July 2011

What's News - Volunteers needed at upcoming CPH Farmers' Market; Nominations open for 2011 Champions of Public Health; Renee's latest blog post; Alumni: ASPH seeks your input for web-based tool to help students
Faces and Places - CPH celebrates its largest graduating class; Thaci leaving CPH; HSMP welcomes new assistant professor; Sun recognized as 'Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor'; EHS students present at national environmental health conference; EHS doctoral student wins International Society of Exposure Science award
Student Scoop - Cunz Hall updates; Undergrads embrace public health; Postdoctoral cancer research opportunities; NIH grant supports elite graduate training in life sciences; Your password's days are numbered; Peace Corps to hold informational meeting; Save the Date
Society Page - HSMP honors spring graduates; Alumni Reunion Weekend 2011
Alumni Notes - Alumni Spotlight on Carson Robert Reider
Photo Finish - Plotting Pollution

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Volunteers needed at upcoming CPH Farmers' Market, July 28; Aug. 4, 11

The College of Public Health will once again partner with Columbus Public Health in co-sponsoring a farmers' market in downtown Columbus, July 28, Aug. 4 and 11.

This three-day event typically serves thousands of residents, providing fresh produce from Ohio farms. WIC vouchers and the Ohio Direction Card (food stamps) are accepted.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to volunteer at the event between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day for 3 to 4-hour shifts. Jobs may include controlling lines, distributing water, assisting customers, setting up and taking down tents and conducting surveys. About 10 more volunteers are needed for each date.

The Prevention Research Center will coordinate the college's role in this year's market.

For more information and to volunteer, e-mail Program Manager Carol Smathers at csmathers@cph.osu.edu.

Mary Ellen Wewers, Carol Smathers and Jeff Caswell
volunteered at the 2010 Farmers' Market. View more photos >

Nominations open for 2011 Champions of Public Health

The Champions of Public Health Awards recognize the impact that individuals and groups have made on the health of Ohioans. The 2011 Champions of Public Health Awards reception will be held on Oct. 14, in conjunction with the Grand Opening of Cunz Hall.

We invite you to identify and nominate worthy individuals who, through their professional achievements, volunteer service or civic involvement, personify the mission of the College of Public Health to advance knowledge and improve lives. Learn more and download the nomination form here >

View a list of past Champions here >

Renee's latest blog post

Now that the outside of Cunz is starting to shape up, we'll soon see green around the building as sod is laid for grass and trees are planted.

The closer we get to finishing, the more people there are who want to get inside for a tour. I think I should tape a beanie cap onto my hard hat for such occasions.

Lately, there have been tours for the faculty and staff, including CPH Assistant Professor Sarah Anderson and her father, John Anderson, who's been keeping an eye on the project.

Read more in Renee Watts' latest Cunz Hall Blog >

View recent photo of the project here >

Alumni: ASPH seeks your input for web-based tool to help students

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and an advisory group from schools of public health are developing a web-based tool to help current and prospective students see the diverse world of public health careers open to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools of public health. This application will allow individuals to search an interactive database of public health positions through using a number of search criteria.

Users will be able to find job profiles in a database through randomly or selectively combining search options from the following three criteria: area of public health, type of work and employment setting. When the web-tool selects a position as a match, the user will see the detailed information provided through this survey.

Please take a few minutes to add your information to the survey tool at http://www.asph.org/Survey. (All information will remain confidential. Individual names and contact information will not be shared.) For more information, contact Judy Dawson at jdawson@cph.osu.edu.


CPH celebrates its largest graduating class

Recent MPH graduate Erica Fletcher is congratulated on receiving a Student Choice Award.

The College of Public Health held a reception for its largest-ever graduating class on June 10 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus. About 70 students, faculty, staff and guests attended the luncheon and awards reception.

Nearly 80 students graduated this spring, including 46 MPH students, 28 MHA students, two MS students and three PhD students.

Katie Lewis, vice president of the College of Public Health Alumni Society, presented the 2011 Student Choice Awards to Jonathan Lutz, MS/PhD; Erica Fletcher, MPH; Joshua Nowack, MHA; and Matrona Mbugua, PEP.

Paige Young, MPH student specializing in Health Behavior and Health Promotion, presented the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award to Rebecca Andridge, assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics.

"Dr. Andridge's nominators were unanimous in stating that she was one of the best instructors they every had and one who goes above and beyond the norm," Young said.

Rebecca Andridge accepts the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.

View more photos from the luncheon >

Thaci leaving CPH

After seven years providing wonderful support to Health Services Management  and Policy students, Amy Thaci has accepted a new position with the Ohio State College of Engineering as Director of Engineering Career Services. This represents a well-deserved  promotion for Thaci, who has done a spectacular job facilitating students' professional opportunities within the HSMP division, and supporting HSMP alumni activities.

Thaci's last day at the College of Public Health is July 8, when a reception will be held from 4-5 p.m. in Smith Hall, room 3006.

A search process for Thaci's position now is in process. In the interim, if you need assistance, please contact Dawn Williams or Teri Roberts in the Office of Academic Affairs or Sharon Schweikhart, director of the MHA program.

