January 13, 2009

What's News - Wickizer appointed to Loebs Professorship; CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee plans events; OWD to broadcast inauguration; 2009 Self Study for Accreditation; 2008 publication information needed for 'Impact Magazine'
Faces and Places - PhD student receives Water Environment Research Foundation grant; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Diversity Report invites submissions; Register to receive W-2 statements online; Office of Student Life launches online film competition for students
The World We Live In - CPH alumna featured in online series about dealing with death; Book is rallying resistance to the antivaccine crusade; Cellphones’ growth does a number on health research
Photo Finish - 'Intervention intervention'

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Wickizer appointed to Loebs Professorship

The College of Public Health will enhance its in-house expertise on health services research and health policy with the appointment of Thomas M. Wickizer, PhD, MPH, as its first Stephen F. Loebs Professor in the College’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy.

Wickizer comes to Ohio State from the University of Washington, where he is currently a professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine’s Department of Health Services. He is a widely known expert on health policy and health services research, and has applied this expertise to such subjects as utilization management, managed care and workers’ compensation.

 “We look forward to introducing the Ohio State community to the work of this outstanding educator and researcher,” said College of Public Health Dean Stanley Lemeshow, PhD. “He is truly an exciting addition to our College.” Read more >

Thomas M. Wickizer

CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee plans events

The College of Public Health Diversity Enhancement Committee has developed a series of events designed to inspire thoughtful and insightful conversations about diversity in the College. The committee, made up of faculty, staff and students, meets regularly to discuss ways to enhance diversity in the College.

"Pizza with a Purpose" is a new series of lunchtime discussions addressing diversity and cultural differences in a professional environment, coordinated by committee members Priscilla Pham, a second-year MHA student, and Dawn Williams, coordinator of academic advisement. The first will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Jan. 20 in Cunz Hall, room 457. The topic: a discussion of the Harvard Business Review article, "Dear White Boss," by Keith A. Carver and Ancella B. Livers. The literary piece is a fictional letter from a black manager to a white boss. The letter, based on interviews and surveys the authors conducted with hundreds of African-American managers, addresses racial biases in the workplace. All are welcome to attend and pizza will be provided compliments of the College's Diversity Enhancement Committee. RSVP to Dawn Williams at dawilliams@cph.osu.edu. For a copy of the article, click here >

Other planned activities beginning in Spring Quarter include a series of World Café discussions, book discussion group and movie nights. Details to come.

OWD to broadcast inauguration, Jan. 20

All are welcome to attend a live broadcast of the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama beginning at noon on Jan. 20 in the main classroom at the Office of Workforce Development, 1212 Kinnear Rd. Bring your lunch and watch live coverage throughout the afternoon on a big-screen, high-definition television. For more information, e-mail Administrative Coordinator Pat Watts at pwatts@sph.osu.edu

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. A mock site visit is scheduled for Jan. 22 and 23. 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. If possible, please review the self-study document before next week’s mock visit by clicking here > E-mail feedback to SelfStudy@cph.osu.edu.

2008 publication information needed for 'Impact Magazine'

The communications department has compiled a list of 2008 faculty publications and posted it on the T-drive (T:\Communications Office\2008 publication information for 2009 Impact Magazine). These publications will be included in the 2009 issue of Impact Magazine. Please review the list and forward any additional 2008 publication information to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu by Jan. 30.

 
PhD student receives Water Environment Research Foundation grant

Paul Rosile, a PhD student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was recently awarded a contract with the Water Environment Research Foundation for $392,635 to collect data on the health effects of biosolids (sewage sludge) or other soil amendments such as manure. Rosile’s team includes Song Liang, assistant professor in EHS, Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of EHS, and Jay Wilkins, professor in the Division of Epidemiology. “The data collected from our research will further our understanding of the potential for an association between land applied biosolids and health, and lead to further study,” Rosile said.

