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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Davis named director of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

DavisRandall L. Davis, Ph.D., has been selected as the director of the School of Biomedical Sciences at OSU Center for Health Sciences, according to Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost for graduate programs. Davis had been serving as the interim director for the graduate program since 2012.

Davis, who also serves as an associate professor of pharmacology, earned his bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences and master's degree in zoology from OSU. He earned his Ph.D. in nutrition from Texas Tech University in 1998 and then served as a post-doctoral researcher associate at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center until joining the faculty at OSU-CHS.

In addition to his administrative and teaching duties, Davis also conducts research neuroinflammation, attempting to get a better understanding of neuroimmune signaling in central nervous system disorders such as Parkinson's disease, HIV dementia and autism.

Attorney, philanthropist Reggie Whitten to speak to medical students Tuesday

WhittenOSU Center for Health Sciences will host guest speaker Reggie Whitten for a special presentation for OSU medical students on Tuesday at noon in Dunlap Auditorium.

Whitten, an Oklahoma City attorney, is the co-founder of Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE), Pros for Africa and Native Explorers. FATE seeks to educate the public about substance abuse and addiction issues in Oklahoma. Pros for Africa encourages professionals to volunteer to help children in Africa. Native Explorers provides educational programs and promotes partnership to increase the number of American Indians in science and medicine.

The OSU-CHS Student Affairs office will provide free pizza for students. Seating is limited.

Recruiting Oklahoma's best and brightest

Recruiting Oklahoma's best and brightestWith the state facing a growing physician shortage, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences is working to attract more students to medical careers. Through recruitment events like Med-Xtravaganza, outreach to Future Farmers of America and early admissions programs, the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is inspiring future physicians to serve rural and underserved Oklahoma.

OSU-CHS to host blood drive Feb. 18

OSU Center for Health Sciences will host a blood drive to benefit the Oklahoma Blood Institute on Feb. 18 in Founders Hall from 1 -5 p.m.

Donors will receive a Feel Awesome T-shirt, complimentary snacks, free health screenings and donor rewards points.

To schedule an appointment, contact Meghan Bretz in the Student Affairs office at 918-561-8421 or email meghan.bretz@okstate.edu.