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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

OSU-Tulsa Graduation Fair set for March 24

OSU-Tulsa student Alexis Turner tries on a graduation robe at last year’s Graduation Fair.
Alexis Turner tries on a graduation robe at last year’s Graduation Fair.

Students planning to graduate this semester can get ready for the 2015 commencement ceremony during the OSU-Tulsa Graduation Fair on Tuesday, March 24 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the North Hall Lobby.

Students can check their graduation status, complete a reservation card for the ceremony and purchase caps, gowns, personalized announcements, class rings and diploma frames.

OSU-Tulsa Career Services will be available to offer job search advice and the OSU Alumni Association will be on hand to answer questions about membership benefits. Students will have the opportunity to visit with Graduate Student Services about graduate degree programs and may register to win door prizes.

OSU-Tulsa's Graduation Ceremony is set for Monday, May 11 at the Pavilion at Expo Square. Visit the OSU-Tulsa Graduation website for more information.

Research Day provides a showcase for innovative, creative work

Students talk with business representatives about potential employment at the spring 2014 OSU-Tulsa Career Fair.
OSU-Tulsa doctoral student Parvaneh Rouhani presented a research poster on nanodiamonds at the fifth annual OSU in Tulsa Research Day Friday.

The 2015 OSU in Tulsa Research Day on Friday highlighted the variety and depth of student and faculty research happening at OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences.

This year’s Research Day, hosted in Founders Hall at OSU Center for Health Sciences, included 67 research posters and seven oral presentations, the most entries since the event was launched in 2011, said Amanda Benn, assistant director of clinical research at OSU-CHS.

Research Day judges honored 32 research posters and oral presentations in several categories, including engineering, biomedical sciences, human sciences, anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology, medical residents, medical students, undergraduate research and high school student research.

To see the full list of Research Day winners, visit the OSU in Tulsa Research Day website.

Writing contest winners to be honored during ‘An Evening with Neil Gaiman’

Winners of the 2014 OSU-Tulsa Creative Writing Contest will be recognized for their original poetry and short stories at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 during the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa presentation ‘An Evening with Neil Gaiman. The event will be at Chapman Music Hall at Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

This year’s winners for poetry are Ambra King for “1x1 Lego,” Hanna Al-Jibouri for “No Home” and Daniel Dunlap for “Dear Future Self.” Short story winners are Matthew Pascucci for “A Fair,” John Gabriel for “The Sun is Gone/But I Have Light” and Cynthia DePalma for “A Plate of Eggs.” The annual contest is open to all OSU-Tulsa students.

Author Clifton Taulbert will present awards to the winning writers during the Neil Gaiman event. Winners were chosen from among 31 submissions. To read the winning entries, visit the OSU-Tulsa Creative Writing Contest website.

The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa will present Gaiman with the Ambassador Award during the event. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online or by calling 918-596-7111. For more information, contact Teresa Miller at 918-594-8215.

Spring Health Fair features financial wellness coaching, blood drive

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn about financial wellness coaching or donate blood during OSU-Tulsa’s 2015 Spring Health Fair on Wednesday, March 11 from 3-5 p.m. in the Main Hall Commons.

Other services that will be offered include full health screenings, health and wellness counseling and nutrition information.

Healthy snacks and beverages will also be available and participants may register to win door prices. For more information about the fair, contact Jeremiah Watkins, wellness coordinator.

OSU-Tulsa business students learn 'real world' sustainability practices

Carla Grogg, operations manager of Grogg’s Green Barn, describes how the organic nursery collects rainwater to use for irrigating plants.
Carla Grogg, operations manager of Grogg’s Green Barn, describes how the organic nursery collects rainwater to use for irrigating plants.

Dr. Tim Hart wanted the students in his Sustainability in Tulsa course at OSU-Tulsa to experience sustainable businesses practices firsthand.

During the winter intersession, 17 students were immersed in sustainability practices by visiting Tulsa organizations in several industries, including waste and energy, gardening, health and human performance, architecture and city development. The students learned how sustainability principles can be applied to business organizations and how implementing sustainable business practices can impact a company’s current success and future survival.

“Sustainability is not just about recycling and reducing energy, although those are certainly cost-saving, sustainable practices. Companies can also engage in sustainability by managing critical resources with an eye toward the future, investing in their employees, and delivering products and services their customers can trust,” said Hart, an assistant professor of management in the Spears School of Business. “The principles of sustainability are applicable to every company in every industry.”

To read the full story about the Sustainability in Tulsa course, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

TU professor to discuss nanobattery development at MSE Seminar


Dale Teeters, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Tulsa, will examine how nanotechnology can be used to improve batteries and create new devices, at the Materials Science and Engineering Seminar today at 2 p.m. in Helmerich Research Center 153 at OSU-Tulsa.

The seminar, presented by the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering, will explore how nanoscale chemistry can increase power and decrease the size of batteries through the creation of nanobatteries. Nanobatteries are so small that 240 of them will fit into the diameter of a human hair.

Teeters is a member of the executive committee for the National Science Foundation’s Oklahoma NanoNet Nanotechnology Center and serves on the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology applied research committee. He also is a member of the Advisory Board for the Oklahoma State Nanotechnology Initiative.