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The Center: OSU-CHS News

thursday, december 8, 2016

Cross named OSU-COM Student Doctor of the Year


Fourth-year medical student Brittany Cross, of Edmond, has been selected as the OSU-COM 2017 Student Doctor of the Year. She was chosen for the honor by fellow OSU medical students and faculty members for her leadership, community service and dedication to the osteopathic profession.

“Brittany has proven herself to be a remarkable student and an ideal ambassador for our college and profession,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. "Her passion for medicine, professional advocacy efforts on the state and national level as well as her desire to help and teach others will contribute to Brittany becoming an outstanding physician and community leader.”

Cross has been an OSU-COM student ambassador, participated in Operation Orange and served as a Stress Management leader and teaching assistant for first-year OMM courses. She volunteered in Uganda with the Pros for Africa student organization and is a Reading Partner for students at Eugene Field Elementary School.

Cross served as president of the Student Government Association during her second year of medical school. Nationally, she was a delegate to the AOA House of Delegate, chair of the National Resolutions Committee and served as a general council member for the National Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents.

Cross will compete for national Student Doctor of the Year with students from osteopathic medical schools across the country. The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, part of the AACOM, sponsors the award.

Holiday reception set for faculty, staff

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., is inviting faculty and staff to a come-and-go holiday reception from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 in Founders Hall.

Faculty and staff are invited for refreshments and door prizes to celebrate the holiday season with fellow members of the OSU family.

Departments are encouraged to contribute baskets to be used as door prizes during the event. To contribute, contact Bria Taylor, director of Outreach and Special Events, or Ashley Adkins, director of University Affairs. For more information about the reception, contact Amy Green at 918-561-8209.

Gignac video wins national scientific imaging contest

Gignac art

Paul M. Gignac, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy and vertebrate paleontology, was selected as a winner in the fifth annual BioArt competition sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

He and Nathan J. Kley, associate professor of anatomy at the Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York, produced a video of a tour through the brain of a python using a new soft-tissue visualization tool called diceCT, or diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced computed tomography.

Gignac’s bio-imaging work is funded by the National Science Foundation and Oklahoma State University. The video will be on display at the National Institutes of Health Visitor Center next year and may be viewed at the FASEB website.

Tips for staying safe in cold weather

Below-freezing temperatures have arrived in northeastern Oklahoma, which calls for safety tips to protect you and your loved ones from the cold. The American Red Cross offers the following recommendations:

  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
  • Bring your pets indoors.
  • Protect your pipes. Run water at a trickle to keep your pipes from freezing. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. Wrap any outdoor pipes to insulate them.
  • Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces. Generators should always be outside when running.
  • Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to keep pipes from freezing and bursting.
  • Do not use a stove or oven to heat your home.

It is also helpful to fill your vehicle gas tank before the latest blast of cold air and keep a container of kitty litter in the trunk of your automobile in case precipitation accompanies frigid temperatures.