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thursday, october 6, 2016

Smith presents bronze replica of fossil jaw to Chickasaw Nation

OSU-CHS Associate Dean Kent Smith shows off the replica of a jaw bone he discovered on an archaeological dig in the Great Basin.
OSU-CHS Associate Dean Kent Smith shows off the replica of a jaw bone he discovered on an archaeological dig in the Great Basin.

Kent Smith, OSU-CHS associate dean for the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science, recently presented a fossil replica of a new mammal species named in honor of the Chickasaw people to Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.

Smith and others named Brevimalictic chikasha in the March 2016 international journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. The fossil was discovered during a paleontological expedition to the Great Basin of Nevada.

The new species belongs to the family of mammals known as Musteliedae, which include badgers, wolverines and weasels. The ancient mammal is about the size of an existing long-tailed weasel and lived at a high elevation in a temperate forest ecosystem about 16 million years ago.

The bronze replica of the jaw bone will be on display to the public in the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur.

Seminar to examine biogeography and primate evolution

Beard
Beard

K. Christopher Beard, Ph.D., Foundation Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and senior curator at the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas, will discuss his research at noon on Friday in D-107.

His work focuses on the origins of Anthropoidea, a large group of fossil and extant primates that includes the human lineage. Beard was a MacArthur Fellow in 2000 and is a world-renowned paleontologist.

The seminar is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the OSU-CHS Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Citywide Research Day submissions accepted through Oct. 14

Research Day logo

Students and faculty from OSU-CHS may submit posters and papers for the fourth annual Citywide Research Day scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3. The event is open to all students and faculty from the Tulsa area.

The event is a free, daylong conference for Oklahoma academic researchers to share their work with others in the Tulsa community. Although submissions from all disciplines are encouraged, this year features a special track with the theme of food, energy and water systems.

The annual event is sponsored by Tulsa Research Partners, a collaboration of OSU-CHS, OSU-Tulsa, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, the University of Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, Oral Roberts University, Northeastern State University and the Oklahoma Innovation Institute. OU-Tulsa will host the event this year in its Founders Hall.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 14. Online registration closes Friday, Oct. 28. To register for the event, visit the Oklahoma Innovation Institute website.

OSU medical students offer ‘Centered Around Health Fair’

Brittany Bolt, third-year medical student, administers osteopathic manipulative medicine during last year’s Centered Around Health Fair at the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges in Tulsa.
OSU medical student Brittany Bolt administers osteopathic manipulative medicine during last year’s Centered Around Health Fair at the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges in Tulsa.

OSU-CHS will host a community health fair from 9-11 a.m. on Nov. 9 at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges. The health fair is free and open to the public.

OSU medical students organize and deliver the health fair each year as part of the service-learning component of the medical school’s Developing the Physician curriculum.

More than 100 second-year medical students will offer a variety of health screenings and information during at the event, including blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings and smoking cessation, oral health and stress management education. For more information, email Justin Zumwalt, OSU-COM service learning manager.

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