Oklahoma Students Named for Brad Henry InternationalScholarships
10 Regional University Students Awarded
Ten students from Oklahoma's regional universities have been designated Brad HenryInternational Scholars for the 2013-14 academic year. These students will receive $10,000 to spend a semester participating in an international study abroad program at Swansea University in Wales.
The students are:
Catherine Phipps, ECU
Bridany Pyfer, CU
Demetra Wilkerson, SE
Shantwinice Wright, LU
Martyne Chanslor, NSU
Christopher Collins, USAO
Delta Farmer, NWOSU
Hannah Kostelecky, UCO
Will Robinson, SWOSU
Leah Tecle, RSU
EPSCoR - $8,000
OSU chemistry professor Jimmie Weaver and Southern Nazarene professor Lisa Crow will investigate a method for using sunlight to enrich the energy content of biofuel. Weaver and Crow will conduct the research over the summer at OSU's chemistry department. They
hope to use energy from sunlight to change the molecular structure of the oils, creating a fuel that produces more energy when it's burned. That fuel would provide a more efficient option in cases where biofuels are already used for transportation or other uses.
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OKLAHOMA HUMANITIES COUNCIL- $500
Dr. Denis Vovchenko received $500 from the Oklahoma Humanities Council for research in Moscow and St. Petersburg. This funding is to assist in partial travel costs for archival research in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The researcher will examine the importance of shared ethnicity for Russian attitudes and policies towards Muslim Slavs and shed more light on the most tragic period of the history of Muslims in South-Eastern Europe. The project will improve understanding of the effects of modern nationalism on traditional multi-ethnic and multi-religious societies such as the Ottoman and Russian Empires.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMININSTRATION, SE - $75,000
John Blue received $75,000 from the Small Business Administration through Southeastern State University to support the position of the Native American Business Coordinator. The coordinator will provide comprehensive services and resources to existing and potential small businesses and small Native American businesses in the state of Oklahoma.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, SE - $234,174
Nancy Jackson, Training Director for the State of Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, received $234,174 from the Small Business Administration through Southeastern State University to provide comprehensive services and resources to existing and potential small businesses in the state of Oklahoma.
FOUNDERS OF DOCTORS' HOSPITAL, INC - $24,000
Dr. David Lewerenz received $24,000 from the Founders of Doctor's Hospital, Inc.to help purchase an essential piece of diagnostic equipment (Macular Integrity Assessment) for the new vision service clinic at the NSU-BA campus. Total cost of equipment is $48,000.
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, UCO - $70,300
Dr. Kathi McDowell received $70,300 from the National Science Foundation through the University of Central Oklahoma 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.
OKLAHOMA EPSCoR, OSU - $10,000
Dr. John Diamantopoulos received $10,000 from Oklahoma EPSCoR through OSU to build a GPU server which will allow faster simulations within the area of bioenergy research.
OKLAHOMA EPSCoR, OSU - $9,206
Dr. Ratnakar Deole received $9,206 from Oklahoma EPSCoR through Oklahoma State University to study halorthodspira halphila. He will reconstruct the metabolic network of halorthodspira halphila on the genome scale. The extreme halophilic nature of H. halophila provides a unique opportunity for the production of chemicals and materials.
OKLAHOMA INBRE, NIH, OUHSC - JUNIOR INVESTIGATOR - $147,471
Dr. Jessica Martin received $147,471 from the Oklahoma INBRE Junior Investigator program of the National Institutes of Health through the OUHSC to purchase research equipment, a VWR Incubating Mini-Shaker.
OSRHE Recognizes Business Partnerships
Twenty-seven business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for innovative collaborations that strengthen Oklahoma's workforce.
Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships for current students of the institutions to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the tuition waivers.
The Partnerships are:
CU and the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill
CASC and JoB Construction Inc.
CSC and City of Muskogee Foundation
ECU and Holcim (US) Inc.
EOSC and Choctaw Nation Health Center
LU and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
MSC and the Johnston County Board of Commissioners
NEOA&M and the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma
NSU and the City of Tahlequah
NOC and the City of Enid
NWOSU and the Charles Morton Share Trust of Alva
OCCC and the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association
OPSU and the Guymon Chamber of Commerce
OSU's Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center and US Roaster Corp
OSUIT and Aggreko LLC
OSU-OKC and Oklahoma County
RCC and Nucare Nutrition
RSU and MidAmerica Industrial Park
RSC and the Civic Center Music Hall
SSC and UpSource
SE and TAPS Public Transit
SWOSU and the City of Weatherford
TCC and the Tulsa Fire Department
UCO and Oklahoma City Public Schools
OU and ICEdot LLC
USAO and the City of Chickasha/Chickasha Economic Development Council
WOC and Shoestring Enterprises
OK EPSCoR - $2,272
Dr. Aaron Place received $2,272 from Oklahoma EPSCoR to study "Mimicry in allopatry: The longnose snake as a coral snake mimic" with student Anjeela Shrestha.
