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Nov. 20, 2014

OSU-CHS researchers receive President’s Cup for interdisciplinarity projects

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., left, and Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., with the President’s Cup. Oklahoma commander, Randy McRae, Marv Sandbek, American Legion Department of Oklahoma historian, Gary Brech and Scott Tafoya, American Legion Department of Oklahoma service officer.OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., left, and Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., with the President’s Cup.

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences researchers were honored with first and second place in the President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity competition at the University Awards Convocation in Stillwater on Tuesday.

“Our faculty are collaborating with other researchers at OSU to find innovative solutions to problems that affect millions of people in our country,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “These research areas could help identify and prevent common health care issues and offer new treatments for sick or injured patients.”

The Center for Wearable Electronic Sensing Systems and Technology (CWeSST) took the top prize and the Interdisciplinary Program in Regenerative Medicine at OSU (IPRMO) received second place in the competition, which honors interdisciplinary research at OSU.

Led by Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost for graduate programs at OSU-CHS, CWeSST combines biomedical, engineering and apparel design research to develop wearable garments for use in health and wellness.

In addition to Benjamin, the team includes Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, Ph.D., CWeSST managing director and assistant professor of apparel design and textile science at OSU-Stillwater, Semra Peksoz, associate professor of apparel design at OSU-Stillwater, Brek Wilkins, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow in biomedical sciences at OSU-CHS, Rupesh Agrawal, research assistant at OSU-CHS, Mahendran Balasubramanian, research assistant in apparel design, Hoa Nguyen, Ph.D., former research assistant in electrical engineering, and Trung Le, Ph.D., former research assistant in industrial engineering.

The Interdisciplinary Program in Regenerative Medicine at OSU enhances collaboration between all OSU campuses in the area of regenerative medicine research. IPRMO combines the fields of biology, human and veterinary medicine and engineering to develop methods of creating living, functional tissues that can be used to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage or congenital defects.

Led by program director Lin Liu, Ph.D., Regents professor and director of the lung biology and toxicology lab at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in Stillwater, IPRMO is a collaborative effort of 19 faculty members from 11 departments in five colleges at OSU. The faculty researchers include Gerwald Köhler, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology at OSU-CHS, and Kenneth E. Miller, Ph.D., professor and chair of anatomy and cell biology at OSU-CHS.

The President’s Cup team competition recognizes and rewards creative interdisciplinary instruction, research and service with a traveling trophy, certificates and team awards of $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place.

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