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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sculpture celebrates partnership between OSU-CHS, City of Tulsa

Scope dedication ceremonyRalph Helmick wanted to capture the heart and soul of the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center in his new sculpture, Scope, at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

“Two main images in the piece are a brain and a heart, which really represent the core of what happens in this building,” said Helmick during a dedication ceremony earlier today for the public art project at OSU-CHS. “Without these, none of the police work or research that happens here would be possible.”

The abstract sculpture incorporates a number of overlapping images that exemplifies the work taking place in the building, which is home to Tulsa Police Department Forensics Lab and Property Room and university biomedical and forensic sciences research labs. The abstract sculpture includes images of DNA, a human brain, police badge, computer code, a neuron, a molecule and cutout of the Tulsa skyline.

OSU-CHS is one of only two universities in the nation that houses an active crime lab associated with a law enforcement agency. The partnership with TPD offers opportunities for students at OSU-CHS to conduct internships and research programs that provide practical experience for their careers.

The 52.9-foot-tall sculpture was installed by Mike Mancarella and his company, JunoWorks. It’s part of the Oklahoma Art in Public Places initiative. Smaller art pieces were installed in the lobby on each floor of the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center. These pieces showcase elements from the sculpture that are specific to the disciplines represented on that floor.

Two OSU-CHS researchers receive OCAST grants

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences was recently awarded two grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology  (OCAST) for health research projects taking place at the university.

Dr. Bruce Benjamin, associate dean for biomedical sciences, was awarded $135,000 for development of a smart garment that would monitor health indicators at home, and Dr. Kathleen Curtis, assistant professor of physiology, was awarded $126,552 to study the impact of increased levels of estrogen on the diet of female rats.

The projects were chosen by a peer-review team from more than 154 applications, according to OCAST. Research funded under the program investigates the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human diseases and disabilities and facilitates the development of innovative health care products and services.

White Coat Ceremony to welcome first-year medical students

Students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2016 will receive their medical students white coats on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU-CHS provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, will welcome students, family and friends to the 14th annual OSU White Coat Ceremony at Tulsa Community College VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at 10300 E. 81st St.

The ceremony emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and focuses on the true meaning of the art and science of medicine. Students will be cloaked with white coats provided by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. The white coat symbolizes the medical profession, and the ceremony emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and focuses on the true meaning of the art and science of medicine.

OSU’s public ceremony for members of the entering class marks their transition into a career of health care delivery. The student doctors will recite the Osteopathic Medicine Oath of Commitment, symbolizing their entrance into the osteopathic medical profession. OSU’s first White Coat Ceremony was in 1998.