The Journal Record Business Briefs: October 7, 2011

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OU selected for regional climate centerThe University of Oklahoma has been selected by the U.S. Department of the Interior as the site of one of eight regional climate science centers nationwide.The center is expected to add 90 to 100 jobs on the Norman campus over the next three years.The university will lead a consortium that includes Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, the Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Louisiana State University and NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory."The Department of Interior's selection of OU as site of the South- Central Climate Science Center underlines the university's weather expertise and reaffirms the strength of the consortium team we have assembled to address the region's distinct challenges, said OU President David L. Boren. "The collaborative nature of this team led by Berrien Moore III, vice president of OU Weather and Climate Programs, is an enormous asset to the center and to other regional DOI centers."The center will link weather and climate projections with on-the-ground decisions about how best to manage federal lands, natural resources and fish and wildlife.Oklahoma State's participation will involve 22 faculty members from seven different departments.

Unit plans presentationUnit Corp. will make a corporate presentation at the Canaccord Genuity Global Energy Conference in Miami.Unit's presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet at 4 p.m. Thursday. The broadcast will be available at www.unitcorp.com.

Asset Group awarded federal contractAsset Group Inc. of Oklahoma City and L.J. Clark Construction Inc., Moore Haven, Fla., were awarded a $45 million contract for repair services in support of the C-51 Stormwater Treatment Area.Work will be performed in Loxahatchee, Fla., with an estimated completion date of May 24, 2013. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, Fla.

Osage Nation awards community challenge grantsSix Osage County community organizations have been awarded matching grants totaling $105,662, the Osage Nation Office of Strategic Planning and Grants Management announced.The Community Challenge Grant, in its second year, is a matching grant encouraging the development of facilities within the boundaries of the Osage Nation for use by Osage reservation youths to promote an active lifestyle, prevent diabetes and other diseases and to support the growth of communities within the Osage Nation.The projects include Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, $24,000; Wynona Summer League, $6,752; town of Skiatook, $25,000; city of Pawhuska, $25,000; McCord Public School, $6,510; and Make It Happen-Pawhuska Skate Park expansion, $18,400.

Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference set in ChandlerThe Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Chandler American Legion Building in Chandler."Drought conditions are expected to continue next year, making recovery strategies relative to 2011 and marketing considerations for this year's drought and beyond of key importance to producers," said Cody Linker, Lincoln County Extension agricultural educator.The cost is $25 for registering in advance and $35 at the door. To preregister, call the Lincoln County Extension Office at (405) 258-0560.Conference sessions will focus on forage recovery strategies for 2012, livestock drought recovery and health issues, current and long-term cattle market considerations and drought-related management of livestock watering ponds.Sessions will be led by specialists and experts with Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Master Cattleman Summit set at OSUThe 2011 Master Cattleman Summit is scheduled Friday and Saturday at Oklahoma State University's Stillwater campus.The summit will begin at 1 p.m. Friday and finish at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.For registration information, call Kareta Casey at (405) 744-9836. …