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OSU Research Week

Celebrating OSU Researchers Who Change the World

2017 Speakers

Bruce Barringer

Bruce BarringerBruce Barringer a Professor and the N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair at Oklahoma State University. He is also the Head of the School of Entrepreneurship. Dr. Barringer’s research interests are in the areas of feasibility analysis, business planning, and the business startup process. Previously, he served on the faculty of the University of Central Florida. He obtained his PhD from the University of Missouri and his MBA from Iowa State University.

Dr. Barringer’s research has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, and in several other outlets. Dr. Barringer is the author or co-author of five books, including Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures, Preparing Effective Business Plans, The Truth About Starting a Business, What’s Stopping You?, Shatter the 9 Most Common Myths Keeping You From Starting Your Own Business, and Launching a Business: The First 100 Days.


Harry Boyte

Harry BoyteDr. Harry Boyte is co-director of the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, which he founded at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs more than two decades ago. He is also a senior fellow and graduate faculty member at the Humphrey Institute. Boyte is an architect of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship’s public work approach to civic engagement and democracy, a conceptual framework of citizenship that has gained world-wide recognition for its theoretical innovations and its practical effectiveness in translating lessons from community organizing into institutional and professional change. From 1993 to 1995, Boyte served as a senior advisor to the National Commission on Civic Renewal and presented research findings at a Camp David seminar on the future of democracy. He is the author of nine books on citizenship, democracy, and community organizing, and his writings have appeared in more than 100 publications including the New York Times, Perspectives on Politics, Kettering Review, and the Wall Street Journal. In the 1960s, he worked for the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a field secretary with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the Civil Rights Movement. Boyte teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on organizing theory and practice at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and is in demand as a keynote speaker with faculty, students, and professionals.


Kitty Cardwell

Kitty CardwellDr. Cardwell offers a very broad perspective of cutting-edge food and animal science. Her extensive background in food and agriculture includes fifteen years as a national program leader and grants administrator with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington, D.C.; three years of Peace Corps Service followed by eight years overseeing a large-scale farm operation in South America; and twelve years fighting hunger in Africa through research and education.




Kevin Crofton

Kevin CroftonDr. Kevin Crofton is Deputy Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Computational Toxicology in Research Triangle Park, NC. Dr. Crofton has more than 30 years’ experience in developmental neurotoxicology with EPA, with an emphasis on development of adverse outcome pathways and in vitro alternative testing methods.





Craig Freeman

Craig FreemanPrior to joining the faculty OSU, Prof. Freeman served as a reporter for four newspapers and two magazines. He also served as a producer and editor for the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. He was a cohost for an award-winning show on Louisiana Public Television. A practicing attorney, Professor Freeman is a member of the Louisiana and United States Supreme Court bars.

Professor Freeman’s research interests include entrepreneurial journalism, advertising regulation, communication in class actions, public opinion and access to information. He has published numerous articles in leading mass communication, political science and law journals. He has served as an expert in several class action cases. Professor Freeman recently finished a book on the Bill of Rights.


Pamela Fry

Pamela FryPamela Martin Fry is the recent appointee as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at OSU-Tulsa. She Fry previously served five years as the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Education at Oklahoma State University, six years as Dean of the College of Education and three years as the School Head of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership at OSU. She also served as OSU's Interim Provost in 2013-2014.

Prior to moving to OSU in 2001, Fry served 12 years as a faculty member and as an administrator at the University of Oklahoma with appointments at the associate dean, department chair, and program chair levels. Fry, a full professor in the area of Curriculum Studies, holds a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from OU where she was named to the College’s inaugural Hall of Fame class known as the “75 Who Made a Difference.” From OSU, Dr. Fry received a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Studies and a doctoral degree in the area of Curriculum and Supervision. Fry was named the College’s outstanding graduate student in 1989.


Jami Fullerton

Jami FullertonDr. Fullerton is the Peggy Layman Welch Chair in Strategic Communications. Her research explores diverse topics in various countries to marry the fields of nation branding and public opinion. Her work in this area has lead her and Dr. Alice Kendrick, Marriott Professor of Advertising at Southern Methodist University, to develop the Model of Country Concept to highlight the factors that influence how global citizens perceive other countries.  After a successful career in advertising, Fullerton earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas where she also served as faculty prior to beginning her OSU career.



