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Equine West Nile Vaccines Effective; Humans Still Waiting
The Oklahoma State University veterinarian who diagnosed the first cases of the West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year says its occurrence in horses in the state appears to be in decline, due primarily to the proliferation of vaccinations. An inoculation for humans, however, remains under development.             The confirmation Thursday, July 7 of two horses in Comanche and Washita counties testing positive for the virus was the result of evaluations conducted on June 23 and June 28 by Dr. Jeremiah T. Saliki, a virologist at the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a unit of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Saliki and his staff analyzed blood samples submitted to the lab by two veterinarians who suspected the virus upon observing animals that demonstrated its clinical symptoms, such as staggering on the hind legs, uncontrollable muscle twitching and other central nervous system disorders.            According to Saliki, since the West Nile virus was first observed in Oklahoma in 2002, veterinarians have seen progressively smaller numbers of infected horses, and those that demonstrate its clinical symptoms often suffer less severely. He attributes both to widespread vaccinations that currently boast a rate of protection effectiveness approaching 94 percent. According to Saliki, no specific, equine treatment exists for the West Nile virus, but approximately 80 percent of horses that demonstrate its clinical symptoms and receive care return to normal, for the most part. Owners are strongly encouraged to get their horses vaccinated.  A few facts about the West Nile virus according to Dr. Saliki:Receptors possessed by humans, horses and many bird species allow them to be infected by the virus and determine their levels of susceptibility. The only way to contract the virus is to be bitten by a mosquito. The virus is spread almost entirely by mosquitoes that have bitten an infected bird. Transmission by a mosquito that has bitten an infected horse or human is unlikely because humans and horses are dead-end hosts. The virus cannot be contracted by interaction with infected humans or horses since they are dead-end hosts. To avoid infection, avoid mosquito bites. Tips include:Do not allow water to stand and stagnate around the house, e.g., in old tires. And aerate pools and ponds. If possible, avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Apply insect repellant and wear long pants and long sleeves.For more information, reporters may contact Dr. Jeremiah Saliki at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at 405-744-6623.
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OSU Ranks High for American Indian Degrees
Oklahoma State University ranks first in the nation for numbers of degrees awarded to American Indians in agricultural sciences and biomedical sciences, according to Black Issues in Higher Education. The magazine recently published its annual report titled “100 Top Degree Producers – Undergraduate Degrees 2005.” The report ranks colleges for graduation rates of African American, Latino, Asian American and American Indian students. OSU was also recognized as the No. 2 producer for all American Indian bachelor degrees combined. Next to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OSU ranked second in the nation. The OSU-Stillwater campus also ranked in the top ten in seven other majors for minority degree producers, including psychology, engineering, education, business, literature and social sciences. OSU has a prestigious record for awarding degrees to American Indian students. OSU is first in the nation in the number of doctorates in the combined fields of psychology, engineering and science. It ranks second in the number of doctorates in psychology awarded to American Indians. A $750,000 grant announced this year supports a program that encourages American Indian students to pursue graduate degrees in psychology. As one of the few programs like it in the nation, the American Indians Into Psychology program at OSU has been continuously funded since 1997, with almost $2.1 million in funding. Dr. Pete Coser, American Indian coordinator at the OSU Multicultural Student Center, said OSU has made a concerted effort to recruit American Indian students for several years. “Our American Indian enrollment has been steady,” Coser said. “We do everything we can to inform our native communities that OSU is a good and supportive place to be.” Dr. Howard Shipp, director of the Multicultural Student Center, said OSU is making great strides in minority recruitment and retention. “We offer more than 10 different programs and departments that assist minorities to achieve their ultimate potential and eventually graduate,” Shipp said. “Seventeen percent of the OSU student body consists of minority undergraduates, with 1,662 American Indian students.” Offices that serve and help minority students at OSU include the Native American Faculty & Staff Association, the OSU American Indian Alumni Association, the Native Americans in Biological Sciences Project, the American Indians Into Psychology Project, the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology, the Native American Student Association and the American Indian Society of Engineering Students. “While the current rankings are great news, we intend to continue building additional networks and organizations to help our American Indian and other minority students excel in their studies at OSU,” Shipp said.
