November 4, 2008

What's News - Lemeshow and other CPH faculty present at APHA; Diversity Enhancement Committee meeting, Nov. 13; Public health student Kamiar Alaei detained in Iran
Faces and Places - Center for HOPES welcomes new research specialist; Sun's work earns 'Paper of the Month'; Media Mentions; November Alumni Spotlight on Adam Negley
Useful Tidbits - Free flu shots offered on campus; Employee Benefits Open Enrollment; Joint APHA/OPHA membership saves money
The World We Live In - Election Day gives public health a shot in arm; Threat from infectious diseases growing
Photo Finish - 'Honor Student'

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Lemeshow and other CPH faculty present at APHA

Dean Stanley Lemeshow presented the Lowell Reed Lecture at the Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting last week. Approximately 75 people attended the lecture on assessing the scale of continuous covariates in logistic regression modeling.

The Lowell Reed Lecture is given each year at the annual APHA meeting by an individual who has contributed to the field of statistics and public health statistics through his/her contributions in research, teaching and service. Read more >

Other CPH faculty presenting at APHA include: Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research; Mira Katz, associate professor of Health Behavior and Health Promotion; and Amy Ferketich, associate professor of Epidemiology. They each presented a session related to “Sex, Drugs, and Poverty and HPV in Appalachia.”

For more about their presentations, click here >

College of Public Health Dean Stanley Lemeshow

Diversity Enhancement Committee meeting, Nov. 13

All are welcome to attend the first Diversity Enhancement Committee for the 2008 academic year from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 13, in room 1167 Graves Hall. RSVP to Dawn Williams, CPH coordinator of academic advisement, at (please put “Diversity Enhancement Meeting” in the subject line).
Public health student Kamiar Alaei detained in Iran
College of Public Health Dean Stanley Lemeshow is joining other college of public health deans in expressing concern for Kamiar Alaei, a public health student from the University of Albany’s School of Public Health, who was arrested in his home country of Iran and has been held without official charges since then.

“I am concerned not only for the safety of Kamiar Alaei,” Lemeshow said, “but for the welfare of those who he’s helped through his work in the field of public health.” Read more >
Center for HOPES welcomes new research specialist
Lauren Phelps joined the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies as a research specialist on Oct. 20. Phelps has an MPA from The Ohio State University and a BA in political science from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her responsibilities will include coordinating the Tracking and Evaluation component of the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Phelps has more than eight years experience with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and has also served as government programs manager for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System and as a government program administrator for United HealthCare of Ohio. Welcome Lauren!

Sun's work earns 'Paper of the Month'

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) selected a paper by Qinghua Sun, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and his research team as its Extramural Paper of the Month in September. The study reports a direct link between air pollution and high blood pressure. Read more >

Qinghua Sun

Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, is featured in an article on about how U.S. children are spending too much time in front of the TV or computer and not enough time playing, which could lead to obesity. Read the article >

Adam Negley

"There are no cookie-cutter solutions
to improving public health."

Adam Negley, originally from Covington, Ohio, received an MPH from The Ohio State University in 2006. (His academic advisor was Frank Holtzhauer.) He also has a BS in zoology from Miami University. Negley currently is the assistant director of the Office of Workforce Development at the Ohio State College of Public Health, where he conducts training and works directly with clients in the broad field of public health.

What do you enjoy about your work?

I enjoy working directly with organizations that are facing challenges in meeting the health needs of the populations they serve. These organizations do so much for their communities and most of it is often unnoticed. Having a first-hand view of these efforts is truly inspiring.

Read more >

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.

Employee Benefits Open Enrollment
The Open Enrollment period for Ohio State employees is in effect now through Nov. 14. Information is available online at Those who enrolled previously, but do not make an active Open Enrollment election, will be defaulted into the same coverage they had in 2008. For assistance, contact the Office of Human Resources Customer Service Center at or call 292-1050.
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 joining each association separately. If you are interested in joining both organizations, visit and look under the membership tab. If you want to join only OPHA then visit and download the form and mail it in.

Election Day gives public health a shot in arm
This Election Day, health officials are trying to prevent red and blue states from becoming cough and flu states. Summit County voters can support their candidate and boost their own immunity all at the same time, thanks to a national initiative called Vote and Vax. (Reported by Akron Beacon Journal.) Read more >
Threat from infectious diseases growing
Americans are more vulnerable than we think we are, and our public health defenses are not as strong as they should be. (Reported by U.S. News & World Report.) Read more >

HONOR STUDENT - Hanna Park, MPH student in the Division of Epidemiology, was awarded the Mary Plummer Scholarship at the 2008 Champions of Public Health banquet. View more photos from the banquet >


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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

NOV. 10

Seminar: “Research and Educational Initiatives that Enhance Public Health Programs,” 4 to 5 p.m., room M-010, Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Michael S. Bisesi, PhD, senior associate dean, College of Graduate Studies, University of Toledo. Presented by the College of Public Health.

NOV. 14

"Public Health Tales from the Field," College of Public Health Alumni Society lunch-and-learn session, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., room M-008, Starling-Loving Hall. Enjoy a free pizza lunch while listening to a panel discussion presented by three OSU alumni who are now working in the field of public in Columbus. Panelists include: Lita Jo Henman (MPH from the PEP program, 2006), Denise Kissell (MPH from the PEP program, 2002) and Courtney Lynch PhD (MPH, 1999). RSVP to

“Partnerships: Let’s Talk About What Works,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1590 N. High St., room 430. Learn to develop faculty and community partnerships through this workshop offered by University Outreach and Engagement. Register online >

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,
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