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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Benjamin promoted to OSU-CHS vice provost for graduate programs


OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum has announced the promotion of Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., to vice provost for graduate programs. Benjamin has served as interim vice provost since 2011 and is associate dean for biomedical sciences and associate professor of physiology.

As vice provost, Benjamin serves in a leadership role for the university’s graduate programs in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences and health care administration. He headed the development of the new OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum, which was implemented in 2013. As part of an effort to increase understanding and awareness of OSU-CHS research efforts, Benjamin has spearheaded the Research Spotlight series in conjunction with OSU Marketing and Communications Services in Tulsa.

In addition to his duties at OSU-CHS, Benjamin heads the OSU Center for Wearable Electronic Sensing Systems and Technologies. CWeSST is an interdisciplinary team of researchers in biomedical sciences, engineering and apparel design working to develop wearable smart garments for use in health and wellness. The center was awarded the President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity at the University Awards Convocation in Stillwater last fall.

Read the full story on the OSU-CHS website.

Save the date for Staff Appreciation Day at Oklahoma Aquarium

Oceans of Appreciation: 2015 OSU in Tulsa Staff Appreciation Day

Help celebrate all of the faculty and staff who make OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa great places to learn and outstanding places to work at Oceans of Appreciation, the 2015 OSU in Tulsa Staff Appreciation Day.

The event will be on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks. Staff and faculty may select which night to attend. Tickets will be available for an employee plus one guest.

Oceans of Appreciation will include food and live entertainment and guests will be able to tour the aquarium. More information and an RSVP link will be released soon.

After-hours building access to change starting Monday

Map of OSU-CHS building entrances. Click to enlarge.
Click map to enlarge

Beginning Monday, June 29, the outside west and northwest doors near the Security Kiosk in Founders Hall will be closed to entry from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Students, faculty and staff should use the east and northeast entrance doors near the Information Desk.

During the overnight hours, an OSU-CHS security officer will be stationed at the Information Desk instead of the Security Kiosk to be near the accessible entrances and the majority of parking. While the west entrances are locked, it will be possible to exit those doors.

The changes are necessary due to construction of the new A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building.

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conference set at OSU-Tulsa this fall

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Logo

The sixth annual Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conference will be hosted at OSU-Tulsa on Sept. 24-25. The two-day event is open to behavioral health, human services and health professionals working with older adults, as well as the public at large.

The conference, “Wellness: Building Capacity for Tomorrow’s Older Adults” will feature keynote speakers Dan Timmel, who is responsible for coverage policy for long-term care benefits and preadmission screening for nursing facilities with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Carol D. Ryff, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the university’s Institute on Aging.

To register for the event, visit the Linking Gerontology & Geriatrics conference website. For more information, contact Nancy Van Winkle, Ph.D., Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee member and OSU-CHS professor of behavioral science.