May 13, 2008

What's News - CPH Operation Feed drive ends tomorrow; Retirement reception for Jeff Caswell
Faces and Places - HSMP work-study student honored for dedicated service; Farewell reception for Tiffany Sutton
Useful Tidbits - 2008 Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk; ‘Ohio State University Night’ with the Columbus Clippers
The World We Live In - Vaccines and autism; Sick leave measure would benefit public health; Artificial turf: Health hazard?
Photo Finish - ASPH AT OSU

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CPH Operation Feed drive ends tomorrow
Operation Feed is winding down and things are looking good! So far College of Public Health faculty, staff and students have contributed 649 meals to the cause (277 food items + $186 in monetary donations = 372 meals). Our breakfast fund raiser last Friday collected $92 alone! Wednesday is the last day to bring in food items or make a donation. Don’t forget ink jet cartridges and cell phones also add to the total. Monetary donations will continue to be accepted until May 21. Thanks to everyone for making this a successful year. Questions? Contact Renee Watts, Operation Feed lead coordinator, at 293-8444 or
Retirement reception for Jeff Caswell, May 16
After 38 years of dedicated and distinguished service, Jeff Caswell is retiring from Ohio State. Join friends and colleagues as they wish him well into retirement. Reception, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., May 16, The Faculty Club Grand Lounge, 181 S. Oval Dr. Presentation at 3:45 p.m. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
HSMP work-study student honored for dedicated service

Amber Brashear, a student assistant in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was awarded Honorable Mention at the 2008 Student Employee of the Year Reception on May 7. Brashear is a graduate student studying physical therapy and has worked in HSMP for five years through the University's work-study program. This is Brashear's last quarter in the employee program. "I am really going to miss her," said Kathy Holloway, HSMP division coordinator. Holloway nominated Brashear for the award. There are 12,000 student employees on campus. Both Holloway and Brashear were invited to the reception, where they were both pleasantly surprised to see Brashear's name and award designation on the program. "She received a well-deserved award," Holloway said. Read more about the award >

Farewell reception for Tiffany Sutton, May 19

Say so long to Tiffany Sutton, division coordinator for Environmental Health Sciences, at a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. on May 19 in M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Sutton joined the division in 2006 and will leave May 19 to pursue a position outside the university. We wish her the best of luck.


2008 Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk

Now in its fourth year, the statewide 2008 Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk will take place May 21, and will coincide with National Employee Health and Fitness Day. All Ohioans are encouraged to register for the walk by going to: This year's goal is to entice more than 100,000 Ohioans to walk one mile. Create a 1-mile route at your location using

‘Ohio State University Night’ with the Columbus Clippers
There are still plenty of free tickets available for the Columbus Clippers versus the Toledo Mud Hens baseball game on May 17. 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. Pick up tickets in M-116 Starling-Loving Hall.


Vaccines and autism
While the government has been utterly unable to stop autism/ADD, or even tell us what is causing it, they say they do know one thing: it's not vaccines. But in an interview with CBS News, Dr. Bernadine Healy becomes the most well-known medical voice yet to counter the government on that claim. Healy was once a top government health official as head of the National Institutes of Health. She founded Ohio State’s School of Public Health. She says the government has not conducted basic research on this issue. Read more >
Study says sick leave measure would benefit public health
A new study says a measure that would require California employers to provide sick leave would be beneficial for public health. The report comes from UC Berkeley's Center for Labor Research and Education. (Reported by KPBS.) Read more >
Artificial turf: Health hazard?
There are increasing concerns that some synthetic fields - particularly fraying AstroTurf surfaces that have been in place for years - are contaminated with lead and could pose a health hazard to children, athletes and others who use them. (Reported by USA Today.) Read more >
ASPH AT OSU - Dean Stan Lemeshow hosted the Association of Schools of Public Health's Spring Data Advisory Committee Meeting on May 6 at The Ohio State University. Read more about the meeting in the ASPH Friday Letter >

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2008 Public Health Combined Conference: Crowne Plaza North, 6500 Doubletree, Ave. Collaborative effort of the Ohio Public Health Association, Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, Association of Ohio Boards of Health, Ohio Environmental Health Association, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Society for Public Health Education and the public health academic programs including The Ohio State University College of Public Health. For a complete schedule of conference events, visit

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