Edmond, OK, United States
Edmond, OK, United States

The University of Central Oklahoma, often referred to as UCO, is a coeducational public university located in Edmond, Oklahoma. The university is the third largest in Oklahoma, with more than 17,000 students and approximately 434 full-time and 400 adjunct faculty. Founded in 1890, the University of Central Oklahoma was one of the first institutions of higher learning to be established in what would become the state of Oklahoma, making it one of the oldest universities in the southwest region of the United States of America.It is home to the American branch of the British Academy of Contemporary Music in Downtown Oklahoma City, directed by noted indie music agent and manager Scott Booker. The Environmental Protection Agency recognized the University of Central Oklahoma as the 2009-2010 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the Lone Star Conference. Wikipedia.


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Gabrielle Sulzberger Appointed New Chair of the Board; Mary Ellen Coe Appointed New Chair of Nominating & Governance Committee New Directors Provide Retail, Financial and Leadership Expertise and Track Records Creating Value for Shareholders AUSTIN, Texas, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ:WFM) (“Whole Foods Market” or “the Company”) today announced a significant refreshment of its Board of Directors by appointing five new independent directors, effective immediately: Ken Hicks; Joe Mansueto; Sharon McCollam; Scott Powers; and Ron Shaich. The Company also announced that Gabrielle Sulzberger has been appointed the new Chair of the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors and Mary Ellen Coe has been appointed the new Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee. Gabrielle Sulzberger has served as an independent director of the Company since 2003. Ms. Sulzberger’s years serving on public company boards and experience as a chief financial officer provide Whole Foods Market with financial, M&A and risk assessment expertise. Most recently and since December 2016, Ms. Sulzberger served as Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee of the Whole Foods Market Board. Mary Ellen Coe joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors in November 2016 and has served on the Nominating & Governance Committee and has assisted Ms. Sulzberger throughout the Board refreshment process. As an executive at Google, Ms. Coe brings deep technology expertise in marketing, digital strategy and brand strategy. These appointments are part of Whole Food Market’s Board Succession and Development Plan, a robust refreshment process designed to help ensure that the Company’s Board has the best mix of skills and experience necessary to support Whole Foods Market’s leadership team in accelerating shareholder value creation. With these changes, the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors will comprise 12 directors, 10 of whom are independent and six of whom were added in the last seven months. The average tenure of the new Board will be seven years. The new Board includes nine directors who are current or former CEOs or CFOs and four female directors. Collectively, the Whole Foods Market Board brings a broad range of leadership, retail, technology, finance, risk management and M&A experience, as well as valuable shareholder perspective. “With today’s additions to the Board, and changes in our Board’s leadership, we are well positioned as we enter the next phase of our evolution,” said John Mackey, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Whole Foods Market. “We believe that we have the right plan – and the right team – to execute on our initiatives at an aggressive pace, deliver results and enhance value for our shareholders.” “The five new independent directors have distinguished track records as value creators and as experienced leaders,” said Gabrielle Sulzberger, Chair of the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. “Our new directors join a Board that is focused on being responsive to our shareholders and is committed to achieving the significant opportunities ahead. Since becoming the Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee, I have been leading the Board’s succession and development plans alongside my fellow directors. On behalf of the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors, I look forward to working with Ken, Joe, Sharon, Scott and Ron as we work to improve financial and operational performance, and deliver our value enhancement strategy.” Ms. Sulzberger continued, “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank the departing directors for their many contributions to Whole Foods Market over the years. The change that is underway would not have been possible without the leadership of these directors and their commitment to making Whole Foods Market what it is today. It is a testament to their service as directors that they chose to step down and make way for the new directors joining the Board. Each and every one of these departing directors has our deep gratitude and admiration.” Following the refreshment, the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors will include: Gabrielle Sulzberger, Chair of the Board; Mary Ellen Coe, Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committee; Shahid (Hass) Hassan, Chair of the Compensation Committee; Jonathan Seiffer, Chair of the Audit Committee; Ken Hicks; Stephanie Kugelman; John Mackey; Joe Mansueto; Sharon McCollam; Scott Powers; Walter Robb; and Ron Shaich. Accelerated Value Enhancement Plan and New CFO In separate press releases issued today, Whole Foods Market detailed its accelerated path to shareholder value creation and quarterly earnings and announced Keith Manbeck as its new Chief Financial Officer. Ken C. Hicks is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, a major athletic apparel retailer. Mr. Hicks has over 29 years of experience in the retail industry formerly serving as President and Chief Merchandising Officer of J.C. Penney from 2005 to 2009, as well as serving as a member of its Board of Directors from 2008 to 2009. From 2002 to 2004 he was J.C. Penney’s President and Chief Operating Officer of Stores and Merchandise Operations. Prior to joining J.C. Penney, Mr. Hicks was President of Payless ShoeSource. