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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Higher education chancellor presents upcoming legislative agenda

Chancellor JohnsonOklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson stressed the need for more college graduates in Oklahoma during a special presentation to Tulsa-area lawmakers, community leaders and educators at OSU-Tulsa's Helmerich Research Center today.

Johnson said that the OSRHE's upcoming legislative agenda places college completion as higher education's No. 1 priority.  The state regents recently voted to request $55 million to aid state colleges and universities in producing more college graduates through the Complete College America program. This funding will be used for additional course sections, full-time faculty and financial aid. This will also fund increased needs for information technology equipment, library resources and other operational needs to support near-record student enrollment.

"Oklahoma's system of higher education remains committed to producing a quality, educated workforce to prepare our students to compete globally," said Johnson. "We believe our budget request makes a very persuasive case for our policy leaders to further invest in higher education. These funds would assist our institutions in achieving our Complete College America degree completion goals and will help to ensure student access and success in college."

Increased financial aid funding is also a priority for the upcoming legislative session to reduce the financial barriers that prevent students from attending college.

Cancer Sucks, Inc. finances cancer research at OSU-CHS

Cancer Sucks PresentationOSU Center for Health Sciences recently received $40,000 from Cancer Sucks, Inc. to support ongoing liver and uterine cancer research.

Every year since 2006, Cancer Sucks has made a donation to the cancer research of efforts of Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology. With the latest donation, the largest received from the organization, Cancer Sucks has donated a total of $107,600 to OSU-CHS.

The goal of Kaul's research is to find early detection markers for cancer, which will greatly increase the chances of successful treatment and survival. The funds will help OSU-CHS continue to train students in cutting-edge cancer treatment technologies.

Past donations from Cancer Sucks have made it possible for OSU-CHS to purchase equipment for uterine cancer research.

Read more about Kaul's research and Cancer Sucks on the CHS website.

OOA Winter CME focuses on obesity

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association will host the Winter Continuing Medical Education Seminar, "The Ravages of Obesity," on Jan. 18-20 at the Tulsa Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The three-day conference, organized by Kenneth E. Calabrese, D.O., and Melinda R. Allen, D.O., will examine many different aspects of obesity, from causes and treatment to the impact on different areas of a patient's health.

The program has been approved for 18 1A AOA Credits and 16 Prescribed AAFP Credits. To register for the conference or to view the full schedule, visit the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association website.