August 12, 2008

What's News - Providing fresh produce to downtown Columbus; Back-to-school stories wanted for annual media advisory; Your thoughts sought for College’s Web redesign
Faces and Places - EHS welcomes new assistant professor; Media Mentions; August Alumni Spotlight; Two College of Public Health alumni say 'I do'
Useful Tidbits - CPH Staff Appreciation Week, Aug. 18-22; OSU seeks support in building faculty library at new Ohio Union
The World We Live In - Lake Erie beaches often icky; One-third of uninsured are chronically ill; Clean air will improve Chicago's Olympic bid and public health
Photo Finish - 'Happy Trails'

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET: Providing fresh produce to downtown Columbus
The Columbus Public Health Farmers Market kicked off its fourth season on July 31 with more than 3,000 shoppers buying fresh produce from 16 local farmers. The market, funded in part by the College of Public Health, provided nutritious food options to Columbus’ Downtown and East Side neighbors who live in areas with limited access to fresh produce. The final farmers market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Read more >
Back-to-school stories wanted for annual media advisory
University Relations is conducting a campus-wide search for newsworthy story ideas, which will be compiled in a list and forwarded to reporters. Please send any information about new projects (autumn 2007 to present, as well as proposed research projects), trends, innovations and initiatives to Communications Director Christine O’Malley at by Aug. 22.
Web redesign survey extended

A temporary problem with the College's Zoomerang account has been mended and the Web survey has been extended. The Web redesign team is seeking input from faculty, staff, students and alumni regarding a redesigned Web site for the College. Results from the survey will be considered during the design process. All responses are anonymous, and only group data is reported. The survey will remain open until Aug. 20. Take the survey >

EHS welcomes new assistant professor

Jianrong Li, PhD, joined the College’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences on May 1 as an assistant professor. He was recruited as part of the research initiative on Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases and has a joint appointment with the Department of Food Science and Technology. Li’s research interests include the viral sources of food- and water-borne diseases and the development of new strategies, such as vaccines, to prevent such illnesses. Read more >

Jianrong Li

Qinghua Sun, assistant professor in the College's Division of Environmental Sciences, was featured in an article titled “Beijing's blue-sky thinking gives scientists a golden opportunity to study the effects of pollution,” in the British newspaper The Guardian. Read more >

Alicia D. Smith

"There’s no harm in testing the
waters to figure out what aspect
of health care most interests you."

Alicia D. Smith received an MHA degree from The Ohio State University in 1993, and a BA in political science from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She’s now a senior consultant at Health Management Associates in Columbus, where she helps health care organizations evaluate and design behavioral-health services.

What public health issues most concern you?

I have a more personal appreciation for population-based approaches to health services delivery. For instance, the RWJF project I’m involved with helps me realize that unless our system changes to be more responsive to the needs of individuals with language and cultural barriers, the often ignored health problems that immigrants encounter now will have even greater implications for the entire health care system further down the road. Read more >

CPH Staff Appreciation Week, Aug. 18-22
The College of Public Health will celebrate Staff Appreciation Week, Aug. 18-22. Activities for staffers include a guided tour of Ohio Stadium, a clinic on how to tame stress through exercise at your desk and lunch at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café. To attend an event, e-mail Staff appreciation gifts may be picked up in room M-116, Starling-Loving Hall, anytime after Monday, Aug. 18. (See Roger or Tracy.) For more information about campus-wide activities, visit >
OSU seeks support in building faculty library at new Ohio Union
An Ohio State organization called Ohio Staters is collecting books written by Ohio State faculty to display at the new Ohio Union. The books will be filed in four bookshelves surrounding a fireplace. The display is meant to provide a visual representation of the knowledge that Ohio State faculty have contributed throughout the years. If you have a book to donate, or information about a book to share, please e-mail Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at Learn more about Ohio Staters and its many projects >


Lake Erie beaches often icky
Bacteria levels from Ohio samples ranked second-worst in U.S., pollution report says. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >
One-third of uninsured are chronically ill
"It is a major public health disaster," says president-elect of Physicians for a National Health Program. (Reported by U.S. News & World Report.) Read more >
Clean air will improve Chicago's Olympic bid and public health
Chicago needs to address its own air pollution problems now to prepare for 2016.(Reported by The Chicago Tribune.) Read more >
HAPPY TRAILS - Faculty and staff bid adieu to Biostatistics Division Coordinator Leslie Davidson last Tuesday. Davidson now works at the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center as an assistant to the associate director for administration.

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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AUG. 14

Ohio Public Health Leadership Institute presentation on Meta-leadership, 9 a.m. to noon, Mohican State Park Lodge, Loudonville, Ohio. Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Bailey, chief of the Office of Public Health Practice at the Centers for Disease Control. Topic: Meta-leadership refers to the capacity to go beyond silo thinking to achieve cross-agency coordination and effort. RSVP to Shirley Funt, Office of Workforce Development, at or 292-1637.

SEPT. 11-12

Conference: “One-Medicine Conference: Contemporary Issues in Public Health,” 12:30 to 5 p.m., Sept. 11 and 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Sept. 12, OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Auditorium. Read more >

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