November 25, 2008

What's News - College presents third Grand Rounds event; Xin He presented 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award; Two upcoming Webcasts discuss timely public-health issues; 2009 Self Study for Accreditation; Proposed Web sitemap available for review; seeks student stories; World AIDS Day, Dec. 1
Faces and Places - Schweikhart receives Google Research Award, $75,000 grant; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Bucks for Charity update; Benefits confirmation statements now available online; Call for Nominations: Outreach and Engagement Awards; Community Engagement request for applications
The World We Live In - Turkey's healthful pedigree; Tips for cooking Thanksgiving dinner safely
Photo Finish - 'Sharing the wealth of health'

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College presents third Grand Rounds event

The College of Public Health will hold its third Grand Rounds event in coordination with Columbus Public Health on Dec. 12. “Columbus Public Health: 175th Anniversary Gathering,” will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Columbus Public Health Auditorium, 240 Parsons Ave. The event will feature keynote speaker Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 1995-2003, who will present “Health Solutions Through Private/Public Partnerships.”

This year-long Grand Rounds series has been made possible by a grant from Pfizer. The two previous Grand Rounds events were a panel discussion in the spring based on the PBS series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” and a fall lecture by Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General.

The reception begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs from 9 to 10 a.m. Guided tours of Columbus Public Health also will be given.

RSVP to 614-645-7804 or by Dec. 9.

Xin He presented 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award

Xin He, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Public Health’s Division of Biostatistics, is the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. Dean Stanley Lemeshow presented the award to He at a faculty meeting on Friday. “We congratulate Dr. He on this award and thank him for providing an outstanding example of teaching in the College.”

He, who began his career at Ohio State in the fall of 2007, received very high marks from students on their course feedback forms. “That’s uncommon after only one year of teaching at OSU,” Lemeshow said.

One student wrote: “I am amazed by Dr. He’s teaching … his clear instructions let me master the knowledge very well in class.” Another student wrote: “He is very patient in answering questions brought by students in class and his classes are very alive.”

Dr. He also received letters of support from colleagues. One letter stated: “Dr. He could have easily used the same notes from whomever taught the courses before him, but he took the time and effort to make new slides and incorporate new topics.”

He teaches a course called Survival Analysis I. Congratulations Xin He!

Xin He

Two upcoming Webcasts discuss timely public-health issues

The Office of Workforce Development will broadcast two public-health Web programs on Dec. 15 in its classroom on Kinnear Road. All are welcome to attend.

The first, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., is presented by the Public Health Accreditation Board. It will provide an overview of the national, voluntary accreditation program for health departments, as well as provide insight on how partners can become involved. The second, beginning at 2 p.m., is sponsored by the Public Health Leadership Institute and is titled “Public Health Survival: Leadership in a Failing Market.”

For more information, e-mail Office of Workforce Development Assistant Director Adam Negley at

2009 Self Study for Accreditation

The Ohio State University College of Public Health will be reviewed for reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2009. The review is based on a self-study document and a site visit that will take place in April 2009.

As part of our preparation for this process, the Accreditation Steering Committee has prepared a preliminary draft of the self-study document. This preliminary draft will go through many revisions and improvements between now and March 2009, and we invite comments and suggestions from all of our constituencies.

Review the 2009 Self Study >

Please e-mail feedback to

Proposed Web sitemap available for review

The CPH Web Project Team invites faculty and staff to review the tentative sitemap for the College’s new Web site. The file, named “CPH Website Navigation (3).pdf,” can be found in this folder: T:\Communications Office.

The Web Team values and appreciates any feedback by Dec. 3. E-mail questions and comments to Communications Director Christine O'Malley at seeks student stories seeks student stories for its “What I Did Over Break” section of its site. If you know of College of Public Health students who are participating in interesting public-health activities during winter break (and are willing to write a 100-word description about their experiences), please e-mail names and contact information to Communications Director Christine O'Malley at

World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

Join Columbus Health Commissioner Teresa Long, Ohio Department of Health Director Alvin Jackson and Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown for a candlelight vigil in observance of World AIDS Day from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Columbus Public Health Auditorium. The vigil, organized by the Columbus Regional Advisory Group for HIV Prevention and the Central Ohio HIV/AIDS Consortium, will include a reading of names of many who’ve died as a result of the AIDS epidemic. This year marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, observed annually on Dec. 1. For more information >

Schweikhart receives Google Research Award, $75,000 grant

Sharon Schweikhart, associate professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy and director of the MHA program, is part of a three-person research team to win a Google Research Award. Her teammates are Principal Investigator David Woods of the OSU Department of Integrated Systems Engineering and student researcher Michael Smith, also from Engineering.

