Oklahoman Published: August 16, 2009
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Museum offers free field trips

The Gaylord-Pickens Museum will offer free field trips to Oklahoma students this school year. Last year, several thousand students from 35 counties toured the museum through the field trip program. A grant from the Dell Foundation and a donation from the museum’s teen board will pay for this year’s program. Teachers can receive free admission for students, lunches and gas cards to help with transportation costs. Go to

www. oklahomaheritage.com or call 235-4458 for an application.

OSU professor gets $100K grant
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences professor Richard Wansley was awarded a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to study mental health issues in correctional facilities. The grant will allow behavioral health students to study with state Department of Corrections psychologists.

Research focuses on energy
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa researcher Daryoosh Vashaee is developing nanotechnology that can convert waste heat to energy. His process to produce a clean, alternative energy source could reduce the use of fossil fuels. Vashaee was awarded a $700,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to perform research associated with thermoelectrics.

Foundation to hold art auction
PONCA CITY — An art auction to raise money for the University Center is scheduled for Thursday.