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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Commencement week activities include rehearsal, awards banquet

The OSU-CHS Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

OSU-CHS will host several events next week to prepare graduates for the  commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16 and to recognize the achievements of the Class of 2014.

Events begin Wednesday, May 14 with the Medical Student Graduation Breakfast and Rehearsal at 9 a.m. in Founders Hall and the Class of 2014 Graduation Party at 7 p.m. in the Hard Rock Hotel’s Sky Room. The Graduate Student Luncheon is set for May 16 at noon in Founders Hall.

The annual Awards Banquet is Thursday, May 15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa-Warren Place, 6110 S. Yale Ave. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

The OSU-CHS Commencement Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main Street. Brock Wilson, class of 2014 president, will deliver the commencement address.

OSU-CHS awarded national grant to study estrogen, intestinal microbiota

OSU-CHS recently received a $200,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the interaction between estrogen and the trillions of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract.

The National Institute of General Medical Science selected the project from OSU-CHS biomedical sciences researchers Tom Curtis, Ph.D., Gerwald Köhler, Ph.D., and Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., for a two-year Academic Research Enhancement Award.

In previous studies, researchers have found that estrogen has a protective role in weight regulation and in preventing hypertension. The OSU-CHS scientists have theorized that the gut microbiota will be sensitive to variations in the levels of the hormone.

The National Institutes of Health established the Academic Research Enhancement Award to provide training opportunities for the undergraduate, graduate and medical students who will be the next generation of scientific researchers.

OSU in Tulsa IT director receives Patriot Award

Maj. Ginger Turcotte, right, and Jon Russell, left, present the Patriot Award to Randall Popp during a ceremony at OSU-Tulsa.
Maj. Ginger Turcotte, right, and Jon Russell, left, present the Patriot Award to Randall Popp during a ceremony at OSU-Tulsa.

A U.S. Department of Defense agency has recognized OSU in Tulsa Information Technology Director Randall Popp with the Patriot Award for his support of an Oklahoma National Guard member who was deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom.

The agency, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, promotes cooperation between civilian employers and National Guard and Reserve employees.

Maj. Ginger Turcotte, 138th communications flight commander at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, presented the award in recognition of Popp’s support of Jon Russell, an OSU in Tulsa telecommunications technician, during a special ceremony on April 30.

Russell, a staff sergeant and cyber transport craftsman with the Oklahoma Air National Guard, had worked at OSU in Tulsa for only seven months when he was deployed in 2012 to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar to provide communications support to thousands of U.S. and coalition forces serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Russell nominated Popp for the award for supporting his deployment.

Emergency medicine treatments, developments focus of conference

Environmental injuries, chest pains and burns are some of the lectures scheduled for the 17th Annual Emergency Medicine Review set for June 6-8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa-Warren Place. The conference is hosted by the OSU-CHS Office of Continuing Medical Education.

The conference focuses on improving patient care in the emergency department and private office settings. Topics include pediatric asthma and bronchiolitis, cost-of-living adjustment review, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, left ventricular assist device, diabetes pharmacotherapy and bedside ultrasound.

Proper prescribing lectures are scheduled June 6-7 at 4:30 p.m. The lecture on Friday will focus on street drugs, while the Saturday lecture will focus on hydrocodone.

A discount for early registration is available through May 23. The conference is open to emergency care providers, health care professionals, fellows, residents, interns and students. For more information or to register, visit the Continuing Medical Education website or call 918-561-1411.