• Major gifts to benefit biomedical engineering at OU

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma will establish a new school of biomedical engineering — including construction of a new academic building and establishment of 12 new endowed positions — President David Boren announced Thursday. It will be funded by gifts totaling more than $30 million from Janet and Jim Gallogly, of Houston, and Peggy and Charles Stephenson, of Tulsa, and the Stephenson Family Foundation. The donations also will fund a $3.5 million endowment for graduate fellowships. “These two major gifts will provide the greatest infusion of new resources in the history of the College of Engineering,” Boren said in a news release. “They will strengthen the entire college and will put OU in the forefron

  • BRIEF: Clay County now offers a safe place to complete online transactions

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The Clay County sheriff’s office this week began offering a new public safety service: a secure spot for completing transactions arranged online. Buyers and sellers can meet in the lobby of the downtown Liberty sheriff’s office headquarters at 12. S. Water St. The space is electronically monitored 24 hours a day. The office is expanding on an idea initiated last year by the Liberty Police Department, said Lt. Will Akin, sheriff’s office spokesman. Liberty police, Akin said, acted after gunmen shot and seriously wounded a Liberty couple when they went to an arranged spot in southeast Kansas City to examine a car advertised on Craigslist. “We don’t want to wait until something like that happens here in our count

  • Contractor sentenced in Lifeline phone fraud

    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    A contractor who helped an Edmond phone company and its owner defraud millions of dollars from the Lifeline phone program has been sentenced to federal prison for money laundering.

  • Austin software startup Datical gets new CEO, raises $2.25 million

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Austin software startup Datical has raised an additional $2.25 million to expand operations and said it has hired a new chief executive officer. Founded in 2012, Datical builds software to manage databases. Its product, Datical DB, lets companies automate what is currently a manual process to update applications that run on databases. Mercury Fund, based in Houston, was the lead investor, with participation from Austin Ventures and other investors. The new investment brings the company’s Series A round of funding to $5.9 million. Meanwhile, the company said it has hired software industry executive Derek Hutson as its CEO. Hutson replaces Datical co-founder and CEO Daniel Nelson, who becomes the company’s vice presid

  • Woman reports computer remote-access scam

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    An Alamogordo resident expressed concern about a possible new scam Wednesday after a caller allegedly misrepresented himself to gain remote access to her computer and the personal information she had saved on the machine. Debbie Raymond said that a caller, who initially claimed to be from Microsoft, took control of her laptop and pulled up her bank records in an attempt to secure a $20,000 loan. "All he was interested in was my credit card and bank loans," she said. Raymond said she eventually recognized the potential scam and called a local information technology company for assistance. Eric Sproles, the owner of Digital Dragons Computer Services, said that Raymond still had the caller on the phone when he arrive

  • Civil engineering a go at ASU

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    SAN ANGELO, Texas - Angelo State University’s civil engineering program cleared the final administrative hurdle and is set to begin classes this fall. In May of 2014, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the addition of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree to ASU’s Department of Physics and Geosciences. This week, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board officially approved the program at ASU. “This is an exciting step forward for Angelo State,” Brian May, ASU president, said in a news release. “Adding engineering to our already popular physics and geosciences programs will bring more of the brightest young minds in West Texas to ASU and potentially attract other top s

  • Medical equipment at TMC wages war against germs

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    “It’s kind of a prevention infection ambassador on wheels with bright blue lights,” Texoma Medical Center’s Director of Infection Prevention Donna Glenn said. “… It really looks like a spaceship kind of a thing.” She’s talking about one of the two most recent additions to TMC – movable machines that use ultraviolet lights to literally blast away germs that collect in hospital rooms. These machines are the R-D Rapid Disinfectors – or Maverick and Goose as hospital staff refer to them. The ultraviolet light in these machines is divided into UV-A, UV-B and UV-C. Studies have shown that this last type, UV-C, kills certain drug-resistant bacteria on door handles, bedside tables and other surfaces of hospital ro

  • Ultrasonic technology improves water quality

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    American Water this week announced a partnership with LG Sonic to perform ultrasonic algae control in water treatment plants. The company’s solar-powered ultrasonic algae control buoys, called the MPC-Buoy, transmit ultrasonic waves continuously to disrupt algal cells, causing them to sink and preventing proliferation. Four of these buoys were recently installed in Reservoir No. 1 at the Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Short Hills, New Jersey, which is operated by American Water's New Jersey subsidiary, New Jersey American Water. This was the first installation of this technology for drinking water reservoirs in North America.

  • Westside students participate in first ever SMART Night

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Westside Elementary students recently took part in the school’s inaugural science, music, art, archery and technology (SMART) Night. The event was open to all fifth-graders, who participated in various competitions sponsored by teachers. In the last year, Westside teachers have focused on a strategy to incorporate more science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in addition to the arts and physical education. “We try to emphasize how these disciplines work together,” said Rahn. “Students benefit greatly by attending our SMART classes. We try to enrich their regular curriculum, bringing a variety of hands-on opportunities that teachers are unable to provide during class time.

