CHS Home CenterNet CHS Home
OSU-CHS Oklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences


What's New
Printer Friendly

    January 2007

OSU Pride Works!
Honors Sue Lawson

Sue LawsonOSU Pride Works!Sue Lawson, medical records clerk at OSU Physicians - Houston Parke, is honored by the OSU Pride Posse and OSU Pride Works!   

Kayse Shrum, D.O., chair of the pediatrics department, nominated Sue Lawson for the OSU Pride Works award as follows:

“Sue has been a long-time employee of OSU. Sue comes to work with a smile on her face and eager to do her job everyday. Sue has considered retiring in the past but chose to stay out of devotion to her fellow department members and love of her job. Sue is very conscientious about her work. She makes sure patients who request their medical records receive them in a timely manner. This is not always an easy job to get the physicians to close their EMR quickly but she handles this with ease. She is always respectful of our time yet makes sure the patients are taken care of in a timely manner. Sue will definitely be missed here when she does retire. Sue always exceeds my expectations because she takes pride in everything she does.” 

Says Lawson, “I was absolutely shocked. The award was a very nice surprise.“

Lawson joined OSU in 1991 after an oil industry layoff sent her back to school at Tulsa Community College.  She earned an associates degree and became a medical secretary at OSU. She also was a TCC adjunct for five years, teaching medical terminology.  She says she “bleeds orange” with her OSU ties that include two sons who are OSU graduates. One of them now is working on a master’s degree at OSU-Tulsa.


Flight simulator receives
FAA certification

Flight SimulatorFrom left:  Dave Moyers, OSU-CHS CAHM chamber technician; Michael Highland, director of the Tulsa Technology Center Riverside Campus; Matthew Wise, director of Aviation Sciences at Tulsa Community College.

OSU-CHS Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine and the Tulsa Community College Flight School have received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for the GAT II flight simulator.  The local flight simulator is the fourth in the nation to be FAA certified and is the only certified simulator west of the Mississippi River.

“We’re excited to offer to the aviation community an FAA certified flight simulator that will allow pilots and student pilots to record time spent in the device as simulator flight time in their official flight records,” explains Dr. Paul Rock, director of the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine.

The GAT II is a three-axis-motion flight simulator and trainer that replicates flight in a Cessna 172, the most frequently used and popular aircraft for flight training in the civilian, general aviation community.  During operation, a pilot or student sits inside the simulator, which responds, moves and sounds like the Cessna 172.  The GAT II can simulate flight anywhere in the United States including taking off, flying between and landing at any airport in the country.  It also simulates any weather condition and night flight.  Additionally, it is used to demonstrate visual-spatial disorientations that are a major cause of loss of control in flight resulting in fatal aviation accidents.

The certification of the flight simulator is the result of more than three years of collaborative effort between the OSU CAHM and Tulsa Community College Flight School.  Support for the certification effort has come from the Tulsa Aviation Education Alliance.  The TAEA is an association founded more than 10 years ago for the purpose of sharing resources between local educational institutions and facilitating access by students to high school through doctoral-level programs in aviation mechanics, flight, management, aerospace engineering, physiology and medicine.  The five member institutions include OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Tulsa, OSU-CHS, Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Technology Center. 


Are we communicating?

The PR & Marketing Department at OSU Center for Health Sciences is evaluating internal communications, and would like your feedback. 

An internal communications committee has been formed and has created a short survey to capture your thoughts and opinions.  The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete.  Take the survey now (you will be asked for the password, as usual, to access the Centernet site.)  Once you complete the survey, click the submit button to send it anonymously. 

After you submit the survey, a pop-up box will appear asking if you would like to participate in a focus group discussion.  We will hold focus group sessions in February.  If you sign up, you will be sent an email with times and locations.

We appreciate your time and involvement.

Spanish translation available

OSU Physicians - Houston Parke pediatrics Spanish interpreter/translator Lu Piszek tells Rounds in a recent e-mail that OSU physicians offer translation for Spanish-speaking patients and focus on making sure translations answer parents’ questions, taking extra time, if needed. Piszek says parents of pediatric patients are very glad that a translator is available. The clinic also has a telephone line for Spanish speakers.

“I would also like to let everyone know that I am very proud to be working for OSU as a Spanish translator and that I take great pride in translating for patients,” she says.


Holidays 2006

OSU-CHS marked the holiday season with a series of events for faculty, staff and students, as well as assistance to others.  Members of Sigma Sigma Phi filled their sleigh with gifts for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Gifts for Reaching Hands clients and for students at Eugene Field Elementary School were delivered before the holiday break. OSU Physicians clinics employees gathered at the Houston Parke clinic for a buffet luncheon and a drawing for gift baskets.  Ryan Miller emceed, assisted by Santa and Dr. JoAnn Ryan. OSU-CHS faculty, staff and friends gathered in Founders Hall Dec. 19 for a seasonal Founders Hall-iday celebration featuring food, a drawing for gift certificates, friendship, music, prizes, games, massages, and crafts. Committee members were Karen Senger, David Barron, LaDonna Lacey, Sandy Runowski, and Marla Schaefer.

Holiday party

A sea of orange and black shows as clinic staff
gathers for a holiday lunch.  Photo:  Dennis Adams.


Holiday party

Craig Stevens, Ph.D., gives carolers from
Eugene Field elementary school an assist.



Sarah Quinten (left) assists Reaching Hands director
Teri Geilfuss in packing up holiday gifts for clients
from OSU-CHS Angel Tree. The gift collection was
sponsored by Staff Advisory Council and
Quinten served as chair.


Holiday party

Ginny Murphy Swanson’s massage chair was a
popular spot at Founders Hall-iday. Cathy
Cummings also provided massages.


