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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, july 21, 2016

Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa to graduate second class of therapy dogs

Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS president and dean of OSU-COM, talks with her dog, Deuce, on one of his campus visits last fall. The yellow lab is among the first class of P3T graduates.
Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS president and dean of OSU-COM, talks with her dog, Deuce, on one of his campus visits last fall. The yellow lab is among the first class of P3T graduates.

The second class of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa will graduate in a special “Barkalaureate” ceremony at 3 p.m. on Aug. 8 in Founders Hall. Graduates include:

  • Max, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, and handlers Bill Meek, Ph.D., OSU-CHS professor of anatomy and cell biology, and Sharon Meek
  • Tahlula, a 5-year-old Chihuahua, and handler Marnie Pettit, wife of OSU-CHS Provost William J. Pettit, D.O.
  • Max, a 9-year-old Maltese, and handler Ashley Adkins, M.S., OSU-CHS director of university affairs
  • Blue, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd, and handler, Jessica Bradley, M.S., OSU-Tulsa career services coordinator
  • Fern, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever, and handler Matt Bowler, Ph.D., OSU-Tulsa associate professor of management and Don R. Brattain professor in the Spears School of Business

P3T graduates will serve OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa as greeters and campus ambassadors. They are also available for clinical or crisis situations. The goal of the program is to enhance physical and emotional health as part of the America’s Healthiest Campus wellness initiative. Campus departments as well as clinical departments may request a P3T dog visit by emailing pettherapytulsa@okstate.edu. For more information, visit the P3T website.

OKstars and Native OKstars wrap up summer research internships

Casey Ferguson, left, and Daezia Harris present their summer research project on the link between estrogen and food intake during the final OKstars and Native OKstars event.
Casey Ferguson, left, and Daezia Harris present their summer research project on the link between estrogen and food intake during the final OKstars and Native OKstars event.

Six weeks after beginning their summer research internships, 24 Oklahoma high school students gave their last presentations as participants in the 2016 Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students programs.

Known as OKstars and Native OKstars, the students’ projects ranged from the study of the toll of rheumatoid arthritis on Native American women to a comparison of rural and urban antibiotic prescription rates for children with ear infections. The interns spent 20-25 hours each week participating in the programs, including conducting research side-by-side with faculty mentors in biology, anatomy, forensics and other disciplines.

Both summer programs are aimed at high school students interested in medical or science careers. Learn more about OKstars or Native OKstars on the OSU-CHS website.

OSU-CHS to host graduate student orientations

As the beginning of the fall semester approaches, some graduate programs have planned orientation sessions to provide information to students about campus services and resources.

Two orientation sessions for biomedical sciences graduate students are scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 in D-107 and Thursday, July 28 in D-207. Orientation for the School of Forensic Sciences is set for 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15.

The Health Care Administration graduate program will have a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Baxter’s Interurban Grill. The Athletic Training graduate program had an orientation for new students in June. For additional information, visit the OSU-CHS website.

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