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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

President Shrum to speak at TEDxOStateU


OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., will be a featured speaker at TEDxOStateU on Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Seretean Center Concert Hall on the OSU-Stillwater campus.

Shrum will share the story of how she first became interested in being a physician and how OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is using programs like the Operation Orange summer camps and partnerships with FFA chapters across the state to encourage high schools students to become rural physicians. She will also discuss OSU-COM's Rural Medical Track and what the push for medical residency programs in rural communities means for the future of health care in Oklahoma.

Last year more than 750 people attended the first TEDx event at OSU and more than 20,000 people from 31 countries watched a live stream of the event on TEDxOStateU.com and on OState.TV.

To register for tickets or to learn more, visit TEDxOStateU.com.

OSU-CHS Faculty Senate recognizes Hess for administrative service

Faculty Senate President Robin Dyer, D.O., left, reads the senate’s formal declaration of apprecciation of James Hess, Ed.D.
Faculty Senate President Robin Dyer, D.O., left, reads the senate’s formal declaration of appreciation for Jim Hess, Ed.D.

The OSU-CHS Faculty Senate recently honored Jim Hess, Ed.D., for his dedication and efforts as a senior administrator at the university.

In August, Hess returned to a full-time faculty position, serving as an associate professor of family medicine. Hess had been serving as chief operations officer and vice president for health care administration at OSU-CHS.

Robin Dyer, D.O., Faculty Senate president, presented Hess with a formal declaration of appreciation and recognition of excellence in leadership and steadfast work on behalf of the university and his faculty colleagues.

OSU in Tulsa United Way campaign begins Monday

OSU in Tulsa United Way campaign committee members Bria Taylor, left, Sandy Cooper, and Emonica Reagan-Neeley, meet to finalize event plans.
OSU in Tulsa United Way campaign committee members Bria Taylor, left, Sandy Cooper and Nekki Reagan-Neeley meet to finalize event plans.

OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa will kick off the annual joint fundraising campaign on Monday with a goal of raising $57,000 for the Tulsa Area United Way. The week-long campaign is being organized by the OSU in Tulsa United Way Campaign Committee, under the direction of co-chairs Nathan Huffstetler and Susan Johnson.

Activities planned throughout the week include food trucks, a bake sale, vendor fair, chili and pizza luncheons, raffles and candy sales. Faculty and staff may also purchase jeans passes to wear jeans during the campaign.

Tulsa Area United Way pledge cards, which can include a one-time donation or monthly payroll deduction, should be returned to Human Resources. Departments with 80 percent or more participation will receive a free lunch from Baxter’s.

United Way is the official charitable organization of OSU in Tulsa. In 2012, OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS raised more than $54,500 to benefit the organization. For more information about the campaign, visit the OSU in Tulsa United Way campaign website or watch your email for updates from tulsa.unitedway@okstate.edu

Renin-angiotensin system focus of First Friday Seminar


The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at OSU-CHS will host Denovan P. Begg, Ph.D., for the First Friday Seminar tomorrow at noon in D-107.

Begg, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati, will present “The renin-angiotensin system and energy balance.” The lecture will focus on the hormone system in the regulation of body weight and metabolism and will discuss potential therapeutic approaches for obesity.

As a CJ Martin Fellow for the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, Begg is involved in biomedical sciences research, specifically obesity, insulin resistance, fluid and electrolyte balance and nutrition.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided at 11:45 a.m.

Uncovering Evidence

Uncovering EvidenceThe OSU School of Forensic Sciences trains students for advanced careers in crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, biology and chemistry, and forensic research. Graduate students in forensic sciences receive hands-on training from experts, like Robert Allen, Ph.D., and conduct cutting-edge research. OSU Center for Health Sciences is also home to the Tulsa Police Department Crime Lab, making it one of only two universities in the nation with an active police crime lab on campus.

Watch a video of Allen discussing the growth of forensic sciences and the graduate program at OSU-CHS.