August 26, 2008

What's News - Renee Watts named CPH Employee of the Year; Environmental concerns at forefront of two new research projects; WANTED: Two faculty members to lead diversity book discussions
Faces and Places - EHS welcomes new assistant professor; Student in EHS and Epi awarded PHPID Graduate Fellowship
Useful Tidbits - OSU seeks support in building faculty library at new Ohio Union
The World We Live In - Even if you look drunk at a game, you can keep buying booze, study says; Cervical cancer prevention should focus on adolescent girls, report says; Job woes, health blues?
Photo Finish - 'Outstanding in Their Field'

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Renee Watts named CPH Employee of the Year

Facilities Manager Renee Watts was presented the College of Public Health Employee of the Year award at a luncheon at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe on Aug. 20.

“I am quite thrilled with the honor,” said Watts, who has been with the College since September 2001.

Watts’ work responsibilities include managing the College’s renovation and construction projects. She most recently has been instrumental in planning the College’s future move to Cunz Hall.

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Renee Watts

Environmental concerns at forefront of two new research projects

Two College of Public Health faculty members were awarded research funding through two interdisciplinary research initiatives at The Ohio State University.

Mac Crawford, PhD and Song Liang, PhD, both assistant professors in the College’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences, were each awarded $50,000 grants (renewable for two years) for their proposed research projects on environmental and global health.

Crawford’s research will address reducing mankind’s carbon footprint, or the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. Liang’s research covers the relationship of wetlands, floodplains, lakes and reservoirs to the spread of infectious diseases. Read more >

Mac Crawford

Song Liang

WANTED: Two faculty members to lead diversity book discussions

Based on the popularity of the Diversity Enhancement Committee’s book club in spring quarter, the College of Public Health will conduct a similar book discussion for new, incoming students. Students will discuss “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,” by Anne Fadiman from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. during orientation on Sept. 23. About 20 students have signed up to participate. The College is in need of two faculty facilitators for the discussion group. Faculty members from the Division of Health Services Management and Policy will be conducting a book discussion as well, however the College is in need of two faculty members to lead discussions for other divisions. Please contact Dawn Williams as soon as possible at dawilliams@cph.osu.edu. Dawn has two books available for those faculty members who sign up.

 
EHS welcomes new assistant professor

Jiyoung Lee, PhD, will join the College's Division of Environmental Health Sciences on Sept. 1, as an assistant professor. She was hired through the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases initiative and has a joint appointment with the Department of Food Science and Technology.

Lee’s specialization is environmental microbiology. Her research interests include the rapid detection of water-borne and food-borne diseases, and how to prepare the public for an outbreak. Lee is also interested in the detection and decontamination of bioterrorism agents, which are pathogens deliberately released into the environment to cause illness or death. Read more >

Jiyoung Lee

Student in EHS and Epi awarded PHPID Graduate Fellowship
Jason W. Marion, a PhD student who is majoring in Environmental Health Sciences and minoring in Epidemiology, is the recipient of the 2008/09 PHPID Graduate Fellowship for his project titled “Protecting Public Health at Ohio Inland Beaches: Development of Water Quality Indicators for Recreational Microbial Exposure.” Marion’s academic advisor is Timothy Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.
 
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 wpramik@cph.osu.edu. Learn more about Ohio Staters and its many projects >

 

Even if you look drunk at a game, you can keep buying booze, study says
University of Minnesota School of Public Health sent actors who could convincingly mimic drunkenness to 16 unnamed pro venues. (Reported by Chicago Tribune.) Read more >
Cervical cancer prevention should focus on adolescent girls, report says
Harvard School of Public Health researchers say cost-effectiveness of vaccination in U.S. against human papillomavirus will be optimized by achieving universal vaccine coverage in adolescent girls. (Reported by Science Daily.) Read more >
Job woes, health blues?
How gloomy economic news may be affecting us physically—and what you can do to make your health more recession-resistant. (Reported by Newsweek.) Read more >
 
OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD - College of Public Health staff members toured Ohio Stadium on Aug. 18, as part of Staff Appreciation Week. Pictured (from left) are Tracy McHone, Don Shymanski, Nick Vaver, Carol Smathers, Lee Bolzenius, Kathy Renick, Susie Householder, Amy Thaci, Renee Watts and Lori Bolton.
 

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 wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

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SEPT. 5
The 2008 CPHAS Annual Fall Meeting and Awards Banquet, 7:30 p.m., Sanders Grand Lounge at the Longaberger Alumni House. Keynote speaker: Dr. David Hothersall, emeritus professor of psychology and renowned OSU historian. The society also will present the William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumni Award and the Mary Plummer Scholarship at this time. For more information on the Fall Meeting >
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 >

SEPT. 23
College of Public Health new student orientation. Welcome by Dean Stanley Lemeshow, 8:30 a.m., RPAC.
SEPT. 24
Autumn Quarter classes begin
OCT. 2
College of Public Health Picnic, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Whetstone Park Shelter House, 3923 N. High St. Hosted by the College of Public Health for all College students, faculty and staff.
 
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