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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, July 11, 2013

OSU in Tulsa researchers complete first project on Tulsa supercomputer

Tandy Community Supercomputer
 Tandy Community Supercomputer

Researchers from OSU in Tulsa were the first to utilize the new Tandy Community Supercomputer in Tulsa, crunching data in minutes rather than hours or days. Brek Wilkins, Ph.D., a post-doctoral research associate at OSU Center for Health Sciences, used the supercomputer on July 3 to refine a software technology he has developed as a result of his dissertation research to predict the onset of heart attacks.

The supercomputer is able to conduct calculations at a rate approximately 20 times faster than a regular computer. For Wilkins, that meant computations that normally take 20-30 minutes were finished in less than a minute. Wilkins was also able to complete calculations from 24-hr EKG data that was impossible on his desktop computer in about five minutes using the supercomputer.

Wilkins has been working on the heart attack prediction research with Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost of graduate programs at OSU-CHS. Their research interests focus on cardio-respiratory diseases and disorders, in particular, finding ways to identify the earliest signs and symptoms of cardiac ischemia and sleep apnea before a patient experiences a heart attack.

The Tandy Supercomputing Center is an initiative of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, a not-for-profit corporation committed to building the economy in the Tulsa region, and the Tulsa Research Partners, which includes OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS, University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and Tulsa Community College.

OSU-CHS, OSU Medical Center to host event for Gov. Fallin tomorrow

Governor Mary Fallin

OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU Medical Center will host an event for Gov. Mary Fallin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in the OSU Medical Center Auditorium to thank her for supporting the teaching hospital.

During her visit, students will recognize Fallin for her support. The event is open to OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff. Please RSVP by the end of today to Annette Morey at 918-594-8291.

Registration open for annual OSU-CHS Medsation Conference

OSU Center for Health Sciences will host the third annual Medsation conference on July 31 and Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can choose which day to attend.

Medsation will cover a number of medical education topics, including curriculum revision, using essay exams and promoting integrated learning. Each session will be led by nationally recognized curriculum and medical education leaders.

Registration for the conference is $125 and the deadline is July 29. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered participants. Registration is required to ensure that there is enough food each day. For more information, visit the Medsation Conference website or contact Machelle Linsenmeyer.

Annual Bedlam Run returns to the Blue Dome district

Bedlam Run LogoThe OSU Alumni Association’s Tulsa Chapter and OU Club of Tulsa will join forces to raise money for student scholarships during the 2013 Bedlam Run on Saturday, July 27.

The event features a 5K, 10K and Fun Run for participants of all ages. The course runs through downtown Tulsa’s Blue Dome district and the OSU-Tulsa campus, with the 5K and 10K starting at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run starting at 7:35 a.m.

Early registration is $30 per person with choice of T-shirt color. Race day registration, which opens at 6:30 a.m., is $32.50 per person with souvenir T-shirt while supplies last. Professional timing services are provided by Fleet Feet. Prizes will be awarded to race category winners.

Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds of the OSU Alumni Association and the OU Club of Tulsa. Visit bedlamrun.com to learn more or to register online.