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OSU-CHS breaks ground for forensic sciences & biomedical research building
TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the City of Tulsa broke ground today (Friday, Feb. 20) on a shared forensic sciences and biomedical research facility that will house forensic sciences and biomedical research interests.
John Fernandes, D.O., president of OSU-CHS, said the shared facility concept was born from the strength of the relationship between the Tulsa Police Department and OSU’s Forensic Sciences program, one of only eight in the nation accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
“OSU already participates in the training of the police department’s forensics team, and the department provides internship and educational opportunities for our forensics sciences students. The police department had an opportunity to expand its facilities but needed land. We had land available, as well as a desire to expand to accommodate our recent growth. Together, we could construct a joint facility to house the police department’s crime lab and property room, as well as teaching lab space and faculty offices for our graduate programs in forensic sciences,” Fernandes said at the groundbreaking.
The 160,000 square-foot building will have five floors; floors one and two for police department use, and floors three, four and five for OSU-CHS. The first phase of construction will complete for OSU the third-floor forensic sciences area, featuring a seminar style teaching lab, faculty and staff offices, and the forensic biology, pathology and toxicology student labs and clinical labs. There will be expansion space that can accommodate two labs and a 24-seat classroom.
The fourth floor has labs and offices for 12 biomedical sciences faculty members, procedure rooms, a dark room and a cold room. Later, phase two will build out the fifth floor for additional biomedical science research labs and faculty offices.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences.
The Forensic Sciences program is one of only eight in the nation accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
The Biomedical Sciences program offers advanced degrees in anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Police Department broke ground Friday for construction of a new shared forensic science and biomedical science facility. At the dig line are Chris Benge, Jay Helm, Rick Westcott, Lucky Lamons, Jerry Dickman, John Fernandes, Dennis Troyer, Robert Anthony, Leigh Goodson, Steve Bayles and Ron Palmer.
About OSU Center for Health Sciences
Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer nine graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates six clinics, five in Tulsa and one in Enid.
The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top medical schools in the nation for the past eight years.
More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at ww.healthsciences.okstate.edu.