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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

MAPS conference teaches minority college students about medical school

Marianna Abramson, an undergraduate at Cameron University, left, listens to simulated heart and lung sounds with the assistance of third-year medical student Jeree Smith, right, during the MAPS Conference on Saturday. Second-year medical student Breana Smith, center, helps another conference attendee.
Marianna Abramson, an undergraduate at Cameron University, left, listens to simulated heart and lung sounds with the assistance of third-year medical student Jeree Smith, right, during the MAPS Conference on Saturday. Second-year medical student Breana Smith, center, helps another conference attendee.

Third-year OSU-COM student Jeree Smith is passionate about becoming a physician and helping others.

“One of the things I love most is to help people reach their potential. It is so fulfilling,” said Smith, of Spencer, Okla. “As a first-generation college graduate, my family members were constant motivators. And a professor in my undergraduate studies became a mentor who encouraged and directed me on pursuing a career in medicine.”

Smith was one of several OSU-COM medical students who volunteered on Saturday at the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) conference at OSU-CHS. Read more.

OSU-CHS begins conversion of old fire station to crime scene investigation lab

OSU-CHS purchased the old fire station in late 2014.
OSU-CHS purchased the old fire station in late 2014.

OSU-CHS has begun transforming a former Tulsa fire station into a crime scene investigation laboratory for students in the forensic sciences graduate program.

Damaged steel beams are being replaced and structural repairs are underway. The entire inside of the building, including electrical wiring and ductwork, is being renovated to provide a safe area for students to participate in mock crime scenes. The 2,670-square-foot-building also will include a classroom and conference room.

The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of the spring semester. The former fire station, located at 1712 S. Phoenix Ave., was one of two auctioned off by the City of Tulsa more than a year ago. Read more.

Research Spotlight: Detecting illicit drug, explosives labs

Wagner
Wagner

Jarrad Wagner, Ph.D., wants to improve the tools used in detecting the presence of illegal drugs or explosives in homes and other locations where production is suspected.

“We recently completed a research project that detected drug residues in homes and on cell phones. We don’t know where these environmental drug residues are coming from, but it is well known that clandestine laboratories will contaminate homes where they are set up,” said Wagner, director of the Forensic Toxicology and Trace Chemistry Laboratory and associate professor of forensic sciences at OSU-CHS. “Our research has shown that we are able to detect the presence of illegal drugs and explosives by swabbing the walls, even after the labs have been removed.

Clandestine laboratories present significant safety and health risks to law enforcement, the public and the environment. Biological and chemical agents that can be toxic when mixed are used in the production of both illegal drugs and improvised explosives. For every pound of methamphetamine produced in a drug lab, there are five to seven pounds of toxic waste, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Watch a video of Wagner explaining his research at the OSU-CHS website. Read more.

OSU OB/GYN to provide screenings at Tulsa Women's Living Expo

OSU Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology Department will offer free 3D ultrasound tests and health screenings at the 30th annual of the Tulsa Women’s Living Expo on Feb. 12-14 at Expo Square.

OSU physicians will be on hand at the Health Pavilion located at the southwest corner of the River Spirit Expo Center. The OSU Mobile Cardiology Unit will offer free EKG screenings, blood pressure checks, tours and information about heart health. Joseph Johnson, D.O., chair of the OSU Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will participate in the “Ask a Doctor” event at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Main Stage.

Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7. For more information about the event, visit the Tulsa Women’s Expo website. 

OSU-CHS to recognize Dating Violence Awareness Week

Students, faculty and staff are invited to wear orange on Tuesday to promote respect and healthy relationships during Dating Violence Awareness Week.

Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Types of abuse include physical, digital, financial, sexual, emotional and verbal.

Anyone who is experiencing dating abuse may reach out and get support from a faculty member, counselor or by visiting the 1 is 2 Many website.

It all starts with research

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Finding new ways to fight cancer. Developing tools to help doctors better detect cardiovascular diseases. Improving the way muscles function for better performance. These are examples of the many research projects being conducted at OSU-CHS that are advancing the fields of biomedical science, forensic science, medicine, athletic training and health care administration. Our faculty, students and staff are making scientific breakthroughs while training the next generation of researchers and physicians in Oklahoma.

Watch this video featuring Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., vice provost for graduate programs, to learn more about OSU-CHS graduate degrees and research.

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