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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Area students to design, build boats at Engineering Design Challenge

Students work as a team to design a motorized boat during the 2014 Engineering Design Challenge.
Students work as a team to design a motorized boat during the 2014 Engineering Design Challenge.

More than 200 area students will be at OSU-Tulsa on Feb. 19 for the annual Engineering Design Challenge, which provides students the opportunity to design, build and race a motorized boat in teams and compete against others in their age bracket.

The experience helps expose children from fourth to 12th grades to the field of engineering and allows them the opportunity to learn basic principles of engineering design, problem-solving and teamwork in a fun, challenging atmosphere.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Main Hall Commons. Volunteers are needed to staff stations. To help, sign up online for a two-hour shift.

OSU-CHS associate dean to be featured speaker at Research Day


Dr. Kent Smith, associate professor of anatomy at OSU Center for Health Sciences, will be the featured speaker at OSU in Tulsa Research Day on Feb. 20. The presentation will begin at noon in Founders Hall at OSU-CHS.

He will discuss Native Explorers, a program he founded to recruit more American Indian college students into STEM and medicine. Since 2010, nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate students have been mentored on scientific expeditions through the Native Explorers program.

Smith also is associate dean of OSU-CHS’ Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day registration will open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Students and faculty must sign up for oral and poster submissions by tomorrow. For more information, contact Amanda Benn at 918-561-1402 or visit the Research Day website.

VANGUARD Magazine: Living in Space

Living on the Moon could become a reality through new research from engineering and physics faculty at OSU.

“With fewer and fewer places left to explore on Earth, our attention is turning toward outer space,” says Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow Chair and OSU-Tulsa professor of materials science and engineering. “Living in space is the next frontier for us.”

Funded with a $750,000 grant from NASA, an interdisciplinary team is working to develop a new radiation-shielding material that could be used to construct habitats that protect astronauts from prolonged exposure to galactic cosmic radiation.

Vaidyanathan, Raman P. Singh, OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center director, C.F. Colcord Chair and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Eric Benton, OSU associate professor of physics, are serving as project leaders.

The material will shield astronauts from ionizing radiation during missions to asteroids near Earth, the Moon and Mars and could also be used in the creation of lunar and Martian habitats. Using 3-D printing technology and contour crafting, astronauts will be able to create the parts and construct igloo-like habitats in space, instead of building units on Earth and transporting them.

To read the full story from the 2015 edition of OSU's research magazine Vanguard, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

African-American Student Association events celebrate Black History Month

OSU-Tulsa’s African-American Student Association will host a pair of events for students, faculty and staff in honor of Black History Month.

Participants may sample a variety of soul food dishes, including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and collard greens, at A Taste of Soul. The event will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the North Hall Lobby. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will fund future AASA events.

The AASA will host a panel discussion on “Civil Rights in the 21st Century – How Far Have We Come?” on Feb. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. in North Hall 150. Panelists are Jayme Cox, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Ray Owens, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church, Katherine Mitchell of Tulsa Community College and Dr. Calvin Monroe, obstetrician/gynecologist at Morton Comprehensive Health Services. 

To wrap up the month’s events, AASA members will attend the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government in Stillwater on Feb. 26-28. The conference is designed to provide strong, courageous African-American leadership in student government.