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has served on the Board of Directors of Avery Dennison Corporation since 2007. Joe Mansueto founded Morningstar in 1984 and became Executive Chairman in 2017. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the duration of his tenure, and as Chief Executive Officer from 1984 to 1996 and again from 2000 to 2016. He received the Distinguished Entrepreneurial Alumnus Award from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2000. Before founding Morningstar, Mr. Mansueto was a securities analyst at Harris Associates. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He previously served as a Director of TransUnion Corp. Sharon L. McCollam most recently served as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Best Buy, from 2012 to 2017. In this role, Ms. McCollam has been broadly recognized as the co-pilot of the company's Renew Blue transformation. Ms. McCollam previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and in 2010 was appointed to the Board of Directors. She retired from the company in 2012. Prior to her time at Williams-Sonoma, Ms. McCollam served as Chief Financial Officer of Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. from 1996 to 2000. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hallmark Cards, Inc. Stitch Fix, Art.com, and Sutter Health. Ms. McCollam previously served on the Boards of Directors for Williams-Sonoma, Del Monte Foods and OfficeMax Incorporated. Ms. McCollam received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Powers held leadership positions at State Street Corporation from 2008 to 2015, most recently as Executive Vice President of State Street Corp. and President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Global Advisors. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Mutual USA and Old Mutual Asset Management from 2001 to 2008. He also held executive roles at Mellon Financial Corporation and Boston Company Asset Management. Mr. Powers is a member of the Board of Directors of Sun Life Financial, Inc., where he serves on the Governance, Nomination & Investment Committee and the Management Resources Committee. Mr. Powers is also a member of the Board of Directors of The PulteGroup, where he serves as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Compensation and Management Development Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Harvard College. Mr. Shaich is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Panera Bread Company, which established the high-growth fast-casual restaurant segment, as well as the Founder of Au Bon Pain, which established the bakery-cafe segment. He serves as President of the Panera Bread Foundation and spearheaded the Panera Cares initiative, through which the Foundation creates nonprofit community cafes aimed at addressing issues related to food insecurity. Mr. Shaich received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Clark University. Ms. Sulzberger has served as a Principal of a diversified investment fund, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, LP, since its inception in October 2005. In addition, Ms. Sulzberger served as Chief Financial Officer of the Villanueva Companies, a private holding company with diverse investment interests, from 2002 through 2005. Ms. Sulzberger also serves on the boards of directors of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Brixmor Property Group Inc. Ms. Sulzberger served on the board of directors of Stage Stores, Inc. until June 2015. Ms. Coe serves as President of Google Marketing Solutions, overseeing the global mid-market and small advertiser business which serves millions of customers and agencies worldwide. Her teams include sales and support for this high-growth segment as well as acquisition of new advertisers and channel partners for AdWords. Prior to this role she served as Vice President Global Sales Operations and Strategy for Google's global business organization supporting the large client advertising sales, services and publisher businesses. Before joining Google in 2012, Mary Ellen was a Partner with McKinsey & Company from 2000-2012 serving leading consumer and retail companies and led the North America Consumer Marketing practice. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Leo Burnett Company on the Procter and Gamble beauty care portfolio, and worked in Product Management in the durable goods industry at Haworth. Ms. Coe completed graduate studies at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and completed her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, the first national “Certified Organic” grocer, and uniquely positioned as America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™.  In fiscal year 2016, the Company had sales of approximately $16 billion and has more than 460 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  Whole Foods Market employs approximately 87,000 team members and has been ranked for 20 consecutive years as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine.  For more information, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com or @wholefoods on Twitter.


A system for guiding and evaluating physical positioning, orientation and motion of the human body, comprising: a cloud computing-based subsystem including an artificial neural network and spatial position analyzer said cloud computing-based subsystem adapted for data storage, management and analysis; at least one motion sensing device wearable on the human body, said at least one motion sensing device adapted to detect changes in at least one of spatial position, orientation, and rate of motion; a mobile subsystem running an application program (app) that controls said at least one motion sensing device, said mobile subsystem adapted to capture activity data quantifying said changes in at least one of spatial position, orientation, and rate of motion, said mobile subsystem further adapted to transfer said activity data to said cloud computing-based subsystem, wherein said cloud computing-based subsystem processes, stores, and analyzes said activity data.


