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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, July 2, 2015

OSU-CHS security dispatcher named All-American in women’s tackle football

Rick Davis, a member of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, discusses the 2015-16 budget during Friday’s board meeting at OSU-Tulsa.
Meagan Robertson scans her computer on a recent day at OSU-CHS as security dispatcher.

Meagan Robertson wanted to play football as a kid, but only boys were allowed on her school team. Now, the OSU-CHS security dispatcher’s dream is coming true. For the past two years, Robertson has played offensive right tackle for the only full contact women’s professional football team in Oklahoma – the Tulsa Threat.

This year, Robertson was chosen as a standout player in the American division. She and three other Tulsa Threat All-Americans will play against players selected in the National division on Aug. 8 in Los Angeles. The All-American game will be played ahead of the league’s national championship game.

Because the team is player owned and operated, Robertson and the other three team members named All-Americans must pay to participate in the Los Angeles game, including hotel and airfare.

OSU-CHS Security officers have launched a raffle to help fund her trip and the Tulsa Threat has set up a gofund.me account to raise money. Raffle tickets are available in Matthews Bookstore and the security office. Prizes include a Threat gear basket, a $100 Visa gift card and a $50 Visa gift card. The gofund.me account can be found on the fundraising website.

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

New SGA officers elected for 2015-16 school year

Rick Davis, a member of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, discusses the 2015-16 budget during Friday’s board meeting at OSU-Tulsa.
2015-2016 Student Government Association officers are, from left, Alex Thoman, treasurer, Owais Durrani, vice president, Katrina Lin, president, Doug Coker, secretary, and Andrea Hill, interclub liaison.

OSU-COM has elected five new Student Government Association officers for the 2015-2016 school year. The SGA officers act as the student body voice and represent OSU-COM at several conferences throughout the year. 

Katrina Lin was elected president, Owais Durrani was picked as vice president and Doug Coker was selected as secretary. Alex Thoman is treasurer and Andrea Hill is interclub liaison.

SGA officers represent students’ interests to faculty and administration and are elected by the student body each school year. For additional information about OSU-CHS student organizations, visit the Student Life webpage.

OSU-CHS biochemistry professor looking to improve snake antivenom


OSU-CHS researcher Charles G. Sanny, Ph.D., is working to determine the effectiveness of antivenom to improve treatment options for people who have been bitten by a poisonous snake.

Sanny, professor of biochemistry and chair of the OSU-CHS Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, studies the interaction between snake venom and antivenom, a mixture of isolated antibodies derived from the serum of sheep or horses that have been immunized with venom. Antivenom, also known as antivenin, is used to prevent death or illness from a poisonous snakebite.

"Believe me, if you get bit by a poisonous snake such as a diamondback rattlesnake, you will be glad that an antivenom is available," he said.

Seven types of venomous snakes can be found in Oklahoma, including cottonmouths and copperheads. The diamondback rattlesnake has the most potent venom, according to the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information.

Every year, about 7,000-8,000 people receive venomous snake bites in the U.S. Because people regularly seek medical care for snake bites, they only result in about five deaths each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To read the full story about Dr. Sanny’s research, visit the OSU-CHS website. To view a video of Dr. Sanny discussing his work, visit the Research Spotlight website.

OSU School of Forensic Sciences featured on OCAST Radio

Faculty, students and alumni from the OSU School of Forensic Sciences will be featured this weekend on Oklahoma Innovations, the weekly radio program produced by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

OSU School of Forensic Sciences Head Robert Allen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Ron Thraser, Ph.D., IMPEX Director John Frucci, Ed.S., IMPEX Military Liaison Tom Gersbeck, M.F.S., Research Assistant Matthew Green, M.S., and graduate student Allie Sherier will be featured on the hour-long science radio magazine.

The program will be broadcast on Sunday in Tulsa on KRMG, AM 740/FM 102.3 at 8 a.m. and in Oklahoma City on KTOK AM 1000 at 5 p.m.

Riverside Drive to close for construction of A Gathering Place for Tulsa

Riverside Drive construction map. Click to enlarge.
Click to enlarge.

Beginning Monday, July 13, the City of Tulsa will close Riverside Drive between 24th Street and 41st Street as work continues on A Gathering Place for Tulsa. During construction, drivers will need to take another route to get to downtown Tulsa.

Alternate routes include:

  • From southeast Tulsa – Take Highway 169 to the Broken Arrow Expressway or I-244 to downtown.
  • From south central Tulsa – Take Harvard or Lewis avenues to 15th Street, the BA Expressway or 11th Street to downtown;
  • From southwest Tulsa – Use the Creek Turnpike toward Highway 75 to get downtown;
  • From midtown – Take Peoria, Lewis or Harvard avenues, the BA Expressway, 15th Street or 11th Street to downtown.

The section of Riverside Drive is expected to reopen in late 2017. For more information about A Gathering Place construction, visit the city’s website.