September 8, 2009

What's News - Diesel exhaust linked to cancer; Reunion Weekend; College of Public Health Picnic; Health Disparities & Management Lecture Series; Health Reform for People with Disabilities
Faces and Places - September Alumni Spotlight on Angie Byrne; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - USAC to host Staff Pep Rally; RFA pilot studies program; Biometric screenings
The World We Live In - Be Prepared Ohio 2.0; Free antibiotics: Healthy idea?
Photo Finish - Pedal Power

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Diesel exhaust linked to cancer

Qinghua Sun, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, published research results that are the first to demonstrate that the link between diesel fume exposure and cancer lies in the ability of diesel exhaust to induce the growth of new blood vessels that serve as a food supply for solid tumors.

"The message from our study is that exposure to diesel exhaust for just a short time period of two months could give even normal tissue the potential to develop a tumor," said Sun, who is the senior author of the study. "We still have a lot of work to do to improve diesel engines so they generate fewer particles and exhaust that can be released into the ambient air."

Read more here >

Qinghua Sun

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 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

College of Public Health Picnic, Oct. 1

The college will hold a picnic to welcome incoming students from 5:15-7:15 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the party house at Whetstone Park. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Dinner will be catered by City BBQ and will include a selection of vegetarian options. RSVP by Sept. 25 to or call 293-3907.

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 Nov. 3; and Niccole Chandler, leadership consultant at The Ohio State University Medical Center on Nov. 10. More information to come.

Health Reform for People with Disabilities, Oct. 27

The Developmental Disabilities Council will hold its annual conference, titled "Health Reform for People with Disabilities," from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. For more information, contact Sue Willis at


Angie Byrne


Angie Byrne received an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from the College of Public Health in 2006, and a BA in political science in 2003. Her academic advisor was Associate Professor Mira Katz. Byrne is now the regional program manager of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Cambridge, Mass., a division in the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has held this position since 2007.

What do you enjoy about your work?
I love that I could turn a passion into a career.

What's challenging about it?
Traffic crashes are the No. 1 killer of people between the ages of 1 and 35, and claim more then 37,000 lives per year. Those daunting numbers sometimes make it difficult to remember that I am making a difference. Read more >

Qinghua Sun's research on the link between diesel fume exposure and cancer growth published by United Press International on Sept. 3. Read more >
USAC to host Staff Pep Rally on Friday

Staff will be treated to free popcorn and soda and the traditional pompoms at the annual Staff Pep Rally, hosted by the University Staff Advisory Committee from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Oval, near the back patio by Bricker Hall. Entertainment will be provided by the Ohio State cheerleaders, Brutus Buckeye and TBDBIDTL Marching Pep Band. President E. Gordon Gee will be on hand to meet with staff. For more information >

Center for Clinical and Translational Science RFA pilot studies program

Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science is now accepting applications for pilot project funding. The purpose of this funding mechanism is to encourage new multidisciplinary research groups to address integrated solutions to complex clinical and translational problems. The deadline for Letter of Intent submission is Sept. 18. Read more >

Schedule now: at the Sept. 17 health fair
Receive your free biometric health screening at the annual Rally for Wellness! health fair, set for 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 17 at the RPAC. Receive your biometric health numbers used to complete your Personal Health Assessment online questionnaire. Having a biometric screening is the first step in earning your medical premiums. You’ll also become eligible to win a $50 gift card in the monthly 2009 PHA Award drawings. As 2009 winds down available screening appointments will become limited. Make your appointment today >.


Be Prepared Ohio 2.0
From power outages to pandemic flu, event addresses emergency preparedness needs of vulnerable populations. (Reported on Read more >
Free antibiotics: Healthy idea?

Kroger, Giant Eagle say they're helping needy customers, but CDC worries about overuse. (Reported by the Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >


PEDAL POWER - A number of representatives from the College of Public Health participated in the Pelotonia bike tour for cancer research last month including (from left) Lexi Noice, alumni relations and fundraising coordinator, Stanley Lemeshow, dean of the College of Public Health, Blake Warner, Graduate Fellow, and Jason Marion, a PhD candidate in public health.


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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: 5:15-7:15 p.m., Park of Roses, Columbus. More information to come.
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