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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 14, 2016

DO Day on Capitol Hill gives OSU medical students chance for advocacy

OSU-COM students head to Capitol Hill yesterday in Washington, D.C. to advocate for osteopathic medicine.
OSU-COM students prepare to meet with members of Congress during D.O. Day on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Nearly 50 OSU-COM students, faculty and administrators met yesterday with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to discuss medical school and health policy issues during D.O. Day on Capitol Hill.

Students spoke with lawmakers and staff about student debt, opioid abuse and other health care issues. The group was also recognized on the floors of the House and Senate.

D.O. Day on Capitol Hill is organized by the American Osteopathic Association, which arranges issue briefings and meetings with lawmakers and their staffs throughout the day for osteopathic medical students from across the nation. The annual event provides an opportunity for osteopathic physicians and medical students to educate members of Congress about osteopathic medicine.

The avian onboard flight computer traced back to Archaeopteryx


Paul M. Gignac, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology in the Department of Anatomical and Cell Biology at OSU-CHS, and colleagues in New York and Turkey have identified which parts of its brain a bird uses during flight.

The study, published on April 4, revealed that one of the most active brain regions in flying birds is a structure called the Wulst—a distinct bump on the top of the forebrain in modern birds that has long been thought to integrate sensations from body surfaces and feathers with the visual system.

The study, reported online in Current Biology, points out that the Wulst can be identified as an impression left in the braincases of fossil birds, such as Archaeopteryx, allowing the research team to trace the likely origin of an expanded Wulst used for flight to the first bird. Read more.

Peds Club to host mini-medical school for Eugene Field students

First-year medical students Riley Hedin, left, and Cord Gothard share information about the human brain with elementary school students during last year’s Mini-Med School.
First-year medical students Riley Hedin, left, and Cord Gothard share information about the human brain with elementary school students during last year’s Mini-Med School.

OSU-CHS will host a Mini-Med School for Eugene Field Elementary students on Wednesday, April 27 as part of an outreach effort to get children interested in science.

Medical students will guide children through interactive activities, such as conducting a science experiment, learning about anatomy and making healthy snacks.

The Mini-Med School is sponsored each year by the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians Club. Eugene Field is OSU-CHS’ Partner in Education school.

Denim Day promotes awareness of sexual violence

Denim Day logo

OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff are invited to wear jeans on Wednesday in recognition of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Faculty and staff members whose supervisors approve of wearing jeans may stop by the Student Lounge, Clinic Practice Administrators or in Human Resources in Main Hall 1405 at the OSU-Tulsa campus to pick up a Denim Day sticker. Staff members who wear jeans must wear a sticker.

The Denim Day campaign began 17 years ago as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.