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thursday, july 21, 2016

Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa to graduate second class of therapy dogs

Diesel, a member of the inaugural P3T class, accompanies handler Megan Whitehead, clinical coordinator for the communication science and disorders department, around the OSU-Tulsa campus.
Diesel, a member of the inaugural P3T class, accompanies handler Megan Whitehead, clinical coordinator for the communication sciences and disorders department, around the OSU-Tulsa campus.

The second class of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa will graduate in a special “Barkalaureate” ceremony at 3 p.m. on Aug. 8 in Founders Hall at OSU-CHS. Graduates include:

  • Blue, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd, and handler, Jessica Bradley, OSU-Tulsa career services coordinator
  • Fern, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, and handler Dr. Matt Bowler, OSU-Tulsa associate professor of management and the Don R. Brattain professor in the Spears School of Business
  • Max, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, and handlers Dr. Bill Meek, OSU-CHS professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Sharon Meek
  • Tahlula, a 5-year-old Chihuahua, and handler Marnie Pettit, wife of OSU-CHS Provost Dr. William J. Pettit.
  • Max, a 9-year-old Maltese, and handler Ashley Adkins, OSU-CHS director of university affairs

The P3T graduates will serve OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS as greeters and campus ambassadors. They are also available for clinical or crisis situations. The goal of the program is to enhance physical and emotional health as part of the America’s Healthiest Campus wellness initiative. Campus departments may request a P3T dog visit by emailing pettherapytulsa@okstate.edu. For more information, visit the P3T website.

OSU-Tulsa engineering fellowship to top off summer with research showcase

OSU-Tulsa summer fellowship participants pose for a photo after a tour of NORDAM last month.
OSU-Tulsa summer fellowship participants following a tour of NORDAM last month.

Eleven college students from universities throughout the U.S. will participate in the final showcase of OSU-Tulsa’s first summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on Thursday, July 28 at Helmerich Research Center.

The showcase will begin at 10 a.m. with a welcome address from Raj Singh, Ph.D., head of the School of Materials Science and Engineering. OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, Michael Carolina, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology, Dr. Raman Singh, associate dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering, and Dr. Pankaj Sarin, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, will speak during the event. Dr. Kenneth Sewell, OSU vice president for research, will award certificates to each REU fellow.

In addition, REU fellows will present their research projects. Topics range from improving lithium ion battery life, finding ways to use a 3D printer to create medical prosthetics and designing new radiation-blocking material to use in spacecraft. The event is free and open to the public.

The interdisciplinary summer program was designed to focus on entrepreneurship and how research moves from an idea in the laboratory to commercialization. It was funded by a $405,208 grant from the National Science Foundation and co-funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

NIH awards $11.3M grant to OSU for Children’s Health Equity Solutions Center

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded an $11.3 million Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant to establish the Children’s Health Equity Solutions Center (CHESC). Several OSU-Tulsa researchers will participate in the project.

Three research associates of the OSU Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa are principal investigators in the project. They are Dr. Ron Cox, associate professor of human development and family science, Dr. Julie Croff, assistant professor of applied health and educational psychology, and Dr. Karina Shreffler, associate professor of human development and family science.

A multi-institutional group of OSU and University of Oklahoma researchers will research the differences in children’s health by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status through effective translational science. The CHESC will be located at OSU Center for Health Sciences. Read more.

Academy Central Elementary needs school supplies

Help OSU-Tulsa’s Partners in Education school, Academy Central Elementary, start the year off right by donating basic school supplies during a drive through Aug. 15.

The school needs notebook paper, pencils, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, crayons, spiral notebooks, two-pocket folders, glue sticks, pens, markers, tissues and hand sanitizer.

Donations may be dropped off at North Hall 130, North Hall 204 or the OSU-Tulsa Police office in Main Hall Commons. The drive will provide needed resources as schools face reduced contributions from the state.

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