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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Research Spotlight: Swabbing for Clues


A simple device developed by forensic sciences researchers at OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa could help law enforcement investigators identify suspects in thousands of unsolved crimes.

“Whenever a person touches a surface or object, they leave small flakes of skin or other biological material behind,” says Robert Allen, head of the School of Forensic Sciences at OSU-CHS. “The device we developed will enable crime scene investigators to better collect all of that material for DNA testing.”

The Power Swab uses a glass-infused fiber to collect the genetic material. 

“Using glass is part of the standard DNA extraction methodology – DNA binds tightly to glass when mixed with a high salt solution,” says Allen. “But nobody has tried using glass as part of the swab to gather evidence at the crime scene before.”

Read the full story from the 2015 edition of Vanguard magazine on the OSU-CHS website. Visit the Research Spotlight website to learn more about the OSU School of Forensic Sciences.

OSU-CHSI seminar to focus on rural health care delivery


William Paiva, Ph.D., MBA, executive director of OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation, will discuss efforts to transform delivery of rural health care at noon on Friday in D-107.

He will examine new care delivery models and data analytics collected by the center that are being used to develop improvements to health care in rural communities and improve clinical and financial outcomes. He will also share how they are leveraging the Cerner HealthFacts Data Warehouse to uncover interesting insights using advanced data analytics.

The seminar is free and open to the public. OSU-CHSI’s mission is to transform health care through creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship through research and data analysis, with a specific focus on innovation in rural health and patient care. OSU-CHSI is a joint endeavor of OSU-CHS and the OSU Spears School of Business.

Forensics student wins second in OSU Three Minute Thesis contest


Forensics sciences graduate student Kambra Tucker took second place in the OSU Graduate College Three Minute Thesis competition on April 16 in Stillwater.

She qualified for the finals in March by winning first place at the OSU-CHS preliminary competition. Her thesis, “Recovering Touch DNA Left Behind on Metal Evidence,” examines ways to obtain a DNA profile from fingerprints made unusable because they were recovered from a metal surface.

As part of the competition, master’s and doctoral student contestants must give a compelling pitch for their thesis in three minutes using only one PowerPoint slide. The contest is aimed at developing students’ skills in relaying their research and its relevance in a simple, concise manner.

The 3MT competition is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in 2008 that has since been adopted at universities around the world.

Students, faculty, community members shave heads for childhood cancer

Taylor Craft prepares to have his head shaved Saturday as part of the OSU-CHS fundraiser for childhood cancer research.
Second-year OSU-COM medical student Chris Hutchinson gets his beard shaved off as part of the OSU-CHS fundraiser for childhood cancer research.

As his bushy beard fell in clumps to the floor on Saturday, second-year medical student Chris Hutchinson steeled himself for an unfamiliar sight in the mirror.

“I don’t think I will recognize myself,” he said.

He and 23 other OSU-COM students, faculty and staff members had their heads or beards shaved in Founders Hall during the ‘Grow It, Shave It, Beat It’ fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a national charity dedicated to raising money for children's cancer research.

The fundraiser was part of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association’s year-long campaign to raise $20,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. SOMA hosted numerous events throughout the year to benefit childhood cancer research, including dinner nights at local restaurants, T-shirt sales and a crockpot cook-off.

SOMA raised about $5,000 at the event to support childhood cancer research.

To read the full story, visit the OSU-CHS website.

Summer Golf Classic to raise funds for student scholarships, activities

Summer Golf Classic Logo

The OSU-COM Alumni Association will host the 2015 Summer Golf Classic on Sunday, May 17 at the Cherokee Hills Golf Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Registration for the tournament is $200 per person or $700 for a team of four, which includes green fees, practice range and balls, golf carts, lunch and the awards program. Mulligans are available for $20 each and are limited to two per person.

The format of the event is the four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Registration and the practice range open at 8 a.m. Lunch and the awards program are set for 12:45 p.m. Awards will be presented for first-, second- and third-place teams, closest putt and longest drive.

All funds support student scholarships, student senate activities, alumni activities and help medical school programs. Register on the OSU-COM Alumni Association website.