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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

OKSTARS high school intern presents study at Citywide Research Day

Monica Venkatesha, a senior at Union High School, culminates her OKSTARS internship presenting research at the annual Citywide Research Day.
Monica Venkatesha, a senior at Union High School, culminates her OKSTARS internship presenting research at the annual Citywide Research Day.

Union High School student Monica Venkatesha was thinking she might be interested in a science career, and a summer internship at OSU-CHS solidified that goal.

“Completing a college internship helped me explore different areas of sciences I might want to go into,” she said prior to presenting research at the Citywide Research Day at Tulsa Community College.

As a participant in OSU-CHS’ Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students (OKSTARS) program, Venkatesha helped conduct a survey of human food preferences and a complementary behavioral study in rats. Both projects involved collecting and organizing data, calculating mathematical equations to determine averages and variances and generating graphs to illustrate the findings.

At research day, she participated in a poster session then presented the findings before a group of college professors, researchers and students.

The second Citywide Research Day was hosted by Tulsa Research Partners at the TCC Center for Creativity. Both OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa are Tulsa Research Partners member institutions.

Improving targeted cancer therapies focus of Friday seminar


OSU assistant professor Ashish Ranjan, Ph.D., will discuss nanomedicine and targeted cancer therapy during a Friday seminar at noon tomorrow in D-107.

The lecture, “Clinical Device Triggered Nanoparticle Drug Delivery for Targeted Therapy,” will focus on optimizing delivery of antitumor drugs to enable more precise dosing control.

Ranjan is assistant professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at OSU-Stillwater. He is also a member of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma and is an investigator in OSU’s Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program and the Interdisciplinary Program in Regenerative Medicine.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at OSU-CHS and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Med-Xtravaganza brings high school students to medical school

OSU-CHS is hosting Med-Xtravaganza for high school students on Friday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, including testing suturing skills, listening to a simulation of the heart and lungs, learning to perform intubations and studying human anatomy.

Students may also tour the OSU-CHS campus, interact with OSU medical students and learn more about the admissions process. Lunch will be provided. For more information, visit the Med-X website.

OSU-CHS awarded NIJ grant for crime scene investigation research


An OSU-CHS researcher was recently awarded a $241,352 grant from the National Institutes of Justice to identify a way to determine the age of biological material at a crime scene.

“With this research, we hope to shed some light on how the molecular identity of the sample is changing as the sample ages,” said Kate Weinbrecht, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Forensic Sciences.

It is difficult to calculate the age of biological material, such as blood, semen or saliva, found at a crime scene. The ability to determine age would be a critical new tool for use in crime scene investigations as it would enable investigators to develop a more accurate timeline than current methods allow.

Each year, NIJ provides funding for physical and social science research, development and evaluation projects about criminal justice through competitive grant solicitations. The goal of the grant program is to support research that will further contribute to improving the criminal justice system.

Enhance your skills at the Fall Staff Conference today and tomorrow

OSU in Tulsa staff and faculty can jump start their creativity at the Fall Staff Conference, “Cherries & Bologna: Turn on the Power of People and Ideas,” today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

Participants will learn how to tap into their creativity to find solutions to everyday challenges in the work place. Additional workshop topics include persuading others through storytelling, discussing ways to stretch your mind and body at work and office communications.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants. For the complete conference schedule and to register, visit the Fall Staff Conference webpage.