September 30, 2008

What's News - Plans for Dr. Joycelyn Elders; Web design survey results
Faces and Places - Lee leaves for Maryland; Media Mentions; October Alumni Spotlight
Useful Tidbits - Diversity Breakfast and Management Institute; GLBT Student Services offers online sign-up for National Coming Out Day
The World We Live In - Ozone pollution more dangerous to some; Disparity of disease; Founding dean named for CUNY School of Public Health
Photo Finish - 'Hail to the Chief'

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Plans for Dr. Joycelyn Elders

The College of Public Health is co-sponsoring a visit by former US Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders on Oct. 8 as part of Public Health Grand Rounds. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend two events that day:

Dr. Elders will discuss “The Politics of Health: What will the New Administration’s Challenges Be?” during a lunch presentation from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Buckeye Hall of Fame Café. If you plan to attend the luncheon, please join us on a shuttle that will depart from 10th Avenue (in front of Fry Hall) at 11:30 a.m. and return to campus immediately following the event.

Informal Discussion:
Dr. Elders will lead an informal discussion with students, faculty and staff from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 115 of the Biomedical Research Tower. To attend, e-mail:

For more information, visit >

Web design survey results

In August, the College’s Communications and Information Systems departments requested your input regarding a redesigned Web site for the College. Here are some of the results:

  • 79 survey respondents included faculty, staff, alumni, current students and future students.
  • When asked “How often do you use the Public Health Web site,” 43 percent of survey participants said “frequently,” 40 percent said “occasionally,” and 17 percent said “rarely.”
  • When asked to rate features of the current site, 51 percent of respondents said they rate the overall site as “good,” while 30 percent ranked its navigation as “bad.”
  • 92 percent of survey respondents voted for a redesign of the site.
  • Items that participants ranked high on their “must-have” lists for a new site included: calendar of events, CPH news, job listings for students and alumni, and a better search tool.
  • Items on our current site that survey participants said they use most frequently are: “find people,” e-mail and the Divisions and Specializations category.
  • The No. 1 shortcoming of our current site: Navigation.

Thanks to all those who participated in the survey. Your input is valuable and will help steer the Web project team to create a new site that benefits all users. Next month, the project team will circulate design samples for your review.

Lee leaves for Maryland
Mei-Ling Ting Lee, distinguished professor in biostatistics and computational biology in the Division of Biostatistics, has accepted a position as professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. Lee also will serve as the director of a new Biostatistics Research Center at the university. Her last day at Ohio State is today. Best of luck Mei-Ling!

Mei-Ling Ting Lee


Qinghua Sun, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the College's Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was featured in The Lantern on Sept. 24 for his research on air quality in China. Read more >


Lois Hall

"This career has been exactly where I was meant to be."

Lois Hall grew up on a small farm in Putnam County and graduated from Columbus Grove High School. She received an MS in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1985. (Her academic advisor was Dr. Richard Lanese.) She also has a BS in biology and BS in education from Bowling Green State University. Hall is the executive director of the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) in Worthington, a position she’s held since June 2008. Her responsibilities include working with the American Public Health Association and identifying ways for OPHA to become more active in public health in Ohio.

What public health issues concern you the most?

Health care access and costs, disparities in outcomes, and how in the world we’re going to deal with all of us “aging baby boomers” in a system that is pretty fragile as it is. I’m afraid “we ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” Read more >

Diversity Breakfast and Management Institute, Oct. 24
The College of Public Health’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society is hosting the Diversity Breakfast and Management Institute on Oct. 24 at the Doubletree Hotel. The theme is "Health Care Reform: Options and Oppositions." Details and registration are available online. Contact: Amy Thaci at or 292-6457.
GLBT Student Services offers online sign-up for National Coming Out Day

Each year Ohio State's Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Services publishes a full-page ad in The Lantern for National Coming Out Day. This ad includes a list of faculty, staff and students who support Ohio State's LGBTQIA community. Listing the names of GLBT individuals and non-GLBT supporters creates visibility and sends a positive message that GLBT people are accepted and supported at Ohio State. Add your name at the OSU GLBT Alumni Store > (Organizers are asking faculty, staff and alumni to donate $10 to help cover the cost of the ad.)

Ozone pollution more dangerous to some
It's not just the elderly who are vulnerable to the ill effects of air pollution, new research suggests. (Reported by Read more >
Disparity of disease
In America's inner cities and rural areas, forgotten people suffer from forgotten ailments tied to poverty. (Reported by The Baltimore Sun.) Read more >
Founding dean named for CUNY School of Public Health
A former top official at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Kenneth Olden, has been appointed founding and acting dean of the proposed CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. Billed as the city's first public school of public health, it plans to offer master's and doctoral degrees. It is expected to open by 2010. (Reported by New York Sun.) Read more >

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: Lisa Leininger, second-year MPH student in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, spent her summer practicum at the Ohio Department of Health Governor's Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach. "That's me at Gov. Ted Strickland's desk at the Statehouse," Leininger said.

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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OCT. 2
Public Health Seminar: "HIV Mother-to-Child Transmission in Malawi: The Malaria and HIV in Pregnancy Cohort," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Jesse Kwiek, PhD, Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Microbiology. Sponsor: College of Public Health.
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. Catering by City BBQ (but plenty of vegetarian options too). RSVP to by Sept. 26.
OCT. 8
Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders talk: noon to 1:15 p.m., Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe, 1421 Olentangy River Rd. For more info and to register >
OCT. 16
Champions of Public Health Awards: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., The Blackwell Inn, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus. RSVP to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at 614-293-6277 or
OCT. 27
Ohio State Reception and Ohio Public Health Association Ohio Dinner: JSix Restaurant, 616 J St., San Diego. The Ohio State Reception, sponsored by the College of Public Health, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the pool deck and include complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The OPHA Ohio Dinner follows the reception at 7:45 p.m. in the Fez Room. Cost: $52. For more information about both events and to register >
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