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Thursday, April 30, 2009

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Aerospace Space Cowboys

A team of aerospace engineering students from OSU has earned a once-in-a lifetime chance to test their experiment at NASA’s Microgravity University program. Their proposal was one of only 20 selected from among hundreds competing from across the country.

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  • Arts and Sciences honors students and creator of hepatitis vaccine

    One of the lead researchers behind hepatitis vaccines was named 2009 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Arts and Sciences at OSU recently. Dr. Robert Purcell, the co-chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., received the honor at the college’s awards banquet. The Haileyville native oversees more than 100 scientists who study and seek cures for viruses, including West Nile and hepatitis. The College highlighted more than 60 scholarships and awards, recognizing 200 students including national scholarship recipients and Top 10 Seniors. For more click here.

    Bailey Scholarships awarded for study abroad
    Seven OSU students have been awarded the Bailey Family Memorial Scholarship to study abroad. The students, in the College of Arts and Sciences, were recognized at a recent banquet with Alma Bailey and members of her family. The 2009/2010 winners and destinations are Elaine Enix (Spain), Yance Farney (Mexico), Jonathan Hollingsworth (Morocco, Egypt, United Kingdom), Leslie Jacobs (Scotland), Kendall Looney  (France), James Miller (Russia), and Michol Miller (Spain). Since the establishment of the scholarship $1,683,396 has been awarded to 237 OSU students to study in 34 different countries.

    Student qualifies for world Duathlon
    OSU senior Trey Petty earned a spot at the World Duathlon Championships by placing in the top 12 at the Duathlon Nationals over the weekend in Richmond, Va. The history major from Enid qualified in the men 20-24 age group by racing in a 10 km run, a 38k bike ride, and a 5 km run. The World Championships will be held in Concord, N.C., Sept. 24-26. Petty hopes others at OSU will take an interest and enter the Duathlon next year.  

    Emeritus OSU biochemist honored by university
    OSU Professor Emeritus Roger E. Koeppe was recently honored for his 28 years of leadership by the department of biochemistry and molecular biology during an endowed lectureship program that he started. Upon his retirement in 1990, Koeppe left an endowment for the lectureship, which began in 1993. OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources honored Koeppe with a resolution naming the seminar room in a wing of OSU’s Noble Research Center as the Roger E. Koeppe Seminar Room in recognition of his long service. For more, click here.

    Student Showcase coming
    The Design, Housing and Merchandising department in the College of Human Environmental Sciences will host  The Complete Spectrum the Student Showcase 2009  in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center Friday, May 8, 11 a.m.  – 1 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, noon – 2 p.m.  A reception for students will be held on Friday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this annual event which will highlight projects of students majoring in interior design, apparel design and production, and apparel merchandising.

    Memorial forum launched

    The College of Human Environmental Sciences recently hosted the inaugural Kathleen Briggs CHES Undergraduate Scholars Forum. The event is named in honor of Dr. Kathleen Briggs, a former Human Development and Family Sciences professor and department head, who passed away last year. For more details, click on the following link http://www.ches.okstate.edu/content/view/195/1/.  

    OSU IT seeks your input with online survey
    OSU Information Technology is conducting a survey to better understand e-mail and mobile device usage, as well as other communication methods. This information will be used to review current IT services and determine if changes or additions need to be made to the e-mail service. IT would also like know about other communication methods individuals use so such methods can be included in strategic plans to target assistance to communication needs. Please give us your input at the  following website - https://stillwater.sharepoint.okstate.edu/IT_email_survey/default.aspx. Login with your Okey credentials. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Charles McCann at charles.mccann@okstate.edu or Tina Meier at tina.meier@okstate.edu.

    Lake Carl Blackwell offers more options this season
    Several improvements from a new campground to additional nightly rental cabins will give individuals in north central Oklahoma more options to enjoy at Lake Carl Blackwell for the upcoming spring and summer season. Scissortail Lane Campground is set to open tomorrow, offering an additional 18 sites that include a picnic table and a fire ring with grill, and 50 amp electrical service and water. Five cabins were recently converted from annual leases to nightly rentals. Click here for more.

    This week at the Student Union…
    Movie: Friday the 13th showing Thursday, April 30, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Friday, May 1, at 9 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. $2 admission.

    OSU seminar on aging pets on Tuesday
    The OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will host a Pet Care Seminar on aging pets, “Help Your Pet Age Gracefully,” on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in McElroy Hall Auditorium. Dr. Kelci Porter will help owners learn how to identify when their pet become a senior and discuss changes in a pet’s behavior or body condition that may indicate problems that are treatable if recognized early on. Pet Care Seminars are open to the public at no charge. Parking and light refreshments are available. McElroy Hall is located at the corner of McFarland and Farm Road on the Stillwater campus. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.

    Energy efficiency can save money now
    Did you know that good landscaping can help ease utility bills? Click here to find out more.

    Going GreenApply it at home
    OSU energy managers encourage you to apply this energy tip at home for additional energy savings during the upcoming summer months. By maintaining a room temperature of 74-78 degrees when using air-conditioning at home and raising it to 85 degrees when away, you save money. The easiest way to ensure such savings it to purchase a programmable thermostat to do the job.

    How healthful is vitamin E?
    Find out about the benefits. Click here.

    WellnessWellness tip: Limit saturated fats
    According to the American Heart Association, too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels and heart disease. Foods high in saturated fat include whole milk and whole-milk dairy products, lard, coconut oil, palm oil, bacon, fatty cuts of beef, cream, and butter. The AHA recommends limiting saturated fat to 7 percent or less of your total calories. If you need 2000 calories per day to stay at a healthy weight, that means holding saturated fat to 15-16 grams per day. For comparison, one tablespoon of butter has 8 grams of saturated fat. Wellness tips are brought to you by the OSU Seretean Wellness Center, dedicated to making OSU the Healthiest Campus in America. For more information about services for students, faculty and staff, call 744-WELL (9355).

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