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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sri Lankan forensic scientists train at OSU in DNA analysis

Forensic scientists from the Sri Lanka Piyanka De Silva, right, Rasika Perera and Samara Jeewa Bandara, test samples from mock cases at the forensics lab at OSU-CHS.
Sri Lankan forensic scientists Piyanka De Silva (right), Rasika Perera and Samara Jeewa Bandara, test samples from mock cases.

A team of forensic scientists from the Sri Lanka Government Analysis Department is receiving three-week training in DNA analysis at the OSU School of Forensic Sciences in Tulsa this month in preparation of launching the first forensic DNA program in the Asian island nation.

In August 2012, OSU-CHS hosted the first group of forensic researchers from Sri Lanka as part of the initial training process. The scientists were the first from their nation to receive training on DNA analysis technology.

The goal of the program, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Sri Lanka government and OSU-CHS, is to introduce the forensic DNA analysis program this year in Sri Lanka, where more than 20 million people live. The technology will help investigating and potentially solving the 200 sexual assaults and 7,000 homicides that occur in the country every year.

A program officer from the U.S. Department of Justice will visit the OSU School of Forensic Sciences during the training to visit with the Sri Lankan scientists and discuss other international training opportunities with OSU-CHS.

Storm shelters available on campus during severe weather

Storm Ready UniversityWith severe weather season in full swing, OSU-CHS is reminding students, faculty, staff and visitors that storm shelters are available on campus. Review OSU-CHS guidelines for severe weather to determine what action to take.

OSU-CHS rarely closes. OSU-CHS officials monitor weather conditions and take action accordingly when severe weather is indicated. In the event of a tornado warning, seek shelter in the following areas, unless directed otherwise:


  • Medical Library – corridor adjacent to the library (the long hallway on the ground floor)
  • Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center– basement
  • Dunlap Auditorium – ground floor hall

OSU Physicians Clinics

  • Houston Center Clinics – ground floor lobby, stairwells and bathrooms
  • Health Care Center – ground floor center corridor and exit stairwell
  • Physicians Office Building – ground floor lobby, stairwells and bathrooms
  • North Regional Health and Wellness Center – ground floor center corridor and exit stairwell
  • Eastgate – ground floor back corridor
  • CityPlex Towers – ground floor bathrooms and other rooms away from windows

Stay away from windows and exterior doors, crouch down against a wall and protect your head with your arms. If you are caught outside of a building or in a car, lie flat on the ground, face down, preferably in a ditch or depression, but be alert for flash floods. It is generally too risky to go to another building once tornado sirens have sounded, so be aware of storm shelter locations.

Cowboy Stampede comes to Green Country

Cowboy StampedeThe Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association will host the Cowboy Stampede on Saturday, June 15 from 4-8 p.m. at Ritchie Ranch, 16850 S. 33rd West Ave., in Glenpool.

Outdoor activities include a barbeque dinner, Jupiter Jumps, hay rides and pony rides. Pistol Pete will also be at the event. A $250 OSU scholarship will be given away to one high school junior, senior or 2012 graduate in attendance.

The cost is $12 for adult members, $8 for children (ages 4-18) and free for kids under the age of four. Register online or call 918-594-8500 for more information.