January 29, 2008

What's News - Call for CPH Employee of the Year Award nominations; student grants available for 'This is Public Health' campaign
Faces and Places - Kenneth Steinman to present at state conference on family violence; Allard E. Dembe featured in today's New York Times; CPH members featured in campus newspaper articles
Useful Tidbits - Nominate CPH student for employee award; fire alarm testing Thursday; faculty and staff encouraged to take Diversity Climate Survey
The World We Live In - How people's impulse to protect themselves from poisons can hurt the environment
Photo Finish - In class with Michèle Shipp

Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for Employee of the Year award

It’s nomination time for the College of Public Health’s Employee of the Year award. The recognition program is for staff employees of the College. To be eligible, nominees must have been employed by the College for three years and demonstrate excellent relations with coworkers and the public through their actions and attitudes. Sound like someone you know? Learn more about the requirements and nomination process by reviewing the nomination form located in the “Office of the Dean” folder on the “Transfer” drive, or request a nomination form from Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu. Deadline for nominations is March 31.

ASPH offers student grants for 'This is Public Health' campaign
ASPH has issued a request for applications for students to develop and execute a “This is Public Health” communications campaign during National Public Health Week, April 7-13. The request challenges students at ASPH-member schools to raise awareness about public health and how it affects our lives. ASPH is awarding up to $2,000 per project. For more information, link to the PDF on our Web site at http://cph.osu.edu/studentaffairs/. Deadline is Feb. 15. Questions? Contact Communications Director Christine O'Malley at 293-9406 or comalley@cph.osu.edu.
Kenneth Steinman to present at state conference on family violence

Kenneth Steinman, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, will present a White Paper on Improving Family Violence Prevention in Ohio at a statewide conference on Feb. 19. The conference titled “Preventing Family Violence: What Can be Done in Ohio?” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Longaberger Alumni House. The purpose is to share the policy findings of a report by the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project and to solicit feedback. For more information, visit www.healthpolicyohio.org/.


Allard E. Dembe, associate professor and chair of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, is featured in an article titled “Safety: Nonstandard Work Shifts May Hinder Recovery” in today’s issue of The New York Times. The article sums up a research study, led by Dembe, about how employees who work nonstandard shifts are at an increased risk of being injured while on the job. The study appeared in The Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation in October. Read the entire article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/health/research/29safe.html?n=Top%2fNews%2fHealth%2fColumns%2fVital%20Signs.

The College of Public Health is well represented in an article about infectious diseases and the threat of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” in the Jan. 24 issue of onCampus, The Ohio State University’s newspaper for faculty and staff. The article, titled “Preparing for the Threat,” features Dean Stanley Lemeshow, Frank Holtzhauer, clinical associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Eric Lutz, the division’s program manager. The article cites experts at OSU who are researching infectious diseases and preparing the public for an outbreak. “You can count on one hand other colleges in the U.S. that can pull together the kind of diversity and expertise that we have,” says Dean Lemeshow about the talented faculty at OSU, in particular the College of Public Health. Read the entire article at: http://oncampus.osu.edu/article.php?id=1877

John “Mac” Crawford, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Ph.D. candidate Jonathan Studnek were featured in an article titled “Emergency responders at high risk for injury-related absences” in the Jan. 23 issue of onCampus. The two researchers collaborated on a study about how emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the United States miss work because of injuries and illnesses they suffered on the job. “There’s no doubt many of these types of injuries occur among people who often have to rely on their backs to do something that’s not in their best interest. They need to make something happen fast and can’t wait for help, so they put themselves into positions they shouldn’t,” Crawford said in the article. Read the full article at http://oncampus.osu.edu/article.php?id=1855.


Nominate CPH student for employee-of-the-year award

Got a great student employee? Nominate him or her for The Ohio State University’s Employee of the Year award. The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and will also be entered in the national competition sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. Nominees will be honored at a reception on campus in April. Deadline to enter is Feb. 18. To nominate a student, visit http://sfa.osu.edu/jobs/index.asp?tab=f#pagecontent. Questions? E-mail Malaika Fletcher at mfletcher@fa.adm.ohio-state.edu.

Fire alarm testing: Jan. 31

Fire alarms will be tested early Thursday morning. You do not have to vacate the building.

Discounts on computer programs for students, faculty, staff

A company called Computer Products for Education offers Academic Edition Software from Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Corel, Quark, Filemaker and many other software manufacturers at a significantly discounted price for students, faculty and staff of OSU. The company’s Web site says that the Academic versions of the software offer the same features and functions as commercial software. For more information, visit http://www.discount-educational-software.net/.

President Gee's office and University Relations are looking for story ideas
If you have any outstanding accomplishments or human-interest stories about students graduating winter quarter, please send them to Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu by Jan. 30.
Faculty, staff encouraged to take Diversity Climate Survey

The College is conducting a Diversity Climate Survey until Jan. 31. To take the Diversity Climate Survey, visit: http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB226NTMGL5ER

The Dangerous Delusions of ‘Inverted Quarantine’

How people’s impulse to protect themselves from poisons can actually hurt the environment. Read the article at http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i20/20b01201.htm. (If you can’t access this article, please contact Christine O’Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu.)


SHIPP SHAPE – Michèle Shipp, research assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, prepares her class for a presentation by Dr. Daniel Sedmak, director of the Office of Global Health Education. Shipp invites guest lecturers to each one of her global-health classes in an effort to help her students better understand the various roles public-health practitioners play in the field. This week’s guest lecturer is David Kraybill, director of the Center for African Studies.


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 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 wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

FEB. 8

PEP practicum presentations: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Starling-Loving, room M-010. RSVP to Jenny Laughbaum at jlaughbaum@cph.osu.edu.

FEB. 11
Seminar: “Gene E in the chromosome of Salmonella typhimurian: Relationship to the Pla (Plasminogen activator) of Yersinia pestis,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Sponsor: College of Public Health.
FEB. 18
Seminar: “Report on the Dean’s Special Research Assignment in Paris,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Sponsor: College of Public Health.
FEB. 26
Opportunities Fair: 3 to 5 p.m., Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC). Chance for students to collect information on available practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. For more information, contact Lori Bolton at 293-9747 or bolton.38@osu.edu.
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