Patent
University of Central Oklahoma | Date: 2016-06-21

The present invention provides a process by which both non-tissue engineered and tissue engineered cartilaginous-like structures can be fabricated. The process of the present invention provides a method to produce electrospun nanofiber-anchored NP gels. The present invention provides a functional design for novel engineered IVD. The present invention provides a method for fabrication of both non-tissue and tissue engineered IVDs. These cartilaginous-like structures can be used to produce replacements for degenerated natural IVD. The method of the present invention uses electrospun PCL nanofiber mesh to anchor the NP. The method of the present invention can create angle-ply AF structure around the circumference of NP to mimic the architecture of native IVD. The method of the present invention anchors the top and bottom sides of NP by using non-woven aligned or random nanofiber mesh to create scaffold for the generation of endplate (EP) tissue.


Patent
University of Central Oklahoma | Date: 2013-01-31

A method for constructing a compound of immunologically modified nanotubes and method for using the compound to deliver immunoadjuvants to tumor cells and to produce targeted, synergistic photophysical and immunological reactions for cancer treatment. To prepare the immunologically modified nanotubes, carbon nanotubes are dissolved in a solution of glycated chitosan, an immunostimulant, hence using glycated chitosan as a surfactant for rendering the aqueous solution of nanotubes stable. The compound can be used for treatment of cancer. The method includes steps of intratumorally administering immunologically modified nanotubes and administering laser irradiation of the target tumor. The nanotube serves as a carrier to deliver immunoadjuvants to the tumor cells and serves as a light-absorbing agent in a cell body of a tumor in a host. Upon laser irradiation of target tumor cells, immunologically modified nanotubes inside the tumor cells can produce spatially and temporally synchronized photothermal and immunological reactions for cancer treatment.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 304.75K | Year: 2015

This award is co-funded by EPSCoR program.
This MRI project is to acquire a computing resource (35 compute nodes each having 2, 8 core Intel Xeon processors, with two nodes having GPU accelerators) that will enable a number of interesting and carefully detailed research efforts at University of Central Oklahoma. Research includes projects on particle transport, stochastic modeling, ecological modeling, bio-informatics and spread of disease. A number of well-developed broadening participation activities in education and research are also proposed.
This project is leveraging the established network of 2- and 4-year colleges for collaborations and is facilitating integration of research and education through training opportunities for students and high school teachers.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 299.97K | Year: 2016

This project will fund a student statistical consulting group, called SCHOLAR (Statistical Consulting Help for Organizational Leaders and Academic Researchers). SCHOLAR will give students the opportunity to study statistics while participating in service learning or experiential education projects. It will be an academic year program, staffed by undergraduate students who will work collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects submitted by researchers at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) or organizations in the community. Up to 20 students will be directly involved with SCHOLAR each year and hundreds indirectly through high school recruiting visits and project dissemination. High school seniors and undergraduate students will be recruited from a variety of majors and will enter the program in their freshman or sophomore years. The goals of SCHOLAR are (1) to increase the number of undergraduate students majoring or minoring in statistics or mathematics, especially those from underrepresented groups in STEM (e.g. Native Americans and women) and first-generation low-income students; (2) to teach undergraduate students, through faculty and peer mentoring, how to conduct and report research, and to prepare students for careers or graduate study in STEM fields; (3) to contribute to the growing body of research concerning the effects of experiential statistics education on undergraduate students; and (4) to provide statistical consulting services to other faculty at UCO and the community at large.

SCHOLAR will significantly change the current methods of statistics instruction and research, especially with respect to the involvement of recent high school graduates and college underclassmen in experiential statistics education. It will also contribute to the renewed call for improvement in STEM education by providing undergraduate students access to real research and real data. SCHOLAR students will meet with clients as consultants, collect and analyze data, and provide written and oral summaries of their work. They will also be required to present each year at a local and/or national conference. Other SCHOLAR features include student mentoring by peers, faculty, and researchers; teaching opportunities through student-led seminars; and early exposure to a variety of research being conducted both on- and off-campus. The effects of SCHOLAR activities on students will be tracked and evaluated and the outcomes will be reported through publications and presentations at professional meetings. SCHOLAR will be a model program for the use of experiential education to teach statistics, especially at primarily undergraduate institutions. Future plans are to expand the SCHOLAR model to other institutions, and to branch out to incorporate other disciplines including mathematical biology, operations research, and high-performance computing.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 396.64K | Year: 2016

