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The Mid-South Sociological Association has announced Dr. Frank Elwell, dean of the Rogers State University School of Liberal Arts, as the winner of the 2014 Stanford M. Lyman Distinguished Book Award. Read more.

Two Rogers State University nursing instructors and two alumni were recently named among the Great 100 Nurses of Oklahoma by a foundation that honors exceptional nurses in the region. The 100 Great Nurses Foundation held its inaugural Oklahoma event in which it recognized Associate Professor Dr. Teri Bycroft and Instructor Amy Richards. Read more.

Rogers State University History Professor Dr. Quentin Taylor was a featured expert on The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd on MSNBC yesterday morning. Read more.

Rogers State University's Dr. Susan Willis was recognized as a Woman of Inspiration for serving her community with relentless dedication and passion while impacting the lives of area youth and community members. Read more.

Dr. Brenda Tuberville, RSU Coordinator of Developmental Studies, and Holly Clay-Buck, RSU English and Humanities Instructor presented a poster session called "Going Off the Grid" at the National Association for Developmental Education conference March 5 - 8 in Dallas, Tex. Read more.

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has announced the winners of its Oklahoma Medal for Excellence awards honoring five outstanding educators in Oklahoma's public schools, including Rogers State University English Professor Emily Dial-Driver in the regional university/community college teaching category. Read more.

RSU's first National Science Foundation grant award in the amount of $74,591 to Dr. Min Soe, professor of Physics. This project is entitled "Unitary Qubit Lattice Algorithms for Quantum Turbulence with Non-Abeliam Vortices," The NSF ultimately found that RSU's financial status, accounting practices, and sponsored program policies were sufficient to issue an award.

Rogers State University faculty member Bryce Brimer will have an installation at an Oklahoma City art gallery as part its exhibit, "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Art of Social Commentary." Read more.

"Ways of War," a new textbook coauthored by RSU Assistant Professor David Ulbrich, traces the history of American warfare from colonial times through the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The survey-level text fills a niche in the military-education arena by providing students with a mid-length account of the evolution of the American military in its historical context. Published by Routledge, "Ways of War" is Ulbrich's second book. Read more.

"Preparing for Victory" by RSU Assistant Professor David Ulbrich recounts how Thomas Holcomb, as commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, resuscitated a branch of the armed forces that had dwindled to a shadow of its former glory during the years after World War I. Ulrich credits Holcomb with transforming the Marine Corps into a modern amphibious force that helped win the America's battle for the Pacific in World War II. "Preparing for Victory" was published in 2011 by the U.S.Naval Institute Press.

The Australian Army invited RSU Assistant Professor David Ulbrich to speak at its 2013 Chief of Army History Conference in Canberra in fall 2013.  At the conference, which was themed "Armies and Pacific Strategies," Ulbrich presented a paper titled "Marine Corps Doctrine and the War with Japan." Organizers will publish his paper and others in a collection of conference proceedings due out in 2014. 

"Voices of the Heartland," a 2007 book written and edited by four Rogers State University professors, was recently recognized by This Land Press as one of its "15 Essential Oklahoma Reads." The text, edited by Dr. Carolyn Taylor, Dr. Emily Dial-Driver, Carole Burrage (former RSU professor) and Dr. Sally Emmons-Featherston, was listed alongside works from such noted authors as Woody Guthrie and Washington Irving. Read more.

A Rogers State University professor's research into the legacy and impact of pneumatic tubes attracted some international attention this month when a British popular-science magazine used it as the basis for a feature article on the devices. An editor for the New Scientist, which has a global readership of about 3 million each week, discovered the research as Associate Professor Holly Kruse presented her work at a conference of the Association of Internet Researchers held last year in Manchester, England. Kruse found that, a century before the advent of the Internet, many thought another cutting edge communication network would usher in a new golden age of information. Read more.

Dr. Sue Katz Amburn, professor of biology, was recognized with the Pfizer Excellence in Scholarship Award for the School of School of Mathematics, Science and Health Sciences. During the past year, Katz Amburn presented at national and regional conferences, published a book review and co-authored a paper for the "Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education" and served on the advisory board for a microbiology text book. Read more.

Dr. Joel White, assistant professor of sport management, received the Pfizer Excellence in Scholarship Award in the School of Business and Technology. White has developed new courses and designed the curriculum for the new fitness management option, as well as updated the curriculum for the sport management degree. His research in accreditation standards has been crucial to the development of the recent program revisions. He also has continued his research and submitted articles for publication. Read more.

Dr. Emily Dial-Driver edited and contributed to several books, including "The Truth of Buffy: Essays on Fiction Illuminating Reality" and "Fantasy Media in the Classroom" that were nationally published. She also has written the "Guide to College Writing" textbook that has been used nationally. She serves as fiction editor for the RSU journal "Cooweescoowee" and serves on the editorial board for "Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry." Read more.

Gary Dotterer, director of Rogers State University's Center for Teaching and Learning, won a national award for his research on virtual learning environments. The University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education named Dotterer's paper, which calls into question popular assumptions about learning styles, Outstanding Dissertation of 2012. Read more.