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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, april 28, 2016

OSU-CHS Class of 2016 graduates receive awards at banquet

OSU-CHS Provost William J. Pettit, D.O., congratulates the Class of 2016 during the annual awards banquet last week at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa - Warren Place.
OSU-CHS Provost William J. Pettit, D.O., congratulates the Class of 2016 during the annual awards banquet last week at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa - Warren Place.

Several OSU-CHS graduates and faculty were recently honored for their achievements last week during the Class of 2016 Awards Banquet last Wednesday or the 2016 Commencement Ceremony on Thursday.

Student honorees include:

  • Matthew Haney, Regents’ Distinguished Student Award
  • Joshua Floyd, Academic Excellence Award
  • Heather Hensley and Matthew Smith, Alumni Recognition Award
  • Sydni Jones Imel, Clinical Excellence Award
  • Matthew Smith, Leadership and Service Award
  • Matthew Smith, Student D.O. of the Year
  • Jacob Curley, Mind, Body and Spirit Award
  • Dusti Sloan, Outstanding Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Award
  • Kandace Hughes, Outstanding Health Care Administration Graduate Student Award
  • Dane Robertson, Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Forensic Sciences Student

Robin Dyer, D.O., associate dean for academic affairs, and Bill Meek, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and cell biology, were the recipients of Outstanding Educator of the Year awards. To view the full list of awardees, visit the OSU-CHS website.

'Ignite Your Passion' at the Spring Staff Conference

OSU-CHS staff are invited to "Initiate to Get it done! Now Is the Time to Express...Your Passion" and reinvigorate careers during the 2016 OSU in Tulsa Spring Staff Conference set for May 19-20 at the Helmerich Research Center.

Kin Thompson, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management at Northeastern State University, will be the keynote speaker. Other sessions will cover topics such as wellness, safety and Title IX. Speakers include Jeremiah Watkins, wellness center coordinator at OSU-Tulsa, Jesse Chaffin, wellness center coordinator at OSU-CHS, Matt Sharpe, safety manager, JJ Smith, assistant director of student services at OSU-Tulsa, Nekki Reagan-Neeley, OSU-Tulsa student services director, Tina Tappana, human resources director and Debbie Butler, human resources coordinator.

Each half-day professional development session provides an opportunity for staff to gain valuable knowledge and network with colleagues. Registrants may select either day to attend. Lunch will be provided for registered participants. The deadline for registration is Monday, May 16. To register, click on the events calendar on the Learning Management System website.

Seminar to focus on cause of age-related motor function deficits

Jason DeFreitas

Jason M. DeFreitas, Ph.D., assistant professor of applied health and educational psychology, will discuss motor function deficits among older adults during the First Friday Seminar at noon on May 6 in D-207.

He will examine whether age-related losses in sensory function are the cause of motor function deficits. DeFreitas’ research centers on the neural adaptations to aging and strength training.

The seminar is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the OSU-CHS Department of Athletic Training.

OSU medical student awarded AACAP summer medical student fellowship

Alex Demand

First-year medical student Alex Demand has been awarded a summer medical student fellowship by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He will receive up to $3,500 for 12 weeks of clinical or research training under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor, Keely Wheeler, D.O., an OSU-CHS graduate. Demand will work closely with Wheeler in an outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry clinic and also will work at the Tulsa Boys Home with boys ages 13-17 who have significant physical, emotional and sexual trauma histories.

In addition, Demand will conduct a systematic review of studies examining post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents to determine a method of more consistent, meaningful research that strengthens clinical decision-making.

The nationally competitive program, supported by AACAP’s Campaign for America’s Kids, will provide the opportunity for Demand to explore a career in child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience and meet leaders in the field.

Operation Orange

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High school students from across the state will experience a day in the life of a medical student at Operation Orange, OSU-COM’s annual summer camps. The camps, hosted at partner institutions across the state in June, introduce students to careers as physicians and spark an interest in medicine. Students participate in hands-on demonstrations, including studying the anatomy of a heart, lungs and brain and performing intubations using a simulator. Operation Orange is sponsored in part by the Cherokee Nation and Stillwater Medical Center. For more information about Operation Orange and to register for one of the camps, visit the Operation Orange website.