April 15, 2008

What's News - Dates for Diversity Enhancement Committee's book club; carbon footprint update
Faces and Places - David Murray featured in onCampus
Useful Tidbits - ASFW Spring Conference; Campus Campaign; advocacy conference; Operation Feed
The World We Live In - The human side of global warming; HIV/AIDS Report; Ireland's obesity epidemic; Genome scans go deep into your DNA
Photo Finish - Ex Exit

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Discussion dates set for Diversity Enhancement Committee's book club
Thanks to a healthy interest in the CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee's book club, six discussion groups have been arranged to accommodate the more than 80 people who signed up to participate. Participants will read and discuss the book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum. Discussion groups, limited to 12 people, are set for May 5: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., M-106 Starling-Loving with moderator Randi Love; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 440 Cunz Hall with moderators Nikki Harper and Kaycee Carson of the MCC; May 6: 9 to 10 a.m., M-106 Starling-Loving with moderator Ann McAlearney; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 457 Cunz Hall with moderator Steve Loebs; May 7: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., 457 Cunz Hall with moderator Kenneth Steinman; and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., M-106 Starling-Loving with moderators Leah Komora and Lexie Beer of the MCC. RSVP with your two preferred times to MHA student Priscilla Pham at pham.81@osu.edu by April 28.
Carbon footprint update

In honor of National Public Health Week last week, the communications department did an experiment to try to determine the average size of each Division's carbon footprint. (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.) We wanted to know who, among 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, had the smallest footprint. We asked participants to take a simple 16-question quiz at http://www.earthday.net/footprint and report their scores back to us.

Because all Divisions weren't evenly represented in the replies, we decided to take the average of all the replies. The average score for those who took the quiz was 22, which means that it takes 22 acres of land to support their lifestyles, compared to a national average of 24. Not bad.

If you're interested in learning more about how our consumption affects Planet Earth, consider watching a rebroadcast of "Human Footprint" at 9 p.m., Wednesday, on the National Geographic Channel.

 
MEDIA MENTIONS
David Murray, professor and chair of the Division of Epidemiology, was featured in an article titled "Review finds flaws in cancer trials" in the April 8 issue of onCampus. The article says that a new study reviewing 75 group-randomized cancer trials over a five-year stretch shows that fewer than half of those studies used appropriate statistical methods to analyze the results. “If researchers use the wrong methods and claim an approach was effective, other people will start using that approach," said Murray, lead author of the review study. "And if it really wasn’t effective, then they’re wasting time, money and resources and going down a path that they shouldn’t be going down.” Read the entire article >
 
ASFW Spring Conference, May 7
The Association of Staff and Faculty is hosting its fourth annual Spring Conference from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 7, at the Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center on the Fisher College of Business campus. This year's theme is "Connecting Women to Women: Enhancing Confidence in the Workplace" and includes sessions led by inspiring women in our community including motivational speaker Annette Franks, who will present "Empowering Ourselves: Enhancing Our Confidence and Sucess." An afternoon session, titled "You Lost Me at Hello: High Performance Communication," will be led by journalist and author Connie Dieken. To register, visit www.asfw.osu.edu. Questions? E-mail Amy Thaci, conference chair and program manager in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy,, at thaci.1@osu.edu.
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.

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'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.

 

The human side of global warming
By now, global warming has been linked to melting glaciers and ice caps, higher average temperatures, and prolonged drought. What’s not as well-known are the non-headline grabbing effects that the warming climate will have on human health. (Reported by Center for American Progress.) Read more >
Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report
Black religious leaders and public health officials in North Carolina urge HIV testing for prison inmates. (Reported by KaiserNetwork.org.) Read more >
Ireland's obesity epidemic
A few years ago, a documentary in the UK warning about the coming obesity epidemic opened by saying: “Look at America and see our future.” It was referring to the fact that the annual cost of obesity in the U.S. is roughly $122.9 billion, a sum comparable to the economic costs of smoking. (Reported by Irish Medical Times.) Read more >
Genome scans go deep into your DNA
Dad's cholesterol? Grandma's hypertension? Extensive genetic scans can tell us who we really are inside. (Reported by Los Angeles Times.) Read more >
 
EX EXIT – Just in case you haven't noticed the caution signs, padlock and duct tape on the westside door in Starling-Loving, this is a reminder that the door will be out of service for the next six weeks as construction takes place outside the building.
 

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 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 16
Africa Network Tea: 4 to 5:30 p.m., 115 Biomedical Research Tower. Speaker: Barbara Campbell-Ker, executive director, Hospice Witwatersrand and vice chairperson, Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa. Ohio State faculty and students with interests in African health issues will share their work through poster displays. Sponsor: Center for Global Health. Contact: Phyllis.Baker@osumc.edu.
APRIL 21
Seminar: "The Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation: Working to Make Ohio a Tobacco-Free State," 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
Public Health Tales From the Field: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Hear what five College alumni have to say about their fields, career tracks, the job market and their employers in this panel discussion. Introductory remarks by Dean Lemeshow. Pizza 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.
MAY 1
OSU health fair: "Women's Health: Ageless," 4 to 7 p.m., RPAC. Health fair in honor of National Women's Health Month that includes panel discussions with local health experts and cooking demonstrations such as how to prepare fast and healthy food on a budget and how to whip up healthy desserts. Sponsor: The Ohio State University Faculty and Staff Wellness Program. To RSVP, visit www.osumhcs.com/wellness or call 292-1894.
MAY 5
Public Health Information Session: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., RPAC, rooms 1 and 2. More details to come.
MAY 7
Fourth Annual ASFW Spring Conference: 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center on the Fisher College of Business campus. Theme: "Connecting Women to Women: Enhancing Confidence in the Workplace." Speakers: Annette Franks, M.Ed., motivational speaker and certified Gestalt psychotherapist; and Connie Dieken, motivational speaker, journalist and author. To register, visit www.asfw.osu.edu. Questions? E-mail Amy Thaci, conference chair and program manager in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy,, at thaci.1@osu.edu.
 
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