HSMP welcomes new assistant professor

Brian Hilligoss joined the Division of Health Services Management and Policy as an assistant professor on July 1.

He comes to Ohio State from the University of Michigan's School of Information, where he researched routines in health care organizations and the communication processes involved in coordinating work across organizational divisions of labor.

At Ohio State, Hilligoss will continue this research, as well as teach courses in health care organization and quality and patient safety.

Brian Hilligoss

Sun recognized as 'Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor'

Qinghua Sun, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was recognized as a Distinguished Undergraduate Mentor by the Undergraduate Research Office for his student leadership during the 2011 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in May.

The award highlights Ohio State faculty members who and encourage support undergraduate research. Mentors are nominated by students participating in the forum and a student committee selects its winners each year.

Sun was one of five Ohio State faculty members to receive the award.

Silis Jiang, a psychology major and researcher in Sun's lab, placed second in the research forum in the category of Environmental Sciences.

Qinghua Sun

EHS students present at national environmental health conference

Paul Rosile, PhD student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, presented a poster at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Education Conference, June 18-20, in Columbus. Rosile's research is titled "A protocol for the surveillance and investigation of concerns reported by neighbors of biosolids land application and other soil amendments." His academic advisor is Assistant Professor Song Liang.

"This study produced a validated investigation and surveillance tool to document health impacts that when implemented nationally will collect trend data to help formulate hypotheses to be used in future etiologic studies on the potential association between public health and land application," Rosile said.

EHS student James Rosenblum also presented at the conference.

EHS doctoral student wins International Society of Exposure Science award

Liesel M. Seryak, doctoral student and graduate research associate in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, recently won the DGUV/IPA Award for Young Exposure Scientists through the International Society of Exposure Science. The award will be presented to Seryak at the society's annual meeting in Baltimore in October. The award recognizes superior doctoral students working in the field of environmental health. Seryak's academic advisor, Tim Buckley, nominated her for the award.

Seryak is studying Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure in pregnant women and exploring whether that exposure is related to adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, and infant developmental delays. BPA, Seryak says, has the ability to mimic or interfere with endogenous hormones in humans. It's found in the linings of aluminum cans as well as in polycarbonate plastics.

"A lot of uncertainty remains about how this chronic exposure affects human health," Seryak said. "But evidence from many animal studies indicates there may be multiple risks, especially to pregnant women, fetuses and newborns."

The DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) is an association of accident insurance institutions. Its members insure more than 70 million people against the consequences of occupational, school and commuting accidents and occupational diseases.


Cunz Hall updates

Buck ID: In order to gain access into Cunz Hall after normal business hours, faculty, staff and students will need a Buck ID card. Since the building is not part of the Ohio State Medical Center, your Medical Center badges will no longer apply. All should obtain a Buck ID on the third floor of the Ohio Union by July 25.

Healthier vending: Thanks to the efforts of Assistant Professor Liz Klein and Facilities Manager Renee Watts, Cunz Hall will have healthier vending options than most other machines on campus. Watts met with Ohio State's senior buyer to request available items that have the greatest nutritional value and lowest calories. Options will be similar to what's currently available at the RPAC.

View recent photos of Cunz Hall here >

Recent MHA graduates Andrew D'Atri and Amelia Brown
toured Cunz Hall before spring commencement. "I can't wait to see the finished building with all the furniture," Brown said.

Undergrads embrace public health

Students in the Intro to Public Health course (PH400) for Ohio State undergraduates

Nearly 60 Ohio State undergraduate students participated in the Intro to Public Health course this quarter, taught by College of Public Health lecturer Amy Acton and teaching assistant Chris Rea, a doctoral student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.

The students represented a wide range of undergrad majors including Nursing, Psychology and Zoology.

"One of their bonus assignments was to take some "this is public health” pictures on their own,” Rea said.

Rea and Acton received dozens of photos including the two on the right.

Biology student Rachael Jones finds a bench
that she feels represents public health.

Casey Zmudzinski and Alexia Dillard are students
in Ohio State's dental hygienist program.

Postdoctoral cancer research opportunities

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for post doctoral cancer research fellowships. The deadline is July 15. Two year fellowships are available for postdoctoral fellows, regardless of nationality, to do cancer research in any field of study. Emphasis is given to fellows who are (or will be) new to Ohio State (less than one year, excluding clinical fellows) and who have the potential to become independent scientists. The next date to apply for a Pelotonia Postdoctoral Fellowships will be in November 2011. For more information, including an application, click here >

NIH grant supports elite graduate training in life sciences

Ohio State has received federal support for a specialized training program designed to attract high-quality graduate students and prepare them for life-sciences research careers in academia, government or industry. The National Institutes of Health grant supports the establishment of a Cellular, Molecular, and Biochemical Sciences Program at Ohio State designed to advance research pursuits in areas related to human health, physiology and disease. Read more >

Your password's days are numbered

The university recently adopted standard password practices that include a requirement to reset your Ohio State Username password every 90 days as well as other minimum requirements for password strength. A new site, my.osu.edu, will go live this month to aid the transition to the new standard. The change will impact the entire university community and a detailed transition schedule is planned to support colleges and organizational units. Read more >

Peace Corps to hold informational meeting, July 19

The Peace Corps is holding an informational meeting at 6 p.m., July 19 at the Grandview Heights Library, 1685 W. First Ave. View videos of volunteers living and working in poor nations and learn about the Peace Corps' application process. For more information, contact Michelle Nelson at Mnelson2@peacecorps.gove or call 312-353-1031.

