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**For Immediate Release**
Science Faculty Added
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 08-30-06
by Laura Dahl

Goodwell, Okla. — Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s School of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing recently added two new faculty members. Dr. Daniel Teske, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, teaches upper level math courses as well as physics courses. Dr. Satish Kuriyavar, Assistant Professor of Chemistry instructs general and organic chemistry classes.

Teske received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Montana State University. He chose OPSU because, “It offered me an opportunity to do something more challenging. Teaching upper level math classes allows me to broaden my area.” Teske went on to say that he enjoys living in the High Plains area and feels at home here. Most of his family lives in a north-south band of the High Plains and Great Plains. Teske chose mathematics and physics because he finds pleasure in deep thinking and trying to solve puzzles. He teaches because he enjoys the interaction with his students, and feedback from students indicates they enjoy his teaching style.

Kuriyavar, commonly known as “Dr. Satish,” recently completed his Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University in inorganic chemistry. He received his Master’s of Science in Analytical Chemistry from Pune University in India and his Bachelor’s of Chemistry from Bombay University. When Dr. Kuriyavar discusses his teaching philosophy, he makes clear the idea that students already possess the understanding to solve problems. He said, “The students have the knowledge, I just bring out what they have difficulty expressing.” Dr. Satish plans to continue that education by exposing students to real world applications of chemistry. His own research led to the development of zinc oxide nanoparticles that may be used to remove arsenic from water. A nanometer is a unit of length equal to one billionth of a meter, and nanometrics involve using these tiny particles in applications ranging from chemistry to building small machines. Some of his research results may be found on the Internet at http://nanotechweb.org/articles/news/3/5/15/1.

According to Dr. Justin Collins, OPSU Dean of Science, Mathematics and Nursing, “We are pleased to welcome two new faculty with the credentials of Dr. Teske and Dr. Kuriyavar. Their students are excited and enjoy learning under both of them. I consider them both great additions to our faculty.”

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