OKLAHOMA COMMISSION FOR TEACHER PREPARATION - $5,000
Dr. Bo Hannaford received $5,000 from the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation Transforming Educator Preparation Grant for the "Alternative Certification Preparation Conference."
OU REGENTS - $19,993
Kylene Rehder received $19,993 from The OU Board of Regents for the Child Welfare Professional Enhancement Program to establish a dedicated space for the Social Work Education and Training Center at NWOSU.
ALVA - $1,450 and $2,330
Dr. Amy Hall received $1,450 and $2,330 from the City of Alva for NWOSU to host a Medieval and Renaissance Faire.
OK Department of Health and Human Services - $34,000
Scott Hensley received $34,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services via Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation, Inc., to improve the quality and availability of early childhood programs by facilitating blending of program resources, increase participation in high-quality publically funded programs, and develop coordinated, professional development opportunities.
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Summer Academies - $25,000
Scott Hensley, Continuing Education Director, received $25,000 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for Summer Academies for Math, Science & Multidisciplinary Studies to provide stimulating learning opportunities for students in grades 8 through 10 through focused and motivating activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The Southeastern (SE) Savage Storm Aviation Science Camp 2013 will offer participating children an opportunity to learn about these subjects as they relate to Aviation and the effects of Flight on the human body. There will be four different camps, each lasting one week, led by Mr. George Jacox, Dr. Stan Alluisi, and other instructors from the SE Aviation Sciences Institute. Students will have contact with aircraft and actual flight experience, weather permitting, and will cover the following topics: Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design/Performance, Flight, Navigation, and the effects of weather on aircraft and flight.
Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Summer Academies - $20,000Scott Hensley received $20,000 from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission to provide the Southeastern (SE) Savage Storm Aviation Science Camp 2013. Students will relate to Aviation and the effects of Flight on the human body.
NASA-OK Space Grant Consortium-Fellowships - $17,343
Dr. Nancy L. Paiva received $17,343 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) via University of Oklahoma in the amount of $17,343 to provide tuition, books, educational travel or flight training costs for Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE) undergraduates meeting the NASA-mandated fellowship criteria. Part of the award process serves as a reward for academic excellence, while other parts emphasize the financial support of students willing to take part in service projects to enhance their education.
OK INBRE - $24,575
Dr. Nancy L. Paiva received $24,575 from the National Institute of Health via University of Oklahoma INBRE project to purchase an ultra-low temperature freezer to store biological samples, battery-based power back-up devices, DNA sequence analysis software, DNA electrophoresis equipment for research in Biological Sciences, and purchase additional research chemicals and supplies. SOSU is a member of the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) consortium and received these institutional funds to support biomedical research and training at the regional university campus in Durant.
Oklahoma Library Literacy Skills Initiative - $4,000
Sharon Morrison, Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library Director/Associate Professor, received $4,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services via East Central University to provide continuing education for the librarians to develop both the technological and pedagogical skills necessary to address college student information literacy deficiencies.
Oklahoma Native American Students in Higher Education - $5,000
Chris Wesberry, Director of the Native American Center for Student Success, received $5,000 from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Scholarship Advisement Program to provide sponsorship for the Oklahoma Native American Students in Higher Education conference hosted by Southeastern Native American Student Association and Native American Center for Student Success.
US Small Business Administration - $1,256,607
Dr. William Carter, State Director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center, received $1,256,607 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide small business management advising to entrepreneurs throughout Oklahoma. The program is funded through a partnership with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), Oklahoma's public universities, and funds appropriated by the Oklahoma Legislature and administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The OSBDC provides services to over 4,000 Oklahoma entrepreneurs each year which results in increased business growth, employment, and vitality.
Muscogee Creek Nation - $75,000
Dr. William D. Carter received $75,000 from the Muscogee Creek Nation to provide services to the Creek Nation and surrounding area. The statewide SBDC program is hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, which partners with other universities to provide business consulting, training, and technical support throughout the state. OSBDC provides services to over 4,000 Oklahoma entrepreneurs each year which results in increased business growth and employment.
Oklahoma Department of Commerce - $260,000
Dr. William D. Carter received $260,000 from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to provide small business management consulting to entrepreneurs through Oklahoma.