Richard Gajan

Richard GajanRichard Gajan is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University where he works with students and faculty who are launching their own businesses. With 28 years of professional experience in a broad range of industries and disciplines, Richard Gajan has spent the last decade working with small and startup businesses focusing on new business creation and new product development. Engaging with Entrepreneurs, Inventors, University Researchers, and Small Business Owners, Richard helps them go from concept or laboratory through market introduction and sales growth. Having helped over 40 client companies raise equity financing, Richard continues to work with clients in the roles of Business Development and CFO.

Richard earned his MBA with concentrations in Finance and Operations from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where he was a member of the Tauber Manufacturing Institute. He also holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.  


Antero Garcia

Antero GarciaAntero Garcia is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Prior to completing his Ph.D., Antero was an English teacher at a public high school in south central Los Angeles. Through work focused on increasing equitable teaching and learning opportunities for urban youth through the use of participatory media and gameplay, Antero co-designed the Critical Design and Gaming School – a public high school currently open in south central Los Angeles. Antero’s research has appeared in numerous journals and he has written several book chapters. He is also the author of five books, including Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students (with Nicole Mirra and Ernest Morrell), Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction (with Cindy O’Donnell-Allen), and Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom.


Akash Gupta

Akash GuptaAkash Gupta is a PhD student at Oklahoma State University in Industrial Engineering & Management. After completing his Masters in Control Systems from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) - Varanasi, India, he joined Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, India as a Research Associate under the Production and Quantitative Methods Area. At present, he is working with Center for Health Systems Innovation as a Research Associate and is efficiently managing 63 million patients database.





Keith Hmieleski

Keith Hmieleski Keith Hmieleski is the Robert and Edith Schumacher Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He received his Ph.D. in Management and M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. His research, which focuses on the psychological and behavioral foundations of entrepreneurship, has appeared in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Small Business Management, Research Policy, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and The Leadership Quarterly. He serves as Associate Editor at Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and is on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Dr. Hmieleski has twice won the National Federation of Independent Business Award for excellence in entrepreneurship research, been recognized by the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management for publishing exemplar entrepreneurship research in the Academy of Management Journal, and won several best reviewer awards. He has co-directed the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) at TCU and has chaired entrepreneurship doctorial consortia at the BCERC and the Academy of Management Conference. He has entrepreneurial experience as co-founder of Interactive Online Training and Assessment (IOTA) Solutions.


Ho'omana Nathan Horton

Ho'omana Nathan HortonHo'omana Nathan Horton is a graduate student in Linguistics at Oklahoma State University whose specialty is the language of skateboarding.






Phil Kemp

Phil KempDr. Phil Kemp has over 35 years of experience in forensic toxicology including 10 years as Toxicology Chemist at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas, TX and 14 years as Chief Forensic Toxicologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Oklahoma. Dr. Kemp is currently a Senior Research Toxicologist and Supervisor of the Forensic Sciences Section at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City, OK.




Sohail Khan

Sohail KhanDr. Sohail Khan received his training in Medicine & Surgery in 1987 from Dow Health Sciences Center, Karachi, Pakistan and his MPH in 1992 in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from the OUHSC College of Public Health. Since 2005 Dr. Khan has served as Director of Health Research, Cherokee Nation Health Services Epidemiologist/Biostatistician for the Cherokee Nation Health Services Adjunct Assistant Professor, Northeastern State University, College of Optometry and Tribal Liaison/Grant Administrator for the Oklahoma Native American Research Center for Health. Dr. Khan’s research publications have focused on rheumatic disease, metabolic syndromes, and type 2 diabetes among Oklahoma tribal populations, as well as research demonstrating effective collaboration with American Indian Nations and the Indian Health Service.


Ted Kian

Ted KianDr. Kian earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, although he finished his coursework at Cal State Northridge on student exchange. He earned a master’s in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Sport Administration from Florida State University, where he spent three years as a Sport Management instructor and was lead teaching tennis professional for the Lifetime Activities Program. Previously he was on the faculty at the University of Central Florida, where he was founding coordinator of the Sport Leadership & Coaching graduate program and earned the rank of tenured associate professor of sport administration. Dr. Kian directs all three specializations of the largest sports media program in the world at Oklahoma State, where he serves as advisor or co-advisor for the OSU Sports Media Club, OSU-APSE chapter, and Pioneer Media team. He is also the OSU faculty COIA delegate, having served on the faculty athletics committees at both UCF and OSU.

