July 28, 2010

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OSU has received a $7.5 million grant to collaborate with NASA to improve the use and effectiveness of online learning technologies in K-12 education, higher education, and in informal settings, such as museums. The five-year national project begins August 1.

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OSU Veterinary Center receives funding for bioterrorism and disease research
The Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences was recently awarded a five-year grant for $4 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The principal investigator, Dr. William Barrow, Sitlington Chair in Infectious Diseases, will lead a team of researchers from Oklahoma, New Mexico, and California to improve available drug therapy in the event of a bioterrorist attack on civilian and/or military populations. For more details, click here.

NSF awards grant to upgrade OSU vertebrates collection
The National Science Foundation has awarded Dr. Karen McBee a $160,000 grant to upgrade the collection of vertebrates in the OSU Department of Zoology. The grant will fund replacement of damaged and deteriorated cabinets for mammals in the collection, which holds more than 13,250 specimens representing 26 of the 29 orders of mammals on earth today. Funding for the project also will provide direct support to students who will be trained in curation and collection management. For more details, click here and scroll down.

OSU football great Bob Fenimore dies
Former Oklahoma A&M All-American halfback Bob Fenimore died this morning in Stillwater at the age of 84.  A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater.  A native of Woodward, Fenimore was a star at OSU from 1943-46.  He was third in the Heisman Trophy race in 1945, after leading the nation in total offense and rushing yards that year. He was the No. 1 overall selection in the 1947 NFL Draft. According to a story in The Oklahoman, he played only one season with the Chicago Bears before returning to Stillwater because he could make more money selling insurance.

Fox honored for leadership and research
OSU’s Garey E. Fox has been named the 2010 recipient of the New Holland Young Researcher Award by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Fox was selected for his leadership in the society and his scientific contributions advancing the understanding of surface and groundwater hydrology and water quality. The award recognizes outstanding researchers under the age of 40. For more details, click here.

Stone receives international honor
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has named OSU emeritus professor Marvin L. Stone the 2010 recipient of the Cyrus Hall McCormick-Jerome Increase Case Gold Medal Award. Stone is being honored for his outstanding leadership in developing sensors and controls for agricultural and off-road equipment, his national and international accomplishments as a researcher and his leadership in the society. For more details, click here.

Regents approve personnel actions
Several personnel actions were approved during the OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting Friday, July 23, on the OSU-Tulsa campus. For a detailed list, click here.

4-H Roundup underway on campus
OSU welcomes 4-H members from around the state for the 89th annual 4-H Roundup starting today in Stillwater. The event runs through Friday. Some students say it was their fond memories of Roundup that ultimately led them to attend OSU. Roundup offers courses, competition, the election of state officers as well as an honors ceremony and a chance to socialize.

Student returns after reaching Alaska
OSU student Curtis Moss rode his bicycle almost 4,000 miles to Anchorage, Alaska, this summer to inspire others to create their own adventure. The geography junior from Claremore, left Stillwater on May 15 and reached his destination July 16, almost a month in advance of his initial target date. Moss caught a return flight to Tulsa on July 21. The trip also brought attention to OSU’s National Student Exchange since Moss stopped at six of the NSE partner institutions along the way.

OSU-OKC launches bachelor degree in sign language interpretation
The OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved OSU-Oklahoma City’s request to launch a Bachelor of Technology in Sign Language Interpretation. The degree program is unique to Oklahoma as there are currently no bachelor degrees offered in sign language interpretation and there are only two institutions offering associate degrees in interpretation. The goal is for the program to become a model for sign language interpretation programs for the rest of the country. For more details, click here.

Fan Appreciation Day set for Sunday, Aug. 8
OSU will host its annual Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, Aug. 8, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Doors will open at 1 p.m. with the two-hour autograph session featuring the OSU football and soccer teams beginning at 2 p.m.  Due to time constraints, fans are limited to one autograph item per player and no photographs will be allowed with athletes or coaches. Team posters and schedule cards will be available in the arena lobbies. Parking will be available in the Boone Pickens Stadium lots on a first come, first serve basis. For more details click here.

Discount tickets available to OSU faculty and staff starting Aug. 1
OSU Athletics is once again offering significant discounts to faculty and staff for two football games this season: the home opener with Washington State on Sept. 4, and the Big 12 opener against Texas A&M on Sept. 30. The discounted ticket price for Washington State is $35 per ticket (regular price $70) and the discounted price for Texas A&M is $50. (regular price $90). To take advantage of these great discounts, please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/osuemployee.

Three-pack game tickets now on sale
A 2010 OSU Football three-pack is now on sale for Tulsa, Texas A&M and Baylor at a discount off the single game price. For more information, click on OkState.com.

Remember food safety at cookouts
Make sure cooking outside doesn’t mean risking your health. For some tips to avoid problems, click here.

Latest edition of “News You Can Use” now available for OSU employees
This edition includes information on 2011 health care insurance, safety training, voluntary retirement plans and more. Click here.

WellnessWork to standardize campus lighting ahead
Have you ever noticed how different light bulbs generate different shades of color?  As OSU seeks ways to be more energy efficient, one consideration is the standardization of lighting across campus. OSU will be replacing more than 45,000 light bulbs/lamps within the next few months. Greater energy efficiency will also result in a more consistent shade of color in indoor spaces at OSU-Stillwater.

WellnessWellness tip: Effectively flatten your stomach  
While crunches are effective in building and strengthening the abdominal muscles, they don't address the layer of fat sitting on top of the muscle. To reduce the fat, aerobic exercise is your best bet (such as walking, running, cycling, or using an elliptical machine).  Focus on both time and intensity in order to burn the most calories. This tip is brought to you by the OSU Seretean Wellness Center, dedicated to making OSU the Healthiest Campus in America. For more information about the center, call 744-WELL (9355).

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Sign up for TIAA-CREF one-on-one counseling sessions at the Stillwater campus
A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on the Stillwater campus for one-on-one counseling sessions on the following dates:  July 28, 29 and 30; Aug. 10, 11 and 12; Sept. 1, 2, and 3; and Sept. 21 and 22. A reservation is required. To make a reservation, please call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Homecoming 2010 packets available
Student organization packets are now available for Homecoming 2010. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to promote your organization and get your members involved in “America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration!” Packets can be downloaded at http://orangeconnection.org/homecoming. Homecoming 2010 is Oct. 22-23.

July 29 ??? Parking permits expire on Saturday ??? renew now  
Aug. 14 – Friends of Diversity Golf Tournament
Aug. 17 ??? Concert fundraiser for unique children???s album

Aug. 23 and 24 - Help new students, register now to be a wayfinding volunteer
Aug. 29 – “1930s Royal Nepal” a photographic exhibit

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