August 25, 2009

What's News - Public health virtual world; Support CPH Pelotonia team this weekend; CPH Alumni Society fall meeting, tailgate; Health Disparities & Management Lecture Series
Faces and Places - Higginbotham named Employee of the Year; McHone leaving CPH; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Resources available at CCTS web site; 2009-10 parking permits
The World We Live In - More water, less junk food to be served at local schools; Bedbugs becoming bothersome; Swine flu 101
Photo Finish - 'All for One'

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Managing public health crises through a virtual world

A new training simulation program enables public health practitioners to gain hands-on experience in a virtual world similar to Second Life. The simulation allows training from a distance, which can cut costs and relieve understaffed and underfunded health departments.

The program is being developed by Mac Crawford, assistant professor in the college's Division of Environmental Health Sciences, in collaboration with colleagues in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

Read more >

Mac Crawford

Support CPH Pelotonia team this weekend

The Pelotonia charity bike ride is this weekend and the College of Public Health's team of riders and virtual riders is in gear to go. The team includes College of Public Health Dean Stanley Lemeshow, Associate Professor Christopher Weghorst, Alumni Relations Coordinator Lexi Noice, Graduate Fellow Blake Warner and research scientists Wolfgang Sadee and Thomas Knobloch. These members have already raised nearly $4,000 for cancer research at Ohio State. Great job! Learn more about our team here >

Reunion Weekend: Faculty and staff encouraged to attend

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend alumni reunion weekend events.

The CPH Alumni Society's annual fall meeting is at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Graystone Winery, 544 S. Front St.. Keynote speaker Dr. Cindy Parker, an environmental health specialist at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss the environmental impact of 9/11, since the meeting falls on the anniversary of the attacks. The Mary Plummer Scholarship and the William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Award also will be presented. Cost is $20 and includes heavy appetizers and beverages.

The first annual alumni reunion weekend tailgate will be held before the USC vs. Ohio State football game on Sept. 12. The tailgate will begin at 5 p.m. in front of Graves Hall (333 W. 10th Ave.). Cost is $21 and includes a catered dinner. Join your fellow colleagues and CPH alumni at this fun event!

The HSMP alumni society also is holding its executive committee planning retreat on Sept 12.

To register for one or both events, contact Lexi Noice at

Health Disparities & Management Lecture Series, this fall

The Diversity Committee of the Health Services, Management & Policy Alumni Society will hold a Health Disparities & Management Lecture Series this fall. The lectures will be held every other Tuesday beginning Oct. 13. The series features Jennifer Malat, associate professor at the University of Cincinnati on Oct. 13; Julie vanPutten, medical director of Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers on Oct. 27; and Niccole Chandler, leadership consultant at The Ohio State University Medical Center. More information to come.

Higginbotham named Employee of the Year

Lynn Higginbotham, coordinator of the Division of Epidemiology, was named Employee of the Year last week at the CHP Staff Appreciation Luncheon. David Murray, Epidemiology chair and professor, presented the award. Higginbotham began her career in the college as a secretary in the Department of Preventive Medicine in 1993. "I have been grateful every day to have Lynn as our division coordinator," Murray said. "She does a terrific job. She knows how everything works, where everything is, how to get everything done, and she gets along with everyone so well." Other nominators described Higginbotham as friendly, dependable, patient and hard-working.

Congratulations Lynn!

Lynn Higginbotham

McHone leaving CPH

Tracy McHone, assistant to the dean, is leaving the College of Public Health to take a position in Internal Medicine. Her last day is Aug. 28. A reception to bid her farewell will be held from 3-4:30 p.m., Friday in room M-112 Starling Loving Hall. McHone, who has a BA in women's studies from Ohio State, has worked for CPH for three years. "I've really enjoyed working with many of you on different college events and meetings," McHone said. "Thank you for the encouragement to challenge myself in new ways."

Best of luck Tracy!

Tracy McHone

College of Public Health student Laura Joseph wrote an article on heath care for a column called "In Your Voice" in the Newark Advocate. Read it here >
Resources available at CCTS web site

Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science invites you to visit to view its many resources and services. The Participant and Clinical Interactions Resources Program is an example of the resources that can help your clinical trials by providing OSU and Nationwide Children’s Hospital investigators with access to hospital-based nursing units; running bioassays for human and animal specimens; providing access to bionutrition resources including a metabolic kitchen; body composition; and exercise physiology laboratories. Contact the OSU CCTS research concierge, at or 366-7367. View resources request form >

2009-10 parking permits required starting Sept. 1: Apply now
Starting Sept. 1, 2009-10 parking permits and keycards will be required to access all parking areas. Parking permit applications are available online at All permit application orders submitted will be held in the Transportation and Parking Services office, 160 Bevis Hall. Please allow 3-5 business days processing time for your order, if ordering online, and be sure to call in advance to ensure that your permit order is ready. Photo ID required to pick up your permit.


More water, less junk food to be served at local schools
Only 15 percent of snacks in district vending machines will be of the low-nutrient variety this school year. (Reported by the Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >
Bedbugs becoming bothersome

Bedbug infestations are causing public-health problems across the United States. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

Swine flu 101

Local health officials prepare for new school year and swine flu with common sense. (Reported by the Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >


ALL FOR ONE - (Pictured from left) Division Coordinators Lynn Higginbotham, Maria Brickner and Kelly Beroske enjoy lunch as part of CPH Staff Appreciation Week last week and also celebrate Lynn being named Employee of the Year. View more photos here >


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AUG. 28-30
Pelotonia Bike Tour. Charity bike ride to raise money for cancer research at Ohio State. Learn more >

Labor Day, Ohio State offices closed

SEPT. 11

CPH Alumni Society Fall Meeting: 6 p.m., Graystone Winery, 544 S. Front St., Columbus. Learn more >

SEPT. 12

CPH/HSMP Alumni Society Tailgate with friends from the College of Optometry, 5 p.m., Graves Hall lawn, 333 W. 10th Ave. College of Public Health faculty and staff also are encouraged to attend this Alumni Reunion Weekend event. More information here >

SEPT. 22

College of Public Health new student welcome and orientation: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., RPAC, meeting rooms 1, 2 and 3. More info to come.

SEPT. 23

Autumn quarter classes begin

SEPT. 24

Reception honoring the arrival of Thomas Wickizer, Stephen F. Loebs professor, Division of Health Services Management and Policy, 4-6 p.m., Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, Jo Jones Innovation Room, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. RSVP to by Sept. 18. Light hors d'oeuvres.

OCT. 1
College of Public Health picnic: 5:30-7 p.m., Park of Roses, Columbus. More information to come.
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