December 2011Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education 


Oklahoma State Regents 


Dear Faculty and Administrators,


Even though the year 2011 has had economic downturns, we have had a solid increase in the number and dollar amount of grants. This issue of GRANT NEWS gives you a snapshot of the grants obtained by Oklahoma Higher Education institutions in December 2011. Congratulations to all the hard working writers and program developers!

     Be sure to send data about the grants you obtain by the 27th of the month to for inclusion in next month's GRANT NEWS! We really enjoy knowing what you are doing to improve Oklahoma higher education.

     Thank you for a year of hard work! You are giving gifts to the students on your campus--they benefit greatly from your expertise and energy!


Dr. Linda Mason




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Dr. Ron Cambiano and NSU received $1,843,959 from the US Department of Education Title III, for the Indigenous Scholar Development Center to provides assistance to Native American-serving, nontribal institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals.



Dr. Tom Jackson and NSU received $1,607,616 from the US Department of Education, Title III, to establish a Student Academic Success Center on the Tahlequah campus, for academic program consultation, referrals, and career advisement for all students at Northeastern, especially those identified as high risk and/or minority student populations.


Connie Wright and NSU received $297,920 NSU Wright from the US Department of Education to provide support servics to help students to complete a program of study at NSU for counseling, tutoring and academic enrichment activities so students will be retained and graduate at rates equal to or above their cohorts at NSU. This is year 2 of 5 for this program.  Connie was the sole writer of this grant project and has directed this program at NSU since 1993. 


NSU Matzen

Dr. Rick Matzen and NSU received $139,565 from the National Science Foundation for SSTEM for undergraduates to implement a 5 year project to provide 26 scholarships for students with financial need and academic talent in computer science and/or mathematics. This project will increase educational opportunities for students in financially strained rural areas and will actively recruit underrepresented groups such as Native Americans and women, in computer science and math. 


Libby Rogers and NSU received $55,096 from the US Department of Justice through East Central University (ECU) for a continuation of a program to prevent violence against women on campus.  NSU Rogers

Libby Rogers and NSU received $30,000 from the US Department of Health and Human Services through the National Indian Women's Health Resource Center for Preventing Risky Behaviors Among Minority College Students to increase awareness and positively alter the future course of HIV/AIDS among young adult Native American populations.

Libby Rogers and NSU received $20,000 from the US Department of Health and Human Services through the National Indiam Women's Health Resource Center for Health & Wellness Initiative for Women Attending Minority Institutions to address the health and young minority women through overall woment's health and wellness promotion, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and ending violence against women.   


NSU SmithDr. Amy Smith and NSU received $45,154 from the Oklahoma Military Department for the Burying Beetle, a project to collect burying beetles, enumerate according to sex, and mark with single bee tag and release unharmed. The American Burying Beetle was added to the federal endangered species list in July 1989 by the U.S. Department of Interior.

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Dr. Cindy Cisar and NSU received $10,462 from the National Institutes of Health INBRE program for Development of Reservoirs of Antibiotic Resistance, a research project focusing on the resistance of antibiotics in the environment. 


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Matt Cochranand and NSU received $16,000 from the National College Athletic Association as a NCAA Coach Enhancement Grant to address access, recruitment, selectiona nd long-term success of women, ethnic minorities, and others and to create an Assistant Coach Position. This is year 2 of 2 for this award.



Dr. Karen Patterson and NSU received $26,300 from the McAlester Scottish Rite to provide speech/language screening, diagnostic and intervention services, and clinical supervision at the NSU-Muskogee campus for the Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 semesters. This is year 5 for this project. 


John Blue and NSU received an increase award of $50,250 for a total of $100,750 from the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center to recruit and hire a new Business Development Specialist to support creation and retention of Small Businesses within the community. Entrepreneurial advice, training and counseling will also be provided as part of the new position.


Dr. Kathi McDowell and NSU received $62,750 from the  

National Science Foundation SURE-STEP program, through UCO, to increase the number of students pursuing and receiving associates or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program will initiate proven strategies to encourage a connection among the students, the disciplines, and the faculty and promote critical thinking within the disciplines. 



Dr. Jody Buckholtz and NSU received $36,127 from the National Science Foundation Alliance for Minority Participation, through OSU, to increase the number of underrepresented minorities receiving B.S. degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is Year 3 of 5 on this program.



Dr. Deborah Landry and NSU received $7,000 from OSU to support the Celebration of Teaching Conference to be held in Spring 2012. The conference will focus on university students in the teacher education program and minority students from public school systems in northeastern Oklahoma.  


