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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, june 30, 2016

Vaidyanathan awarded OCAST research grant

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The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) has awarded a nearly $300,000 grant to Ranji Vaidyanathan, Ph.D., Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering to develop a lightweight storage tank for low-temperature, pressurized fuels.

Vaidyanathan is working with Infinite Composites Technologies on developing a “Cryogenic Composite Engineered Laminated (CryoCEL™)” tank that can be used as a fuel container during transport. ICT will match the two-year grant funding with $145,307 in the first year and $147,395 in the second year. OSU-Tulsa and ICT (formerly CleanNG) signed a facility use agreement last fall that provides the company access to the Helmerich Research Center’s Next Generation Materials Lab.

ICT and Vaidyanathan have partnered since 2013 to develop a next generation fuel storage tank through grants from the National Science Foundation and OCAST. ICT was founded in 2010 by OSU alumni Matt Villarreal and Michael Tate while they were students at OSU-Stillwater.

Before you see the movie, check out the book from the OSU-Tulsa Library

Which is better, the book or the movie? The OSU-Tulsa Library can help answer that question with its collection of books that are the basis for upcoming movies. Catch up on your summer leisure reading before you head to the theater.

Some of the titles available are:

  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (movie out now)
  • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (movie out now)
  • Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (out tomorrow)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Oct. 7)
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Oct. 14)
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers (Oct. 30)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Dec. 25)
  • The Lost City of Z by David Grann (TBA)
  • American Pastoral by Philip Roth (TBA)

The books are available for immediate check out to OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff as well as alumni membership cardholders, Langston-Tulsa nursing students, community borrower cardholders, OKShare Libraries cardholders, Tulsa Community College and Spartan Aeronautics students and faculty and University of Tulsa faculty. For more information about available books or additional library services, call 918-594-8130 or visit the OSU-Tulsa Library website.

Keep safe during Independence Day holiday

The July 4 holidayoften means firing up the backyard grill, swimming and setting off fireworks as we celebrate U.S. independence from Great Britain. The American Red Cross offers some tips to stay safe:

  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks
  • Never throw or point a firecracker toward people, animals or flammable material
  • Drink responsibly
  • Watch children in the water
  • Be aware of underwater hazards
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
  • Never grill indoors
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill
  • Keep the grill away from the house, tree branches or anything that could catch fire

For additional information, visit the American Red Cross website.

Cowboy Caravan is coming to OSU-Tulsa

OSU-Tulsa will host the Cowboy Caravan at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, which will feature OSU coaches, Pistol Pete, a pep rally, food and activities.

Mike Gundy, OSU football head coach, Brad Underwood, OSU basketball head coach, Mike Holder, OSU director of athletics, Cowgirl softball head coach Kenny Gajewski are scheduled to participate in a panel discussion in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium. Outdoors activities will include a photo booth, face painting, children's games, snacks and more.

The event is hosted by the OSU POSSE and OSU Alumni Association for fans in the Tulsa area to celebrate the success of OSU athletics. Watch the OSU Alumni Association website for the opportunity to purchase tickets for the event.