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OSU Professors, Students, Examine Tsunami Aftermath
As the aftermath of the deadly Asian tsunami dragged on, a team of Oklahoma State University professors and graduate students visited a hard-hit Indian district to mark the locations of mass graves and examine how government officials and citizens coped with a disaster that most of us cannot imagine. Professors Brenda Phillips, David Neal and Tom Wikle, joined graduate research assistants Shireen Hyrapiet and Aswin Subanthore in Chennai, India, the state capital of the Tamil Nadu region and in Nagapattinam, where the tsunami claimed more than 6,000 of the total 10,000 human lives lost in India. The primary purpose was to determine how local authorities and citizens deal with mass casualties. Lead investigator Phillips, Neal and Hyrapiet are in OSU’s Fire and Emergency Management Program, which produces managers and administrators for the fire services and emergency management organizations. Wikle and Subanthore are in OSU’s Geography Department. Wikle, who is also associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, used GPS equipment to record the sites of mass graves where the victims were buried. Neal has studied natural and other disasters for more than 30 years, including the San Francisco earthquake and Hurricane Andrew. Both were major disasters, but Neal said the tsunami was an incomparable event. “You cannot plan for something on that scale,” Neal said. “Nobody does. Most disasters have less than 100 victims, so it is impossible to be prepared for something that big. I think our preliminary finding is that flexibility is the most crucial component in dealing with such disasters. People and organizations have to adjust the plan as they go along. This sounds unusual, but you have to plan to be spontaneous.” He said Indian officials faced the unimaginable tasks of identifying and burying 10,000 victims within three days after the tsunami. As bodies decomposed, they became harder and harder to identify. Officials took as many photos as possible, then began burying the victims. Most were Hindus, a religion which advocates cremation to dispose of bodies. The sheer number of victims ruled out this option. Wikle said most of the mass graves were not marked in any way. He described one that had PVC pipe embedded in the ground, not so much as a marker, but a way to allow ventilation into the grave to aid in decomposition of the bodies. “It’s important to the victims’ families and to future generations that these sites be recorded and available in a permanent archive,” he said. Subanthore, who is from the region, was charged with interviewing people at all different levels, from regular citizens to top officials. He said a common theme throughout his research was the remarkable resiliency of the Indian people. “They depend on the ocean for their livelihood and their income, so the survivors got back to work, trying to rebuild their lives,” he said. “They seem to be sustained by a combination of their spiritual beliefs and the fact that their family roots in these areas often go back for centuries. They have a tremendous sense of place, and they look at the ocean as a symbol of the divine. The ocean brought death, but it also brings life.” Neal agrees, saying that mass disasters do not defeat people.  “Societies do not collapse,” he says. “Life goes on because it has to.” The tsunami project was funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional assistance from the Armenian Church of Calcutta, the OSU Dean of Arts & Sciences and the OSU School of International Studies. Neal and Wikle hope to find additional funding to return to India and other locations to continue their research. They say the real value of these experiences is the knowledge gained by OSU’s graduate students.  “They learned an incredible amount, and they will be the teachers of the next generations,” Neal said.
