Oklahoma education news briefs, June 24, 2012

From Staff Reports Published: June 24, 2012
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Two Oklahomans are among 97 nationwide selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. They are Ashley Moody, a math teacher at McLoud High School, and Rebecca Morales, a chemistry teacher for Union Public Schools. They will be honored in Washington, and they each will receive a $10,000 prize from the National Science Foundation. “Math and science are key components of getting students prepared for college and the work force in this century,” state Superintendent Janet Barresi said in a news release. “We're thrilled that these two educators were chosen for this national recognition.”

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OSSM chief

to retire

Edna McDuffie Manning, president of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, will retire July 1 after 24 years of service. She was named president of OSSM in 1988 — five years after it was created. In 1992, OSSM moved into the old Lincoln Elementary School, which was restored through a successful fundraising campaign. As a result of Manning's administration, more $30 million has been raised to build a dormitory, gymnasium, library and science building on the school's 32-acre campus at 1141 N Lincoln. Manning was inducted into the Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame in 2007. She was named one of the Top 100 School Administrators in North America in a publication of the National School Boards Association.

OCU names asst. provost

The biology department chairman at Oklahoma City University has been promoted to assistant provost beginning July 1. Kent Buchanan joined the OCU faculty in 2006. He has served as chairman of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and a member of the board of trustees. Buchanan also has worked at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.