April 8, 2008

What's News - Public health experts gather for Web conference on environment; Join CPH students at MS Walk; What size carbon footprint do you have?
Faces and Places - Division of Epidemiology welcomes new assistant professor
Useful Tidbits - Campus Campaign; Advocacy conference; Excellence in Teaching Award; Operation Feed
The World We Live In - Lung cancer genes identified; Study: Ohio ranks near bottom of states in federal health funding; Kenya: Sanitation must be public health issue
Photo Finish - Health Advocates

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The College of Public Health is doing its part to increase public health awareness this week during National Public Health Week, April 7 to 13. Since 1995, the American Public Health Association has organized activities around the weeklong event and determined a public health theme each year. This year’s theme is “Climate Change and the Nation’s Health." OSU students, faculty and staff have organized events centered around the theme, and below are two of the featured scheduled events. (Find more events to the right in College Calendar.)
Nation’s top public health experts to gather for Web conference on environment, April 10

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, and Dan Bednarz, a consultant with Energy & Healthcare Consultants in Pittsburgh, Penn. 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.

Join CPH students at MS Walk, this Saturday at zoo

The Columbus Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting its annual MS Walk at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Saturday, April 12. Now that it looks like Spring is finally here, what better way to spend your Saturday morning than raising resources and awareness for MS.

To register:
1. Visit the Walk homepage
2. Click "Register" on the toolbar on the left-hand side
3. Select the Columbus Walk, 4/12/2008
4. Click "Join a Team" at the top of the page
5. Type in "Ohio State SPHS" is the Team name box
6. Click "Join" on the right-hand side

Requested donation: $25. Questions? Contact Lisa Frazier at frazier.lisa@gmail.com or Christina Jackson at jackson.1572@osu.edu.

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.

 
Division of Epidemiology welcomes new assistant professor
Assistant Professor Courtney Lynch joined the Division of Epidemiology on March 31. Her primary research interests include the identification of modifiable risk factors for infertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes, and the follow-up of children conceived with the help of ovulation induction and/or assisted reproductive technologies. Lynch has a PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MPH from Ohio State's College of Public Health and a BA in biology from Wittenberg University. She previously worked as a staff scientist at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
 

The Ohio State University
Campus Campaign

There is still time to participate in Campus Campaign. Remember, it's not the dollar amount that's important, simply your participation. Approximately 40 percent of our College has participated so far. (Breakdown: A&P staff, 34%; Civil Service, 40%; Faculty, 43%).

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, or give online at www.campuscampaign.osu.edu. The deadline is April 30.

All donors are eligible for prize drawings. Future prize drawings will be held on April 18 and May 2.

Tracy McHone, assistant to the dean, presents a $10 gift card for Wendy's to Leslie Davidson, division coordinator for Biostatistics. Davidson won the prize in a drawing last Friday.
She qualified by being a donor to Campus Campaign.

 
Advocacy 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.
College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award, deadline April 11
Nominate a College of Public Health instructor for the College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award. Nominations may be submitted by students, alumni and faculty of the College of Public Health and are due April 11. The nomination form is located at http//cph.osu.edu/studentaffairs/ under the "Current Student's" section. Please return it to Susie Householder at shouseholder@cph.osu.edu.
College's Operation Feed Campaign kicks off April 21
The College's Operation Feed Campaign starts April 21 and will run through May 12. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank’s supply is desperately low for this time of year. The nonprofit agency has been helping feed Ohio’s hungry families for 26 years, providing food to more than 550 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. It needs nonperishable food items such as peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese and juice boxes for children. Other needed items: boxed dry goods, canned meat and canned fruits and vegetables. Deposit your items in the convenient drop-off boxes located around the college.

 

Lung cancer genes identified
Three new reports by research teams in the U.S., Europe and Iceland have identified, for the first time, specific gene variants that appear to make some smokers and former smokers more susceptible than others to cancer. (Reported by Time Magazine.) Read more >
Study: Ohio ranks near bottom of states in federal health funding
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spent far more money per capita — $69.76 — on Alaskans than any other Americans in fiscal year 2007. Residents of the Buckeye State got $15.08 a head. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >
Kenya: Sanitation must be public health issue
Outbreaks of cholera in Nyanza Province have put the spotlight on a problem that doesn't seem to get much Government attention - rural sanitation. (Reported by The East African Standard.) Read more >
 
HEALTH ADVOCATES – MPH students Jake Snoble and Lisa Frazier hand out preventive-care items, including first-aid kits, sunscreen and hand sanitizer, to people outside the RPAC on April 7, as part of National Public Health Week. The event gave the students an opportunity to chat with others about the College of Public Health.
 

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 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, Mac Crawford, assistant professor in the College's Division of Environmental Health Sciences, 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. 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. For more information, visit http://walkoha.nationalmssociety.org/ or e-mail frazier.202@osu.edu.
APRIL 14
Seminar: "Computer Enhanced Behavioral Health Screening: Patient Perceptions and Impact on Utilization," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Deena Chisolm, PhD, Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and OSU Pediatrics and Public Health. Sponsor: College of Public Health.
APRIL 15 & 16
"Advocacy: Championing for Public Health" is a conference on key advocacy issues for public health professionals. Location: Quest Business Centers in Columbus. 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.
APRIL 21
Seminar: Topic TBA, 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, Room M-008. Speaker: Jeffrey Willett, PhD, Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation. Sponsor: College of Public Health.
APRIL 23
Seminar: "Beryllium and Lung Cancer: Design and Analysis Issues Raised in a Reexamination and Re-analysis of Two Major Epidemiological Studies Conducted by NIOSH," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Paul Levy, PhD, RTI International. Sponsor: College of Public Health.
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 field, 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.
APRIL 29
Office of Workforce Development Workshop: "Managing the Moment, Leading the Future, Analyzing Performance Problems," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Roberts Centre and Holiday Inn, 123 Gano Rd., Wilmington, Ohio. Course is designed for health practitioners who have management responsibilities and teaches participants techniques to address employee performance problems. Cost: $75. To register, visit https://oh.train.org. For more information, contact Heather Vilvens at 614-292-2303 or hvilvens@cph.osu.edu.
 
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please e-mail Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu by Friday at 5 p.m.