November 18, 2008

What's News - Champion for children; CPH panel discussions; WANTED: Your stories; Thank a public health hero, Nov. 24
Useful Tidbits - 2008 Bucks for Charity update; Institutional research seed grants available; Explore International Education Week; Weinberg to discuss race and gender gaps in earnings; Free BuckID upgrades
The World We Live In - Google tool uses search terms to detect flu outbreaks; Accept the Great American Smokeout Challenge, Nov. 20
Photo Finish - 'Operation Immunization'

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CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN

2008 Champion of Public Health Gary Smith strives to make the world a safer place for children. He is the founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute of Nationwide Children's Hospital. There, he and his team turn published research into real-world solutions to decrease preventable injuries to children.

Hear Smith describe his work in a Podcast >

 
CPH panel discussions

Public Health Tales from the Field

The CPH Alumni Society hosted its first of four scheduled panel discussions last Friday. “Public Health Tales from the Field” featured three MPH graduates who shared their experiences with current CPH students. Panelists included Courtney Lynch (MPH 1999), assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Lita Jo Henman (MPH, PEP program in 2006), clinical infection control practitioner and clinical microbiologist, and Denise Kissell (MPH, PEP program in 2002), dental hygienist and clinical professor, OSU College of Dentistry.

Panelists (from left) Courtney Lynch, Lita Jo Henman and Denise Kissell.

Diversity Panel Discussion, Nov. 20
The Association for Future Healthcare Executives, a student organization in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, will hold a Diversity Panel Discussion at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20, 190 Doan Hall, Ohio State University Medical Center. All are invited to attend. The topic: What is diversity and why is it important to education and health care. Panelists include Michael Carter, diversity officer, Mission Hospital, Asheville, N.C.; Kent Hess, associate executive director, The Ohio State University Hospital and Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital; Rebecca Nelson, director, Ohio State University Multicultural Center; Alicia D. Smith, chair, Ohio State MHA Alumni Diversity Committee; and Dr. Mysheika LeMaile-Williams, medical director, Columbus Public Health.
WANTED: Your stories
Universtiy Relations wants OSU-Michigan story ideas
University Relations is searching for any story ideas that tie into the OSU-Michigan game on Nov. 22, since media interest is huge. Story ideas can be light in nature, such as OSU-Michigan mixed marriages, Wolverines teaching at OSU and office/department rivalries, or serious stories related to research. Please e-mail your ideas to Communications Director Christine O’Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu.
Stories needed for Ohio Union exhibit
The Ohio Union is working on a project to highlight stories about faculty, staff, students and alumni who have achieved great things in their field beyond the athletics story that is often told about OSU. The Ohio Union is creating an exhibit in the New Ohio Union designed to tell the story of Ohio State firsts - the goal is highlight individuals and their innovations, awards and/or achievements. Ohio Union staff are currently in the process of collecting information for use in the exhibit. Any information or suggestions about individuals affiliated with Ohio State and their achievement(s) would greatly assist in telling the story of the great activities that occur at Ohio State. Send submissions to Communications Director Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu.

Thank a public health hero, Nov. 24

Celebrate Public Health Thank You Day, Nov. 24, by sending a postcard to your public health hero from the Ohio State University College of Public Health. Learn how >

 
2008 Bucks for Charity update

The College of Public Health is in the middle of 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 Ohio State contributed $1.2 million. CPH’s goal this year is $12,000, and so far we’ve secured $10,332 in contributions. (Our record for contributions is $21,230. We're almost halfway to that mark!) 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.