MEDIA MENTIONS

Research by Ross Kauffman, graduate fellow in the College of Public Health, was featured in an article titled “Smokers Behind Bars Can Quit, Too” that published in Miller-McCune magazine on Dec. 18. Read more >

 
Diversity Report invites submissions

The Ohio State Collaborative Diversity Initiative is accepting submissions for the 2009 edition of Facets of Diversity, Ohio State’s annual diversity report. The theme is “Diversity and Access.” Submissions should be 500 words or less. The deadline is Jan. 26 with a publication date of spring 2009. Contact: phillips.564@osu.edu or 688-4240. Read more >

Register to receive W-2 statements online
Human Resources is reminding employees that they can register to receive an online, printable version of their W-2 Wage and Tax Statement that will be posted on a secure web site in late January. The employee will receive an e-mail notification when the W-2 is available, along with instructions for retrieval. Read more >
Office of Student Life launches online film competition for students
The Ohio State University Office of Student Life launched an online film competition for OSU students on January 5.  “Real to Reel” will allow students to use their creativity to promote positive messages about health while offering them the chance to win cash prizes. All Ohio State students, ages 18-24, are encouraged to enter. Filmmaking experience is not required – tech support resources will be available both online and on campus so anyone with a compelling story can participate. See www.emotechnology.com/realtoreel for contest rules, deadlines and a list of tech resources.  For more information, contact Dr. John Vaughn jvaughn@studentlife.osu.edu or Alison Sauers asauers@studentlife.osu.edu at the Wilce Student Health Center.
 

CPH alumna featured in online series about dealing with death

Carolyn Slack, director of the Division of Maternal Child Health at Columbus Public Health and graduate of the Preventive Medicine program at Ohio State, discusses child mortality in a Columbus Dispatch series called “Death Perceptions.” (Reported by the Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Also read about Slack in the July Alumni Spotlight >

Book is rallying resistance to the antivaccine crusade

A new book defending vaccines, written by a doctor infuriated at the claim that they cause autism, is creating a backlash against the antivaccine movement in the United States. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

Cellphones’ growth does a number on health research

Cellular telephones are perhaps the biggest threat to survey data that epidemiologists have confronted in years. (Reported by The Washington Post.) Read more >

 

INTERVENTION INTERVENTION - David Murray, professor and chair of the Divisions of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, presented a talk titled “Evaluation of Multi-Level Intervention Studies in Cancer” last Wednesday at the James Cancer Hospital as part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Control Program. The meeting was well attended by faculty, students and hospital staff.


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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JAN. 14
Seminar: "Proxy Pattern-Mixture Analysis for Survey Nonresponse," 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010. Speaker: Rebecca R. Andridge, Biostatistics Instructor, University of Michigan. Presented by the Division of Biostatistics. For more info, e-mail: kberoske@cph.osu.edu.
JAN. 15
Seminar: "Contextualizing Behavioral Risk for HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Men's Multiple Sexual Partnerships," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Jeffrey "Bart" Bingenheimer, PhD, Pennsylvania State University. Presented by the Division of Health Behavior & Health Promotion. For more info, e-mail: york.75@osu.edu.
JAN. 16
Seminar: "Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling Approach for a Longitudinal HIV Dynamic Study," 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010. Speaker: Yangxin Huang, PhD, assistant professor in Biostatistics, associate director of Center for Collaborative Research, University of South Florida. Presented by the Division of Biostatistics. For more info, e-mail: kberoske@cph.osu.edu.
JAN. 19
Ohio State University offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
JAN. 21

Seminar: “Changes in Insurance Status and Access to Care in an Integrated Safety Net,” 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Sheri Lynn Eisert, PhD, director, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, and associate professor, Department of Health Systems Management and Policy, University of Colorado. Presented by the CPH Division of Health Services Management and Policy. For more information, call 614-292-9708.

JAN. 22

Seminar: “Acquisition and Transmission of Sexually Transmitted Pathogens in Women,” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Abigail Turner, PhD, MSPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. Presented by the CPH Division of Epidemiology. For more information, e-mail lhigginbotham@sph.osu.edu.

Seminar: "The Importance of Community Engagement," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Biomedical Research Tower, room 105. Speaker: J. Lloyd Michener, MD, professor and chairman, Department of Commmunity and Family Medicine, director, Duke Center for Community Research. Presented by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Nancy Hood, nhood@cph.osu.edu.

JAN. 30
Seminar: "Tobacco Use, Mental Health and Health Compromising Behaviors in Underserved Adolescent Populations," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010. Speaker: Tamika D. Gilreath, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine. Presented by the Division of Health Behavior & Health Promotion. For more info, e-mail: york.75@osu.edu.
 
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