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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, july 7, 2016

OSU-CHS awarded NIH grant for Children's Health Equity Solutions Center

OSU-CHS campus

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded an $11.3 million Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) grant through OSU-CHS to establish a research program focused on children’s health inequities.

The Children’s Health Equity Solutions Center grant includes researchers from OSU-CHS, OSU-Stillwater and the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa with a long-term goal of eliminating unjust differences in children’s health by race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status through effective translational science.

With Oklahoma’s ratings among the 10 worst states in the nation for child health outcomes, a research center will provide much needed information and solutions to this critical health and economic issue. Researchers will utilize methods and activities to disseminate information and develop interventions to improve the health of individuals and the public. Read more.

Curious Cowboys camp links crime-solving with math, science

Bella Haley, 14, presses her fingerprints on a card during 'Curious Cowboys: A CSI Summer Camp' last week.
Bella Haley, 14, presses her fingerprints on a card during 'Curious Cowboys: A CSI Summer Camp' last week.

Bella Haley, 14, inked her fingers and pressed her prints on a standard fingerprint card with gusto.

“I am really interested in forensics so I am having fun in this camp,” said the eighth-grade homeschooler. “And I have always been good at science.”

She is one of 20 Tulsa-area teenagers who participated recently in ‘Curious Cowboys Solve a Crime: A CSI Summer Camp’ at OSU-CHS.

OSU-CHS partnered with the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) to expose students to careers that utilize science, technology, engineering and math. It was the first camp produced through the partnership focused on forensic science. Career options in forensic science include crime scene investigators, toxicologists, DNA analysts, forensic psychologists and arson investigators, to name a few. Read more.

Tips to beat the heat during summer

Oklahoma temperatures are soaring and and the hot weather likely will continue into August. To survive the dangerous heat, the American Red Cross offers several tips to avoid heat-related emergencies, such as sunburn and heat stroke.

  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach dangerous levels in minutes.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outside.
  • Wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing.
  • Protect skin by using sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15 and limit the amount of direct sunlight received.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

 To learn additional safety measures for summer, visit the OSU Safety website.