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OSU Professor Will Help Peace Institute in Thailand
Oklahoma State University Professor L.M. Hynson is helping to give peace a chance in Thailand. Hynson, a professor of sociology, is currently in Thailand as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, setting up the curriculum for a new master's of peace studies degree at the Prince of Songkla University. The university is in the southern part of Thailand, a country struggling with the growing pains of modernizing its economy. For the past 10 years, Thailand has been transformed from an agricultural to an industrialized nation. The building of factories and other industrial facilities have sparked protests regarding pollution. Some of the demonstrations have turned violent, and several environmentalists have disappeared or been killed. Along with environmental issues, southwest Thailand has also been plagued with conflicts resulting from religious disputes. Hynson said Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej set up a Peace Institute at Songkla University to help promote peaceful alternatives to these often deadly confrontations.   "The institute has two primary functions: to promote peace in that region of Thailand and to offer a master's degree in Peace Studies,” Hynson said. “My assignment is to give lectures, develop a curriculum for the M.S. degree and work with faculty on various projects." Hynson thanked OSU Senior Vice President and Provost Marlene Strathe for signing a cooperative agreement with Prince of Songkla University in November 2003. "Agreements such as these make a big difference in our people getting the Fulbrights," he said. "Dr. Strathe is a big believer in faculty gaining a global perspective through international assignments. She plays an important role in connecting faculty to research projects such as the Fulbright. I appreciate her support because it made a big difference in my going to Thailand." Strathe said lessons learned abroad translate to better classroom teaching at OSU. "In an increasingly global world, it's more important than ever that our students gain this perspective and graduate from here with an understanding of world affairs,” she said. Hynson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and is an applied/clinical sociologist. His research interests include East Asia, technology transfer, community and organizational development. At OSU, he serves on the core faculty of the School for International Studies. His report on the project will be published by the U.S. Embassy in Thailand and also will be featured on the Washington, D.C. Fulbright Office Web site. Hynson says he's hopeful that his work will become an ongoing project between OSU and the Thai university. The Fulbright program offers teachers, scholars and professionals the opportunity to teach and study abroad. The program was established from legislation initiated by the late Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright to promote “a mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world." At OSU, the Fulbright Information Center in the School of International Studies has been established to introduce students and faculty to the variety of opportunities offered by the program. For more information, call (405) 744-4722 or e-mail Dr. Nancy Wilkinson at
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Regents Approve OSU System Budget
OKMULGEE – The Oklahoma State University Board of Regents has approved an OSU System operating budget that will allow OSU to strengthen faculty through its “Restore, Reward and Grow” program, recruit more graduate students, increase tuition assistance to undergraduates, reduce class sizes, enhance the university’s research infrastructure and move the school toward its goal of becoming one of the top 75 research institutions in the nation. OSU System CEO and President David J. Schmidly told regents the $741.4 million budget will allow all OSU System campuses and budget agencies to achieve goals laid out in the university’s “Achieving Greatness” strategic plan. “I am delighted that the FY2006 budget moves us forward in our strategic plan by strengthening our faculty, our classroom experience and our research capabilities,” Schmidly said. “We appreciate everything that state leadership did for higher education this year. They worked hard to ensure tuition increases will be kept as low as possible. We are especially grateful to Governor Henry, the legislative leadership and our local delegation for their commitment to providing additional funding for colleges and universities.” The OSU System received an average increase in state appropriations of about six percent or $12.3 million for FY 2006. The system includes OSU-Stillwater, OSU- Tulsa, the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, the Veterinary Health Sciences Center, OSU-Oklahoma City and OSU-Okmulgee. It also budgets for the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. The OSU System will receive $218.5 million in state appropriations. The rest of the operating budget comes from grants and contracts, student financial aid, tuition and fees, private gifts, revenue generating (auxiliary) campus enterprises and other sources. OSU-Stillwater received a 5.23 percent increase in state appropriations, or about $5.5 million. However, nearly all of the increase, about $5.3 million, will be needed to cover the university’s mandatory costs, such as health insurance, employee benefits, utility increases, higher costs for library materials, ADA compliance issues and IT infrastructure. Schmidly said that after paying mandatory costs, OSU would still have been chronically short in faculty numbers and unable to make any progress in its strategic priorities, especially the “Restore, Reward and Grow” faculty enhancement program, without modest increases in tuition and fees. “In the years leading up to 2005, budget cuts left OSU with as many as 100 vacant faculty positions at a time when enrollments were growing,” Schmidly said. “Thanks to increased appropriations and other sources of revenue, we are continuing to reverse this problem by ‘restoring’ positions that were lost, ‘rewarding’ our current faculty and ‘growing’ the faculty by adding new positions. “We are strengthening our research base, which will help us to recruit outstanding scientists and the nation’s top graduate students. A strong and successful research program is critical for a comprehensive university such as OSU. Top scientists and graduate students raise the overall academic quality and prestige of the institution, and they also contribute to economic development by creating new industries and bringing in millions of dollars in research grants and contracts.” Pending approval by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at their June 30 meeting, in-state students at OSU-Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa will see a 6.5 percent tuition increase and increases in fees for library automation costs, academic facility improvements and academic excellence programs. The tuition and mandatory fee increase for in-state seniors will be $294 for the entire year. In-state non-seniors also pay academic service fees, and their total increase in tuition and all fees averages about $450. Non-resident tuition will increase by 9 percent. Even with the higher costs, OSU will remain the best buy in the Big XII. OSU’s average annual in-state student costs for tuition and mandatory fees will be $4,365, which is 83 percent of the current Big XII average of $5,207. Schmidly said OSU will help students with additional financial assistance by increasing fee waivers for undergraduate students and increasing compensation and fee waivers for graduate students. Graduate students will be included in the university’s pay raise program. Schmidly said faculty and staff at OSU-Stillwater will get an average 3 percent merit-based pay increase, effective Oct. 1, 2005. In addition, as part of the Restore, Reward and Grow program, another 3 percent will be available for merit faculty raises Jan. 1, 2006. Highlights from other OSU System campuses and budget agencies OSU-Oklahoma City – In-state tuition increase of 5.8 percent and 11.3 percent for non-residents is proposed. Fee waiver budget is being increased by $25,000. OSU-Okmulgee is proposing tuition increases of 6.3 percent (lower division) and 6.4 percent (upper division) for in-state students and 9.3 percent for non-resident students. OSU Center for Health Sciences – Priorities include continued expansion of Medicaid physician network, expansion of the telemedicine network and funding of a 3 percent raise program for faculty and staff, with an additional one percent pool to move faculty to 75 th percentile peer group average. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is proposing tuition increases of 7 percent for both resident and non-resident medical students. Veterinary Health Sciences Center – Pending State Regents’ approval, tuition will increase 7 percent for both resident and non-resident students. Agricultural Experiment Station – Will use a supplemental $2.5 million appropriation to fund its “Second Century Initiative” that will fill critical research faculty and staff positions and recruit graduate research assistants. Cooperative Extension Service – Will fill critical faculty and staff positions by adding four state Extension specialists and two area support staff.
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New Regents Professors Appointed at OSU
Four Oklahoma State University faculty members have been appointed Regents Professors by the Oklahoma State University A&M Board of Regents, effective July 1. The title of Regents Professor is bestowed to recognize a scholar or creative artist of exceptional ability who has achieved national and international distinction. A nominee must be recognized by colleagues, nationally and internationally, for past and current unique contributions and accomplishments in several areas within the discipline. New Regents Professors, with appointments from July 1 through June 30, 2009, are James L. Huston, history; Satyanarayan Nandi, physics; Don A. Lucca, mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Donna M. Branson, design, housing and merchandising. Receiving reappointments as Regents Professors, effective through June 30, 2009, are Robert P. Wettemann, animal science; Chang-An Yu, biochemistry and molecular biology; Carol L. Bender, entomology and plant pathology; Charles M. Taliaferro, plant and soil sciences; Peter C. Rollins, English; Ramesh Sharda, management science and information systems; Dale R. Fuqua, educational studies; and Daniel R. Grischkowsky, electrical and computer engineering.
