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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

StORM members advocate for residency, rural hospital funding

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., left, meets with Stacie Pace, a member of the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma board of directors, Jennifer Briggs, OMS-II, Erica Standberg, OMS-II, William Pettit, D.O., provost, senior associate dean of academic affairs and associate dean of rural health, Charrisa Raymond, OMS-II, Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education, Alex Jones, regional coordinator for the Center for Rural Health, and Andy Fosmire, vice president of rural health for the Oklahoma Hospital Association, last week on Capitol Hill.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., left, meets with Stacie Pace, a member of the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma board of directors, Jennifer Briggs, OMS-II, Erica Standberg, OMS-II, William Pettit, D.O., provost, senior associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean for rural health, Charrisa Raymond, OMS-II, Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education, Alex Jones, regional coordinator for the Center for Rural Health, and Andy Fosmire, vice president of rural health for the Oklahoma Hospital Association, last week on Capitol Hill.

Three second-year medical students represented the Student Osteopathic Rural Medicine club last week at the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute conference in Washington, D.C.

Erica Strandberg, Charissa Raymond and Jennifer Briggs attended the conference with William Pettit, D.O., provost, senior associate dean of academic affairs and associate dean for rural health, Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education and Alex Jones, regional coordinator for the Center for Rural Health.

While on Capitol Hill, the group met with several members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., to discuss the challenges facing rural health care providers and to promote stable financing for residency programs.

Vanguard: Shining the light on research

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Benjamin

OSU-CHS has focused on becoming the premier biomedical research institution in northeastern Oklahoma because research is the life-blood of a university environment, lending vitality and richness that is absent without academic exploration.

“Research is at the core of learning. This search for knowledge is learning in its purest sense,” says Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., OSU-CHS vice provost for graduate programs, associate dean for biomedical sciences and associate professor of physiology. “Such exploration stimulates the mind and is necessary for finding answers to important questions.”

To showcase that research as part of the university’s land-grant mission, Research Spotlight, an ongoing video series, highlights the diverse spectrum of faculty research at OSU-CHS. Each video highlights an individual researcher’s work. Videos on each research project are posted to the OSU Center for Health Sciences’ website along with accompanying stories and are featured on OState.TV. Read more in the 2016 Vanguard magazine.

OSU-CHSI to discuss health database at Research Week

Students, faculty and staff will learn more about the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation’s Cerner HealthFacts database during a presentation at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in Room 108 at the Wes Watkins Center in Stillwater.

OSU-CHSI leaders will talk about gaining access to information from the database, one of the largest de-identified electronic health records databases in the country. Students will also share research projects based on the data.

The presentation is part of Research Week at OSU-Stillwater. For additional information, visit the OSU-CHSI website.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day to showcase array of student, faculty projects

Determining the effect of food insecurity and household chaos on child development. Seeking ways to improve the quality of research in pediatric oncology. Investigating changes in the DNA sequence length in the Martes Americana animal species since the Pleistocene Epoch. And examining the contributions of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Emergency Volunteer Service) program at Oklahoma A&M College, now known as OSU, to the war effort during World War II.

These topics represent more than 50 research projects to be presented at the 2016 OSU in Tulsa Research Day on Feb. 18-19 at OSU-CHS.

The annual two-day event reveals the numerous creative and innovative research projects undertaken by students, faculty and staff at OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa. A variety of disciplines are represented at the event, including biomedical sciences, engineering, anatomy and cell biology and more. Read more.

Higher Education Day set at the state Capitol

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will host Higher Education Day at the Capitol on Tuesday at 2 p.m. to inform lawmakers about the state of higher education in Oklahoma.

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and Chair Toney Stricklin will speak during the event about the high rate of return for the state on its investment in higher education.

A recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation highlights the return on investment for Oklahoma public higher education is $4.72 for every $1 of state funding.

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