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Oklahoma City University, often referred to as OCU or OKCU, is a coeducational, urban, private university historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is located in the uptown district of Oklahoma City, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma.The university offers undergraduate bachelor's degrees, graduate master's degrees and doctoral degrees, organized into eight colleges and schools and one Methodist seminary. Students can major in more than 70 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate degrees, including a JD, MBA and PhD in Nursing, and an Adult Studies Program for working adults to earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. The university has approximately 4,000 students, including 1,600 graduate students. OCU has a large student life network including athletics, honor societies, clubs and student organizations, and fraternities and sororities. The official school and athletic colors are blue and white. Alumni have gone on to prominent careers in government and law, business, education, sports, arts, and entertainment. Wikipedia.

Researchers and laypersons have long argued that stress is bad for health, particularly when responses are large, prolonged, and frequent. By extension, individuals who have the largest and the most prolonged responses are assumed to have worse outcomes than do less reactive persons. Research in animals has been supportive of the connection between stress and poor health, but evidence in humans has been slow to accumulate. The current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine presents a metaanalysis of 33 studies of delayed recovery from stress and its association with poor cardiovascular disease outcomes and allcause mortality. The analysis supports the contention that slower recovery to baseline after exercise or psychological stress may predict earlier death due to all causes. This finding raises questions for psychosomatic theories of disease and points the direction for further study of how or whether to incorporate reactivity measures into standard risk profiles. Copyright © 2015 by the American Psychosomatic Society. Source

Roesler S.M.,Oklahoma City University
Ecology Law Quarterly | Year: 2012

Numerous laws and policies claim to further the environmental right to know, and demands for disclosure of environmental information are made on the basis of this putative right. But although the right is often asserted, it is rarely scrutinized. In this article, I draw on the interest theory of rights to identify the interests underlying various manifestations of the environmental right to know in law and policy. I argue that the importance of the right can only be explained by its connection to more fundamental values and interests, such as interests in intellectual freedom, personal liberty, self-government, and human health. By investigating the interests that justify the right, we can better understand its implications in two respects. First, an interest analysis clarifies the various disclosure obligations of both government and industry. It can also lead to some surprising conclusions. For example, in some cases, interests in personal liberty and self-government may provide stronger support for disclosure of environmental information than health and environmental interests. Second, the assessment of right-to-know interests in particular contexts helps resolve conflicts created by competing claims to nondisclosure of environmental information. In the final section of the article, I analyze two such conflicts: free-speech objections to state labeling laws requiring disclosure of environmental information and trade secret objections to public disclosure of information concerning chemical substances. Copyright © 2012 Regents of the University of California. Source

Chu Y.W.,National University of Kaohsiung | Engebretson D.A.,Oklahoma City University | Carey J.R.,National University of Kaohsiung
Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology | Year: 2013

Blood culture is traditionally a time-consuming method and has not changed significantly in several decades. Using nanotechnology, such as the use of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), the blood culture process may be streamlined. An important advantage of using MNPs to capture bacteria is the simple separation of bacteria from biological samples using magnets. Indeed, high bacteria capture efficiencies have been realized using MNPs. The binding events between MNPs and bacteria can be tightly controlled through carefully selected biorecognition events, using molecules such as vancomycin, daptomycin, antibodies, and others. These biomolecules can be readily conjugated onto MNPs followed by tethering to bacteria, thus enabling detection using the beacon produced by the bacteria conjugated MNPs. Methods to prepare bioconjugated MNPs and their performance with bacteria are reviewed. Finally, future directions on bacteria detection using giant magnetoresistance (GMR) biosensors are discussed. Copyright © 2013 American Scientific Publishers. All rights reserved. Source

Talbot T.R.,Vanderbilt University | Bratzler D.W.,Oklahoma City University | Carrico R.M.,University of Louisville | Diekema D.J.,University of Iowa | And 4 more authors.
Annals of Internal Medicine | Year: 2013

Health care-associated infection (HAI) rates are used as measures of a health care facility's quality of patient care. Recently, these outcomes have been used to publicly rank quality efforts and determine facility reimbursement. The value of comparing HAI rates among health care facilities is limited by many factors inherent to HAI surveillance, and incentives that reward low HAI rates can lead to unintended consequences that can compromise medical care surveillance efforts, such as the use of clinical adjudication panels to veto events that meet HAI surveillance definitions. The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, a federal advisory committee that provides advice and guidance to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services about strategies for surveillance, prevention, and control of HAIs, assessed the challenges associated with using HAI surveillance data for external quality reporting, including the unintended consequences of clinician veto and clinical adjudication panels. Discussions with stakeholder liaisons and committee members were then used to formulate recommended standards for the use of HAI surveillance data for external facility assessment to ensure valid comparisons and to provide as level a playing field as possible. The final recommendations advocate for consistent, objective, and independent application of CDC HAI definitions with concomitant validation of HAIs and surveillance processes. The use of clinician veto and adjudication is discouraged. © 2013 American College of Physicians. Source

Prilliman S.G.,Oklahoma City University
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2012

An inquiry-based laboratory exercise is described in which introductory chemistry students measure the density of water five times using either a beaker, a graduated cylinder, or a volumetric pipet. Students are also assigned to use one of two analytical balances, one of which is purposefully miscalibrated by 5%. Each group collects data using only their assigned glassware and balance. After the experiment, the complete classes' data is compiled. The variability in the precision of the glassware and the different calibrations of the balances leads to observations of both random and systematic error in the class data. These data provide a starting point for teaching the types of error commonly encountered in introductory chemistry labs. © 2012 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc. Source

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