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Thomas Gray Selected as Vice President for Economic Development
Thomas F. Gray of Edmond has been named Vice President for Economic Development in the Oklahoma State University Center for Innovation and Economic Development. This position is responsible for the recruitment, expansion, and retention of industry in this region, and will be actively involved in attracting high-tech industries to the state and the Oklahoma Technology Research Park. “OSU is very pleased that a person of Tom Gray’s caliber, with his years of experience in economic development in this state, will be joining our center,” said System CEO and President David J. Schmidly. Since 1990, Gray has served as the manager of lead development and director of the Tulsa Division for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. He has been responsible for identifying and developing leads with small, medium and large national corporations, to locate all or part of their operations to Oklahoma. In 1986 and 1987 he was selected as a member of the Governor’s Reverse Investment Trade Missions to Japan, and in 1987 accepted the position of executive director of the Creek County Economic Development Corporation. Gray also developed a business plan on an annualized basis that included global trade assistance, business finance, business development, inland navigation systems promotion, and promotion of the state as a filming location. His economic development expertise includes serving as vice president for marketing, business development and economic development for the Federal National Bank and Trust Company in Shawnee from 1978-86. From 1970-78 he worked for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department as assistant director for the Tourism Promotion Division, as an executive assistant for the Special Projects Division, and as an information representative. Gray was a founding director for the National Association of State Film Offices in 1977, and has chaired the Oklahoma Governor’s Industrial Team twice and the Oklahoma Governor’s Film Industry Task Force from 1980-84. He has served as chair of the Northeast Oklahoma Economic Development Association and was president of the Shawnee Industrial Authority in 1982. He received his B.A. in journalism and public relations from the University of Oklahoma, and has earned certificates of completion from the American Bankers Association and Oklahoma Bankers Association, and the OU Economic Development Institute.
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OSU Board Approves Promotions on Campuses
The Oklahoma State University Board of Regents/A&M approved promotions in academic rank for faculty members at the campuses in Stillwater, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, effective July 1. On the Stillwater campus, associate professors who received promotion to professors were Charles B. Cox, agricultural education, communication and 4-H; Martin J. Wallen, English; Keith Tribble, foreign languages; Kaladi Babu, physics; Thomas S. Wetzel, accounting; Nikunj P. Dalal, management science and information systems; Tom J. Brown, marketing; Suzanne D. Bilbeisi, architecture; Rebecca J. Morton, pathobiology; Jeremiah T. Saliki, pathobiology; Jeff C. Ko, veterinary clinical sciences; Mark C. Rochat, veterinary clinical sciences. Receiving promotions from assistant professor to associate professor, which confer tenure: Chanjin Chung, agricultural economics; Steven R. Cooper, animal science; Jose L. Soulages, biochemistry and molecular biology; Nathan Walker, entomology and plant pathology; Case R. Medlin, plant and soil sciences; Douglas R. Heisterkamp, computer science; Lucero T. Gavin, foreign languages; Mahesh N. Rao, geography; Anthony C. Kable, mathematics; Eric H. Reitan, philosophy; Gary R. Webb, sociology; Kevin E. Voss, marketing; Sandra K. Goetze, educational studies; Mary N. Kutz, educational studies; Lynna L. Ausburn, teaching and curriculum leadership; Pamela U. Brown, teaching and curriculum leadership; Sue C. Parsons, teaching and curriculum leadership; Tanya D. Finchum, library. Promoted from assistant to associate professor was Shelly R. Sitton, agricultural education, communications and 4-H. Reappointments as associate professor, conferring tenure, were awarded to Michael C. Edwards, agricultural education, communications and 4-H; Bradford Kard, entomology and plant pathology; Lynn P. Brandenberger, horticulture and landscape architecture; Charles F. Bunting, electrical and computer engineering; Byoungho Jin, design, housing and merchandising; Denver D. Marlow, physiological sciences; Margi A. Gilmour, veterinary clinical sciences. For OSU-Oklahoma City, a promotion from associate professor to professor was awarded to Irving Tang, mathematics. Promotion from assistant professor to associate professor, action grants tenure, to Natasha Hurst, computer information systems/technology communication; Teri L. Ferguson, humanities; Ottilie A. Baumgardner, nurse science; P. Eileen Stephens, nurse science; Roberta Stoops, nurse science. Receiving a reappointment as assistant professor, action granting tenure, was Scott Brenkert, horticulture. Reappointment as instructor, action granting tenure, was awarded to Gerald D. Patterson, industrial drafting and design. For OSU-Center for Health Sciences, a promotion from associate professor to professor was awarded to Susan K. Redwood, psychiatry and behavioral sciences; and reappointment as associate professor, action granting tenure, was awarded to Paul B. Rock, medicine.
