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The Center: OSU-CHS News

thursday, december 1, 2016

O’Brien awarded prestigious prize from Society of Vertebrate Paleontology


Haley O’Brien, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, is the recipient of the 2016 Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize for her outstanding scientific contribution in vertebrate paleontology as a pre-doctoral student.

O'Brien is the first OSU-CHS recipient of the award. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology awards the prize annually to a graduate student for outstanding doctoral research based on an oral presentation at the society’s annual meeting.

“The Romer Prize is prestigious in the field of vertebrate paleontology so competition is very intense,” O’Brien said. “This achievement represents nearly a decade of hard work and dedication. I am honored my research and presentation stood out to the award committee.”

O’Brien’s research explores the role of a phenomenon called ‘selective brain cooling’ in shaping the evolution and modern diversity among large mammals over the past 65 million years. She specifically focused on a group of animals called artiodactyles, including antelope, deer, sheep, goats, pigs, camels, hippos and giraffes. Read more.

Seminar to examine the use of cannabis in the United States


Marilyn Huestis, Ph.D., a world-renowned expert on human drug testing, will present “The Great U.S. Cannabis Experiment” at noon tomorrow in D-207.

Huestis serves on the new National Commission on Forensic Science, the Organization of Scientific Area Committee on Toxicology, the World Anti-doping Agency’s prohibited list committee, the Scientific Working Group on Toxicology, the Transportation Research Board Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs and the National Safety Council’s Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division Executive Board.

The seminar is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the School of Forensic Sciences.

Watch Bedlam football with President Shrum on Saturday

Students and their families are invited to the Bedlam Football Watch Party at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Founders Hall.

Join OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., and other administration members as the OSU Cowboys take on the OU Sooners at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The game will be broadcast live on FOX and will decide the Big 12 Conference championship. The Cowboys are ranked 11th and the Sooners 7th in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. Attendees are asked to RSVP to Darin Tyson, OSU-CHS event coordinator.

Help vertebrate paleontologists examine dinosaur bones from Oklahoma, Alaska

If you have ever dreamed of examining dinosaur fossils or thought it would be fun to be a paleontologist for even a day, OSU-CHS has the opportunity for you.

The Department of Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology is seeking volunteers to be part of active research in discovering the bones of dinosaurs and other mammals that could provide important information about Earth’s ancient past.

Vertebrate paleontologists from OSU-CHS discovered a wealth of fossilized material during summer excavations in western Oklahoma and the North Slope of Alaska. The materials were brought back to OSU-CHS for study.

Volunteers are needed to help search through the materials and examine the fossils to gather information about life on earth millions of years ago. The research is essential to understanding how life evolved on earth as well as the geologic record of diversity, adaptation and climate variability.

The anatomy and cell biology department is seeking individuals of any age who are able to volunteer for a few hours each week. Available times are Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4:30 p.m. Some volunteer options likely will be available during the summer. Read more.