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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

American Legion Post 5 donates to OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine

Retired veterans from the Kingfisher American Legion Post 5 recently donated a check to the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine. OSU-CHS chamber technician Jim Jones, left, and Johnny Stephens, Ph.D., center, interim vice president for research and chief operating officer at OSU-CHS, stand with retired veterans Hugh Branscum, Sam McPherson and Larry Talbot.
Retired veterans from the Kingfisher American Legion Post 5 recently donated a check to the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine. OSU-CHS chamber technician Jim Jones, left, and Johnny Stephens, Ph.D., center, interim vice president for research and chief operating officer at OSU-CHS, stand with retired veterans Hugh Branscum, Sam McPherson and Larry Talbot.

The American Legion Post 5 in Kingfisher donated proceeds from the annual poppy sales to OSU-CHS during a special presentation on Monday. The donation will support the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine’s research on hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

“The generous support we have received from the American Legion posts in Oklahoma will help with our research developing potential treatments for veterans with traumatic brain injuries,” said Johnny Stephens, Ph.D., interim vice president for research and chief operating officer at OSU-CHS. “This important project has the potential to help those who have given so much to protect the freedoms we enjoy.”

The American Legion post was represented by Larry Talbot, Sam McPherson and Hugh Bransum. The retired officers toured the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine following the presentation.

There are more than 17,000 diagnosed cases of service members with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries in Oklahoma, according to Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. TBIs affect a person’s ability to think, concentrate, sleep and interact with others.

OSU-COM students awarded Tulsa County Medical Society scholarships

OSU medical students Matthew Else, left, David McVay and Robert Aran with William Pettit, D.O., interim senior associate dean of academic affairs, at Tulsa County Medical Society scholarship award ceremony.
OSU medical students Matthew Else, left, David McVay and Robert Aran with William Pettit, D.O., interim senior associate dean of academic affairs, at Tulsa County Medical Society scholarship award ceremony.

Three OSU-COM students were awarded scholarships from the Tulsa County Medical Society for the 2014-15 academic year at a banquet on Oct. 2.

Matthew Else, MSIII, was the recipient of the TCMS President’s Award, while David McVay, MSII, received the TCMS Foundation Community Service Award and Robert Aran, MSII, won the OSU Dean’s Leadership Award.

TCMS awarded $32,000 in scholarships this year. The TCMS scholarship committee selected 10 recipients from a record 60 applications. To date, nearly $2 million has been awarded to 1,253 medical students.

OSU-CHS hosts two-day course in earthquake damage assessment

OSU-CHS will host a two-day course to train professionals on how to identify potential building hazards before earthquakes occur and evaluate damage and risks following an earthquake.

The “Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards” course is scheduled for Oct. 28-29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in Room D107.

The program is sponsored by the State of Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and is open to building officials, engineers, architects, building owners, emergency managers, risk analysts and other citizens or volunteers.

There is no charge to attend the course. Registration is available online.

Campus safety reminder

OSU-CHS Safety desk

With autumn upon us and Daylight Savings Time quickly approaching, the days are getting shorter and the sun is setting earlier. OSU-CHS Campus Security is taking the changing seasons as an opportunity to remind students, faculty and staff to be mindful of their surroundings on campus.

If anything seems out of place or suspicious on campus, take the opportunity to report it to OSU-CHS Campus Security. You can reach them by phone at 918-625-8592 or visit the kiosk in Founders Hall.  

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