June 3, 2008

What's News - CPH to benefit from $34 million NIH grant
Faces and Places - MPH student wins Combined Conference poster competition; OCPHP receives grant to provide Planning P Training; Office of Workforce Development manager picked for USAC; Biostatistics division coordinator earns her bachelor’s; Bundles of joy; Media Mentions; Alumni Spotlight
Useful Tidbits - OIT walk-in services move to Central Classroom Building; Renowned OSU historian David Hothersall set for annual fall meeting; Summer construction to impact campus parking and traffic
The World We Live In - Don't talk about dieting, Mom and Dad; Health group: Infant mortality remains high in Franklin Co.; Lifelong public-health advocate Alvin Leonard dies
Photo Finish - 'Lab Work'

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CPH to benefit from $34 million NIH grant

The College of Public Health will benefit from a $34 million grant awarded to Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital by the National Institutes of Health. The grant is one of the largest ever received by the university and will be used to build The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science, a research center that will help streamline the patient care process.

"Faculty from the College of Public Health will be actively involved in the implementation of the CTSA Award," said Mary Ellen Wewers, professor and associate dean for research in the College of Public Health’s division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Read more >

Mary Ellen Wewers

MPH student wins Combined Conference poster competition

Narry Tiao, an MPH student in the College of Public Health, won first place in the 2008 Public Health Combined Conference poster competition. Her presentation was titled "Phenotypic and Genotypic Analysis of Staphylococcus spp. From Raw Bovine Milk in Northeastern Brazil." The Combined Conference, held May 12-14 in Columbus, is a 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.

OCPHP receives grant to provide Planning P Training

The Ohio Center for Public Health Preparedness (OCPHP) was awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Health to provide training in the Planning P Process for Type 3 Incidents to the public health workforce and public health partners in Ohio. OCPHP is collaborating with The University of Findlay, School of Environmental and Emergency Management on the project.

Both distance delivery and face-to-face classroom instruction will be provided to the public health workforce and public health partners in Ohio. Trainings will be offered during July 2008 in each of the Homeland Security Planning Regions throughout Ohio. For more information: Niki Lemin, MS, RS, 614.292.2047 or nlemin@cph.osu.edu.

Office of Workforce Development manager picked for USAC

Cheryl Engle, learning environment manager in the Office of Workforce Development, was recently selected as a member of the University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC). The committee was established in 1986 as an advisory body to the University President. Its mission is to maintain an active and participatory line of communication with the university community and to provide a forum through which university staff can raise, discuss, and make recommendations on non-academic issues. Engle's appointment begins July 1, 2008, and lasts three years.

Clinical Associate Professor Frank Holtzhauer
joins Cheryl Engle at the USAC breakfast


Biostatistics division coordinator earns her bachelor’s

Leslie Davidson, biostatistics division coordinator, will graduate this quarter with a degree in Human Development and Family Science, with an emphasis on family studies. Davidson has worked at CPH since January 2004. She is originally from Tipp City, Ohio. Congratulations Leslie!

Leslie Davidson

Bundles of joy

Adam Negley, assistant director in the Office of Workforce Development, and his wife, Sarah, welcomed baby Beckett Henry Negley on May 25.

Lori Bolton, assistant director of career services, and her husband, Dave, welcomed a baby girl on June 2. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 18 inches.


Dawn Comstock, assistant professor of pediatrics in the College of Medicine and an assistant professor in the College of Public Health's Division of Epidemiology, was featured in an article in the Washington Post about how knee injuries are the most common reason for high school sports-related surgeries. The study, conducted at the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, is published in the June issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Read more > and more >

The College of Public Health has added a feature to its Web site called Alumni Spotlight. The section highlights College alumni through a question-and-answer type format.

MPH Alumna Brandy Reeves

"I am concerned about
individual rights that seem
to be taken away each day
in terms of people’s health
and what they can do
with their bodies."


Brandy Reeves, age 25 of Grove City, received an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Promotion at The Ohio State University in 2007, and a BA in communications from Miami University in 2005. She is training to be an AASECT-certified sexuality educator. Reeves works as a health education coordinator for Pure Romance in Loveland, Ohio. Her responsibilities include overseeing a college tour program. She travels to colleges around the country and talks to students about sexual health, sexuality and relationships. She also participates in a cancer outreach program that focuses on the relationship between cancer and sexuality.

What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing a career in public health?

Do not underestimate the importance of your core classes, especially in Health Behavior-Health Promotion. I was not a big fan of evaluation and thought I would never have to do it - boy was I wrong! It also helps to find what you’re passionate about and to pursue that area. Read more >


OIT walk-in services move to Central Classroom Building

On June 13, OIT is relocating its walk-in customer services from 512 Baker Systems Engineering to 025 Central Classroom Building. The area is renamed the IT Service Desk. The consolidated location encompasses OIT's customer services and the Telecommunications and Networking cellular sales and support. Limited services are available during the June 6-12 move. Contact for the IT Service Desk will remain the same. Read more >

Renowned OSU historian David Hothersall set for annual fall meeting
The 2008 CPHAS Annual Fall Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 5, in the Sanders Grand Lounge at the Longaberger Alumni House. This year, the esteemed Dr. David Hothersall, emeritus professor of psychology and renowned OSU historian, will be the keynote speaker. The society also will present the William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumni Award and the Mary Plummer Scholarship at this time. Hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, e-mail cphalumni@cph.osu.edu.

Summer construction to impact campus parking and traffic

The loss of surface parking spaces and the occurrence of road closures/detours during summer quarter construction will impact daily parking availability. Motorists should anticipate parking shortages and traffic delays and are encouraged to arrive on campus early. College of Public Health employees may want to note the construction at the 9th Avenue and 11th Avenue parking garages. Read more >


Don't talk about dieting, Mom and Dad
For parents whose chubby teenagers need to lose weight, here are two odd bits of advice: Don't say they're fat and don't tell them to diet. (Reported by U.S. News & World Report.) Read more >
Health group: Infant mortality remains high in Franklin Co.
One of Ohio's largest counties is failing to provide adequate care for pregnant women, contributing to a high infant mortality rate, according to a report from a health care group that focuses on maternal and child health. (Reported by Akron Beacon Journal.) Read more >
Lifelong public-health advocate Alvin Leonard dies
Dr. Alvin Leonard, a onetime director of public health for the city of Berkeley who mixed his passion for medicine with a commitment to peace, has died of pneumonia. He was 90. (Reported by the San Francisco Chronical.) Read more >
LAB WORK - Matt Verdin, Qinghua Sun and Zubin Yavar work side-by-side in the OSU Biomedical Research Tower. Verdin and Yavar, two Ohio State freshmen who aspire to be medical doctors, were chosen by Sun to work in his lab on a project that links air pollution and cardiovascular disease.

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CPH Seminar: "Do Raters Agree When Assessing Nursing Home Resident Impairment?" 11 a.m. to noon, M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: A. John Bailer, PhD, distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, affiliate member of the Department of Zoology, affiliate member of the Department of Sociology and Gerontology, and senior researcher in the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Sponsor: College of Public Health’s Division of Biostatistics. For more info, e-mail ldavidson@cph.osu.edu.

PHPID Membership Meeting: 10 a.m., Veterinary Medicine Administration Building, 1900 Coffey Rd., Dunlap Conference Room. Meeting begins at 10 a.m. and continues with networking and open forum at noon. Lunch will be provided. Questions? Call Eric Lutz at 293-8558,
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