Dr. Kevin Wang and NSU received $250,000 from the National Institutes of Health INBRE Junior Investigator program, through OUHSC, for a three-year research project to produce a novel blood clot-dissolving enzyme against acute ischemic stroke by way of expressing the fibrinolytic enzyme (DSPAs) from the salivary gland of blood-feeding vampire bats in transgenic tobacco plants for the large-scale production of active and safe clot-dissolving proteins. 

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Oklahoma City University has received $82,000 from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture's Specialty Crops Research Initiative to help a team of 25 breeders, geneticists, economists and extension specialists from 10 universities who are working on a project to speed up the grape breeding process. The grant is part of the first installment of a five-year overall grant to Cornell University at $1 million a year. Students in the Oikos Scholars Program will work under the direction of philosophy professor Scott Davidson on questions that cannot be answered by a grape's DNA. Through national surveys, they will gather information about consumers' perceptions of desirable grape traits. This information will be used to set priorities for grape research and to help align the work with the desires of consumers.

Meinders School of Business - $35,000

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has awarded new scholarships for students participating in several programs at Oklahoma City University's Meinders School of Business. The university recently added advanced programs in energy management or energy legal studies, as well as a Petroleum Land Management Certificate program.

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Oklahoma Christian University has been awarded a $200,000 National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant to help further its humanities program and promote special programs. The challenge grant is intended to help motivate donors, such as foundations, alumni and friends of the university, reach a goal of a more than $1 million endowment. For every donation of $3, the National Endowment for the Humanities will donate $1. The goal of the endowment is to ensure funding for humanities programming by bringing nationally known writers to campus, providing visiting faculty for students, teacher workshops, student competitions, publications and other activities.Through the program, Oklahoma Christian University has hosted poet and librettist Dana Gioia, who served as chairwoman of the National Endowment of the Arts; bestselling author Kathleen Norris; prize-winning novelist Alice McDermott; U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and Bill McKibben, environmentalist and winner of the Lannan Prize for nonfiction. 
UCO Grants
 US Olympic Committee from Department of Veterans Affairs - $19,771 

Katrina Shaklee, the UCO Wellness Center, and UCO received a grant for the Adventure Therapy Program to introduce the paralympic sports of archery, cycling, fencing, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, and swimming to disabled veterans at the Fort Sill Warrior Transition Unit.


No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part A through OSRHE - $32,635 

Tyler Weldon, Oklahoma A+, and UCO received funding for Reading, Writing and Thinking: An OK A+ Schools Professional Development Partnership to impact how teachers build reading skills to enable student-centered learning, incorporating activities that practice problem-solving and use data-driven decision-making, providing students of diverse capabilities opportunities to love learning to read.


Missouri Campus Compact - $625

Brandt Smith, the Volunteer Service Learning Center and UCO received funding to conduct student-led volunteer activities in commemoration of Martin Luther King.


Service Corporation International - $10,000, Chairman of the Funeral Service Department, and the University of Central Oklahoma have received funding for improvements to the arrangement laboratory to create a realistic environment that prepares students to serve today's families in a contemporary arrangement room. Along with aesthetic updates to the walls and floor, the current space will be fitted with a 42-inch LCD wall-mounted monitor, laptop computer and a credenza to secure and store equipment. Students will also be able to utilize modern merchandising software currently in use by today's industry professionals. The UCO Funeral Service program is one of only seven such programs in the country.

John Fritch

OMRF Grant 

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has received $2.1 million from the National Institutes of Health to examine treatment strategies for sepsis, a deadly blood poisoning. Florea Lupu, of OMRF, is collaborating with Gary Kinasewitz at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and John Lambris of the University of Pennsylvania to test a therapeutic agent they believe will avoid tissue damage and organ failure.


Sepsis begins when an infection such as pneumonia, bacterial meningitis or food poisoning enters the bloodstream. The body responds by calling in an overwhelming, systemwide counterattack. But this immune response - sepsis - often proves as devastating as the infection itself, causing tissue death and multiple organ failures. Nearly one-third of all patients who develop sepsis die.

We sincerely wish you a productive 2012 toward obtaining all the grant funding you attempt! Remember that the agencies and foundations must give their funding to research and program proposers---that might be you! Let us know by the 27th of each month what your institution has received in grant funding. It is great informaiton and helps encourage others.
Dr. Linda Mason
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education



The 2012 GWI - Grant Writing Institute - sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and other generous supporters will be held July 23 through August 3, 2012. The purpose of the Institute is to complete a grant proposal by the end of the Institute for submission soon thereafter. Participants will create a grant proposal concept and select an agency or foundation solicitation and send all information regarding the proposal with the application. Before the Institute, participants will participate in a Preliminary Workshop to understand what tasks must be completed before the Institute, such as research the literature for documentation of the need for the project, solicit and verify campus and partner support, and write as much of a rough draft as possible before the Institute begins. Each participant will work with an experienced mentor.
Deadline Date: April 16, 2012