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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

OSU in Tulsa Research Day highlights student, faculty efforts

Research Day
Students and faculty participate in
OSU in Tulsa Research Day.

OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa students and faculty will showcase their research at the 2014 OSU in Tulsa Research Day on Friday, Feb. 21 at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

Students and faculty can submit oral and poster abstracts to the Office of Research through Monday, Feb. 7.

Research Day is hosted in conjunction with OSU Research Week, which takes place Feb. 17-21. For more information, contact Amanda Benn at 918-561-1402 or amanda.benn@okstate.edu

Record number of donors help OSU in Tulsa exceed United Way campaign goal

Campaign progress meter for United Way, showing a total of $64,931 raised over a goal of $57,000

A record number of donors helped OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa raise nearly $65,000 during the 2013 OSU in Tulsa United Way campaign, surpassing the goal of $57,000. This year, 228 faculty and staff donated to the campaign, up from 113 in 2012.

Faculty and staff were encouraged to participate in the campaign by returning a pledge card with a donation of any size. Departments were challenged to reach 80 percent or more participation. The following departments reached the goal: Family Medicine, OSU-CHS Academic Affairs, Human Resources, OSU-CHS President’s Office, OSU-Tulsa President’s Office, Rural Health, Surgery and the Office of Research.

Campaign co-chairs were Nathan Huffstetler and Susan Johnson, Ed.D.

Connors Athletic Hall of Fame inducts President Shrum

President Kayse Shrum, D.O., center, with Connors State College Athletic Director Bill Muse, left, and Connors State College President Tim Faltyn, Ph.D.
President Kayse Shrum, D.O., center, with Connors State College Athletic Director Bill Muse, left, and Connors State College President Tim Faltyn, Ph.D.

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., was inducted into the Connors State College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Muskogee Country Club.

Shrum attended Connors on a softball scholarship as a pitcher. She was on the Dean’s honor roll, listed among Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges, a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and an National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-American. She graduated in 1992 before entering the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

After completing medical school and a pediatric residency, Shrum began her own practice in Muskogee. In 2002, she returned to OSU-CHS to join the pediatric faculty. She was named provost of OSU-CHS and dean of OSU-COM in 2011. In September, Shrum was named president of OSU-CHS.

Shrum was one of 10 inductees into the Connors State College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Impact of forensic mitochondrial DNA focus of First Friday Seminar


DNA expert Rhonda Roby, Ph.D., will discuss the impact of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) on forensic sciences tomorrow at OSU-CHS during the First Friday Seminar at noon in D-107. The seminar is presented by the School of Forensic Sciences.

An associate professor in the Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics at University of North Texas Health Science Center, Roby will present “The role of mtDNA in forensics and beyond.” The lecture focuses on mtDNA, which can be an important key in forensic investigations when limited or damaged samples of biological material are available.

Roby pioneered the use of mitochondrial DNA in identifying human remains and led a team of scientists who helped process 21,000 DNA samples after 9/11. She currently conducts research at the UNT Center for Human Identification's Missing Persons Program. She also researches Alzheimer’s disease and prostate cancer as it relates to the mitochondrial genome.

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