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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, June 4, 2015

OSU-Tulsa earns a spot on Tulsa People’s A-LIST

Tulsa People's A-List Logo

The readers of Tulsa People magazine have again put OSU-Tulsa on the A-List for one of the best places for adult education in the city.

OSU-Tulsa has been on the A-List every year since 2012. The magazine publishes its annual list of businesses and institutions that its readers say they prefer. Major categories include food, fun, shopping, body and services. The yearly list is produced as a guide to the best in Tulsa.

To view the entire A-List, visit the Tulsa People website for a full rundown.

STATE Magazine: OSU-Tulsa professor honored as a leading academic inventor


A ceramic matrix composite material able to withstand extremely high temperatures that can be utilized in the construction of aircraft engines.

A high-powered sodium-sulfur battery used to store energy at a Japanese automotive factory. 

These are just two ways that companies around the world have utilized innovations from Raj Singh, head of the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering based at OSU-Tulsa.

Singh, director of the Energy Technologies Program, was recently honored for his contributions to science and ability to turn ideas into products by being named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow. The Deputy United States Commissioner for Patent Operations from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office inducted Singh during the Fourth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. 

“Dr. Singh is an internationally recognized expert on ceramic materials and has invented several new advanced materials being used by industries around the world,” says OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “This distinguished honor is an example of the outstanding faculty we have at OSU-Tulsa and working with our students in the Helmerich Research Center.”

The NAI Fellowship recognizes inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

To read the full story, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

OSU-Tulsa Library tailors services to needs of students, faculty

Phil Parker, OSU-Tulsa library associate, is prepared to answer questions at the Reference Desk on Tuesday.
Phil Parker, OSU-Tulsa library associate, is prepared to answer questions at the Reference Desk on Tuesday.

The large number of requests scribbled on a whiteboard outside the OSU-Tulsa Library at the end of the spring semester showed Director Sarah Peterson how important the facility and its services are to the university’s students.

“We are very happy that people are telling us what they want,” she said. “They are the reason we are here. And we want to serve them.”

The library set the whiteboard on an easel outside its doors in Main Hall Commons and asked students to write their suggestions for how the library could better serve them. The top requests were for snacks and napping areas, Peterson said.

Space may be an issue with establishing napping areas, a new trend in libraries across the country. But the library will soon have of a couple of exercise ball chairs to sit on at computers and beanbag chairs for relaxing.

“Unfortunately, food is one thing we can’t buy with university funds,” Peterson said. “But we are going to do everything we can to get students the services they need and want.”

At least two suggestions will come to fruition this fall, including a laptop loan program and a GoPro camera checkout, she said.

To read the full story, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

Staff Advisory Council to present employee awards

The OSU Staff Advisory Council in Tulsa will recognize two employees with Awards of Excellence on Tuesday, June 16.

The employees will be honored during an event at 1:30 p.m. in the fourth floor boardroom at OSU Center for Health Sciences. All staff and faculty are invited to the event. Cookies and punch will be served.