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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Undergraduate researchers from across the U.S. spending summer at OSU-CHS

Hunter Bearden, a student at TCC, talks with Kathleen S. Curtis, Ph.D., about his research data on the effects of diet soda and regular soda on weight gain in rats.
Hunter Bearden, a student at TCC, talks with Kathleen S. Curtis, Ph.D., about his research data on the effects of diet soda and regular soda on weight gain of rats.

Several undergraduate students are spending their summer working with faculty at OSU Center for Health Sciences through several programs designed to increase participation in biomedical research.

The Tulsa Area Bioscience Education and Research Consortium summer program has placed five student interns at OSU-CHS to work with faculty members Curtis, J. Thomas Curtis, Ph.D., Gerwald A. K√∂hler, Ph.D., Nedra Wilson, Ph.D. and Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D. The students spend 160 hours in the laboratory conducting bioscience research and gaining important experience. Tulsa Community College students Andrew Brown, Annie Gilliam and Mylissa Stover, Oral Roberts University student Aidan Huene and Rogers State University student Justin Kruse are participating in the program.

The Oklahoma Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence undergraduate summer program has also brought five students to work with faculty at OSU-CHS. The program provides hands-on experience for students in biomedical research laboratories. Faculty participating in the program include Curtis, Franklin R. Champlin, Ph.D., Randall L. Davis, Ph.D., Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D. and Alexander Rouch, Ph.D.

The National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program has brought three students from across the nation to conduct research at OSU-CHS. Sophia Stone, Mary Baldwin College, Andrew Dinsmoor, University of Nebraska, and Karen Huang, Villanova University, spend three days each week with faculty mentors Kathleen S. Curtis and J. Thomas Curtis in research focused on the biological basis of human and animal behaviors.

OSU in Tulsa leadership team thanks staff for outstanding year at appreciation day

President Barnett thanks the staffOSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences President Howard Barnett and members of his leadership team expressed their thanks to the OSU in Tulsa staff for a great year in a special video tribute at Staff Appreciation Day on Friday.

"We need to honor our staff members because of all of the work they do every year to make to make OSU in Tulsa successful for our students, our faculty, for ourselves and the community of Tulsa," said Barnett. "It's a great opportunity for us to say 'thank you' and give a little back to those that give to us all year. We have many anecdotes every year about staff members who go out of their way to help students, faculty and visitors , that make OSU in Tulsa seem like a great place to people who come here."

Cathy Newsome, left, and Linda Raska were honored by OSU in Tulsa SAC.
Cathy Newsome, left, and Linda Raska were honored by OSU in Tulsa SAC.

During the celebration, Cathy Newsome, program coordinator in the School of Forensic Sciences at OSU-CHS, and Linda Raska, administrative assistant in Faculty Support Services for OSU-Tulsa, were named the 2013 OSU in Tulsa Staff Advisory Council Award of Excellence winners. OSU in Tulsa SAC scholarship winners were also announced during the event.

Staff members were also honored with awards for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to the university.

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