. Cathy Lightsey, Assistant Professor of Educational Instruction and Leadership funds to provide hands-on training for 20 public school teachers using Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) protocols and equipment.  Trainees will receive the necessary equipment to utilize the protocols in their classrooms upon completion of the two-day workshop. 


Watermelon Uses in Prevention of Skin Damage -SE Teresa Golden $15,000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture via North Carolina State University awarded co-principal investigator, Dr. Teresa Golden, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, funds to test formulations on tissue culture cells to see if they block or lead to repair of damage initiated by UV-light exposure.  All tissue culture work will be done at Southeastern, and any human or clinical studies will be performed by Dr. Perkins and other collaborators, Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University (Kannapolis, NC) and Dr. Angela Davis, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture (Lane, OK).

ECU Grants ECU Kathy Gardenhire

sECUre Success - $220,000 

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Kathy Gardenhire funds to provide student-centered opportunities and services to increase academic success for ECU students.


Graduate Rehabilitation Counselor Training Program - $144,ECU L Massey300    

The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services awarded Dr. Linda Massey, Associate Professor of Counseling and Rehabilitative Services and project director, funds to  provide advanced academic training to increase the number of qualified personnel who provide vocational, medical, social and psychological rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities. 


Southern Oklahoma Green Jobs Consortium - $255,840 ECU Rick Wetherill 

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Office of Workforce Solutions, awarded AARA funds to Dr. Rick Wetherill, Director of ECU's Center for Continuing Education and Project Director, to train individuals to use the most energy efficient and ecologically safe work methods and to develop green jobs in southern Oklahoma.


Community Safe Room - $1,463,083 

ECU Steve TurnerThe State of Oklahoma's Department of Emergency Management using FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program awarded Dr. Steve Turner, Vice President for Fiscal Administration and Finance and East Central University funds to construct a multi-use safe room.  The safe room will be located within the University's new Business and Conference Center.   

NSU Grants 

Get Green for Blue: Outdoor Investigations to Connect Water to You - $14,175

NSU ChristolThe Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education awarded Dr. Pamela Christol, Dr. Kathi McDowell and Dr. Martha Parrott funds for a one week academy where students will collect and analyze water quality data, determine the threats to water quality, and develop possible solutions.  Students will conduct NSU McDowellwater experiments, take field trips, and explore related career opportunities, and ultimately be transformed into potential researchers, scientist and statisticians and present findings through technology driven presentations to parents. This is the second year for this award.

 NSU PerrottScience at the Zoo 2010 - $14,410                   

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education awarded NSU TerdalDr. Erik Terdal and Dr. Pamela Christol funds for a science academy. Acting as scientists, students will use observation and critical thinking skills to formulate hypotheses about animals, adaptations for survival, and relationships to environmental issues.  Digital video will be used to record data to test their hypotheses. They will apply math and science knowledge, as well as build leadership, team building, deductive reasoning skills, and present their findings to their families. This is the second year for this award.


Cooper Vision 2011 - $36,000              

NSU SalmonCooper Vision Japan awarded Dr. Thomas Salmon funds to evaluate how well CVJ contact lenses correct astigmatism.  Data collection and statistics will enable CVJ the ability to assess optical performance of these lenses. This is the 5th year for Cooper Vision research. 


Violence Prevention Program - $47,410                                  NSU Boren


The U.S. Department of Justice through East Central University awarded Laura Boren funds for the prevention of violent crimes against women on campus. This is a 2 year award extension for this program.


SWOSU Endowed Chair Grant - $250,000SWOSU Logo

Southwestern Oklahoma State University alumna Winnie Ola Berrong has awarded funds to support the university's Department of Engineering Technology. A $250,000 match from the state's endowed chairs program will bring the total amount to $500,000. The gift will establish an endowed chair called the Ed and Winnie Ola Berrong Chair for Engineering Technology. Ed Berrong Sr. died in 1998. He was also an alumnus. The Berrongs are longtime supporters of the university.

OBU Grant - $15,000

AT&T awarded funds to Oklahoma Baptist University's Learning Communities Project to help students succeed in their college careers. OBU launched a pilot program with four learning communities during the fall semester. Each community included about 16 students who were enrolled in three or four classes and engaged in a community service project together. Early indicators of the program's success are encouraging, said Monica Mullins, OBU's director of student success. The program will continue during the spring semester.

OSU Researcher Creates Bridge Innovations 

OSU logoThe Texas Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Transportation Center awarded funds to Tyler Ley, assistant professor of structural engineering at Oklahoma State University, to develop and test new design and construction concepts for bridges that will soon be applied on a major rebuilding project in Fort Worth, Texas. Ley served as investigator to design and test the new construction concepts that will be used to reconstruct the W. Seventh Street bridge linking downtown Fort Worth to the cultural district. The construction uses precast or pre-manufactured concrete panels on 100 percent of the bridge deck to reduce cost, increase construction speed, and make the job safer for construction workers by replacing the typical wood and steel formwork. The use of the wire mesh eases and speeds construction while extending the expected life span of a bridge.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about the innovative and epert work by your colleagues. Send your grant information to us to include next month!


Linda Mason

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education



The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Summer 2011 Grant Writing Institute is scheduled for August 1-5, 2011. Mark your calendar now to prepare for this challenging experience. Visit opps.shtml for an application. It is an invigorating and empowering experience for grantsmanship excellence!
Application Deadline: March 31, 2011