Dr. Kian’s research focuses on sport media, specifically examining the framing of gender, sex, and LGBTQ in content, social media and Web 2.0, attitudes and experiences of sport media members, and sport marketing. He has authored more than 90 journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference papers, collaborating with many top international scholars while serving as lead or solo author on more than 80% of his published works. Dr. Kian’s scholarship has appeared in top journals from a variety of academic disciplines, including Contemporary Athletics, International Journal of Sport Communication, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Applied Sport Management, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Sports Media, Men and Masculinities, Newspaper Research Journal, Public Relations Review, Sexualities, Sociology of Sport Journal, and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. He is co-author of the popular, content-based textbook, Strategic Sport Communication (2nd ed., 2016, Human Kinetics) and lead author of the skills-focused Multimedia Sports Journalism: A Practical Guide for the Digital Age (under contract, Oxford). Dr. Kian guest-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Sport Communication and has reviewed more than 95 submissions for 27 different academic journals as an editorial-board member or ad-hoc reviewer. Outlets such as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Fox Sports, USA TODAY and the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University have cited his research, journalism, or expertise.


Bryce McCleary

Bryce McCleary is a graduate student in Linguistics who specializes in LGBT varieties in Oklahoma.






John McGuire

John McGuireDr. McGuire has been a member of the OSU faculty since 2002. In addition to teaching, he works with the University’s Sports Media Club, the annual Sports Media Camp for high school students, and helps OSU students apply for scholarship and broadcast competitions. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri after an award-winning career in radio news and sports play-by-play.





Zhuqi Miao

Zhuqi MiaoDr. Zhuqi Miao earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Master’s degree in Automation from Xiamen University, China. Then he came to Oklahoma State University (OSU), and earned his Master’s and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management. During the PhD study, he was advised by Dr. Balasundaram, and conducted research on graph-based data mining and algorithm development. He joined OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) in May 2016 as a health data analyst, and is now focusing on the predictive model and software development for hip fracture readmission analysis.




Paul Mohai

Paul MohaiDr. Paul Mohai is Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Mohai’s research focuses on environmental justice, public opinion and the environment, and influences on environmental policy making. He has been a member of the EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He co-founded the Environmental Justice Program at the University of Michigan.




Kirill Nourzhanov

Kirill NourzhanovDr Kirill Nourzhanov is the Deputy Director and Convenor of PhD Studies at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. His main research specialisation is on Central Asian politics and international relations, but his interests also cover Islamic radicalism, Eurasian geopolitics, and history of Tajikistan.

Dr Nourzhanov has worked as an academic consultant on World Bank-funded projects in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He has served as Associate Editor of the Asian Politics and Policy journal and has been a member of the executive committee of the Australian Society for Inner Asian Studies. He is currently the President of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-communist Studies. Dr Nourzhanov’s research has previously been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council.


Randall K. Phebus

Randall K. PhebusDr. Randy Phebus was born and raised in Waverly, Tennessee, a small town 70 miles west of Nashville. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1981-1992, earning B.S. (Animal Science), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (Food Science). Dr. Phebus joined the K-State Animal Sciences and Industry department in 1992 and has a 30% teaching and 70% research appointment within the Food Science discipline group. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Food Science and is very active in the distance learning Food Science program and student recruitment. He specializes in food microbiology, food safety, food biosecurity and defense, and public health.

Dr. Phebus also coordinates an active applied food safety research program. He is a member of the K-State Food Science Institute and the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center. Dr. Phebus holds graduate faculty status in Food Science, Animal Sciences and Pathobiology. He works closely with food processors, regulators, and technology providers across the country to improve food quality and safety through laboratory-based and processing-based research and troubleshooting activities. Recently, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the National Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection.


Dennis R. Preston

Dennis R. PrestonDennis R. Preston, Regents Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English. Preston directs the RODEO Program and is a specialist in sociolinguistics and dialectology. Preston received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin.






