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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, July 11, 2013

OSU in Tulsa researchers complete first project on Tulsa supercomputer

Tandy Community Supercomputer
 Tandy Community Supercomputer

Researchers from OSU in Tulsa were the first to utilize the new Tandy Community Supercomputer in Tulsa, crunching data in minutes rather than hours or days. Brek Wilkins, Ph.D., a post-doctoral research associate at OSU Center for Health Sciences, used the supercomputer on July 3 to refine a software technology he has developed as a result of his dissertation research to predict the onset of heart attacks.

The supercomputer is able to conduct calculations at a rate approximately 20 times faster than a regular computer. For Wilkins, that meant computations that normally take 20-30 minutes were finished in less than a minute. Wilkins was also able to complete calculations from 24-hr EKG data that was impossible on his desktop computer in about five minutes using the supercomputer.

Wilkins has been working on the heart attack prediction research with Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost of graduate programs at OSU-CHS. Their research interests focus on cardio-respiratory diseases and disorders, in particular, finding ways to identify the earliest signs and symptoms of cardiac ischemia and sleep apnea before a patient experiences a heart attack.

The Tandy Supercomputing Center is an initiative of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, a not-for-profit corporation committed to building the economy in the Tulsa region, and the Tulsa Research Partners, which includes OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS, University of Tulsa, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa and Tulsa Community College.

OSU-CHS, OSU Medical Center to host event for Gov. Fallin tomorrow

Governor Mary Fallin

OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU Medical Center will host an event for Gov. Mary Fallin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in the OSU Medical Center Auditorium to thank her for supporting the teaching hospital.

During her visit, students will recognize Fallin for her support. Please RSVP by the end of today to Annette Morey at 918-594-8291.

OSU-Tulsa hosts camp to assist people with aphasia

2012 Aphasia Camp at OSU-Tulsa
A camper pets a therapy dog at the 2012 Cowboy Aphasia Camp.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will host the second Cowboy Aphasia Camp at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa on July 15-19.

Aphasia is an impairment of the ability to use or comprehend words, usually acquired as the result of a stroke or other brain injury. Aphasia affects more than 1 million Americans and is more common than Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, according to the National Aphasia Association. More than 100,000 Americans acquire the disorder each year.

During the camp, eight participants who have a form of aphasia will be paired with OSU-Tulsa graduate clinicians studying communication disorder treatments. Each team will work one-on-one using flash cards, computer software, iPad apps and word games devoted to developing a specific communication skill. The program includes other activities that stimulate the mind and body, including yoga and workout sessions, painting and art classes, and working with therapeutic animals.

To raise awareness about the challenges of living with aphasia, OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff and interested community members are invited to a special showing of “Aphasia: The Movie” on Thursday, July 18 at 9 a.m. in North Hall 118. The award-winning film is based on the life of Carl McIntyre, a film, television and stage actor who acquired aphasia at age 44 after suffering a stroke.

Annual Bedlam Run returns to the Blue Dome district
Bedlam Run Logo

The OSU Alumni Association’s Tulsa Chapter and OU Club of Tulsa will join forces to raise money for student scholarships during the 2013 Bedlam Run on Saturday, July 27.

The event features a 5K, 10K and Fun Run for participants of all ages. The course runs through downtown Tulsa’s Blue Dome district and the OSU-Tulsa campus, with the 5K and 10K starting at 7:30 a.m. and the Fun Run starting at 7:35 a.m.

Early registration is $30 per person with choice of T-shirt color. Race day registration, which opens at 6:30 a.m., is $32.50 per person with souvenir T-shirt while supplies last. Professional timing services are provided by Fleet Feet. Prizes will be awarded to race category winners.

Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds of the OSU Alumni Association and the OU Club of Tulsa. Visit bedlamrun.com to learn more or to register online.