January 8, 2008

What News - Welcome to the new, improved Tuesday Times!
Faces and Places - Kurt Stevenson will discuss MRSA tonight at OSU Marion campus
Useful Tidbits - Remember to use your new medical card

Welcome to the new, improved Tuesday Times!

We hope you enjoy your redesigned weekly newsletter. It’s the result of collaboration between the Communications Department and Michael Sabatino in Information Services. Archives of Tuesday Times are available in the Outlook Public Folders.

Our goal is to bring you an informative, interactive and contemporary-looking news medium. But the newsletter isn’t complete without feedback from you - the readers. Let us know what you think and tell us how we can make it better. Send your thoughts to wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

This template will be used to create a newsletter for students and alumni called Alma Matters.

Help College move forward by taking Diversity Climate Survey

The College is conducting a Diversity Climate Survey and your participation is extremely important. Your input will provide a clearer picture of what the diversity climate is really like in our College and at the university. It will also aid in an ongoing effort to create an environment that values and embraces all forms of diversity.

The survey is being administered by a third-party vendor, enabling your responses to remain anonymous. Only group data will be reported. Results will be available next quarter.

The survey will remain open until Jan. 31. You will receive up to three reminders to take the survey during the upcoming weeks, even if you’ve already completed it. A follow-up survey will be conducted in 2009. The more people who participate in the survey, the more accurate the results will be.

To take the Diversity Climate Survey, visit:


Allow 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and remember responses are kept anonymous.

Facutly: Until we can get the word out to our students and alumni, please share this information with your students.

Upcoming survey on Strategic Plan Update

The College will conduct a survey on priorities related to the Strategic Plan Update. The survey is anticipated to be active next week. Look for an upcoming announcement about this survey.

Research Communications wants your news

The Ohio State University’s Office of Research Communications recently hired Emily Caldwell as its new assistant director. A big part of her new job involves writing about health sciences. Emily is looking for newsworthy, health-related topics to pitch to major news media. She’s especially interested in hearing about what progress, discoveries and advancements are being made by OSU researchers like you in the College of Public Health.

CPH faculty who’ve recently been promoted by Research Communications include Tim Buckley, Judy Schwartzbaum and Raj Balkrishnan.

If your work is about to be published in a peer-reviewed journal or you plan to present at an upcoming conference, contact Christine O’Malley, comalley@cph.osu.edu. Christine can help you get the recognition you deserve by pitching a story idea to Emily.

You may also contact Emily directly at caldwell.151@osu.edu. Emily said Research Communications appreciates advance notice so stories can be prepared before the journal’s publication date and embargoed until publication date. Emily also plans to attend some of our research seminars during winter quarter. This will be a great opportunity for faculty to promote their research directly to her. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Christine.

Kurt Stevenson will discuss MRSA tonight at OSU Marion campus

Kurt Stevenson, joint professor in the Division of Epidemiology and the College of Medicine, will discuss Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at tonight’s Science Café, hosted by Ohio State Marion. The free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Rise & Dine Restaurant, 142 McMahan Blvd. (the Shops at Legacy Crossing), in Marion. For more information, contact: rowe.31@osu.edu.

Brenda R. Clark gets published

Brenda R. Clark, NetWellness program manager, can now add “published author” to her resume thanks to work she did on her thesis while studying for her MPH. Her research study called “Evidence of population mixing based on the geographical distribution of childhood leukemia in Ohio” was published in November in Pediatric Blood Cancer. Co-researches included A.K. Ferketich, J.L. Fisher, F.B. Ruymann, R.E. Harris and J.R. Wilkins.


WI08 deadline adjustments

In light of a shorter quarter, the following deadlines have been adjusted for W108:
• The 100-percent refund deadline passed as of Jan. 7.
• The traditional “third Friday” academic deadline that signifies the last day to drop without getting a “W”, the last day to register for an audit and the last day to register for “P/NP” classes will move from Jan. 18 to Jan. 25.
• The traditional “seventh Friday” academic deadline that signifies the last day to drop or withdraw without petitioning will move from Feb. 15 to Feb. 22.

New medical cards

Remember to use your new medical and prescription drug cards when visiting the doctor or pharmacy. If you didn’t receive your card or need additional cards, call NGS at 1-866-442-8257.

View your W-2s online

You can now register to receive an online, printable version of your W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. Once registered, the W-2 statement will be posted on a secure Web site in late January. You’ll receive an e-mail notification when the W-2 is available, along with instructions for retrieval. You must register by Jan. 16 to receive your 2007 W-2 online. Anyone who signs up for the online option will not receive a copy of the W-2 statement in the mail. Those who have previously registered to receive their W-2 information online do not need to register again. Details are available at: http://hr.osu.edu/payroll/taxw2online.aspx.

Still time to meet Bucks for Charity goal

The College is well on its way to raising its goal of $12,000 for Bucks for Charity, a fundraising campaign that benefits more than 300 local nonprofit organizations including United Way, Capital Area Humane Society and Salvation Army. So far, the College has raised $10,320. Even though the campaign officially ended on Dec. 7, organizer Jennifer Connery, says there’s still time to donate. “Donors can still submit their pledge forms directly to Human Resources.” Keep the pledges coming in!

Photo request

The communications department wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We’re looking for photos that depict your “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 high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) JPEG attachments to wpramik@cph.osu.edu. Entries should include the photographer’s full name, affiliation to the college and a brief description (250 words or less) of the photograph.

Please submit original, non-copyrighted works. By entering a photograph, the entrant grants the College the right to publish the photograph in Tuesday Times, Alma Matters and the College’s web sites and publications.


JAN. 8

Seminar: “Statistical methods for identification of differently expressed gene groups and pathways,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: David Rocke, Ph.D., distinguished professor, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California at Davis. Sponsor: Division of Biostatistics, College of Public Health.

GLBT Awareness Week opening reception: 4 to 6 p.m., Younkin Success Center, 1640 Neil Ave. Celebrate the New Year and learn what services are available to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at a reception presented by OSU’s department of GLBT Student Services. View an exhibit called “Our Stories,” which captures the history of the GLBT community at OSU.

JAN. 10

Seminar: “A novel method to concentration viruses and bacteria using continuous flow centribugation and positively charged media from water and fresh produce,” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Fu-Chih Hsu, Ph.D., director of operations, Scientific Methods Inc. Sponsor: Environmental Health Sciences & Food Science and Technology and the College of Public Health.

JAN. 18

Seminar: “Nonparametric tests for two group comparisons of dependent observations obtained at varying time points with application to RNA viral load decline,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Susanne May, Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, University of California San Diego. Sponsor: Division of Biostatistics, College of Public Health.

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Autumn Quarter Events

To add an event or bit of information to the next issue of Tuesday Times, please e-mail Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu by Friday at 5 p.m.