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OSU Board Approves Personnel Actions
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved several personnel actions during its June 24 meeting at Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee. Dr. Phillip D. Birdine of Guthrie, vice president of student services at OSU-Oklahoma City since 2000, has been named assistant vice president and director of the Multicultural Development and Assessment Center in the Division of Student Affairs at OSU-Stillwater. Prior to joining the OSU system, Birdine served as associate vice president for student affairs at Langston University from 1997-2000; as dean of students at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls from 1992-97; and as assistant dean of students/coordinator of the Multicultural Services Center at Texas Tech University from 1991-92, where he also was assistant dean of students from 1987-91. From 1986-87 he held the position of assistant dean of students and director of minority affairs at Emporia State University, and from 1979-86 he was a counselor and director for the Upward Bound Program at Carl Albert State College. He received his B.A. from Langston University, his master’s of education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and his Ed.D. in higher education administration with a student personnel emphasis from Texas Tech University. Dr. Ronald K. Moomaw, professor and CBA Associates Professor, was named head of the Department of Economics and Legal Studies. Moomaw joined the OSU faculty in 1987, and served as head of the Department of Economics until 1993. He was Regents Professor of Economics from 1998-2002, and from 2002-03 was a Senior Fellow at the Center for European Economics Integration Studies at the University of Bonn. He received his B.A. in economics with highest distinction from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. He has received the Merrick Foundation Teaching Award, a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, a Princeton University Fellowship, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He was selected for Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. Sallie McCorkle of Bellefonte, Pa., associate professor of visual arts at Pennsylvania State University, was named professor and head of the Department of Art. She received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her M.F.A. degree in sculpture from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts. She joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State in 1990, and was an instructor at Rutgers from 1987-89. She attended OSU in 1977 and from 1980-84, and conducted special graduate study in 1986-87 in sculpture, set design and stage lighting. From 1983-85, she chaired the OSU Women in the Arts Committee. Dr. Julia C. Combs of Laramie, Wyo., professor and head of the Department of Music at the University of Wyoming, was named professor and head of the Department of Music. She received her B.M. in woodwinds and her M.M. in oboe performance, both from the University of Memphis, and her doctor of musical arts from the University of North Texas. Among the teaching and advising awards that she has received are the University of Wyoming Provost’s Award for Excellent Advising in 2003, and the College of Arts and Sciences first “Exemplary Faculty Member” award in 1999. She served in the U.S. Army Chamber Orchestra and the U.S. Army Band from 1975-78, when she joined the music faculty at the University of Wyoming. She was named head of the department in 1999. E. Mitchell Kilcrease of Eau Claire, Wis., director of University Centers and Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2002, was named the director of the OSU Student Union. He served as director of university dining and associate director of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Memorial Union from 1999-2002, and was associate director of the union for four years. Prior to that he was director of student activities and Greek life at Washburn University from 1991-95. He received his B.A. degree in communications from Arkansas Tech University, and his M.S. degree in student personnel from Emporia State University. APPOINTMENTS: Brian C. Briggeman, assistant professor, agricultural economics; Deborah L. Roeber, assistant professor, animal science; Sung-Phil Choo, assistant professor, art; Anna M. Cruse, assistant professor, geology; Woufer D. Hoff, associate professor, microbiology and molecular genetics; Andrew L. Cheetham and Celeste N. Johnson, assistant professors, music; Mark Wolfgram, assistant professor, political science; Daniel E. Shoup, assistant professor, zoology; Donald R. Herrmann, associate professor, accounting; Jaebeom Kim, assistant professor, economics and legal studies; Marie Dasborough, assistant professor, management; David P. Biros, assistant professor, management science and information systems; Ying Hong Wei and Alex Zableh, assistant professors, marketing; John Hardy Curry IIII, assistant professor, educational studies; Vincent G. Quevedo, assistant professor, design, housing and merchandising; Stephany P. Parker, assistant professor, nutritional sciences. TITLE CHANGES: David S. Buchanan, from professor to professor and Graduates of Distinction Professorship, animal science; Keith D. Willett, from professor and head, to professor, economics and legal studies; Colin M. Carmichael, from associate head coach to co-head coach, athletics. SABBATICALS: Martin Hagan, electrical and computer engineering, 50 percent sabbatical to study, conduct research, and teach in the area of computational intelligence for the supervision and control of complex systems, from Sept. 1, 2005, to May 31, 2006. RETIREMENTS: Dean P. Bloodgood, art, June 30; Cida S. Chase, foreign languages, July 31; Carol J. Bormann, design, housing and merchandising, May 26. For the OSU Center for Health Sciences, Dorothy Turetsky was appointed assistant professor in biochemistry and microbiology, and Jonathan G. Franklin was named director, clinical education. A change in title was approved for James D. Hess, from vice president, administrative services, chief operating officer and vice president for healthcare administration, to chief operating officer, vice president and assistant professor, administrative affairs.
