Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Journal Record Education/Training Briefs: April 20, 2012

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Journal Record Education/Training Briefs: April 20, 2012

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Professor studies tree buds

DURANT - Stanley Rice, professor of biological sciences at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been studying tree buds since 2006.

Every spring, he makes his rounds about twice a week to check on some 400 trees of 17 species, recording the date on which the buds first open. Rice has now completed his seventh year of data collection.

Rice is one of the scientists who study the effects of climate change on tree buds. Rice is working with other scientists, including Richard Primack at Boston University and Mark Schwarz of the University of Wisconsin, to fit his data in with a worldwide data set, which includes trees in Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and several locations in Europe.

The study of seasonal events, everything from the opening of buds to the emergence of insects and the return of migratory birds, is called phenology. Scientists from around the world will meet in Madison, Wis., this fall to share the results of their phenological research.

Rice's findings are also a record of tree mortality in south- central Oklahoma. Each year about 1 percent of the trees in the sample die due to drought or disease.

OU, UCO make Green Power Challenge

NORMAN - The Environmental Protection Agency has selected two Oklahoma universities - the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma - for the sixth College and University Green Power Challenge.

The EPA ranks collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation.

Wind power is used by OU to provide 56 percent of its electricity use. In a contract with Oklahoma Gas and Electric, OU expects to purchase 100 percent of its energy from wind power by 2013.

The University of Central Oklahoma is purchasing 100 percent of its power from wind. Using 26 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, it is one of the largest purchasers of green power by a college or university in the nation, according to the EPA. The university also has on-site biodiesel production, works with a performance contractor to increase its energy performance, and employs Energy Star-labeled products.

This year's challenge participation included 73 competing institutions, representing 30 athletic conferences nationwide.

The University of Oklahoma is this year's Big 12 Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the Big 12 Conference, according the EPA's standings.

"Through diversification of our energy portfolio, we not only reduce the amount of emissions to the atmosphere, but also encourage other universities and businesses to support alternative-energy technologies," said Brian Ellis, director of OU Facilities Management.

OCU names Barber as provost

OKLAHOMA CITY - Susan Barber has been named provost at Oklahoma City University.

Barber has served as the university's acting provost since 2010 and is a professor of biology. Barber was associate provost of Oklahoma City University from 2006 to 2010. She joined OCU in 1983.

Barber is a graduate of Howard Payne University and has a master of science from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

Engineering Festival set at Rose State

MIDWEST CITY - The Central Oklahoma Science and Engineering Festival is scheduled Wednesday through Friday at Rose State College in Midwest City.

Participants will include students from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, technology centers, colleges and universities and representatives from industry, government and professional societies.

The Rose State festival is a satellite event to the USA Science and Engineering Festival, to be held concurrently in Washington, D.C..

"The USA Science and Engineering Festival was initiated last year to reinvigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering and math," said Wayne Jones, Rose State's engineering dean. …

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