Sept. 22, 2009

What's News - CPH welcomes new students; Wickizer reception this Thursday; 2009 Champions of Public Health winners
Faces and Places - Environmental health student presents at conference in Canada
Tip of the Week - Enhanced recognition for faculty publications
Useful Tidbits - CCTS Community Engagement RFA; Call for nominations for university-wide awards
The World We Live In - Experts urge more study of cellphone radiation, especially on kids; Secondhand smoke in cars worse than in bars

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CPH welcomes new students

Dean Stanley Lemeshow welcomed 124 new graduate students to the College of Public Health at orientation this morning at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center.

"We are the newest and smallest college at Ohio State," Lemeshow told the students. "But it's our day in the sun to make an impact."

Students received an overview of the college and were introduced to the chairs of each division. The majority of this year's students will study epidemiology.

"We are the medical detectives," said Epidemiology Chair David Murray. "We want to know what causes disease."

"And we want to know what to do about it," replied Health Behavior and Health Promotion Chair Phyllis Pirie.

New student orientation activities, including an ice cream social and viewing of the documentary “Unnatural Causes,” will continue throughout the day.

Classes start tomorrow.

New College of Public Health students at orientation

New student Zeeshan Qureshi

Reminder: Wickizer reception this Thursday

CPH will hold a reception to celebrate the arrival of Thomas Wickizer, recipient of the Stephen F. Loebs Endowed Professorship in the 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. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

And the 2009 Champions of Public Health winners are ...

The College of Public Health is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Champions of Public Health Awards. They are:

Cheryl Boyce, executive director, Ohio Commission on Minority Health, in the Public Health Practitioner category
Lois Hall, executive director, Ohio Public Health Association, in the Public Health Community Leader category
Grant Family Medicine Physicians, in the Public Health Organization category

The awards presentation will be held 4-6 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. RSVP to or call 614-293-8264. Read more >

Environmental health student presents at conference in Canada
Paul Rosile, PhD student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, presented a research project at the fifth annual Canadian Residual and Biosolids Conference sponsored by the Water Environment Association of Ontario, Sept. 13-15 in Niagara Falls. Rosile's presentation, titled "Pilot Testing: Epidemiologic Surveillance and Investigation of Illness Reported by Neighbors of Biosolids Land Application and other Soils Amendments," fit in well with the conference's theme of Residuals and Biosolids Management in a Climate of Change. "The Canadian government is interested in the surveillance and investigation tool we're pilot testing," Rosile said. Song Liang, Tim Buckley, and Jay Wilkins also are contributing to this research.

Enhanced recognition for faculty publications: The College of Public Health's communications office can help faculty members gain extra recognition for their publications. The only thing faculty members have to do is let the communications office know ahead of time when their research is about to be published. That way communications can coordinate a news release to go out to targeted media. Successes in the past have included Sarah Anderson's research on childhood obesity, as well as Qinghua Sun's research on diesel exhaust being linked to cancer development. In certain cases, CPH communications can also coordinate with OSU Research Communications to pitch stories to a broader audience. For more information, contact Communications Director Christine O’Malley at

This tip is brought to you by the CPH Communications Office.

CCTS Community Engagement RFA deadline, Nov. 2

The CCTS Community Engagement Program recently released a new RFA for pilot projects. Applications are due Nov. 12, and require a community partner. Up to $30,000 is available for each of the two 12-month projects. Additional funding is available for one of these projects if it has co-investigators from Nationwide Children's Hospital and OSU and a focus on children or adolescents. Read more >

Call for nominations for university-wide awards
Academic Affairs is seeking nominations for the university-wide faculty and staff awards. Awards include Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching; Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award; Distinguished Scholar Award; Distinguished Staff Award; Distinguished University Professor; Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service; University Distinguished Lecture; Distinguished Service Award; and Battelle Endowment grants. An overview of the awards, brief descriptions of each, and deadlines and links to application forms are available here >

Experts urge more study of cellphone radiation, especially on kids
More research is needed to determine whether cellphone radiation is harmful to humans, especially children, a panel of scientists and public health researchers recently told a Senate appropriations subcommittee. (Reported by USAToday.) Read more >
Secondhand smoke in cars worse than in bars

A new study from Johns Hopkins' school of public health takes on the question car smoking -- just how bad is it? (Reported by The Baltimore Sun.) Read more >


Photo Request:
The communications office 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

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SEPT. 22

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

SEPT. 23

Autumn quarter classes begin

SEPT. 24

Reception celebrating 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.

SEPT. 29
CAHME Mock Site Visit: College of Public Health mock site visit by the Commission on Accreditation Of Healthcare Management Education
OCT. 1
College of Public Health picnic: 5:15-7:15 p.m., 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.
OCT. 8
Champions of Public Health Awards: 4-6 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. Fifth annual awards reception honoring champions of public health in Ohio. RSVP to For more information about the award winners, click here >
NOV. 7-11
APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition: Philadelphia, Pa., oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. This year's theme is "Water and Public Health." For more information >
NOV. 9
APHA Alumni Reception at Maggianos: 6-8 p.m. Maggianos, 1201 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-2818. RSVP to
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