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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

STATE: Training To Trace Explosions

Dr. Jarrad Wagner goes through a training exercise in his lab.
Dr. Jarrad Wagner goes through a training exercise in his lab.

On the morning of April 19, 1995, an explosion tore through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring more than 680 others.

In the years since, there have been many other cases of improvised explosives and incendiary devices being used to terrorize, destroy and kill. From the Boston Marathon bombing to the war in Iraq, law enforcement and military personnel must utilize the latest forensic evidence-gathering techniques to investigate these attacks.

“Unfortunately, we know situations like these are going to happen again,” says Jarrad Wagner, Ph.D., associate professor of forensic sciences at OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. “Our job is to prepare the men and women who respond to these incidents with the best knowledge and training so they remain safe and can help find and convict those responsible.”

The Center for Improvised Explosives, or IMPEX, is part of the OSU School of Forensic Sciences at the OSU Center for Health Sciences. It was developed to aid investigators in the form of research, testing, training and education. With John Frucci, Ed.S., as director of training and Wagner, director of research and testing, IMPEX is working to make the world a safer place through these training endeavors.

Read the full story from the Winter 2014 edition of STATE magazine on the OSU-CHS website.

Native Explorers program features hands-on scientific expedition

American Indian college students have the opportunity to learn more about anatomy, paleontology, medicine and Native culture during a scientific expedition this summer offered by OSU-CHS. Native Explorers is part of an effort at OSU-CHS to increase the number of American Indians who work in science and medicine.

During the May 18-29 expedition, participants will work with American Indian research scientists from OSU-CHS, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to learn about vertebrate paleontology and natural history. Archeologists, geologists and biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will introduce participants to natural resource management and the preservation of historic sites.

The expedition includes a trip to New Mexico to visit museums, archeological sites and pueblos to explore the history and culture of the people native to that region. In Oklahoma and Texas, participants will collect vertebrate fossil remains at paleontological sites and will learn about the region’s modern plants and animals.

Native Explorers is open to American Indians age 18 and older who are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe. The application deadline is March 15. To apply, submit an application and letter of reference on the program’s website.

College students to visit campus during Med-Xtravaganza

College students considering a career in medicine can learn about the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine during Med-Xtravaganza from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 at OSU-CHS.

Participants will learn detailed information about admissions criteria and participate in hands-on laboratory demonstrations, such as listening to a simulation of a patient’s heart and lung sounds, testing suturing skills and studying the anatomy of a human heart, lungs and brain.

Students can also tour the OSU-COM campus and interact with medical students, faculty and staff. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Angie Bruce or 918-561-8320. To register for the event, visit the Med-Xtravaganza website.

Journal Club to discuss childhood obesity during Wednesday meeting

Jennifer Van Cleave, D.O., OSU-CHS resident, and Sally Eagleton, graduate student in human development and family sciences at OSU-Tulsa, will discuss obesity in children during the Journal Club meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday in D-007.

Colony Fugate, D.O., clinical associate professor at OSU-CHS, will facilitate the discussion. The goal of the discussion is to introduce participants to new concepts, theories and methods for community intervention in childhood obesity.

The meeting is open to all OSU-CHS students, residents and faculty. The Journal Club is co-sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Center for Family Resilience and OSU-CHS. For more information, contact Amanda Harrist, Ph.D.