Stillwater News Press

February 18, 2010

Hargis: Research takes center stage at OSU

By Burns Hargis

— Research Week began Monday

at Oklahoma State University

and we invite the Stillwater

community to come enjoy many

of the activities and speakers.

We have a jam-packed schedule

that will highlight the positive

impact research makes on

our state, our nation and our


The event also provides student

and faculty researchers a

stage to present their work.

Research has never been more

vital to our world.

The pursuit of creative and

workable solutions enables

progress on issues such as the

economy, alternative energy,

human diseases and natural disasters.

OSU researchers are hard at

work on these and many other

complex societal problems.

A team of researchers at the

OSU Center for Health Sciences

is working diligently to unravel

the cause of autism spectrum


Researchers at the OSU Center

for Veterinary Health Sciences

are examining ticks and

tick-borne diseases in the fight

against numerous deadly illnesses

on humans and animals. An

OSU-Tulsa researcher is developing

nanotechnology to convert

waste heat to energy.

Researchers at OSU's Center

for Disasters and Extreme

Events are investigating disaster

preparedness and effective organizational


Unprecedented events such as

9/11, the Asian tsunami, Hurricane

Katrina and the Haitian

earthquake have exposed the

limitations of preparedness, but

by studying these catastrophes,

our researchers are working to

improve methods for response

and recovery in the future.

These are just a few examples

of the important work taking

place at OSU. We'll be highlighting

the work of many other

researchers during Research

Week. We also will be hearing

from a number of experts.

The keynote speaker this year

is Harvard's David Weinberger,

who has been called a “marketing

guru” by The Wall Street

Journal and is considered the nation's

foremost, and funniest, interpreter

of technology's impact

on business and society. He will

be giving two presentations,

“Knowledge in the Age of

Abundance” and “Is the Web


Kirsten Sanford hosts the

popular radio

show This

Week in Science

and believes


making science

a part of


lives through

c r e a t i v e


She is

an at-large

reporter for

The Science Channel and will

speak about “Science and Sensationalism.”

Gebisa Ejeta won the prestigious

World Food Prize for 2009

and will speak as part of the Wes

Watkins Distinguished Lectureship

Series. Dr. Ejeta teaches at

Purdue and has spent his research

career developing

drought-tolerant plants for his

home country of Ethiopia and

the African continent.

He is a product of one of the

Ethiopian universities established

by OSU through the Point

Four program and he will discuss

OSU's global contributions

to the development of higher education.

There is much more, including

student paper and poster presentations

at the Student Union

and the OSU Theatre Department's

presentation of the play

“Fifth of July.”

Research Week offers something

of interest to everyone. We

hope you can join us. For a complete

schedule of events, visit

Burns Hargis is Oklahoma State University president.