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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

Icon Awards Honor Civic Leaders for Contributions to OSU, Oklahoma

(clockwise from left) Shaw, Benge, Halligan and McKeonA beloved family physician, a leading public policy maker, a prominent state senator and a nationally recognized community college president are all being honored by OSU in Tulsa as icons for their contributions to Oklahoma State University, the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma.

The 2013 Icons for OSU in Tulsa are B. Frank Shaw, D.O., 2007 Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Doctor of the Year and a family practice physician in Muskogee, Okla.; Chris Benge, senior vice president of government affairs for the Tulsa Regional Chamber and former speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives; Jim Halligan, Ph.D., former OSU president and current Oklahoma state senator; and Thomas McKeon, Ed.D., Tulsa Community College president.

The 2013 Icons for OSU in Tulsa will be honored at "A Stately Affair" on May 20. Proceeds from the black-tie event at Southern Hills Country Club will fund scholarships for students who plan to attend the OSU Center for Health Sciences or OSU-Tulsa.

Ross and Billie McKnight are serving as honorary chairs for A Stately Affair and Bryan Close and Janet McGehee are co-chairs for the event.

OSU-CHS medical students participate in medical mission to Nicaragua

Campus SnapshotA group of 24 medical professionals and students, led by Stanley Grogg, D.O., traveled to Chacraseca, Nicaragua from Dec. 15-22 to provide medical care to the underserved.

Grogg served as chief medical officer and his wife Barbara, a nurse practitioner, was the mission director. The mission, a collaborative effort with JustHope International and DOCARE, is the group's fourth.

In addition to the Groggs, an orthopedic surgeon, three family practice physicians and 18 students including 11 OSU medical students, participated in the mission. They saw approximately 800 patients for a variety of illnesses and procedures.

Child nutrition, physical activity focus of seminar

GrzywaczThe importance of physical activity and proper nutrition for preschool-aged children will be the focus of a seminar lead by a researcher in the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa.

Joseph Grzywacz, Ph.D., will present "Physical Activity and Dietary Beliefs and Behaviors of Latino Preschool-Aged Children in Farmworker Families" tomorrow at 12:15 pm. in Dunlap Auditorium at OSU-CHS.

During the seminar, Grzywacz will discuss his research on the barriers to children's healthy diet and physical activity confronted by Latino-farmworker families. He will also discuss cultural beliefs about children's diet and physical activity and examine the quality of food and exercise that children receive. 

A light lunch will be provided. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amanda Harrist, Ph.D., at amanda.harrist@okstate.edu.

Visiting professor to present research on social neuroscience

Zuoxin Wang, Ph.D., will present research on social neuroscience at a special seminar on Friday, Jan. 11 at noon in D-107.

Wang, a distinguished research professor from the department of psychology at Florida State University, will discuss his research, "A Rodent Model for Social Neuroscience."

The seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served starting at 11:45 a.m.