Institutional research seed grants available
The OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center is offering American Cancer Society-supported seed grants of up to $30,000 for 2009. The application deadline is Nov. 30. The award provides seed money to independent junior faculty and their equivalent, research scientists, for the initiation of cancer research projects to obtain preliminary results to compete successfully for national research grants. View the request for applications for eligibility and submission requirements. Download the application template.
Explore International Education Week

The week of November 17-21 marks the ninth annual celebration of International Education Week. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is an opportunity to promote a broader understanding of world cultures. Ohio State joins thousands of other institutions worldwide participating in events that bring an international perspective to college campuses. See what's happening this week on campus >

Weinberg to discuss race and gender gaps in earnings

Bruce Weinberg, OSU associate professor of Economics and Public Administration will present "The Race and Gender Gaps in Earnings: What's Happened and What Does it Say?" at 6 p.m., Nov. 19, at the Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. The talk will highlight the increased importance of interpersonal skills in the labor market, which have favored women but hurt African Americans, especially African American men. The lecture is free and open to the public. Contact: mitchell.39@osu.edu or 292-3047. Read more >

Free BuckID upgrades
During the week of November 17-21 the BuckID Office will upgrade your BuckID at no cost to you. Normally a replacement BuckID costs $5. Your replacement card will also include your new Peoplesoft ID number, which you'll need as use of that number is rolled out across OSU systems over the next year. In order to get your free BuckID, you must turn in your current BuckID to the BuckID Office. The BuckID Office is located at 219 Lincoln Tower.
 
Google tool uses search terms to detect flu outbreaks
Google's new public health initiative, Google Flu Trends, looks at the relative popularity of a slew of flu-related search terms to determine where in the U.S. flu outbreaks may be occurring. (Reported by CNN.) Read more >
Accept the Great American Smokeout Challenge, Nov. 20
Trying to quit smoking? Take the American Cancer Society's survey in time for Great American Smokeout >
 

OPERATION IMMUNIZATION - Alumna Kimberly Gutman (MPH ’07) administers a flu shot at a health fair organized by the students at University of Cincinnati’s College of Pharmacy, where she is a student. “I'm using my knowledge from public health studies to initiate "Operation Immunization" in the Cincinnati area,” Gutman said. “The program has been a success at educating and immunizing the public.” (This photo was contributed by Kimberly Gutman.)


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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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.
Diversity Panel Discussion, 6 p.m., 190 Doan Hall, Ohio State University Medical Center. Topic: What is diversity and why is it important to education and health care. Panelists: Michael Carter, diversity officer, Mission Hospital, Asheville, N.C.; Kent Hess, associate executive director, The Ohio State University Hospital and Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital; Rebecca Nelson, director, Ohio State University Multicultural Center; Alicia D. Smith, chair, Ohio State MHA Alumni Diversity Committee; and Dr. Mysheika LeMaile-Williams, medical director, Columbus Public Health.
NOV. 21
Seminar: "Somatic Acquisition of TGFBRI*6A in Cervical Cancer," 2 to 3 p.m., Heart and Lung Institute, room 159. Speaker: Sarah Tieche, MS student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Topic: Investigation of potential presence of somatically acquired *6A alleles in invasive cervical cancers. Presented by CPH Division of Environmental Health Sciences.
DEC. 3
Seminar: Injury Epidemiology, 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, Room M-008. Speaker: Harold Weiss, PhD, MPH, Center for Injury Research and Control, University of Pittsburgh. Presented by CPH Division of Epidemiology.
DEC. 4
CPH Annual Holiday Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge, 181 South Oval Mall. RVSP to cphevents@cph.osu.edu by Nov. 26.
DEC. 9
Seminar: Cardiovascular Epidemiology, 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, Room M-008. Speaker: Daniel A. Enquobahrie, MD, PhD, MPH, Harvard School of Public Health. Presented by CPH Division of Epidemiology.
DEC. 10
Seminar: Cancer Epidemiology, 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, Room M-010. Speaker: Julie Worthington, PhD, MPH, Case Western University. Presented by CPH Division of Epidemiology.
DEC. 11
Seminar: Molecular/Cancer Epidemiology, 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, Room M-008. Speaker: Susan Olivo-Marston, PhD, MPH, The National Cancer Institute. Presented by CPH Division of Epidemiology.
 
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