Holiday party

Eric Polak and LaDonna Lacey try out
Dance Dance Revolution



Eugene Field
Holiday gifts delivered

OSU-CHS’ giving spirit this holiday season supported the Eugene Field Angel Tree to provide gifts at our adopt-a-school.

Gifts were provided for 56 third and fourth graders at Eugene Field Elementary School.  In addition, the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association adopted an entire class of students, purchasing gifts for each of them.

The most popular toys requested by the students included Bionicles and Bratz dolls, but one boy asked for a hamster. 

Cathy Newsome, program coordinator for the Forensics Graduate Program, said the boy she picked requested the hamster and a cage and nothing else.  She called the school to make sure it would be okay to get the pet for him before making the purchase.  The gifts were delivered to the school to very excited children on Dec. 20. 

Eugene Field holiday gifts delivered

Reneé Motte-Williams braves rainy weather to deliver holiday gifts to Eugene Field Elementary School.

Eugene Field holiday gifts delivered

David Barron, Marsha Kennedy and Reneé Motte-Williams help pack up deliveries.

Eugene Field holiday gifts delivered

Lisa Jenkins, Karen Senger and Cathy Ramsey take another load of presents to the van.


Round of Applause!

Staff Advisory Council’s turkey and ham holiday drawing raised $312 to benefit council projects. Darlene Ferguson, clinical financial services-2401 building, and Austin McCoy, central supply-Houston Parke, won turkeys and Alice Gottschalk, OB/GYN-Houston Parke, won a ham. “Staff Advisory Council would like to thank all who supported the turkey and ham holiday drawing,” says SAC member Debbie Martin

Teri Bycroft, R.N., M.S.N., assistant director of research integrity, received national certification as a Certified IRB Professional from Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research.

Kathy Lee, program coordinator I in Internal Medicine, recently passed the Certified Professional Secretary exam.

David Barron has been promoted to manager of student financial aid and scholarships.

Abstract Publications
“Compound 48/80 Sensitization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Low Concentrations of Triclosan.”  Abstr. Gen. Meet. Amer. Soc. Microbiol.2006. Also: “Outer Membrane Permeability for Nonpolar Antimicrobial Agents Underlies Extreme Susceptibility of Pasteurella multocida to the Hydrophobic Biocide Triclosan.” Abstr. Gen. Meet. Amer. Soc. Microbiol. 2006 - Dr. Frank Champlin and others.

“Big 12 Research Fellowship” award - Dr. Stanley Grogg.

Grants Received
Capacity building for National Agricultural Biosecurity: The emerging discipline of agricultural microbial forensics, grant for $247,500 - Dr. Rob Allen in conjunction with Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology, OSU Stillwater. Grant stipend support for two OSU-CHS M.S. students and two OSU-Stillwater Ph.D. students for two years. 

Papers Published
“Subcellular Distribution of Plp-40, A Lipoprotein ina a Serotype A Strain of Pasteurella multocida,” Biochim. Biophys. Acta.  1760:1160-1166 - Dr. Frank Champlin and others.
“Viability of Pathogenic Naegleria and Acanthamoeba Isolates During 10 Years of Cryopreservation,” Folia Parasitologica 53:311-312, 2006 - Dr. David John.

“Considerations for the interpretation of STR results in cases of questioned half sibship,” and “DNA typing from trace evidence: Studies using ‘touch evidence’,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Blood Banks, Miami, Fla. - Dr. Rob Allen.
“Anatomy and physiology of the human brain, heart and lung,” presented to fourth grade students at Coweta Southside Elementary School – Dr. Randall Davis.
“Observations of two uncommon variations for proximal branches of the femoral artery,” presented at the 95th annual technical meeting of the Oklahoma Academy of Science – Dr. Kent Smith.

Ninth Annual Top Clinicians in Continuing Education, Dentistry Today, Vol. 25(12):106-116, December 2006 - Dr. Tom Glass.

Reviewed and/or edited seven manuscripts for Journal of Microbiological Methods - Dr. Frank Champlin.
Reviewed manuscript for Journal of Neuroendocrinology - Dr. Kathleen Curtis.
Reviewed manuscript for Anesthesia and Analgesia - Dr. Ken Miller.
Reviewed manuscripts for Neuroscience Letters and European Journal of Pharmacology - Dr. Craig Stevens.
Reviewed manuscript for Life Sciences - Dr. David Wallace.

Study Section Member
Viral and Eukaryotic Pathogen Special Emphasis Panel, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology IRG, Center for Scientific Review, NIH, Washington, D.C. - Dr. Earl Blewett.

Professional and Community Activities
Observed and conferred with University of Texas Health Sciences Center simulated patient models program, San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Larry Cherry, Dr. Machelle Davison and Dr. Steve Eddy.

Professional Advancement
December, Board Certified, American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice, Dr. Michael Collett.

“Developing Vaccine Recommendations and Policy-the ACIP,” Dr. Stanley Grogg and others.

Publications/News Media
Co-authored article for the Oklahoma D.O., “Motivating Patients for Health Behavior Change,” for Vol. 71, Nov. 7, 22-24, Dr. Vivian M. Stevens and Dr. Sue K. Redwood.

Immunization information for networking Web site for parents, developed by the creators of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., Dr. Stanley Grogg.




Rounds your campus communications source, is a product of the OSU-CHS Communications team. If you have an item of interest, let us know.


OSU-System | OSU-Stillwater | OSU-OKC | OSU-Tulsa | OSU Institute of Technology | OSU-CHS | Accessibility | Webmaster

Oklahoma State University - Center for Health Sciences
1111 W. 17th St., Tulsa, OK  74107 | 918.582.1972
Copyright © 2007 Oklahoma State University - All rights reserved