January 15, 2008

What's News - Take the Strategic Plan Update Survey and the Diversity Climate Survey today
Faces and Places - CPH students earn research funding; OCPHP to present at upcoming national conferences
Useful Tidbits - WI08 deadline adjustments; Test of Buckeye Alert System tomorrow at noon
The World We Live In - Experts list top 20 research, policy priorities in chronic non-communicable diseases
Photo Finish - Tapping into Public Health

You’re 6 questions away from steering College in right direction

The Strategic Plan Update survey is now active on Zoomerang. The survey asks for responses to focus group feedback on what should be emphasized or postponed for the remaining two years of the college’s current plan. Responses will directly inform the update of the plan. The survey has only six questions, so it shouldn’t take too long to complete. The survey is anonymous and will remain open until Jan. 28. To complete the survey, visit http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB227AXV3VGKZ

Help College move forward by taking Diversity Climate Survey

The College is conducting a Diversity Climate Survey. Your input will provide a clearer picture of what the diversity climate is really like in our College and at the university. Your responses will remain anonymous. The survey will remain open until Jan. 31. Allow 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and remember responses are kept anonymous. To take the Diversity Climate Survey, visit: http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB226NTMGL5ER

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. To see the latest public health article Emily wrote go here: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/emt.htm. This news story resulted in coverage by the New York Times (see Media Mentions). 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. You may also contact Emily directly at caldwell.151@osu.edu.


CPH students earn research funding

Sarah Heaner and Megan Knapke, two students of Mira Katz, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, won research funding from OSU’s Critical Difference for Women program. Founded in 1986, the program offers scholarships and grants to female students, faculty and staff who are seeking advanced education and enhanced professional lives. Heaner’s grant will benefit her study entitled "Health-related lifestyle changes among young breast cancer survivors,” and Knapke’s grant will fund her study entitled “Youth empowerment strategies (YES!): enhancing learing and assessing health needs.”

OCPHP program manager invited to be an EPHLI mentor

Niki Lemin, Center for Public Health Preparedness program manager, has accepted an invitation to mentor a team in Cohort IV of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI). For more about this story, click here http://cph.osu.edu/pressroom/newsannouncements/index.cfm?ID=3640

OCPHP program director awarded staff development grant

Sharon A. R. Stanley, OCPHP program director, has been awarded a $500 Staff Development Grant by the OSU Office of Human Resources for 2008. Stanley’s grant has been earmarked for research being conducted to create regional planning models for mass fatality management in catastrophic surge. Her study is in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Monterey, Calif., and the current CDC Cooperative Agreement.

OCPHP staff to present at upcoming national conferences

The 2008 Public Health Preparedness Summit is the nation’s largest conference for public health and emergency preparedness professionals. The third annual summit, to be held in Atlanta, Feb. 19-22, provides attendees the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge workshops, interactive sessions and round table discussions. Sharon A. R. Stanley, OCPHP program director, and Cheryl L. Engle, learning environment manager, will present a session titled “Engaging Public Health Nurses to Embrace the Distance” on Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Niki Lemin, program manager, will have a poster presentation titled “Defining the Emergency Response Roles of Environmental Health Specialists in Northwest Ohio.” The poster will be available for viewing Feb. 20-22.


Jonathan R. Studnek, a Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Epidemiology, was featured in an article in The New York Times today. The article, titled “Hazards: Needing the First Aid They Give to Others,” said a College of Public Health study finds that ambulance workers face a high risk of getting hurt on the job, resulting in them taking time off of work due to injury. Most injuries are caused by lifting patients. “You’ve got to move people not just from the sidewalk to the ambulance but up and down flights of stairs,” Studnek told the Times. The study that the article is based stems from research by Studnek and John Crawford, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Studnek’s academic advisor was Amy Ferketich, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology. Read the entire article at:

Kurt Stevenson, joint professor in the Division of Epidemiology and the College of Medicine, was featured in an article in The Columbus Dispatch about a teenager who died of an antibiotic-resistant staph infection. The article, which published on Jan. 9, said Tyler Bundock, 14, of New Lexington, died Dec. 20 of a stronger staph strain known as Community Associated-MRSA. Stevenson said the bacteria differs from the type of staph often found in hospitals because it can be more aggressive once it infects the body. Read the full article at: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2008/01/09/MRSA.ART_ART_01-09-08_B1_9390NGU.html?sid=101

Deadline for WI08 SEIs is Jan. 18

Jan. 18 is the deadline for requesting WI08 electronic Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEIs). If you prefer the electronic version to the paper forms, please request them at: https:www3.ureg.ohio-state.edu/secure/marx/surveys/eSEI/eSEIRequest.htm.
Otherwise, the paper evaluations will be printed for your course as usual. Forms for courses with fewer than five students enrolled are printed only by request.

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.
Register for Responsible Conduct of Research workshop

A workshop on the Responsible Conduct of Research is scheduled for Jan. 23 in The Blackwell. Free for faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, the workshop provides training in the nine core areas of instruction as mandated by NIH guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Research. Topics include data acquisition and management, mentor/trainee responsibilities, responsible authorship and research misconduct. The event is cosponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of Responsible Research Practices. Register online at www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/EventRegistration/Register.aspx?EventID=48 or contact Prestage.2@osu.edu.

Test of Buckeye Alert System tomorrow at noon

The university will test its emergency messaging system, called Buckeye Alert, Jan. 16 at noon. The test will help emergency management officials determine how quickly a message can be relayed to the campus community. During the test, campus telephones will receive a voice notification. Users who have enrolled in the service will receive a text message on their cell phones. No action will be recommended, and no significant interruption of activities is anticipated. More information is available https://buckeyealert.osu.edu/notify/index.php.

Experts list top 20 research, policy priorities in chronic non-communicable diseases


Local pastor urges church men to see a doctor

After too many men in his church’s congregation were dying of preventable illnesses related to poor health, pastor Troy Keith at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, ordered about 900 adult men to see a doctor in the next three months. If they can’t afford it, he told the predominantly black members, the church will help pay. If transportation is a problem, someone from the church will drive them. Read the whole story at: http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/01/11/pastor.doctor.ap/index.html


TAPPING INTO PUBLIC HEALTH - Richard Lorenz, water utility manager at the Westerville Water Treatment Plant, shows students in the MPH program where tap water originates. The students went on the field trip Friday after hearing lectures on water and public health by Assistant Professor Song Liang and Doctoral Student Jason Marion. The Principles of Environmental Health class is taught by Tim Buckley. This photo was provided by Liang.

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 images with a brief description to wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

JAN. 17

Seminar: “Environmental microbiology research as a means to enhance public health,” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Don Stoeckel, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey. Sponsored by the Division of Environmental Health Sciences and Food Science & Technology.

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.

JAN. 23
Seminar: "ABCs of Physical Activity," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., M-100 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Cheryl L. Addy, Ph.D., executive associate dean and associate professor of biostatistics, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. Sponsor: College of Public Health.
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