The team’s proposal titled “Personal Health Records and Coordination of Distributed Care in Emergency Medical Systems” was selected by Google to receive a $75,000 grant. “We are very excited about your work and are thrilled to support this project,” wrote Alfred Spector of Google and member of the award selection committee composed of researchers and engineers.

The goal of the research project is to discover ways to get added value from Public Health Records so they’re more beneficial at point-of-care. For instance, if emergency medical technicians have access to a patient’s health record, they can make more informed decisions and provide better service to a patient on the spot.

Sharon Schweikhart


Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley professor of cancer research, was a featured expert in an article titled “Recent research on cancer-fighting diets” in The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Nov. 24. The article cites Paskett’s research on how changes in diet (increasing fruits and vegetables) and exercise can help reduce fatigue and other long-term side effects associated with breast cancer and treatment. Read the article >

Bucks for Charity update

The 2008 Bucks for Charity campaign continues through Dec. 5. The Charity supports more than 300 nonprofit programs in central Ohio, and last year Ohio State contributed $1.2 million. CPH’s modest goal is $12,000, and so far we’ve secured $11,199 in contributions. 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:

Benefits confirmation statements now available online

Human Resources is providing Benefits Confirmation Statements online to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff at The 2009 statements will be available online through Dec. 5. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to log in, review the information, and verify that all benefit elections are accurate. The online statement reflects the benefit elections made during the Open Enrollment period for medical, flexible spending accounts, voluntary group term life insurance and short-term disability. Elections are effective Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2009. For more information, contact: 292-1050.

Call for Nominations: Outreach and Engagement Awards

Nominations are invited for the regional Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award. Two projects will be submitted by President E. Gordon Gee for this regional award. Regional winners will receive $9,000 and be eligible for the C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. The national winners will receive an additional $20,000. To apply, submit a 500-word abstract that summarizes the engagement partnership and 2-3 statements that summarize the impacts using the nomination form available online. Deadline for OSU nominees is Dec. 19.

Community Engagement request for applications

Ohio State’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science has created a Community Engagement Program that is accepting applications to increase partnerships between researchers and communities. Up to $15,000 is available per project with a percentage of the budget allocated for community partners. Applicants must have OSU faculty status. Application deadline is Dec. 1. For questions and a full listing of RFA criteria, contact Nancy Hood at 688-3478 or Download the RFA >

Turkey's healthful pedigree
It's low-fat, high-protein and good for you in many ways. But scientists are worried that turkey farming practices are harmful to public health. (Reported by the Los Angeles Times.) Read more >
Tips for cooking Thanksgiving dinner safely
In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, follow these simple steps to prevent food-related illness. (Reported by Sun-Times News Group Wire.) Read more >

SHARING THE WEALTH OF HEALTH - Dawn Williams, CPH coordinator of academic advisement (right), shares information about the College with an interested student at the College of Public Health Expo, held last Thursday in Cunz Hall. The next opportunity for students to learn about the College’s offerings is at the College of Public Health Opportunities Fair on Feb. 25 >

Photo request
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DEC. 3
Seminar: "Motorcycle Head Injury Deaths and Hospitalizations Following Repeal of Pennsylvania's Universal Motorcycle Helmet Law,", 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., 1069 Graves Hall. 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 by Nov. 26.
DEC. 9
Seminar: "Interaction between Oxidative Stress and Inflammation Pathways in Cardiovascular Risk Development," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling Loving Hall, Room M-008. Speaker: Daniel A. Enquobahrie, MD, PhD, MPH, Department of Epidemiology, 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.
DEC. 12

Seminar: “The Tradeoff Between Access to Community Treatment and Acute Hospitalization of the Severely Mentally Ill,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., M-100 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: Richard C. Lindrooth, PhD, Center for Health Economic and Policy Studies, Medical University of South Carolina. Presented by the CPH Division of Health Services Management and Policy.

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