November 2011

What's News - Alumna joins leadership at Columbus Public Health; Krygowski named Outstanding Health Educator; CPH to offer B.S. degree in fall 2012; Cunz Hall design honored by architect institute; CPH, Nanjing University host joint seminar about health care quality; Iezzoni discussed health care disparities for persons with disabilities at Midland Lecture; Sign up by Dec. 2 for career workshop on leadership; Calling all bloggers!
Faces and Places - U.S. Ambassador to Cuba visits College of Public Health; Buckley to join in panel discussing shale energy; Alumni Spotlight on Christine M. Young; EHS hosts division's first visiting scholar; Mac Crawford promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health; Media mentions
Student Scoop - Seryak and Bornhorst receive ISES awards
Society Page - CPH Alumni Society fall quarter Lunch 'N Learn was success
Photo Finish - Epidemiology 101

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ALUMNA JOINS LEADERSHIP AT COLUMBUS PUBLIC HEALTH

College of Public Health alumna Nancie Bechtel, RN, is the new chief nursing officer at Columbus Public Health. She will also serve as assistant health commissioner. Her appointment was announced earlier this month by Columbus Public Health Commissioner Teresa Long.

In her new roles at Columbus Public Health, Bechtel will lead the department’s nursing functions, help address community health issues, serve as a liaison with healthcare, academic and community partners, and respond to public health threats.

Bechtel is a 2006 Master of Public Health alumna from The Ohio State University College of Public Health. Her graduate advisor was Mac Crawford. She also holds certifications as an emergency nurse and emergency medical technician.

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Nancie Bechtel

Krygowski named Outstanding Health Educator

Public health alumna Sarah Krygowski (MPH ‘08, CPH, CHES) is the recipient of the Ohio Society for Public Health Education (Ohio SOPHE) 2011 Outstanding Health Educator award.

The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of health education and was presented to Krygowski at a recent society meeting.

While pursuing her master of public health degree at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Krygowski specialized in Health Behavior and Health Promotion (HBHP) and her faculty advisor was Phyllis Pirie.

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CPH to offer B.S. degree in fall 2012

The College of Public Health will offer a new bachelor of science in public health (BSPH) degree starting fall 2012 in conjunction with Ohio State’s conversion to semesters.

The BSPH has two interdisciplinary specializations that were developed and will be delivered collaboratively with the College of Arts & Sciences: public health sociology or environmental public health. BSPH students will be required to select one interdisciplinary specialization.

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Cunz Hall design honored by architect institute

The renovation of Cunz Hall, new home of The Ohio State University College of Public Health, is drawing praise from the architect community in central Ohio.

Cunz Hall was recognized by the American Institute of Architects Columbus Chapter as one of three recipients of its 2011 AIA Columbus Design Awards. Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design received an honor award for the project.

Barnes’ Cunz Hall renovation design was also a finalist for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation’s 2011 James B. Recchie Design Award.

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CPH, Nanjing University host joint seminar about health care quality

A joint seminar between the College of Public Health (CPH) and Nanjing University on Nov. 8 is the first activity of a mutual cooperation agreement signed earlier this year.

Allard Dembe, chair and associate professor in the college’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy (HSMP), traveled to China earlier this year to develop the agreement with Nanjing University’s School of Government, specifically its Center for Health Management and Care Security Policy Research.

Under this agreement, the two institutions will be organizing several activities including faculty and student exchanges, joint research projects and educational programs.

The seminar, linked via video-conference between CPH and Nanjing University, was held on Nov. 8, in Cunz Hall in a conference room with built-in video-conferencing technology.

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Iezzoni discussed health care disparities for persons with disabilities at Midland Lecture

Lisa I. Iezzoni presented the 2011 Midland Lecture on the topic “Eliminating Health Care Disparities for Persons with Disabilities” on Thursday, Oct. 27 on The Ohio State University campus.

Iezzoni’s talk brought attention to the many ways society fails to accommodate persons with disabilities and the health issues that subsequently arise.

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Sign up by Dec. 2 for career workshop on learning

The Center for Public Health Practice and the Office of Academic Programs and Student Services will co-sponsor a Student Leadership Practices Inventory Workshop on Jan. 20, 2012. This free, interactive, day-long workshop has been designed to enhance the leadership capacities of current College of Public Health students and prepare them for careers as health professionals.

The workshop will be held Jan. 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC), located at 337 W. 17th Ave. on the Ohio State campus. There is no cost to participate in the workshop. However, pre-registration is required by December 2 and seats are limited.

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Calling all bloggers!

Do you write (or read) a blog that discusses public health issues that you would like promoted? If so, please send an e-mail to cbenseler@cph.osu.edu with a link to the blog.
 
U.S. Ambassador to Cuba visits College of Public Health

The United States Ambassador to Cuba, Jorge Bolaños-Bolaños (pictured center), visited the College of Public Health on Thursday, November 17.

The Ambassador met with Dean Stanley Lemeshow (to discuss the state of public health in Cuba and tour the newly renovated Cunz Hall.

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Buckley to join in panel discussing shale energy

Tim Buckley, PhD, associate professor and chair in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, will participate in a campus-wide panel discussion on shale energy and its impacts on the environment and our nation’s energy needs. The discussion will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, at the U.S. Bank Conference Theater, located on the first level of the Ohio Union.

