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OSU-Tulsa News

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

OSU-Tulsa, OSU-CHS receive record funding from OCAST

Helmerich Research CenterFour faculty researchers from OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS were recently awarded more than $750,000 in grant funding from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. The grants, the largest presented to OSU in Tulsa, are for engineering and health research at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center and OSU-CHS.

Dr. Jay Hanan, associate professor in the OSU School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was awarded $300,000 for the development of a light-weight, strong material for use in aircraft, automobiles, sporting goods and military equipment.

Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow professor in the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering, was awarded $299,283 to develop and manufacture a compressed natural gas fuel tank. The project is in collaboration with CleanNG, an Oklahoma company working to develop advanced fuel storage products for natural gas vehicles.

Dr. Nirmal Govindaraju, a research associate in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, received $90,000 to create a portable sensor for detecting chemical and biological agents.

Dr. Gerwald Köhler, associate professor in the department of biochemistry and microbiology at OSU-CHS, was awarded $67,500 to study the influence of probiotics in digestive system on the central nervous system.

Since 2008, OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS have received more than $1.5 million from OCAST, a state agency established to foster innovation in existing and developing businesses in Oklahoma. OCAST provides funding to help universities, foundations and businesses with cutting-edge research in engineering and health sciences that will benefit Oklahoma's economy.

Use caution with fireworks this Independence Day

Independence Day commemorates the United States’ declaration of freedom from Great Britain and is a time to celebrate with friends, family, fun and fireworks. While shooting fireworks is illegal in the City of Tulsa, it is allowed in some surrounding communities. If you will be shooting fireworks, remember these safety tips:

  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Make sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
  • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Keep a bucket of water handing in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • If your fireworks fizzle or don’t go off, douse them with water. Do not relight.

There will be plenty of firework shows to enjoy this week throughout the community. The Tulsa Drillers will have firework shows after each game today through Friday at ONEOK Field. The 2013 ONEOK FreedomFest firework show is tomorrow at 9:30 p.m in River West Festival Park.