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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, april 14, 2016

OSU-Tulsa researchers awarded grant for new carbon-fiber reinforced composites


A team of OSU students has been awarded a $20,000 grant to help prepare the development of a tougher, more reliable carbon-fiber reinforced composite for commercialization.

The team is composed of undergraduate student Kevin Keith and post-doctoral fellow Kunal Mishra from the School of Materials Science and Engineering, graduate student Haley Marie Kurtz from the School of Entrepreneurship and Nathanial Evans, graduate research assistant at Helmerich Research Center. The principal investigator for the project is Ranji Vaidyanathan, Ph.D., Varnadow Chair and OSU-Tulsa professor of materials science and engineering.

The group is one of seven university teams nationwide selected to receive the grant from VentureWell, a nonprofit organization that supports science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs.

The students developed a simple and affordable way to toughen carbon fiber composites used in aerospace and automobile applications. Current materials are highly sensitive to low velocity and localized damage that can result in cracks between layers of the composite. The students developed nanofillers that can easily be incorporated into existing manufacturing processes to increase the stability and reliability of carbon fiber composites. Read more.

OSU-Tulsa to host Next Steps workshops for prospective students

OSU-Tulsa will host two special workshops for prospective students interested in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

The Next Steps workshop for prospective undergraduate students will meet in North Hall 140 to explore funding options, tips for transferring to OSU-Tulsa, the admissions and scholarship application process and more.

The workshop for prospective graduate students will meet in North Hall 150. It will feature detailed information on beginning the graduate school application process, tips for graduate entrance exam preparation and educational funding opportunities.

In conjunction with the workshops, OSU-Tulsa will host an open house from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. During the daylong event, prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with a graduate student services coordinator or an undergraduate academic counselor to discuss degree options. Read more.

Denim Day promotes awareness of sexual violence

Denim Day logo

OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff are invited to wear jeans on Wednesday in recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Staff members whose supervisors approve of wearing jeans may stop by Human Resources in Main Hall 1405 or Student Services in North Hall 130 to pick up a Denim Day sticker. Staff members who wear jeans must wear a sticker.

The Denim Day campaign began 17 years ago as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Seminar to focus on influence of parents, peers on adolescent behavior


Michael M. Criss, Ph.D., OSU associate professor of human development and family science, will discuss the role that parents and peers play in shaping adolescent emotion and behavior regulation at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in Main Hall 2205.

He also will examine the effect of electronic communication and media use on sleeping habits during adolescence. A light lunch will be provided.

The seminar is sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Center for Family Resilience and the OSU College of Human Sciences. For more information, email Amanda Harrist, OSU professor of human development and family science.

A passion for the community

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As a member of the OSU-Tulsa faculty and a researcher in the OSU Center for Family Resilience, Dr. Karina Shreffler gives back to the university and community she loves. An OSU alumna, Shreffler helps fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by working with community organizations to strengthen Oklahoma families. These partnerships enhance the educational experience at OSU-Tulsa through internship and research opportunities for students.

Watch a video of Karina Shreffler, Ph.D., associate professor of human development and family science, discussing research and internship opportunities that OSU-Tulsa students have as part of the HDFS program.