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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

OSU-CHS to host Active Shooter Training

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OSU-CHS and the ALICE Training Institute have teamed up to bring ALICE Instructor Training to Tulsa on May 20-21.

The goal of the ALICE program is to provide individuals with survival-enhancing options for those critical moments in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives on scene. The two-day instructor course will be offered in Dunlap Auditorium at OSU-CHS.

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate and is a useful strategy for law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses and places of worship. Completing the ALICE Instructor Training course provides individuals with certification in ALICE Training and provides them the opportunity to bring ALICE strategies back to their places of work. Additionally, registrants will gain access to exclusive ALICE resources.

The registration fee for this training is $595 per person and can be completed online. For more information or questions about the training, contact Dale Chapman at 918-625-8592.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day features record number of entries

Students, faculty and staff will showcase research happening at OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa tomorrow during the fifth annual OSU in Tulsa Research Day. The event will include 65 research posters and seven oral presentations, the most entries since OSU in Tulsa Research Day was launched in 2011.

Oral presentations will be in D-107 and poster presentations will be in Founders Hall. Poster judging will take place from 1-3 p.m.

Dr. Kent Smith, associate dean for the OSU-CHS Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science, will be the featured speaker during lunch at noon in Founders Hall. Smith, who founded Native Explorers, will discuss the success of the program aimed at increasing the number of American Indians in medicine.

Research Day will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a detailed schedule or additional information, visit the Research Day website.

Whitten presentation to kick off new addiction medicine course


OSU-CHS is hosting a presentation on addiction by special guest Reggie Whitten on March 23 at noon in Dunlap Auditorium. The presentation will serve as an introduction to a new course on addiction medicine for second-year medical students running from March 30-April 3.

Whitten is the founder of several nonprofit organizations with connections to OSU-CHS, including Pros for Africa and the Native Explorers Foundation. He will be share the story of his son’s struggle with addiction and how Brandon’s death became a catalyst to help others struggling with addiction. 

Through Fighting Addiction Through Education (FATE), Reggie has worked to educate Oklahomans on the devastating health, economic and societal impact of substance abuse and addiction. Whitten will also be providing copies of his book, What’s Your Fate, which tells the story of how substance abuse is impacting the U.S.

The presentation is open to all OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff. Free pizza will be provided. 

High school students to participate in six-week research internship programs

High school students interested in careers in sciences will spend six weeks working with OSU-CHS researchers and medical students this summer as part of the Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students (OKstars) and Native OKstars programs.

OKSTARS will host high school juniors and seniors interested in learning to conduct scientific studies with professional researchers in biology, anatomy, forensics and other disciplines. Interns are matched with a faculty mentor and research team that best fits their interests.

Native OKstars will pair American Indian high school juniors or seniors with American Indian faculty and medical student mentors to encourage American Indian students to pursue a career in the medical field. It also contains a cultural component from the OSU-CHS Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science.

Both programs run from June 16 to July 21. For more information, contact Nedra Wilson or visit the OKstars or Native OKstars websites.

First Friday Seminar to focus on early treatment of Type 2 diabetes


Matthew L. Bird, Pharm.D., medical science liaison for diabetes at AstraZeneca in Oklahoma City, will discuss early treatment of Type 2 diabetes at noon on Friday, March 6.

The seminar, “Rationale for Early Intensive Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with Combination Therapy,” will examine the advantage of early intensive treatment with a combination of pharmaceuticals for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Bird earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and his Doctor of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. He was an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy prior to joining AstraZeneca.

The seminar will be in D-107 and is free and open to the public. It is presented by the OSU-CHS Department of Pharmacology and Physiology.