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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, June 25, 2015

OSU/A&M Board of Regents votes to increase tuition

Rick Davis, a member of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, discusses the 2015-16 budget during Friday’s board meeting at OSU-Tulsa.
Rick Davis, chair of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, discusses the 2015-16 budget during Friday’s board meeting at OSU-Tulsa.

The OSU/A&M Board of Regents on Friday approved a 2015-16 operating budget that includes an increase in tuition and mandatory fees at all five OSU campuses.

In-state undergraduates would see a 4.5 percent tuition increase, while in-state graduate students would rise 4.8 percent. Tuition for nonresident undergraduates would rise by 4.7 percent and nonresident graduate students would see a 4.5 percent increase in tuition.

Despite the increase, OSU tuition and fee rates continue to be among the most affordable in the Big 12 and across the nation. The OSU budget must now receive approval from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

OCAST awards grant for platinum recycling research


Pankaj Sarin, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, has received an $89,941 grant for his research to develop a sustainable recycling method for platinum group metals from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Platinum group metals include platinum, palladium and rhodium.

Sarin and Ranji Vaidyanathan, Ph.D, P.E., Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering at OSU-Tulsa, are working with an Oklahoma recycler on technology to reclaim the metals from used auto catalytic converters. The current recycling method is expensive and the materials are becoming scarce.

Sarin’s grant was among $6.2 million OCAST awarded to 41 Oklahoma research projects. Sarin is a member of the American Ceramic Society and the Materials Research Society and is the author or co-author of several research articles.

Save the date for Staff Appreciation Day at Oklahoma Aquarium

Oceans of Appreciation: 2015 OSU in Tulsa Staff Appreciation Day Logo

Help celebrate all of the faculty and staff who make OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences great places to learn and outstanding places to work at Oceans of Appreciation, the 2015 OSU in Tulsa Staff Appreciation Day.

The event will be on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks. Staff and faculty may select which night to attend. Tickets will be available for an employee plus one guest.

Oceans of Appreciation will include food and live entertainment and guests will be able to tour the aquarium. More information and an RSVP link will be released soon.

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conference set at OSU-Tulsa this fall

Conference Logo

The sixth annual Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conference will be hosted at OSU-Tulsa on Sept. 24-25. The two-day event is open to behavioral health, human services and health professionals working with older adults, as well as the public at large.

The conference, “Wellness: Building Capacity for Tomorrow’s Older Adults” will feature keynote speakers Dan Timmel, who is responsible for coverage policy for long-term care benefits and preadmission screening for nursing facilities with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Carol D. Ryff, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the university’s Institute on Aging.

To register for the event, visit the Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conference website. For more information, contact Nancy Van Winkle, Ph.D., Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee member and OSU-CHS professor of behavioral science.