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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, may 5, 2016

OSU-CHS forensic sciences students take case from crime scene to court

Forensic sciences graduate student Travis Brachtenbach testifies in a Tulsa County Courtroom before Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale.
Forensic sciences graduate student Travis Brachtenbach testifies during a mock trial in a Tulsa County Courtroom before Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale.

On a rainy day in early March, nine OSU-CHS forensic sciences students sketched, measured, swabbed and bagged evidence at a mock crime scene aboard an MD-80 aircraft at Stillwater Regional Airport.

It was part of the Advanced Criminalistics course required of all OSU-CHS forensic sciences graduate students. Last Tuesday, the students brought the case full circle, testifying as expert witnesses in a mock trial before Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale at the Tulsa County Courthouse.

“The best way to learn to present forensic evidence in court is to actually do it,” said Ron Thrasher, Ph.D., associate professor of forensic sciences. “This experience has provided students with a foundation they can draw from when they begin their careers as toxicologists, death scene investigators or DNA analysts.” Read more.

OSU-CHS after-school science club helps lift YMCA program to national ‘Bright Spot’

OSU-CHS graduate students Tomi Adewumi, left, and Amie Francis help Eugene Field Elementary School students conduct a science experiment during the after-school program, Way Cool Science Club.
OSU-CHS graduate students Tomi Adewumi, left, and Amie Francis help Eugene Field Elementary School students conduct a science experiment during the after-school program, Way Cool Science Club.

An elementary after-school science club run by graduate students at OSU-CHS has garnered national recognition for a local YMCA program at Eugene Field Elementary School.

After a recent evaluation, the YMCA of the USA recommended that the YMCA of Greater Tulsa’s Graduate Oklahoma (GO) Club be recognized as a “Bright Spot” and shared as a national model with YMCA chapters across the country.

The Way Cool Science Club at Eugene Field Elementary was launched last year by OSU-CHS graduate students enrolled in the Scientific Outreach course. The class was designed to train graduate students to develop and institute scientific outreach programs for kids.

Each week, graduate students help 4th- and 5th-graders conduct experiments and research projects after school with the goal of sparking children’s interest in science. Read more.

OSU in Tulsa expresses appreciation to administrative professionals

Terry Brown, executive assistant, spoke at a luncheon to celebrate the work of OSU in Tulsa administrative professionals last Tuesday at OSU-Tulsa.
Terry Brown, executive assistant, spoke at a luncheon last Thursday to celebrate the work of OSU in Tulsa administrative professionals.

OSU in Tulsa hosted the 2016 “Standing Tall” luncheon and development seminar on Thursday at OSU-Tulsa to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day.

OSU-CHS Chief Operating Officer Johnny Stephens and OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett welcomed nearly 30 of the university’s administrative professionals to the event and noted how important their work is to the university.

Terry Brown, executive assistant to Stephens and Hurricane Katrina survivor, was the keynote speaker. Door prizes were distributed to several participants at the end of the event.

Oklahoma Rural Health Conference to examine hospital survival, national outlook

The 2016 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference aimed at exploring ways to improve rural health will be May 25-26 in Norman at the Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel and Conference Center.

Brock Slabach, MPH, senior vice president of member services for the National Rural Health Association, will launch the conference with a national overview of rural health. Other session topics include rural hospital survival tips, behavioral health services for rural communities and telehealth adoption. The event will conclude with an awards luncheon on May 26.

The annual convention brings together members of the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma and stakeholders of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health to explore ways to improve health care in rural and underserved areas of the state. A golf scramble for members is set for May 24. For additional information, view the conference schedule or email Corie Kaiser, director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health, or call 1-405-840-6505. To register online, visit the conference website.

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