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Automation Hall of Fame Inducts OSU Professor
Russ Rhinehart, a founder of Oklahoma State University’s groundbreaking master’s degree program in control system engineering, has been inducted into the Automation Hall of Fame. Established by CONTROL magazine, the Hall of Fame welcomes just three new members each year. Rhinehart, who is also Bartlett Professor and head of OSU’s School of Chemical Engineering, was inducted during an awards ceremony at the World Batch Forum at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Rhinehart’s interest in automatic control and statistical process control strategies dates to the start of his career as a process engineer for Celanese in Charlotte, N.C. He enjoyed coaching new engineers and, in the early 1980s when computers entered households, was inspired by the possibility of using computers for automatic on-line process analysis and control. Leaving behind 13 years in industry, he returned to school for a Ph.D. and a full-time career in higher education. “Academic curiosity and industrial practicality often go in independent directions,” Rhinehart said, upon accepting the award. “Partly, I returned to academe with a mission to bridge the gap in both instruction and knowledge discovery.” “Academics have solutions, but they are usually incomplete, and industry has problems and can use the academic knowledge, but many factors keep the two separated,” he said. “To maximize benefit from technology discovery and use and to shape education to prepare engineers, academe and industry must find better ways to interact.” The Automation Hall of Fame induction is recognition of Rhinehart’s academic career of more than 20 years, a tenure distinguished by the practical experience he still brings to teaching and research and his theoretical contributions to the profession. Soon after he joined the OSU faculty in 1997, Rhinehart spearheaded efforts to establish a master’s degree in control system engineering. Launched two years later and developed with substantial input from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology’s industry partners, the innovative program was the first of its kind in the nation. Uniting five CEAT departments and featuring more than 90 graduate level courses to choose from, it was the nucleus of a greater initiative to establish a bastion of graduate education and research in control systems at OSU. Under Rhinehart’s leadership, the CEAT subsequently joined the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, the National Science Foundation and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in launching the Measurement and Control Engineering Center. With its private sector partners, the center unites faculty and students from fields such as chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering and materials science engineering in collaboration on innovative projects with industrial applications. Prior to coming to OSU, Rhinehart spent 12 years at Texas Tech University where he co-founded the Process Control and Optimization Center. He also developed the Control Engineering Practice Award and tutorial sessions for the American Control Conference, and served many roles within the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society, the American Automatic Control Council and the Process Control Systems Forum. Rhinehart was general chair for the 2002 American Control Conference and a member of the technical advisory board for Pavilion Technologies. He currently serves as AACC treasurer, editor-in-chief of ISA Transactions and a member of the PCSF interim governing board. As the only magazine exclusively dedicated to the North American process automation market, CONTROL magazine reaches a 70,000-plus community of engineering, operations and management professionals. The industries it serves include the standard process sectors – chemicals, petroleum, food, paper, plastics, metals and textiles – as well as power generation and water/wastewater utilities. Engineering design firms and systems integrators also are represented. CONTROL magazine’s Automation Hall of Fame inductees are chosen by a nomination and selection process involving practicing, process control engineers. In addition to Rhinehart, the 2005 inductees are Dick Caro, former vice president of ARC Advisory Group and chair of the ISA SP50 Fieldbus standards committee, and Bill Luyben, former control engineer for DuPont and a 36-year member of the faculty at Lehigh University.
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