US Small Business Administration - $100,000.00
Dr. William D. Carter, State Director of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OKSBDC) received funding from the U. S. Small Business Administration to provide business development programs and services for veteran entrepreneurs and veteran-owned small businesses through the Small Business Development Centers located throughout Oklahoma. A Business Development Specialist has been employed at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Rose State College to target veterans at Vance Air Force Base in Enid and Tinker Air Force Base.
Oklahoma Department of Libraries - $500
Kathryn Plunkett, Digital Information Literacy Librarian/Assistant Professor, received $500 from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries "Threats to Your Collection" for the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library to preserve and increase access to the Southeastern campus newspapers, "The Southeastern," from microfilm to searchable Portable Document Format (PDF) files for years 1922 - 1997.
US Department of Agriculture - $22,874.50
Larry Dresser, Director of Upward Bound, received funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture via Oklahoma State Department of Education - Child Nutrition Division to provide meals served for students. The grant is a supplement to Upward Bound's regular program grant for meals for TRIO Program participants on campus for the Summer Camp sessions.
NSF REU - $220,520
Dr. John Barthell, Dean of the UCO College of Mathematics & Science and Professor of Biology has received a 3-year NSF REU grant in the amount of $220,520. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is "Integrative Biological Studies of Honey Bees in the Republic of Turkey."
OK INBRE Grants
Dr. Brittany Bannish, Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics, received an OK INBRE Mini-grant of $30,891 for "A Mathematical Model of Fibrinolysis to Study Clinical Therapies for Blood Clots."
Dr. Morshed Khandaker, Assistant Professor of Engineering & Physics, received an OK INBRE Mini-grant of $34,158 for "The impact of nanofibers on the failure functions of titanium/cement interface."
Dr. Mohamed Bingabr, Associate Professor of Engineering & Physics, received an OK INBRE Mini-grant of $32,569 for "Zero-Crossing Speech Coding Strategy for Cochlear Implant."
US Fish & Wildlife - $39,061
Dr. Chris Butler, Biology, received $39,061, from the US Fish and Wildlife agency to study "Using Multiple Stable Isotopes to Investigate Migratory Connectivity in Yellow Rails, Le Conte's Sparrows, Nelson's Sparrows and Sedge Wrens."
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education - $12,834
Dr. Yuhao Jiang, Engineering & Physics, received funding to study "New Curriculum Development: ENGR4xx3 Modeling and Analysis of Biomedical Systems."
OK Commission for Teacher Prep - $5,000
Dr. Bryan Duke, Teacher Education Services, received funding for Co-Teaching during the Clinical Experience.
OK Commission for Teacher Prep - $5,000
Dr. Darlinda Cassel, Curriculum Instruction, received funding to study "How will STEM focused field experiences effect teacher candidates attitudes towards mathematics and science?"
OK Commission for Teacher Prep - $4,945
Dr. Stephanie Canada-Philips, Kinesiology & Health Studies, to study "Transforming Physical Education through Partnerships among Experienced and Pre-Service Teachers."
OK Commission for Teacher Prep - $4,594
Dr. Mike Nelson, Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research, received funding for "Studying the Effectiveness of the Urban Teacher Preparation Academy."
US Olympic Committee - $35,000
Leigha Pemberton, Wellness Center, received funding for the 2013 UCO Endeavor Games.
Oklahoma Humanities Council - $3,488
Dr. Patricia Loughlin, History & Geography, received funding for Collaborative Storytelling: Alice Marriott, Maria Martinez, Margaret Lefranc and the Making of Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso.
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education - $129,558
Jean Hendrickson, A+ Schools, received funding for Leading the Change to Common Core State Standards: An Oklahoma A+ Schools Professional Development.
National Endowment for the Arts - $80,900
Jean Hendrickson, A+ Schools, received funding for OK A+Schools: Making the Arts Essential to Whole School Reform.
Oklahoma Highway Safety Office - $66,585 Robert Delano, Adult Education & Safety Services, received funding for the 2013 Statewide Seatbelt, Child Restraint, and Motorcycle Helmet Survey.
An anonymous donor has presented a challenge grant to Tulsa Community College for the proposed Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic. The proposed clinic at Tulsa Community College's Metro Campus will be named in honor of Nate Waters, pending approval by the TCC Board of Regents. The clinic will provide physical therapy services to patients in need and provide clinical learning opportunities for the students. With the new stand-alone facility, TCC will expand the services and increase patient capacity from the current four clients to 40 clients per week.