April 1, 2008

What's News - Lemeshow reappointed dean of College through 2013; Nation’s top public health experts to gather for Web conference on environment; View “In Sickness and In Wealth” episode on Thursday, April 3, in advance of Public Health Grand Rounds; What size carbon footprint do you have?
Faces and Places - New edition of Lemeshow's textbook published; Murray featured in Forbes and U.S. News & World Report
Useful Tidbits - The Ohio State University Campus Campaign; Championing for public health conference, April 15 and 16
The World We Live In - Old disease poses new risk to public health; Adolescents With chronic insomnia report increase in personal problems

Lemeshow reappointed dean of College through 2013
Dean Stanley Lemeshow was recently reappointed for a second five-year term, from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2013. Joseph A. Alutto, executive vice president and provost said the College of Public Health has made significant advances under the leadership of Dean Lemeshow.
 
Nation’s top public health experts to gather for Web conference on environment

Researchers at the College of Public Health have gathered some of the nation’s top experts in public health and the environment for a Web-based conversation on the current state of our planet’s health, as a part of National Public Health Week, April 7-13. “Converging Environmental Crises” is a Web-based conference featuring more than a dozen health and environmental experts who will provide live and recorded presentations on topics such as global warming, overpopulation and energy depletion. The conference was organized by Mac Crawford, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. The conference, facilitated by the Ohio Supercomputer Center, will occur online at http://sg60.oar.net from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 10. It will be based in Columbus and link to sites around the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit http://cph.osu.edu/webcast.

View “In Sickness and In Wealth” episode on Thursday, April 3, in advance of Public Health Grand Rounds

Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring a Brown Bag Lunch to watch the PBS documentary “In Sickness and In Wealth” at 12:30 p.m. on April 3 in Starling-Loving Hall, Room M-100. The episode is approximately 55 minutes long.

The program is the basis for the Public Health Grand Rounds panel discussion on April 8, 3 p.m. in Meiling Hall, Room 160. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. To RSVP for April 8 or for more info, e-mail cphevents@cph.osu.edu. Refreshments will be served.

What size carbon footprint do you have?

The College of Public Health will conduct an experiment during National Public Health Week, April 7-13, to see which area in the College has the smallest carbon footprint. The areas are the divisions of Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Behavior and Health Promotion, Health Services Management and Policy, the Office of the Dean and the Office of Workforce Development. A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. To measure the size of your footprint, visit http://www.earthday.net/footprint, and take the quiz. Report your final score to wpramik@cph.osu.edu by Friday, April 11. The results will be revealed in the April 15 issue of Tuesday Times.

 
New edition of Lemeshow's textbook published
The second edition of Dean Lemeshow's textbook Applied Survival Analysis: Regression Modeling of Time to Event Data was published in March. Lemeshow co-authored the textbook with David W. Hosmer, Jr., PhD, professor emeritus of biostatistics at the University of Massachusetts, and Susanne May, assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the University of California, San Diego. The textbook provides a comprehensive, self-contained introduction to regression modeling used in the analysis of time-to-event data in epidemiological, biostatistical and other health-related research.
MEDIA MENTIONS

David Murray, professor and chair of the Division of Epidemiology, was featured in the Web version of Forbes Magazine on March 25 in an article titled "Some Cancer Trials Overstate Findings, Analysis Claims" for his research that published in the March 25 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "We cannot say any specific studies are wrong. We can say that the analysis used in many of the papers suggests that some of them probably were overstating the significance of their findings," said Murray in the article. Read more >

Murray also was featured on the Web version of U.S. News & World Report for the same research in an article titled "Some Cancer Trials Overstate Findings, Analysis Claims" on March 25. Read more >

 
The Ohio State University Campus Campaign

The College has received 37-percent participation in Campus Campaign, the university’s annual fundraising effort for faculty and staff. No matter the amount, your participation is important. Many college programs receive a significant portion of their revenue through "small" gifts. You can designate your gift to the college, department, program, scholarship or other initiative that you believe in – 100 percent of your gift will go to the fund you choose. To participate, complete the Campus Campaign form, which should have arrived in your mailbox. For more information, visit www.campuscampaign.osu.edu. The College's first prize drawing will be this Friday. All donors are eligible to win! Two more prize drawings will be held before the end of the campaign.

Championing for public health conference, April 15 and 16
"Advocacy: Championing for Public Health" is a conference on key advocacy issues for public health professionals. It will be held on April 15 and 16 in the Quest Business Centers in Columbus, and is sponsored in part by the College of Public Health and the Office of Workforce Development. For more information, e-mail Joanne Pearsol at jpearsol@cph.osu.edu.

 

Old disease poses new risk to public health
It's equally disconcerting and alarming that syphilis, a disease that hasn't had much of a presence in Lubbock for many years, is making a comeback. Active cases so far this year already have surpassed the total number reported in 2007. Those infected are among people ages 21 to 38. (Reported by Lubbock Avalanche Journal). Read more >
Adolescents With chronic insomnia report increase in personal problems
Chronic insomnia is costing adolescents more than sleep. It’s been linked to a wide range of physical, psychological and interpersonal problems, according to public health researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Reported by ScienceDaily). Read more >
 

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.

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APRIL 7
Spring Into Preventive Care: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Recreation & Physical Activity Center (RPAC), outdoor plaza deck. Students will promote healthy practices, such as hand washing and sunscreen use, by distributing preventive-care items including first-aid kits, sunscreen and hand sanitizer.
APRIL 8
Public Health Grand Rounds “In Sickness and In Wealth” panel discussion: 3 p.m., Meiling Hall, Room 160. The topic, based on the PBS series "Unnatural Causes," explores America’s racial and socioeconomic inequities in health. The panelists will include: Columbus Public Health Commissioner Teresa Long, MD, MPH; Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin Jackson, MD; Office of Health Sciences Advisor for Health Policy and Director of Government Relations Jerry Friedman, JD; Kirwan Institute Senior Researcher Jason Reece, AICP; and College of Public Health Assistant Professor Kenny Steinman, PhD. The discussion will be moderated by Dean Stanley Lemeshow, PhD. RSVP to: cphevents@cph.osu.edu.
APRIL 9
“When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” (movie): 6:30 p.m., Jennings Hall, Room 0155. Documentary by director Spike Lee about America’s disorganized response to Hurricane Katrina. Prior to the movie, a professor from the College of Public Health with lead a discussion. Food also will be provided at this free event. RSVP to snoble.2@osu.edu.
APRIL 10
Converging Environmental Crises (Webcast): 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., http://sg60.oar.net. Web-based discussion on environment, energy depletion, climate change, water and food scarcity and unrestrained population growth. The discussion will be based in Columbus, but link to sites around the U.S. and Canada. The event is being facilitated by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. For more information, visit http://cph.osu.edu/webcast.
APRIL 12
2008 Walk for MS: 3-mile route, registration begins at 7:30 a.m., Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Dr., Powell. Join students from the College of Public Health as they walk in support of Multiple Sclerosis research. Zoo admission free for walk participants. For more information, visit http://walkoha.nationalmssociety.org/ or e-mail frazier.202@osu.edu.
APRIL 24
Alumni Panel: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Hear what College alumni have to say about the industry, their career tracks, the job market and their employers. Introductory remarks by Dean Lemeshow. Lunch provided by the CPH Alumni Society. RSVP to Jenny Laughbaum at jlaughbaum@cph.osu.edu.
 
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