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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

OSU in Tulsa Research Day highlights student, faculty projects

Biomedical sciences graduate student Dusti Sloan, left, discusses a study with Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., OSU-CHS associate professor of immunology, during the 2014 OSU in Tulsa Research Day.
Biomedical sciences graduate student Dusti Sloan, left, discusses a study with Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., OSU-CHS associate professor of immunology, during the 2014 OSU in Tulsa Research Day.

With the deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2015 OSU in Tulsa Research Day approaching, many OSU-CHS students, residents and faculty are preparing for the annual research celebration and competition.

Developing ways to visually represent brain activity for people with post traumatic stress disorder and a rare complication of bacterial meningitis in a patient with an acute lumbar compression fracture are two of the OSU-CHS research projects that will be featured during the event.

Students and faculty still have an opportunity to sign up for the event. Abstracts should be submitted online by Friday, Feb. 13.

Research Day will be in Founders Hall at the OSU Center for Health Sciences campus on Feb. 20. For more information, contact Amanda Benn at 918-561-1402 or visit the Research Day website.

OSUMA elects new CEO

Polak
Polak

The OSU Medical Authority, which owns the OSU Medical Center, elected Eric Polak as its new chief executive officer at a meeting last week.

"We are very pleased that Eric has agreed to take on this important role with OSUMA," said Jerry Hudson, chairman of OSUMA. "Eric has been working closely with us for the past few years and we know he will handle the CEO responsibilities in an excellent manner."

Polak is vice president for finance and administration at OSU-CHS. He replaces Howard Barnett, who is president of OSU-Tulsa.

"We want to acknowledge and thank Howard for the years of service he has given to the hospital," said Hudson.

OSUMA is a state trust authority that assumed ownership of the hospital in 2013.

Wellness Center to host grand re-opening

The Wellness Center remodel includes the installation of rubberized flooring
The Wellness Center remodel includes the installation of rubberized flooring.

The OSU-CHS Wellness Center will host a grand re-opening tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to offer students, faculty and staff the opportunity to tour the newly remodeled facility and learn how the center can help achieve their wellness goals.

The Wellness Center closed last week for renovations and the installation of new equipment, including upright bikes, treadmills, recumbent bikes, a leg curl machine, weight benches and more. Under the direction of the Physical Plant, new paint, rubberized floors, a surround sound stereo system and desk furniture were added to the area.

Students, faculty and staff have free access to use the Wellness Center and can complete enrollment on the OSU-CHS website. For more information about the OSU-CHS Wellness Center, contact Jesse Chaffin, health and wellness manager.

Medical Library hosting traveling exhibit on George Washington, medicine

Second-year medical student Travis Bucker examines the George Washington exhibit in Founders Hall.
Second-year medical student Travis Buckner examines the George Washington exhibit in Founders Hall.

The OSU-CHS Medical Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine's traveling display, “Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine" in Founders Hall through February 28.

The display explores the story of George Washington’s own health and examines the ways he sought to safeguard the health and wellness of those under his care. Washington’s story illuminates the broader context of the experience of illness and the practice of medicine, which during his time was transitioning from a traditional healer craft to a profession.

The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine produced and developed the exhibit.

A champion of interdisciplinary research

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Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences researchers are collaborating with scientists in a variety of fields to find solutions to health care challenges. The interdisciplinary approach used by research groups like the OSU Center for Wearable Electronic Sensing Systems and Technology (CWeSST) is helping the university meet its land-grant mission by sharing knowledge to advance the quality of life in Oklahoma. This approach fosters creativity and innovation that keeps OSU-CHS on the cutting edge of health care.

As shown above, CWeSST was the first place winner of the President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity at OSU. Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., right, OSUCHS interim vice provost and executive director of CWeSST, presents the President’s Cup to OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O.

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