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Oklahoma Baptist University is a co-educational Christian liberal arts university located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Established in 1910, OBU is ranked among the top five baccalaureate colleges in the western region in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” ratings and has been Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 18 consecutive years. According to The Princeton Review, OBU is a 2013 “Best in the West” institution and one of "America's Best Value Colleges." OBU was named among Oklahoma's top-ranked university in the Forbes.com 2013 listing of "America's Best Colleges" and was the state's top college in the Forbes.com list of "America's Best College Buys." Wikipedia.

Barnes J.W.,University of Idaho | Linscott E.,Oklahoma Baptist University | Shporer A.,University of California at Santa Barbara
Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series | Year: 2011

We model the asymmetry of the KOI-13.01 transit lightcurve assuming a gravity-darkened rapidly rotating host star in order to constrain the system's spin-orbit alignment and transit parameters. We find that our model can reproduce the Kepler lightcurve for KOI-13.01 with a sky-projected alignment of λ = 23° 4° and with the star's north pole tilted away from the observer by 48° 4° (assuming M * = 2.05 M ⊙). With both these determinations, we calculate that the net misalignment between this planet's orbit normal and its star's rotational pole is 56° ± 4°. Degeneracies in our geometric interpretation also allow a retrograde spin-orbit angle of 124° ± 4°. This is the first spin-orbit measurement to come from gravity darkening and is one of only a few measurements of the full (not just the sky-projected) spin-orbit misalignment of an extrasolar planet. We also measure accurate transit parameters incorporating stellar oblateness and gravity darkening: R * = 1.756 ± 0.014 R⊙, R p = 1.445 ± 0.016 RJup, and i = 859 04. The new lower planetary radius falls within the planetary mass regime for plausible interior models for the transiting body. A simple initial calculation shows that KOI-13.01's circular orbit is apparently inconsistent with the Kozai mechanism having driven its spin-orbit misalignment; planet-planet scattering and stellar spin migration remain viable mechanisms. Future Kepler data will improve the precision of the KOI-13.01 transit lightcurve, allowing more precise determination of transit parameters and the opportunity to use the Photometric Rossiter-McLaughlin effect to resolve the prograde/retrograde orbit determination degeneracy. © 2011. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Source

Duerksen J.L.,Oklahoma Baptist University
The Oklahoma nurse | Year: 2013

One of the major issues facing the future of the nursing profession is to increase the ethnic diversity of the nursing workforce (Institute of Medicine, 2010). The United States population is quickly becoming a nation of minorities (Sullivan Commission, 2004) and the nursing population must adapt in order to provide high quality, culturally competent care. Oklahoma's most recent population statistics indicate a dire need to focus on increasing the Black, Hispanic, and multiracial registered nurse populations. Nursing programs are challenged with this recommendation because culturally diverse students have lower retention rates and higher academic failure rates than Caucasian students. The purpose of this systematic review was to describe common barriers for culturally diverse nursing students and discover best practices to promote retention and success. The findings may be used to encourage further development of beneficial practices and programs within Oklahoma, as well as stimulate additional nursing research on cultural diversity. Source

Miller S.,Oklahoma Baptist University
The Journal of practical nursing | Year: 2010

The current intricately complex state of health care holds a multitude of challenges for the novice nurse in acquiring, developing, and maintaining standards of proficiency in clinical practice. This paper will explore the implications or reasons for incorporating simulation in nursing education for two primary reasons. First, simulation is an interactive teaching strategy designed for augmenting the learning process. Simulation is an example of active learning that engages the student to think through a situation then take action through the application of knowledge, and finally to self-reflect during the process of debriefing. Secondly, an increasing number of educational institutions have made the commitment to incorporate simulation technology into nursing curricula. Source

Dumancas G.G.,Oklahoma Baptist University | Muriuki M.,Oklahoma State University | Purdie N.,Oklahoma State University | Purdie R.,Oklahoma State University
European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology | Year: 2016

Current methodologies of quantifying cholesterol and monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA)/polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) constitute techniques such as GC-MS and HPLC, which use expensive standards, are time consuming and require skilled labor. We sought to develop a simple, direct alternative method for the simultaneous determination of cholesterol and MUFA/PUFAs (linoleic (LA), alpha-linolenic (ALA), arachidonic (AA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA), docosahexaenoic (DHA), conjugated linoleic (CLA), and oleic (OA) acids) using a novel colorimetric test, the "Purdie Assay." The data were analyzed using a coded chemometric software which involves clustering algorithms, and genetic algorithm partial least squares (GAPLS). The colorimetric test with GAPLS simultaneously quantified these lipids without any separation of the analytes in human serum and vegetable oils and foods. We performed pattern recognition of biological and food samples using principal component analysis (PCA) and hierarchical clustering (HC). The assay successfully discriminated 11 clusters corresponding to different food and biological samples and also discriminated synthetic vegetable oil samples using PCA and HC corresponding to levels of prepared lipids. This study shows the wide range of possible applications of the assay as a novel, fast, and efficient tool for lipid quantification and classification. Practical applications: The novel assay coupled with GAPLS, PCA, and HC can provide an efficient tool for the direct determination and discrimination of unsaturated lipids in biological samples. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Source

Trytten D.A.,University of Oklahoma | Lowe A.W.,Oklahoma Baptist University | Walden S.E.,University of Oklahoma
Journal of Engineering Education | Year: 2012

Background: The Model Minority Stereotype (MMS) describes Asians and Asian Americans (As/AsAm) as the epitome of assimilation into U.S. society using hard work, intelligence, high educational attainment, and economic success to overcome the challenges of discrimination and recent immigration. Certain facets of the MMS intersect with qualities often perceived as desirable in engineering education. Purpose (Hypothesis): Our research questions are: To what degree do academic data support the assertion that AsAm engineering students conform to the MMS? How do AsAm engineering students express the impact of the facets of the MMS on their lived experiences? What facets of the MMS are more often reported than others among AsAm engineering students? How do AsAm engineering students perceive their fellow racial/ethnic peers fit within the MMS? Design/Method: The research uses a mixed methods approach including analysis of academic transcript data, surveys and semi-structured interviews. Results: The academic record of AsAm participants was not significantly different from participants in other racial/ethnic groups. Although the AsAm participants were not found to conform to the MMS academically, they discussed their perceptions of many facets of the MMS including: being hardworking, uncomplaining and extremely intelligent, and seeking both economic attainment and educational prestige. Interestingly, many students who denied that the stereotype applied to them projected this stereotype on other AsAms. Conclusions: Documentation of the existence of the MMS on our campus shows that, although AsAm students are not underrepresented, they face stereotyping and discrimination. We present specific recommendations for institutions to address equity and parity challenges. © 2012 ASEE. Source

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