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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Native OKstars intern meets President Obama during his visit to Oklahoma

Madilyn Scott, a research intern in OSU-CHS' Native OKstars program, visited with President Barack Obama on his trip to Durant on Wednesday.
Madilyn Scott, a research intern in OSU-CHS' Native OKstars program, visited with President Barack Obama on his trip to Durant on Wednesday.

Madilyn Scott, a high school student participating in OSU-CHS’ Native OKstars program, was selected to meet President Barack Obama as he visited Durant on Wednesday.

Scott is one of several American Indian high school students working with OSU-CHS faculty on research projects during a six-week intensive internship. The Native OKstars and OKstars programs are designed to encourage students to pursue a career in medicine or science. Scott has been working in Associate Dean for the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science Kent Smith’s lab this summer and has expressed interest in pursuing a medical degree in the future. Smith also is a professor of anatomy.

The president visited Durant, the home of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, during his visit to announce a pilot high-speed internet program that would make internet access available to more families. ConnectHome will begin in 27 cities and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, which stretches across much of southeastern Oklahoma.

OSU in Tulsa wins top advertising, multimedia awards at OCPRA competition

OCPRA Entries

Oklahoma State University Marketing and Communications Services in Tulsa took top honors in two categories and received 11 awards overall at the annual Oklahoma College Public Relations Association conference in Sulphur. The annual OCPRA competition featured entries from public and private higher education institutions across Oklahoma.

OSU Marketing and Communications Services in Tulsa placed first in the print advertising and multimedia categories. In addition to the first place “Grand” awards, the Marketing and Communications team earned five second place “Excellence” awards, two third place awards and two honorable mention honors.

The team received second place awards for its digital ad campaign for the OSU School of Health Care Administration online top 5 ranking and for newsletters, The Center and The Current, as well as for video featurette, radio spot and social media. The team took third place for direct mail and for the Cowboy Guardian logo.

In addition, the team received honorable mention for the OSU Center for Health Sciences Research Spotlight logo, a new initiative highlighting faculty research, and for the cover design for the OSU-Tulsa Graduation program.

OSU Marketing and Communications Services in Tulsa provides communications, marketing, graphic design, web, social media and video services for OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa. Representing the team was Dr. Mary Bea Drummond, assistant vice president for Marketing and Communications Services and member of the OCPRA board of directors.

Healthy seniors sought as mentors for OSU medical students

Medical students Patrick Neff, left, and Beth DeWitt enjoy a farewell Senior Mentor luncheon with their mentor Joan Graves last April.
Medical students Patrick Neff, left, and Beth DeWitt enjoy a farewell Senior Mentor luncheon with their mentor Joan Graves last April.

OSU-COM is seeking healthy adults to volunteer as mentors for second-year medical students as part of a program designed to enhance the interpersonal skills of future physicians and promote positive attitudes toward aging.

The Senior Mentor program pairs volunteers age 65 and older with two medical students for a series of interactions that will emulate the development of a doctor-patient relationship. Mentors will meet with students twice during the semester to discuss issues such as life experiences, medical history, wellness, medications and perspectives on end-of-life care.

The program is part of the Developing the Physician course, which includes shadowing non-physician health care providers, service-learning activities, patient simulations and activities that foster an understanding of the patient and the community.  

Volunteers may contact Lesley Vanvolkinburg by email or by calling 918-582-1972.

Seminar to examine role of T cells in cancer, autoimmune disease treatment

Teague
Teague

T. Kent Teague, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor of immunology at OSU-CHS, will discuss his research into the use of T cells in treating cancer and autoimmune diseases at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow in Main Hall 2205 at OSU-Tulsa.

He also is associate professor of surgery at OU-Tulsa. He will explain two new advances in blocking immune checkpoints in cancer therapy and the basics of T cells can regulate autoimmune diseases. In addition, Teague will look at how cytokines can be used to manipulate T cells.

A light lunch will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa and the College of Human Sciences. For questions about the seminar, contact Amanda Harrist, Ph.D., OSU professor of human development and family science.

RSVPs open for staff appreciation event at Oklahoma Aquarium

Oceans of Appreciation Logo

Make plans to attend Oceans of Appreciation, the 2015 OSU in Tulsa Staff Appreciation Day at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks on either Friday, July 31 or Saturday, Aug. 1.

The event will run from 6:30-10 p.m. each night, offering staff and faculty the opportunity to select which night to attend. Tickets are available for an employee plus one guest.

Oceans of Appreciation will include food and live entertainment and guests will be able to tour the aquarium. Reservations may be completed online at the Oceans of Appreciation website.

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