This REU Site award to the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), located in Edmond, Oklahoma, will support the training of eight students for eight weeks during the summers of 2016-2019. This award is supported by both the Division of Biological Infrastructure within the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Office of International Science and Engineering. Research will be in the Republic of Turkey at Middle East Technical University (Ankara) and Uludað University (Bursa). Students will be selected based upon criteria that includes an essay as to why participation in the project will be important to the students career. The program focuses on the honey bee as a model organism to study pollination dynamics in variable environments, behavioral ecology and comparative psychology, and behavioral and physiological responses to stress. The program begins with a mini-course at UCO that includes Responsible Conduct in Research training. An excursion through northwestern Turkey will acclimate students to research methodology and the customs of the region before groups travel to the campuses at Ankara and Bursa. The program concludes at UCO with group presentations and reflection.

It is anticipated that a total of 32 students, primarily from schools or backgrounds with limited research opportunities, will be trained in the program. Students will not only engage directly in team-based, cutting-edge research but will also have the opportunity to present their results at a national scientific conference. The programs international setting, including experiences throughout the Republic of Turkey, provides an opportunity to learn from a geographic region of great historical significance to human civilization; students will develop enduring professional relationships with faculty and students at the host institutions. Research findings will address global issues, including the causes and effects of Colony Collapse Disorder.

A common web-based assessment tool used by all REU programs funded by the Division of Biological Infrastructure will be used to determine the effectiveness of the training program. Students will be tracked after the program in order to determine their career paths and be asked to respond to an automatic email sent via the NSF reporting system. More information about the program is available by visiting http://www.uco.edu/cms/reu/, or by contacting the PI (Dr. John Barthell at jbarthell@uco.edu) or the co-PI (Dr. Charles Abramson at charles.abramson@okstate.edu).


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 251.25K | Year: 2013

The University of Central Oklahoma REU Site Grant will provide an international and integrative biological research experience for at least six undergraduates during eight weeks each summer of 2013-2015. This REU program, centered at Uludag University, near Istanbul and the Sea of Marmara, is designated as a Global Venture Fund Award and supported by the NSFs Offices of International Science and Engineering (OISE) and the Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO). The research program involves collaboration with scientists at institutions in the United States, Greece, and the Republic of Turkey. Hypotheses are posed in a biogeographic and phylogenetic context, using the honey bee as a model system for understanding the ecological, behavioral, comparative psychological, and molecular biological aspects of invasive species. Prior to and during the program, students will be immersed in mini-courses and discussions that teach ethics and responsible conduct in research and the nature of scientific research. Students are asked to continue their participation beyond the eight-week period of the program, reconvening to present results at a national conference, as well as being offered opportunities to publish research findings. The program will support a generation of scientists who understand the relationship between human diversity and intellectual innovation. Indeed, students participate in enrichment activities that include visiting some of the most significant locations in the history of human civilization: Istanbul, the Ancient City of Troy, the Aegean islands, and the Ancient City of Pergamum. Because many large-scale ecological problems in the United States (including invasive species, parasites, and disease) originate from outside its borders, the diverse and interdisciplinary collaborations in the program help to develop students who can conduct scientific research in an increasingly globalized setting. Student applications are assessed based upon academic performance, letters of recommendation, research aptitude, and the quality of a brief written essay. Students are tracked after the program to understand the impact the experience has on their career paths; assessment is also made during the program with surveys and the REU Common Assessment Tool. The program is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation?s Directorate of Biological Sciences. Additional information can be found at http://cms.uco.edu/REU/, or by contacting the Principal Investigator (Dr. John F. Barthell at jbarthell@uco.edu).


Patent
University of Central Oklahoma | Date: 2015-12-29

A process providing a method for production of probiotic functional food products from plant substrates, the method comprising: activation of probiotic bacteria in an agar-agar formulation; formulation of water active plant substrates; culturing and incubation of water active plant substrates with activated probiotic bacteria; cooling and refrigeration.


A method and apparatus for providing personalized configuration of physical supports for the human body, comprising accepting input including an individuals demographic information, neurological attributes, physical history, operational environment, and outcome or use objectives, processing user input employing an artificial intelligence engine, and then returning guidance and/or control parameters directed to seating adjustment and positioning, including incline angles for wheelchair tilt and recline.

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