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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, March 7, 2013

OSU-CHS presents medallions to donors, faculty

Medallion CeremonyOSU Center for Health Sciences and the OSU Foundation hosted a special reception on Monday recognizing the generosity of donors to the institution's 12 endowed faculty positions and the professors in those positions.

OSU presented both groups with bronze medallions to signify their importance in establishing a standard of excellence in research and education.

Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS, thanked the donors for their foresight and long-term investment to OSU-CHS, which will help forge a brighter future for Oklahoma. OSU President Burns Hargis welcomed guests and stressed the importance of endowed chairs in meeting the mission of a land-grant institution.

Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was among those honored as the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Medical Excellence and Service. She closed the ceremony reiterating that that it was a special day in the center's history.

View the list of honorees on the OSU-CHS website.

Spring Staff Conference focuses on relationships, creating positive atmosphere

OSU in Tulsa Human Resources will present the Spring Staff Conference, "It's All in the Details," on March 14-15 at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

During the conference, participants will learn when to focus on the small things and refine the skills needed to grow relationships and create a positive work atmosphere.

Jim Whitt, founder of Purpose Unlimited, will present the keynote address about the transformational power of purpose. Other topics include customer service, conflict resolution, bullying and respect in the workplace.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants. For more information or to register, visit the Spring Staff Conference website.

Donate stuffed animals to OSU in Tulsa Staff Advisory Council

Newman and Benn with stuffed animalsOSU in Tulsa Staff Advisory Council is collecting stuffed animals for a new program, Kuddles 4 Kids, which provides toys for sick children age 6 and under at the OSU Physicians clinics.

OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff may donate new and gently used stuffed animals to a member of OSU in Tulsa SAC. The toys will be distributed to patients on an ongoing basis.

Lecture examines physical responses to social rejection

SilkJennifer Silk, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the Developmental Affective Science Collective at the University of Pittsburg Medical School, will present a study on how the brain responds to social rejection during a special lecture on tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. in Dunlap Auditorium.

"Neural Response to Social Evaluation in Depressed Adolescents" will showcase Silk's research, using neuroimaging, to examine how the brain responds to peer rejection and parental criticism. Silk's research has found that the brain's response to emotional rejection is similar to its response to physical pain.  

The lecture is hosted by the OSU Center for Family Resilience, OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS. Lunch will be provided for participants in Tulsa. The lecture will also be broadcast to Stillwater.

For more information, contact Amanda Harrist, Ph.D., associate director for education and translation in the Center for Family Resilience, at amanda.harrist@okstate.edu.

Biomedical Ethics Seminar focuses on standards of care

OSU Center for Health Sciences will host a Biomedical Ethics Seminar examining standards of care on Monday at noon in Dunlap Auditorium.

"Standards of Care: A Sharp Double Edged Sword" will be facilitated by Scott Gelfand, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of philosophy and director of The Ethics Center at OSU-Stillwater, and Curtis Harris, M.D., J.D., chief of endocrinology for the Chickasaw Nation, clinical adjunct assistant professor of internal medicine at OSU-CHS and a member of the Medical Malpractice Survival Handbook Editorial Committee.

Lunch will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own drinks.