October 28, 2008

What's News - Scholar-in-Training Awards
Faces and Places - Smathers 'arrested' for good cause
Useful Tidbits - Free flu shots on campus; Enhance your English speaking skills; 2008 Bucks for Charity; 2009 Certified in Public Health Exam; Joint APHA/OPHA membership
The World We Live In - Health-care reform: McCain vs. Obama; Boston ponders even tougher regulations on tobacco
Photo Finish - 'Making a Difference'

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Scholar-in-Training Awards

Chris Weghorst, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, shared news that three team members in his lab recently received Scholar-in-Training Awards from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support their attendance at the AARC Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference, Nov. 16 to 19 in Washington, D.C. The award recipients are Blake Warner, PhD student in EHS and graduate fellow in the College of Dentistry, Zhaoxia Zhang, post-doctoral researcher in the College of Public Health, and Jeanette Ferguson, post-doctoral fellow in the College of Dentistry. Ferguson, an oral cancer survivor, also was selected to the AARC Scientist-Survivor Program, which is designed to broaden communication between doctors and researchers and cancer survivors and patients.

Smathers 'arrested' for good cause
Carol Smathers, manager of the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies, raised $1,000 last week during a fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The fundraiser, called “Locked-Up for Good,” jokingly “arrests” people and sends them off to “prison.” Supporters have to post “bail” in order to set them free. Smathers said she was “sentenced” by someone in the College of Public Health. She spent her jail time at the Ugly Tuna Saloona, where her bail was set at $800. Faculty, staff and students from the College quickly raised enough money to release Smathers, who was grateful to be a part of the cause. “I have a nephew who has worn leg braces all of his life and who went through school never being able to run with other kids," Smathers said. "Thanks for supporting services and research to benefit kids like him.”

Carol Smathers

Free flu shots offered on campus

Faculty and staff can receive a free flu shot at several campus locations through Dec. 10, courtesy of the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program. Click here to sign up. Your employee ID number is necessary to register. Your employee ID number and photo identification also are required at your appointment. The campus flu campaign will include two dates, Oct. 31 and Nov. 6, for adult dependents (18 years of age and older) of employees who are enrolled in a university medical plan. Dependents must present their health-insurance card and a photo ID.

Enhance your English speaking skills

If English is not your native language, The Ohio State University Office of Faculty and TA Development can help you improve your speaking and presentation skills. The department offers one-on-one consultation to faculty who want to refine their pronunciation, fluency and accuracy while speaking English in a university classroom setting. For more information, contact ftad@osu.edu or call 292-3644.

2008 Bucks for Charity
Last week the College of Public Health kicked off its 2008 Bucks for Charity campaign, which runs through Dec. 5. All full-time faculty and staff members should have received a pledge card and resource guide in their mailboxes. Bucks for Charity supports more than 300 nonprofit programs in central Ohio, and last year The Ohio State University contributed $1.2 million. CPH’s goal this year is $12,000. To participate, complete your pledge card and return it to: Renee Watts, College of Public Health, B-207 Starling-Loving Hall, 320 W. 10th Ave. Questions? Call Renee at 3-8444 or e-mail: rwatts@cph.osu.edu.
2009 Certified in Public Health Exam
Early-bird registration for the 2009 Certified in Public Health Exam is open through Nov. 2. Register at www.publichealthexam.org. Cost: $350. (2008 exam scores will be posted by the end of October 2008.)
Joint APHA/OPHA membership saves money

The Ohio Public Health Association and the American Public Health Association are offering a joint membership for 2009, creating a $65 savings over oining separately. Learn more >

Health-care reform: McCain vs. Obama
According to a new poll from Harvard School of Public Health and Harris Interactive, 40% of registered voters don't see either candidate's health-care plan as better for them. (Reported by BusinessWeek.) Read more >
Boston ponders even tougher regulations on tobacco
The Boston Public Health Commission is proposing some of the nation’s strictest smoking regulations, banning the sale of cigarettes at drugstores and on college campuses. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: 2008 Champion of Public Health Barbara Beckwith has made it her personal goal to support minority breast-cancer survivors with the physical and emotional side effects of the disease. Listen to the retired schoolteacher describe what motivates her in a pod cast >


Photo request
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NOV. 6

Seminar: “Why Living in America is Bad for Our Health,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: M. David Low, MD, PhD, professor emeritus, University of Texas School of Public Health. Sponsored by the College of Public Health and the Initiative for Population Research. Lunch will be served. RSVP to cphevents@cph.osu.edu.

NOV. 20
College of Public Health Expo, 4 to 6 p.m., Cunz Hall, third floor. Opportunity for prospecitve students to learn about the College's programs and for current students to display their research projects through poster presentations. For details, contact Teri Roberts, assistant dean for student affairs, troberts@cph.osu.edu.
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Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders in Columbus on Oct. 8.

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