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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

OSU-CHS celebrates National Rural Health Day

Johnny Stephens, chief operating officer and interim  vice president for research, right, speaks at the National Rural Health Day  celebration last year in Founders Hall with Chad Landgraf, GIS specialist,  left, and Jeff Hackler, assistant to the dean for rural service programs and  chair of rural health.
Johnny Stephens, chief operating officer and interim vice president for research, right, speaks at the National Rural Health Day celebration last year in Founders Hall with Chad Landgraf, GIS specialist, left, and Jeff Hackler, assistant to the dean for rural service programs and chair of rural health.

OSU-CHS will celebrate National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov. 19 with a free barbecue lunch at 11:45 a.m. in Founders Hall.

The annual event is planned to increase awareness of the millions of Americans who live in small towns and rural areas with limited access to medical care. It is sponsored by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.

The day aligns with the OSU Center for Rural Health’s efforts to recruit, educate and train physicians who will practice in rural communities, advocate for rural health programs and conduct research to ensure rural Oklahoma has access to quality, affordable health care.

Centered Around Health Fair a success for students, patients

Shawna Passman, OMS-II, takes a participant’s  blood pressure at the Centered Around Health Fair last week at The Center for  Individuals with Physical Challenges.
Shawna Passman, OMS-II, takes a participant’s blood pressure at the Centered Around Health Fair last week at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges.

OSU-COM second-year medical students provided an array of health services and information last week during the Centered Around Health Fair at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges.

Students performed cholesterol and blood pressure tests, osteopathic manipulative medicine and more. Visitors also had the opportunity to receive nutrition and other health information as well as participate in art therapy.

The yearly event is part of the Developing the Physician course aimed at honing student doctors’ interpersonal and leadership skills.

Gignac awarded two National Science Foundation grants

Gignac
Gignac

Paul Gignac, Ph.D., OSU-CHS assistant professor of anatomy, has been awarded two large grants from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research.

A two-year $300,000 grant will enable Gignac to research methods capable of visualizing soft-tissue anatomy in micro-CT images and promote them through a worldwide research effort at DiceCT. He was also awarded a three-year $520,000 grant to study the emergence of the ‘flight-ready’ brain of birds as they evolved from dinosaurs.

He is partnering with research colleagues from Stony Brook University, the New York Institute of Technology and the American Museum of Natural History. These are the second and third NSF grants to be awarded to Gignac.

Graduate student honored for research presentation

Graduate student Allison McDonald, left, receives a medal  from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society from Sigma Xi President Mark  Peeples as one of the top presenters at the organization’s student research  conference last month.
Graduate student Allison McDonald, left, receives a medal from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society from Sigma Xi President Mark Peeples as one of the top presenters at the organization’s student research conference last month.

OSU-CHS doctoral student Allison McDonald recently received the Superior Presentation in Cell Biology and Biochemistry Award at the 2015 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

McDonald is a student researcher with Franklin Champlin, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology. She presented their work “Recalcitrance of the Burkholderia multivorans Outer Membrane for Chemical Permeabilization to Hydrophobic Substances.”

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society is the international honor society of science and engineering and is one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world.

OSU-CHS surpasses United Way goal

OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa exceeded their joint goal of raising $60,000 to support the Tulsa Area United Way and its 60 partner agencies. The campuses together raised $61,422.18.

The campus kicked off its annual United Way campaign on Sept. 10 and continued through Sept. 18. A number of events were scheduled during the week, including a Family Feud Challenge, lunches, mini-golf, gourmet popcorn sales and a parking spot auction.

OSU-CHS faculty and staff also participated in the 24th annual United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 11 through volunteer work at Daniel Webster High School. The OSU-CHS United Way campaign was coordinated by Bria Taylor, director of the Office of Outreach and Special Events, and outreach program specialist Lindsey Yoder.

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