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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

OSU-CHS, Walgreens to host open house for new pharmacy

Walgreens Logo

OSU-CHS and Walgreens will host a ribbon cutting and come-and-go open house for the new pharmacy located on the ground floor of the Houston Center for faculty and staff on Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. A brief program will begin at 3:15 p.m. and the open house with tours will follow the ribbon cutting.

Visitors will be able to tour the remodeled facility and meet with the on-staff pharmacy team. Construction on the Walgreens pharmacy began in November and was completed during the holiday break.

The pharmacy will officially open to the public on Wednesday with store hours running 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walgreens is one of the largest pharmacies in the country and has more than 100 stores in Oklahoma.  

Former Tulsa fire station to become crime scene investigation lab

OSU-CHS purchased the former Tulsa Fire Department station located at 1712 S. Phoenix Ave. in December.
OSU-CHS purchased the former Tulsa Fire Department station located at 1712 S. Phoenix Ave. in December.

OSU-CHS purchased a former Tulsa Fire Department station in December with plans to turn the facility into a crime scene investigation laboratory.

“The purchase will enable us to turn the building into a resource for the students in our forensic sciences graduate program,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum. D.O. “The land will also provide additional space as our campus and programs continue to grow.”

The surplus fire station, located at 1712 S. Phoenix Ave., was one of two auctioned off by the City of Tulsa. OSU-CHS purchased the building for $135,000.

The 2,670-square-foot building will be converted into a crime scene investigation laboratory for master’s students in the forensic science program. Instructors will be able to stage mock crime scenes for students to investigate, potentially adding video and audio recording equipment so exercises can be critiqued by experts.

Friday seminar to focus on misconceptions about Ebola virus


OSU-CHS Associate Professor Earl Blewett, Ph.D., will examine major misconceptions about the Ebola virus during a seminar at noon tomorrow in D-107.

The lecture, “Ebola: Viral Facts and the Outbreak in Africa,” will center on the basic biology of the pathogen as well as detail the outbreak in Africa.

Blewett is associate professor of microbiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology. His primary research interest is the study of primate herpes viruses. In collaboration with veterinarians in Oklahoma, Texas and Florida, he also is helping develop a surveillance network for detection of encephalomyocarditis virus infections in zoo animals.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

‘Celebrate Change’ and represent Orange Pride in the MLK Jr. Parade

MLK Day Parade Shirt

OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff are invited to walk with Pistol Pete and the Big Orange Bus in the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Jan. 19.

This year’s parade theme is “Celebrate Change” and will honor the late civil rights leader’s legacy. The parade is organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Society of Tulsa.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the intersection of John Hope Franklin Boulevard and Detroit Avenue on the OSU-Tulsa campus and proceed east on John Hope Franklin Boulevard to Greenwood Avenue. From there, the procession will travel south on Greenwood through the historic Greenwood District and will end at the intersection of Archer Street and Elgin Avenue.

Sweatshirts and hoodies for the event can be purchased at the OSU-Tulsa Information Center in the North Hall Lobby. Orders must be placed by noon on Monday. Costs range from $16 to $24. For more information, contact Nekki Reagan-Neely or Melanie McClain.