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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012

Forensic Scientists from Sri Lanka visit OSU School of Forensic Sciences

Visiting forensic scientist from Sri LankaThe OSU School of Forensic Sciences is hosting three forensic scientists from Sri Lanka this month for training in forensic DNA analysis. The forensic biologists work in serology for the Government Analysis Department based in Colombo and have almost 50 years of experience working in forensic sciences.

“Surprisingly Sri Lanka does not have capabilities in forensic DNA, so we will be very much involved in introducing this robust technology to a country of more than 20 million people,” said Dr. Robert Allen, chair of the department of forensic sciences at OSU Center for Health Sciences.

OSU’s forensic scientists are working with the researchers to provide training on DNA analysis technology, which they will then be able to introduce into their country. The technology will help solve the 200 sexual assaults and 7,000 homicides that occur in the country every year.

“This technology will revolutionize law enforcement in Sri Lanka and we are proud to be part of introducing it to the nation,” said Allen.

The researchers arrived at OSU-CHS last week for a three-week training program.

Motorcycle raffle to raise money for Tulsa Area United Way

Harley Davidson MotorcycleOSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa are selling raffle tickets for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to raise funds for the Tulsa Area United Way.

Tickets are $10 or three for $25 and can be purchased from Amanda Benn, Cam Estes, Meghan Bretz, Jean Keene or Rebecca Allison. The drawing for the motorcycle will be held at the BOK’s Rock-N-Rib Festival on Sept. 15 between 1-3 p.m.

Patient models needed for OMM Tuesday Noon Clinic

The OMM Department is accepting volunteers to be patient models to assist medical students during the Tuesday Noon Clinic.

The practice sessions allow first and second year medical students to broaden their osteopathic experience with patients under the direction of Dr. Kelley Joy and Dr. Jimmie Sue Hill.

There are 14 slots available each week. To sign up, visit https://centernet.okstate.edu/databases/oececlinic/.

OSU-Tulsa students holding drive to support wildfire relief

Wildfire relief logoOklahoma State University-Tulsa’s Alpha Phi Omega is hosting a donation drive Aug. 17-22 to support the victims of the recent wildfires in Oklahoma.

The student organization will be collecting items to benefit Drumright Fire Disaster Relief and the Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Burggraf Restoration has donated a trailer to collect the donations, which will be parked in Lot A east of Main Hall. Volunteers with Alpha Phi Omega will collect donations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Collection boxes will also be available at the Information Center in OSU-Tulsa’s North Hall and in Founders Hall at OSU-CHS.

Volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food, bottled water, sports drinks, toiletries, diapers, undergarments for men, women and children, kitchen utensils, blankets, school supplies and pet food.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Marci Parkhurst at 918-938-8643 or Zack Stump at 405-334-9174 or drop by OSU-Tulsa.