May 6, 2008

What's News - Combined Conference reception; CBS Evening News seeks ‘typical American family’ in Columbus; Big plans for the summer?
Faces and Places - Tiffany Sutton's last day May 19; Students present posters at Combined Conference; NACCHO announces MRC advisors to national workgroup
Useful Tidbits - Operation Feed; ‘Ohio State University Night’ with the Columbus Clippers
The World We Live In - Study says fewer using cigarettes; Public Health Perspective: Why people's interest in public health is less?; New study shows corporate livestock farms pose risks to public health, environment
Photo Finish - Alumni Spotlight

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College reception at 2008 Public Health Combined Conference, May 12
The College of Public Health is proud to host a reception on the first evening of the 2008 Public Health Combined Conference, May 12-14. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to attend from 5:30 to 7 p.m., May 12, in the Buckeye Room at the Crowne Plaza North, 6500 Doubletree, Ave. Refreshments provided. For a complete schedule of conference events, visit Questions? E-mail CPH Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at
CBS Evening News seeks 'typical American family' in Columbus

CBS Evening News is asking The Ohio State University for assistance in locating a “typical American family” for a story they’re planning on how Americans spend their money. Producer Charlie Brooks, based in Chicago, thinks the typical family is in Columbus and is asking for requests. Brooks says the typical family would have 2.5 children and an average income of around $55,000. The story also will include a typical family from Europe, to compare and contrast how folks everywhere spend. If you are aware of such a family who would be willing to talk on TV about how they spend their money, please call Amy Murray, assistant director of media relations, at 614-292-8385.

Big plans for the summer?
University Relations wants to hear from students, faculty and staff who are traveling this summer in the name of research to feature on the “Do Something Great” Web page. This is a good opportunity for CPH students to share their summer practicum experiences. Please share your plans with CPH Communications Director Christine O’Malley at
Tiffany Sutton's last day May 19
Tiffany Sutton, division coordinator for Environmental Health Sciences, has announced her resignation. She will be greatly missed, but you have until May 19 (her last day) to stop by her office. We wish Tiffany all the best in her future.
Students to present posters at 2008 Public Health Combined Conference
Several College of Public Health students will give poster presentations at the 2008 Public Health Combined Conference at 12:45 p.m., May 13, Crowne Plaza North, Columbus. Participants include: Julie Freshwater and Yosef Khan, “Using Electronic Health Data as Predictors of Surgical Site Infections;” Ross Kauffman, “Tobacco Policies in American Prisons;” and Narry Tiao, “Phenotypic and Genotypic Analysis of Staphylococcus spp. From Raw Bovine Milk in Northeastern Brazil.”

NACCHO announces MRC advisors to national workgroup

The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) appointed two representatives from Ohio to serve on the national Medical Reserve Corps Advisory Workgroup. Anne Drabczyk, OSU Center for Public Health Preparedness Research Specialist, and Cheryl Kehnast, R.N. (Defiance County General Health District) will convene with the national delegation in Denver this May, to begin their three-year term of service.

The Cunz Hall renovation project was mentioned in Business First on April 25. The newspaper said that the state Controlling Board approved a $1.22 million design contract for Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design Ltd. of Columbus to provide design services for an extensive renovation of Cunz Hall for The Ohio State University College of Public Health. Principal Jon Barnes said he expects five of his firm’s nine staff members to work on the interior and exterior redesign of the 1960s-era building. He expects the design phase to be completed in early 2009.


It's 'in the bag' for Operation Feed
CPH has collected food and money for 180 meals! Be sure to bring in your paper bag from your mailbox with items for Operation Feed. This week is the last full week of the campaign and food will be picked up next Wednesday. Monetary donations are always welcomed and can be dropped off to Roger in M-116, Starling-Loving Hall. It’s a bargain! $1 = 2 meals. Questions? Contact Renee Watts, Operation Feed lead coordinator, at 293-8444 or

Breakfast of champions

Bring your dollar bills to work on Friday, May 9, to purchase a healthy morning snack and support Operation Feed. Muffins, yogurt and fresh fruit will be available from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for $1 each in the hallway outside of room M-008, Starling-Loving Hall.

‘Ohio State University Night’ with the Columbus Clippers
Free tickets to the Columbus Clippers versus the Toledo Mud Hens game on May 17 are available to faculty and staff in the CPH Dean’s Office and the CPH Human Resources office (M-118 Starling-Loving Hall). Gates at Cooper Stadium open at 6 p.m. and the game begins at 7:05 p.m. Enjoy discounted refreshments in the picnic area from 6 to 7 p.m.


Study says fewer using cigarettes
Restaurant smoking bans may be as powerful as peers or parents in the battle to keep teenagers from becoming smokers, a new study suggests. (Reported by Boston Globe.) Read more >
Public Health Perspective: Why people's interest in public health is less?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), health is a complete state of physical, mental, social and spiritual well being and not merely the absence of disease or disability. (Reported by The Daily Star, Dhaka, Bangladesh.) Read more >
New study shows corporate livestock farms pose risks to public health, environment
Analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health document how and why industrial-scale farm animal production poses unacceptable risks. (Reported by Seattle Post Intelligencer.) Read more >
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Erick Vidmar, who received an MHA from the College of Public Health in 2006, currently works as a senior analyst and project manager at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, the capital and second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. 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

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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." To register, visit Questions? E-mail Amy Thaci, conference chair and program manager in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, at
Seminar: “Access and Utilization of Primary Care: A Canadian Success Story or Failure? Lessons for the U.S. Health Care Debate,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Mark Rosenberg, PhD, Queens University. Sponsors: Department of Geography and the College of Public Health.
Seminar: “Preventing Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission and Infant Mortality in Developing Countries: Aspects of the Zambian Exclusive Breastfeeding Study (ZEBS),” noon to 1 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010. Speaker: Jan Walter, PhD, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif. Sponsor: College of Public Health Division of Epidemiology. For information, contact
MAY 12
College of Public Health Reception at the 2008 Public Health Combined Conference: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Buckeye Room, Crowne Plaza North, 6500 Doubletree Ave., Columbus. Meet and greet public health practitioners from around the state. Refreshments provided.
MAY 16

Jeff Caswell Retirement Reception: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., The Faculty Club Grand Lounge, 181 S. Oval Dr. Presentation at 3:45 p.m. RSVP to or 293-3913 by May 9.

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