OII welcomes NSU to TRP


Tulsa Business & Legal News, July 5, 2016

Northeastern State University has become the newest member of Tulsa Research Partners, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research partnership for institutions of higher learning in the Tulsa area.

TRP is an initiative of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute.

“There is an abundance of talent and expertise in our regional universities,” said David Greer, executive director of OII. “With the addition of NSU to Tulsa Research Partners, we will be able to assemble more diverse research teams and extend our collaboration throughout northeastern Oklahoma.”

TRP identifies opportunities for collaborative research and development, funding, grant writing and the transition of scientific research and technologies into commercially viable products and solutions.

“The partnership will allow the Tulsa region greater access to NSU’s talented faculty and students in far-reaching collaborative efforts,” said Mark Arant, provost and vice president of academic affairs at NSU. “By association, the opportunities for expanded teaching and research agendas for faculty as well as increased experiential learning for students will be realized with area innovators.”

TRP will soon provide member institutions with a suite of web-enabled search and discovery tools, allowing users to find symbiotic and complementary research efforts, identify prospective collaborators and share resources.

“NSU looks forward to increasing opportunities to work with other Tulsa-area institutions on joint ventures which support educational and economic development,” said Pamela Fly, interim dean of the NSU Broken Arrow campus. “As Oklahoma’s fourth-largest four-year institution, NSU’s programs in business, health care, education, and STEM continue to grow and provide opportunities for students and employers in Broken Arrow, the Tulsa metro, and all of northeastern Oklahoma,”

Member institutions include the University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, OSU-Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa Community College, Oral Roberts University and NSU.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for NSU’s faculty and students,” said Pamela Hathorn, dean of the College of Science & Health Professions. “The College of Science and Health Professions looks forward to the collaboration.”

Other OII initiatives include the Tandy Supercomputing Center, BetaBlox, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and the Best Thinking Forum.

Lesa Jones

Read the original article at TulsaWorld.com.