Steven Price

Steven PriceSteven C. Price has A.B. and M.S. degrees in Botany (1972) and Biology (1975) respectively from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in plant genetics (1980). From 1980-1988 he was at the Standard Oil Company, where he was Group Leader of the Biotechnology Program. From 1988 until 1994 he was first Biotechnology Industrial Liaison and then Director of Patenting and Licensing at Iowa State University. For the period 1994 to 2003 he was Director of University-Industry Relations at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From 2004 until 2006 he was CEO/President of the non-Profit Public Intellectual Property Advisors in Washington D.C. He also works with the United States Department of Commerce, and has taught technology transfer courses around the world in Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan, Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Steve is the current president of the Oklahoma National Academy of Inventors, and is an inductee.

He is presently the Associate Vice President for Technology Development at Oklahoma State University, where he has responsibilities for patent and licensing, contract negotiation, new company formation, and other issues relating to technology transfer.


Ed Robben

Ed RobbenEd Robben is currently Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for the Fossil Group. Prior to joining Fossil, Ed served as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for the J.C. Penney Company where he was a member of its Executive Board.  His background includes significant experience in systems, technology, and consulting with other firms including EDS, The Feld Group, BNSF Railway, Merit Technology, and Texas Instruments. Ed graduated from Oklahoma State University w/ BS in Electrical Engineering.




Danny Shipka

Danny ShipkaPreviously a faculty member at Louisiana State University, Dr. Shipka returns to Oklahoma St. after a 10-year absence. He received his undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism at OSU as well as his M.S. in International Studies. Shipka obtained his Ph.D at the University of Florida.

Dr. Shipka has served as President of the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication in 2011 as well as the Head of the Entertainment Studies Interest Group at Association of Educators in Mass Communication in 2010.



Brenda Smith

Brenda SmithDr. Brenda Smith, the John and Sue Taylor Professor in nutritional sciences and Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University, has been a member of the College and Human Sciences faculty for more than 14 year. Her research is focused on factors that contribute to osteoporosis and the osteoprotective effects of the bioactive components in plant-based foods such as dried plums and tart cherries. She and her team are also studying how type 2 diabetes impacts bone health. Smith’s research, teaching and mentoring expertise have been recognized not only in the college and the university, but also by national organizations. She received the national Board on Human Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentor in 2015 and was named the College of Human Sciences Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor in 2013. OSU recognized her with the Regents Distinguished Research Award in 2004.


Sheryl Tucker

Sheryl TuckerDr. Sheryl Tucker joined the Graduate College and Oklahoma State University in fall 2011. In her roles, she has direct responsibility and oversight for over 5,000 graduate students in 100 graduate programs across the three OSU campuses in Stillwater and Tulsa. Dr. Tucker is also a professor in the Department of Chemistry. She has been nationally recognized for her scholarly endeavors focusing on access and opportunity for underrepresented groups in STEM and spectroscopic investigations of macro and supramolecular media.




Jean Van Delinder

Jean Van DelinderDr. Jean Van Delinder joined the Graduate College in summer 2010. Her responsibilities include matriculation through graduation oversight; disciplinary and interdisciplinary degree program development and monitoring; and student issues and concerns. Dr. Van Delinder is also a professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research develops systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women and minorities in STEM. She is also recognized for her work on gender and social justice.




Ronald A. Van Den Bussche

Ronald A. Van Den BusscheDr. Ronald A. Van Den Bussche serves as the Associate Vice President for Research and is a Regents Professor of Integrative Biology. Previously, he served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences and former Interim Head of the Department of Zoology.






Daniel Will

Daniel WillDaniel Will is the Executive Director of Cowboy Technologies where he directs the strategy and activities of the company.  Cowboy Technologies was organized in 2011 as a for-profit, limited-liability company owned by the OSU Research Foundation to be a catalyst for commercializing Oklahoma State University technology through successful startup companies.  Through OSU researcher collaboration, Daniel and his team scan for and progress technologies that have a strong product-market fit and commercial viability.  Cowboy Technologies provides business advising, sponsored research funding at OSU, seed capital investment funding, capital raise preparation and positioning, non-dilutive state and federal funding assistance, and scalable business facilities and amenities access to its portfolio of select OSU technologies and startups.  Previous to joining Cowboy Technologies, Daniel worked for Agilent Technologies, Inc., a Fortune 500 life science and electronic diagnostics technology company, serving in a variety of roles including business development, product planning, marketing, sales, channel management, and business management of a $100M annual revenue product line. Daniel received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Kansas State University and his MBA at the University of Colorado.