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Tim Buckley

 
Alumni Spotlight on Christine M. Young

Christine M. Young works for PharmaNet/i3 as manager, statistical programming. She was a statistical programmer for seven years prior to her current position.

Originally from Columbus, Oh., Young received a Master of Public Health in Biostatistics from The Ohio State University in 2010. Her academic advisor at Ohio State was Michael Pennell.

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Christine M. Young

EHS hosts division's first visiting scholar

A visiting scholar from Senegal joined the College of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) this quarter to expand his expertise in food safety.

Moussa Ndong, PhD, visited from September to November 2011.

Ndong is from Gaston Berger University. The purpose of his visit was to expand his research area to include food safety. He would eventually like to collaborate on global research in microbial safety in food and water with Ohio State faculty, including Jiyoung Lee, assistant professor with the EHS division.

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Moussa Ndong


Mac Crawford promoted to Associate Professor of Clincal Public Health

A research seminar and reception were held on November 17 to congratulate Mac Crawford (pictured right), on his recent promotion to Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Tim Buckley (pictured left), Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, gave congratulatory remarks at the reception.

 
MEDIA MENTIONS
Research by Quinghua Sun, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was featured in an article titled “Pollution Time Bomb,” published in the Huffington Post on Oct. 25.

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Research by Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was featured in an article titled "Nearly 40 percent of students report signs of asthma," published in the Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 10.

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Seryak and Bornhorst receive ISES awards

Two environmental health students recently received prestigious honors from the International Society for Exposure Science (ISES).

Liesel Seryak, (pictured left) doctoral candidate in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, recently received the DGUV/BGFA award for Young Exposure Scientists from the ISES. The award, which recognizes superior doctoral students working in the field of environmental health, was presented to her at the society’s annual meeting in Baltimore.

Maggie Bornhorst, (pictured right) a Master of Public Health student specializing in Environmental Health Sciences, received second place in the student poster competition of more than 50 posters for her submission entitled “Space and Time Patterns of Traffic-Related Air Pollution on Campus to Inform Exposure and Risk for Transportation and Parking Planning at The Ohio State University.”

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CPH ALUMNI SOCIETY FALL QUARTER LUNCH 'N LEARN WAS SUCCESS

The fall quarter College of Public Health Alumni Society Lunch 'N Learn was held on November 2 in Cunz Hall.

Randi Love, PhD, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion presented a seminar on the topic "HIV/AIDS: 30 Years and Counting" to a full room. An estimated 40 people including students, alumni, faculty and staff, attended the event.

Dr. Love discussed the history of AIDS, how the epidemic began and grew, and where we are today with treatments, research and social acceptance of the disease.

She currently serves on the board of directors of the AIDS Resource Center (ARC) of Ohio and has volunteered in the Central Ohio community since the early 1980s, providing HIV/AIDS education and client support services.

 



Randi Love

 
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Epidemiology 101

John R. "Jay" Wilkins III, professor in the Divison of Epidemiology, teaches Principles of Epidemiology on Nov. 8, 2011 in 150 Cunz Hall. The lecture discussed the topic of cohort studies.
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UPCOMING
NOV. 30

Inaugural Meeting of the Personalized Medicine (P4) Interest Group: 5:00 p.m., 160 Meiling Hall, 370 W. 9th Ave. Clay Marsh, associate vice president for research at the College of Medicine and executive director of the Center for Personalized Health Care will present. Dinner will be served. Please RSVP at this link.

DEC. 1
Diversity Enhancement: "Pizza with a Purpose": Viewing of a documentary film entitled, “A Class Divided” by Jane Elliot. All CPH faculty, staff and students are invited to attend! RSVP to Pam Thompson at pthompson@cph.osu.edu
by Wednesday, November 30th. Lunch will be served.
DEC. 1

Environmental Health Sciences Seminar: 12:30 - 1:18 p.m.,160 Cunz Hall. "Air quality and asthma prevalence in US preschool children" by Alexis Marino, MPH Candidate Culminating Project." Exploratory Environmental Monitoring of Private Wells in Coshocton County to Access Water Quality Data in the Pre-Drilling Phase of the Utica Oil Shale" by Gina Groom, MPH Candidate Culminating Project.

DEC. 2
Panel Discussion including Tim Buckley on shale energy extraction: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Ohio Union, 1st level, U.S. Bank Conference Theater.
DEC. 5
Seminar: "The promise and limits of life skills-based health education as a prevention approach for youth" presented by Kenneth W. Griffin from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. 12:30 - 1:18 p.m., Cunz Hall, Room 160.
DEC. 5
Seminar: "Stochastic Modeling Methods: From Population Surveillance to Genetics" presented by Grzegorz Rempala from the Medical College of Georgia. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Cunz Hall, Room 140.
DEC. 5-8
Final exams.
DEC. 8
Environmental Health Sciences Seminar: Dr. James Coe. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Cunz Hall, Room 160.
DEC. 8
Reception for graduating students, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
DEC. 11
Commencement
DEC. 14
Retirement Reception for Teri Roberts: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Cunz Hall, 3rd floor lobby.
 
 

 

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