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Apblett named a fellow of the national academy of inventors (NAI)

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. The new NAI Fellows will be inducted on April 15,2016, as part of the Fifth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, VA.


Vasquez Contributes to


vasquezgroup2014The Interdisciplinary Program for Regenerative Medicine at OSU (IPRMO) has received the Second Place President’s Cup for Promoting Creative Interdisciplinarity. Regenerative medicine is the process of creating functional tissues to repair or replace damaged tissues or organ function loss due to age, disease, or congenital defects. IPRMO consists of 19 faculty members from 11 departments at OSU that was established through funds from the office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at OSU.  (Dr. Vasquez is pictured in the middle.)



Berlin named a&s outstanding professor



 Dr. K. Darrell Berlin, Regents professor for the department of chemistry, was named this year's recipient of the Arts & Sciences Outstanding Professor Award.







Apblett 2014 oklahoma chemist of the year



At the Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (5 local ACS sections in Oklahoma) in Stillwater on Saturday 13 April 2014, the following award was made to Chemistry Faculty Member, Allen Apblett.


2014 Oklahoma Chemist


The recipient of the 2014 Oklahoma Chemist Award is Allen Apblett, Professor of Chemistry at Oklahoma State University. This award is made in recognition of his outstanding contributions in chemical research, education, leadership, and entrepreneurship in the State of Oklahoma.


Allen Apblett received a B.Sc. First Class Honours degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1984 and a Ph.D. from The University of Calgary in 1989. He was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship for research at Harvard University. In 1991 he became assistant professor at Tulane University before moving on to Oklahoma State University in 1997. Since arriving in Oklahoma, he has been a staunch supporter of the Oklahoma Section of the American Chemical Society and has served continuously on its executive committee.


He currently serves as the section’s councilor, an elected position he has held since 2007. He is also a member of the national ACS’s Committee on Chemical Safety.


Dr. Apblett’s research is focused on the application of metallo-organic chemistry to challenges faced by our society in the areas of environmental protection and clean-up, improvements in industrial processes, and the development of novel routes to advanced materials. This research has led to 4 patents, the publication of over 110 papers and book chapters, and the graduation of 8 M.S. and 38 Ph.D. students. Several of his students are faculty members at or employees of institutions in Oklahoma.


Dr. Apblett is a firm believer in impacting the economy through both research assistance to local industry and the establishment of new companies that provide jobs to other chemists. Three Oklahoma companies have been created that commercialize his research: Associated Materials Processing, SensorCorr, and XploSafe. These produce materials for water purification, wireless sensors for corrosion detection, and products for homeland security and laboratory safety, respectively. XploSafe’s motto “technology for a safer world” also perfectly describes Dr. Apblett’s research philosophy. His entrepreneurial outreach is also directed toward providing help to students starting businesses which need assistance with chemistry. He has been named a Fellow of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in recognition of these efforts.


Apblett's other honors include being a Fellow of both the American Chemical Society and the American Ceramic Society, the OSU Entrepreneur of the Year, and a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Medal.


President's cup traveling trophy for creative interdisciplinarity


 Pictured (L to R) : Raff, Hagan, Bukkapatnam

In its first year, 20 teams submitted applications for promoting creative interdisciplinary activities in

instruction, research and/or service. The First Place team receiving the traveling trophy and $5,000 was Nanotechnology Research and Signal Analysis — Integrated Diagnostics. The team leader was Lionel Raff, Regents Professor, Department of Chemistry. The other team members included: Satish Bukkapatnam, professor, Industrial Engineering and Management; Martin Hagan, professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Bruce Benjamin, associate professor, Pharmacology and Physiology, Center for Health Sciences, and the original team leader Ranga Komanduri, Regents Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, who died Sept. 6, 2011.


 Dr. bunce to receive 2013 oklahoma medal for excellence


richard buncecroppedThe Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has selected chemistry professor Dr. Richard A. Bunce from Oklahoma State University to receive an Oklahoma Medal for Excellence award, along with four other outstanding educators from Oklahoma’s public schools during ceremonies set for next month. The awards will be presented at the foundation’s 27th annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 18 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Each of the five winners will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a glass “Roots and Wings” sculpture, designed by the late Oklahoma artist Ron Roberts and produced by Jim Triffo of Oklahoma City. Continue reading here.


 golden torch award


berlin The Oklahoma State University Mortar Board Chapter awarded the Golden Torch Award to a selected faculty from each college on campus. Mortar Board represents a group of individuals, both men and women, who represent the top echelon of collegiate leaders. Hard work and dedication allow the chapter to exceed standards and uphold the Society’s ideals of scholarship, leadership, and achievement. Dr. Kenneth D. Berlin, Regents Professor of Chemistry, was selected as the recipient from the College of Arts and Sciences based on his continuous efforts on behalf of the education of students. Dr. Berlin, other selected faculty members, and members of the Mortar Board gathered on April 11, 2010 for a banquet in celebration of the new members of the Mortar Board chapter and those receiving the Golden Torch Award.


Eminent Faculty Award Finalist 2011



The OSU Eminent Faculty Award is designed to honor one faculty member each year who has made sustained contributions to scholarly-creative activity, teaching, and service, bringing honor and recognition to the University. This year, Dr. Ziad El Rassi was recognized at the University Convocation as an award finalist.




Warren ford honored with oklahoma nanotechnology initiative award


In 2010, Warren was honored with the Oklahoma Nanotechnology Initiative Award for 10 years of
service as the statewide project coordinator of the Oklahoma Network for Nanostructured Materials. Through this effort, he supported interdisciplinary nanotechnology research projects across the State of Oklahoma. He helped shape Oklahoma as a state where nanotechnology researchers work together to further collaborative interdisciplinary research.



 Special service award


At the Fall 2010 ACS Meeting in Boston, Dr. Barry Farmer presented Dr. Frank Blum with the Special Service Award from the Division of Polymer
Chemistry, Inc. This award is for service beyond the Distinguished Service Award, in particular for Blum’s work on the Poly web pages and the electronic discussion lists which he started in the 1990s.