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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

Icon Awards Honor Civic Leaders for Contributions to OSU, Oklahoma

(clockwise from left) Shaw, Benge, Halligan and McKeonA beloved family physician, a leading public policy maker, a prominent state senator and a nationally recognized community college president are all being honored by OSU in Tulsa as icons for their contributions to Oklahoma State University, the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma.

The 2013 Icons for OSU in Tulsa are B. Frank Shaw, D.O., 2007 Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Doctor of the Year and a family practice physician in Muskogee, Okla.; Chris Benge, senior vice president of government affairs for the Tulsa Regional Chamber and former speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives; Jim Halligan, Ph.D., former OSU president and current Oklahoma state senator; and Thomas McKeon, Ed.D., Tulsa Community College president.

The 2013 Icons for OSU in Tulsa will be honored at "A Stately Affair" on May 20. Proceeds from the black-tie event at Southern Hills Country Club will fund scholarships for students who plan to attend the OSU Center for Health Sciences or OSU-Tulsa.

Ross and Billie McKnight are serving as honorary chairs for A Stately Affair and Bryan Close and Janet McGehee are co-chairs for the event.

Special enrollment day set for Saturday

OSU-Tulsa will host a special Saturday Enrollment Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advising, enrollment and financial aid counselors will help current and prospective students finish admission, enroll for classes and verify financial aid.

The special enrollment day provides a more relaxed environment to register for classes, check on your financial aid and buy books. Students have the opportunity to take care of enrollment-related items before the beginning of the semester.

In addition to the special Saturday Enrollment Day, students can also visit OSU-Tulsa advising and enrollment during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on Friday. Spring classes start Monday at OSU-Tulsa.

OSU-Tulsa's Bookstore will also be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students who wish to purchase books and other supplies.

Continuing students may enroll online through the Student Information System (SIS) after meeting with an advisor. The SIS System is available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to midnight; Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 7 a.m. to midnight.

For more information, contact Prospective Student Services at 918-594-8355.

OSU-Tulsa Engineering Professors awarded research funds from OCAST

Two Oklahoma State University–Tulsa faculty members recently received grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) to fund their engineering research projects.

Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering, and Dr. Daryoosh Vashaee, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, both in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, each received nearly $90,000 from OCAST.

Vaidyanathan was awarded $89,896 for his project, "Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting Devices for Structural Components," to develop thermoelectric devices using thick-film nanostructured thermoelectric materials. Vashaee received $89,873 to develop a process to harvest both heat and light by exposing water containing sodium chloride and a bio-compatible additive sensitive to visible light, a project called "Scalable Rapid Solar Hydrogen Production via Photo-Bio-Chemical Hydrolysis."

Vaidyanathan and Vashaee were among the seven applied research scientists who were awarded $1.35 million from OCAST this year. OCAST is a state agency established to foster innovation in existing and developing businesses in Oklahoma. They administer funds to help universities, foundations and businesses with cutting-edge research that will benefit Oklahoma's economy.

Child nutrition, physical activity focus of seminar

GrzywaczThe importance of physical activity and proper nutrition for preschool-aged children will be the focus of a seminar lead by a researcher in the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa.

Joseph Grzywacz, Ph.D., will present "Physical Activity and Dietary Beliefs and Behaviors of Latino Preschool-Aged Children in Farmworker Families" tomorrow at 12:15 pm. in Dunlap Auditorium at OSU-CHS.

During the seminar, Grzywacz will discuss his research on the barriers to children's healthy diet and physical activity confronted by Latino-farmworker families. He will also discuss cultural beliefs about children's diet and physical activity and examine the quality of food and exercise that children receive. 

A light lunch will be provided. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amanda Harrist, Ph.D., at amanda.harrist@okstate.edu.