July 1, 2008

What's News - Sun to lead study on air quality at Summer Games; College ‘Clean-Up Day’ set for July 10; Tuesday Times readership survey
Faces and Places - Yu to go to IU; Katz featured in Health Behavior News Service article
Useful Tidbits - Ohio Family Health Survey seeks applicants
The World We Live In - Firefighter health focus at Hopkins; Top health official pledges action on childhood obesity; Drinking lots of coffee may prolong life
Photo Finish - 'We've got spirit!'

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Sun to lead study on air quality at Summer Games
The Chinese government plans to clear the air during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Aug. 8-24. Local factories and busy roads will shut down in order to reduce pollution in an attempt to improve air quality and help athletes and visitors breathe a little easier. Qinghua Sun, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the College's Division of Environmental Health Sciences, will lead a study to determine if Beijing’s measures worked. The study, called “Responses to Drastic Changes in Air Pollution: Reversibility and Susceptibility,” will examine if targeted reduction in air pollution would dramatically benefit cardiovascular health outcomes. The study is sponsored by The Ohio State University and New York University, with the help of Peking University School of Public Health, Beijing, China.

Qinghua Sun

College ‘Clean-Up Day’ set for July 10

Look around your office. Could it use a good cleaning? Do your files need to be better organized? Find time to complete these chores on Thursday, July 10 – College Clean-Up Day. The College of Public Health encourages you to roll up your sleeves and participate. And, you’re welcome to wear jeans or other comfortable clothes in order to get the job done. Lunch will be provided for all participants at 11:30 a.m. in rooms M-106 Starling-Loving Hall; 457 Cunz Hall; and 310 in the Office of Workforce Development. RSVP to Cindy York, Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion Coordinator, at cyork@cph.osu.edu.

Tuesday Times readership survey

Faculty and staff: Please take a few minutes to complete the Tuesday Times readership survey. Results from the survey will be used to help improve the e-newsletter. Your responses will remain anonymous. We will only report group data. The survey will remain open through July 3. Take the survey >


Yu to go to IU

Zhangsheng Yu, PhD, MA, assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics, has accepted an assistant professor position at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, where he will work in the Division of Biostatistics within the Department of Medicine. His last day is August 1. We wish him the best!

Zhangsheng Yu

Mira Katz, assistant professor in the College’s Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, was a featured expert in an article titled "Poverty, poor health might influence colorectal cancer screening attendance" in Health Behavior News Service, June 30. Read more >
Ohio Family Health Survey seeks applicants for research funds
The Research Advisory Council of the Ohio Family Health Survey (OFHS) invites you to submit applications for health policy oriented research projects. The project plan includes the opportunity for health services researchers to conduct studies and author briefing papers and comprehensive reports based upon their area of expertise, using the data from the survey. Up to $450,000 has been allocated to fund between 12 and 18 studies. The full Request for Applications (RFA) may be found on the OFHS website > Questions regarding the RFA process must be submitted in writing to barry.jamieson@osumc.edu.


Firefighter health focus at Hopkins
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health received a $1 million grant from the U.S. government to help research the high number of heart attacks suffered by firefighters. (Reported by the Baltimore Sun.) Read more >
Top health official pledges action on childhood obesity
Massachusetts' top health official says childhood obesity is too pervasive and pressing a problem to attack with piecemeal approaches, and vows to fuse the best ideas of academic and public policy experts with experiments being played out in cities and towns across Massachusetts. (Reported by the Boston Globe.) Read more >
Drinking lots of coffee may prolong life
Researchers from Harvard University’s Harvard School of Public Health suggest drinking large amount of coffee may reduce the risk of heart disease and also help increase a person’s lifespan. (Reported by The Money Times.) Read more >
WE'VE GOT SPIRIT! - Staff members in the Office of Workforce Development gathered at Mirror Lake today to have their pictures taken for the division’s Web site. Group and individual photos will be posted on the site. The photos also will include audio descriptions of the employee’s jobs told in their own voices. Pictured are (clockwise from upper left): Anne Drabczyk, Joanne Pearsol, Sharon Stanley, Cheryl Engle, Niki Lemin, Heather Vilvens, Adam Negley, Pat Watts, Racquel Graham, Meredith Cameron and Shirley Funt.

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Seminar: "End-of-Life Considerations When Caring for People of Different Faiths," 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., M-008, Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Marie-Therese Salmi, NR, MPH. Topic: How do we reconcile hospital and public health regulations with religious traditions and beliefs about death? Sponsored in part by the College of Public Health.
Seminar: "Community Health and Vernacular Health Systems," 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute (room 165), 473 W. 12th Ave. Panel discussion exploring the perspectives that folklorist-ethnographers bring to translational projects in health care and education, community health and health policy. Sponsored in part by the College of Public Health.


College of Public Health Staff Appreciation Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 20, Buckeye Hall of Fame Café. Questions? E-mail Tracy McHone at tmchone@cph.osu.edu.

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