2011 CPH Orientation, Sept. 20

The 2011 College of Public Health Orientation for new students will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 in Cunz Hall.

HSMP honors spring graduates

The Division of Health Services Management and Policy held a reception and awards presentation for its 33 graduating students on June 12 at The Blackwell on campus. About 85 guests attended including faculty, staff, students and their families.

The HSMP Alumni Society designated the following students Caswell Scholars, named after Emeritus Professor Jeff Caswell, for students earning a 3.8 GPA or above: Emily Larson, Amelia Brown, Mitch Fair, Dan Hager, Jason Lovero and Joshua Nowack. Other recipients not pictured are Andrew Smith, Kevin Weber and Reem Aly.

The HSMP Alumni Society also named Dan Hager its recipient of the Past President's Leadership Prize. The recipient is chosen by faculty in the division including chair Allard Dembe, pictured left with Hager.

Alumni Reunion Weekend 2011

The alumni societies of the College of Public Health and the Division of Health Services Management and Policy cordially invite you to attend Alumni Reunion Weekend 2011.

Activities precede the Ohio State versus University of Toledo football matchup on Sept. 10. Events begin with a CPH Alumni Reunion Dinner from 6-9 p.m. at the Ohio Union, Cartoon Room. All are welcome to attend.

The keynote speaker is Desmond Thio, who received a Master of Science in Preventive Medicine from Ohio State in 1992. Thio now is the vice president and general manager of Philips Healthcare, Greater China.

Philips is among the top three in the healthcare technology market globally and provides healthcare solutions in imaging systems, ultrasound, clinical informatics and home healthcare. (Read more about Thio and his recent visit with Dean Stanley Lemeshow in China.)

Activities continue with a CPH/HSMP Alumni Society Tailgate with our friends from the College of Optometry at 9 a.m. on Sept. 10 on the lawn in front of Graves Hall, 333 W. 10th Ave. Breakfast will be catered by Schmidt's.

For more information and to register, contact Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations Lisa Frericks at 614-293-8264 or lfrericks@cph.osu.edu. Reservation deadline is Aug. 15.



Carson Robert Reider

Carson Robert Reider is a clinical research consultant and research subject advocate at the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the center takes innovative ideas in research and brings them into practice.

Reider has participated in basic, clinical and translational research endeavors at Ohio State during the past 25 years

"Perhaps the most exciting project was being an integral part of the largest NIH-funded genetic epidemiology project on Parkinson's Disease," Reider said. "The project is still ongoing."

Originally from Columbus, Reider received a PhD in Epidemiology from Ohio State in 2001 and a Master of Science in 1987. His academic advisor at Ohio State was Richard Lanese. Read more >

Send us your alumni notes
We want to highlight and communicate your accomplishments and life events to fellow alumni and friends of the college. Examples of notable events include marriages, births, promotions, accomplishments and retirements. Please submit information to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

PLOTTING POLLUTION -- Maggie Bornhorst, a Master of Public Health student specializing in Environmental Health Sciences, recently began a summer practicum at Ohio State that unites the College of Public Health, the department of Transportation and Parking Services and the division of City and Regional Planning within the Knowlton School of Architecture.

Bornhorst's public health project involves monitoring traffic-related air pollution on campus during the summer. Air monitoring instrumentation will record black carbon, air particles and carbon monoxide. Instruments will be placed at more than a dozen locations around campus, including near construction sites, high-traffic areas and even inside the Ohio Stadium. At the same time, by affixing the instruments to a basket on her bike, Bornhorst will record the same pollutants as a function of space and time while riding her bike over a 2-hour prescribed route on campus.

The information will later be used to create a map of pollution "hotspots" on campus.

Bornhorst's academic advisor is EHS chair Tim Buckley. Both are working with Gulsah Akar in City and Regional Planning and Nicole Hernandez in Transportation and Parking Services.

Photo Request
The communications office wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We're looking for photos that depict any public health experience. Ideas for entries include a school or community event, a faculty or student research project and a fellowship or internship experience. Please send images with a brief description to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu.
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JULY 28; AUG. 4, 11

Downtown Farmers' Market: The College of Public Health will once again join Columbus Public Health in co-sponsoring a farmers' market in downtown Columbus at Columbus Public Health's headquarters at 240 Parsons Ave. For more information and to volunteer, e-mail Program Manager Carol Smathers at csmathers@cph.osu.edu.

SEPT. 20

2011 CPH Orientation for new students: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Cunz Hall.




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