  • A virtual exploration, Brentwood students immerse themselves in the future of education

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Imagine a typical middle school class in Weld County, where the day’s science quiz involves taking a boat ride down the Amazon River to identify various jungle-inhabiting species. For five eighth-graders from Brentwood Middle School, imagining an interactive quiz like this seemed plausible as they strapped on the Oculus Rift VR Goggles Wednesday at the school to virtually explore the prehistoric land of dinosaurs, the Amazon River and to drift among the planets in outer space. The technology was presented by Alan Rudolph, vice president of research at Colorado State University, and Win Smith cofounder of Alchemy Learning. The project is commissioned by a STEM foundation.

  • Getting the dirt on dirt

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    What screams technology more than mud and straw? “Adobe is more than 6,000 years old and even though it is not high-tech and made of silicon, it’s still a technology that people used for existence,” said Dawn DiPrince, director of El Pueblo History Museum. “The fact that it’s been around for so long and that people still use it speaks to the quality of the technology.” The mix to make adobe bricks also is a way to mix history and engineering through a new program through a partnership with Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pueblo City Schools (D60) and History Colorado. “We are discovering ways in which we can connect history with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),” DiPrince s

  • NTC construction projects underway at Afton campus

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    AFTON — Construction projects are well underway at the Northeast Technology Center on the new and improved cosmetology building - with subsequent remodels of the culinary arts and diesel service departments will soon follow. More than $4 million in expansions and renovations will be completed in a 12- to 14-month timeframe at the Afton campus. During a tour of the Afton campus with NTC Director Paul Hocutt Monday, he explained how the construction of the new 6,000 square foot cosmetology building allows for expansion of the culinary arts area. “In all honesty that was a step that we had to take in order to do the culinary arts and kitchen expansion,” Hocutt said.

  • Orr Family Farm will host Weather Round Up Day in Oklahoma City

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The Weather Round Up Day will be Saturday at Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City.

  • GE executives tout long-term vision for oil and gas unit, research at shareholder meeting in Oklahoma City

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    As it pares back its financial services businesses, GE is repositioning itself as an high-value industrial company, executives said Wednesday at its annual shareholder meeting in Oklahoma City. The company, which is building an oil and gas research center in Oklahoma City, expects to get more than 90 percent of its earnings from industrial segments by 2018, up from 58 percent in 2014. In its most recent quarter, GE noted the softening of demand in the energy sector as companies cut back on capital spending. Even with lower oil prices, GE still believes in the long-term prospects for energy and the need for research and development, said Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. GE’s $125 million oil and gas research center is und

  • Norman Notes

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Norman Notes presents a wrapup of what is happening this week in Norman.

  • GE executives tout long-term vision for oil and gas unit, research at shareholder meeting in Oklahoma City

    By Paul Monies, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    GE, which is building an oil and gas research center in Oklahoma City, held its annual shareholders meeting Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center.

  • BRIEF: Man was texting while driving when he hit and killed pedestrian in Granite City, police say

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    GRANITE CITY • Felony charges were filed Wednesday against a man who police said was texting when his pickup hit and killed a pedestrian and left the scene earlier this week. Travis E. Crain, 23, of Madison, was charged with failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death, a Class 1 felony, and reckless homicide, a Class 3 felony. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison on the former charge and up to five years on the latter. Police said the victim, Mark S. Harris, 25, of St. Louis, was found about 7:46 a.m. Sunday lying along the 2500 block of Edwardsville Road. He died about an hour later. Investigators used surveillance video from a camera near the scene to determine that Harris was st

  • Disabilities Resource Center opens in Silver City

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    SILVER CITY >> More than 80 people turned out Monday for the grand opening of the Disabilities Resource Center, located next to the Silver City Recreation Center at 1012 N. Silver St. "Look at what we have today," said Susie Trujillo, a founding member of the Grant County Disability Advisory Council. "We started working two years ago on this project with the support of then-Mayor James Marshall and Town Manager Alex Brown. With the support of Lon Streib and Silver Consolidated School District, we were able to secure the building and move it to town property. Life Quest generously stepped up to the plate to assure the community has access to the building." The center offers community space, an assistive technology lending libr

  • Review: Plenty of options for HBO online, not enough time

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO Now, the cable channel's new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from months and years ago. People who don't subscribe to cable TV are now able to watch hit shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "Girls" without "borrowing" parents' accounts or turning to piracy sites. The curse? Having more video than you can ever find time to watch. I spent a weekend catching up on "Game of Thrones" in time for the April 12 season premiere. Then I squandered a day off from work bingeing on the startup parody "Silicon Valley.

  • Small business: visa quotas hinder finding skilled help

    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some small business owners say government quotas are keeping them from finding the highly skilled help they need. H-1B visas allow foreigners with college degrees to work in the U.S. for up to six years. There's such high demand for employees adept in technology and other skilled fields that nearly two-thirds of the applications will be denied. Congress set a limit of 65,000 for visas for workers with bachelor's degrees, and 20,000 for those with master's degrees. "There is not really an abundant supply of the types of folks we're looking for, with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics background," says Anand Sanwal, CEO of CB Insights, a New York-based company that compiles information about pr