TSET January 2021 Newsletter

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TSET Newsletter

January 29, 2021

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TSET Board of Directors Select Leaders for 2021

The TSET Board of Directors recently chose new officers to lead the board in 2021. Michelle Stephens, of Weatherford, was selected as chair. She previously served as vice-chair. Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., of Claremore, was selected as vice-chair. He previously served as chair.

Stephens is an attorney who previously served on the Oklahoma Commission for Human Services, the State Board of Education and the state CareerTech Board. She has practiced law since 1992.

Benjamin is the vice provost for graduate programs, associate dean for biomedical sciences and associate professor of physiology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. As vice provost, he serves in a leadership role for the graduate programs in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences, healthcare administration and athletic training. 

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In Oklahoma, e-cigarette companies and retailers have avoided the same regulation as other tobacco products. Learn about common sense policies that could improve health.



TSET Health Promotion Research Center Welcomes New Faculty

Three new faculty have joined the TSET Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) at OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center. New faculty are: Adam Alexander, Ph.D.; Thanh Bui, M.D.; and Julia McQuoid, Ph.D. They join the center as assistant professors at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. They will address health risk factors such as tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet through scientific research and intervention development.

“We are thrilled to have these talented new investigators expand the expertise of the center to include a focus on African American and rural health, health geography, and HPV vaccination promotion,” said Darla Kendzor, Ph.D., HPRC co-director. “The expertise of the new faculty will increase our reach across the state, allowing the center to target tobacco use and other health risk factors among more Oklahomans.”

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