Dec. 8, 2009

What's News - Smathers to manage two new projects in HBHP; College to promote PEP program at Columbus Public Health; Save the dates
Faces and Places - Dual EPI, VPH student named to CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service program; HBHP PhD student to present at maternal and child health conference; Undergrad student in Sun's lab to present at annual toxicology meeting; Media Mentions; December Spotlight
Useful Tidbits - Women's basketball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
The World We Live In - Harvard School honors 'Distinguished journalism in public health'; Researchers argue that loneliness threatens our public health
Photo Finish - Student Scoop

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Smathers to manage two new projects in HBHP

Carol Smathers was recently named program manager of two projects in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Smathers will coordinate 1.) the Foundations for Healthy Living Prevention Research Center and 2.) "Engaging Urban and Rural Appalachian Communities in Clinical Research." In her new position, Smathers will assist with the development of community advisory boards, facilitate interaction between community needs and research objectives, and expand training programs and outreach strategies. Smathers most recently served as the administrative manager of the college's Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies, a position she held since August 2007. Smathers has an MS in education and an MPH. She is also certified in public health through the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Smathers office is located in 3150 Smith Lab and her new phone number is 292-8181.

Carol Smathers

College to promote PEP program at Columbus Public Health, Dec. 16

Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Judy Dawson, admissions counselor in the Office of Academic Programs, will present an informational session about the College of Public Health's MPH Program for Experienced Professionals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Columbus Public Health, room 119A.


Student and alumni social

The College of Public Health Alumni Society will host a student and alumni social on Jan. 9. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a pizza dinner at Tommy's Pizza, 174 W. Lane Ave., and continues at the Jerome Schottenstein Center with an Ohio State Men's Ice Hockey match against Bowling Green at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, 2491 Olentangy River Rd. Cost: $5 for pizza and a game ticket. All CPH alumni and students are invited to attend. To register, turn in your name and $5 to Alumni Relations Coordinator Lexi Noice in B107 Starling-Loving Hall by Jan. 6. Questions? Contact Lexi at

Alumni and student bowling night

The College of Public Health Alumni Society will hold an alumni and student bowling night on Feb. 27 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd., Columbus. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. with free appetizers at Roosters, 2454 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, and continues across the street with bowling at 9 p.m. Cost is $4 per game and includes shoe rental. RSVP by Feb. 25 to

Opportunities Fair

The College of Public Health will hold its 17th Annual Opportunities Fair from 3-5 p.m., Feb. 24 at the Recreation & Physical Activity Center. The event provides an opportunity for students to visit with recruiters who are seeking graduate-level students for practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. For more information, contact Dawn Williams, coordinator of academic advising and professional development, at 614-366-0953 or

Public Policy Institue

The Ohio Public Health Association and the college's Center for Public Health Practice will present the Public Policy Institute on March 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. The theme of the event is "Putting the Public in Public Health: Using public dialogue to make informed policy choices." Cost is $80 for OPHA members; $110 for non-OPHA members; and $50 for students. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, visit, call 614-635-0207 or email


Dual EPI, VPH student named to CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service program

Second-year MPH student Jeff McCollum was recently accepted into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service program. The two-year, postgraduate program is for health professionals interested in the practice of epidemiology. McCollum, who is specializing in epidemiology and veterinary public health, plans to begin the program in July 2010. Amy Ferketich, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology, is McCollum's academic advisor, and Armando Hoet, clinical assistant professor in Epidemiology, is his advisor in veterinary public health. Congratulations Jeff!

Jeff McCollum

HBHP PhD student to present at maternal and child health conference

Sherry Liu, a PhD student in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, is presenting a poster titled "Comparing Incentives to Increase Response Rates among African Americans in the Ohio Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System" at the 15th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, held Dec. 7-8 in Tampa. She worked on the project while interning at the Center for Public Health Statistics and Information at the Ohio Department of Health. Janet deMoor, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion is Liu's academic advisor. Congratulations Sherry!

Undergrad student in Sun's lab to present at annual toxicology meeting

Silis Jiang, an undergraduate microbiology student who works in Qinghua Sun's lab, has been selected to present a poster on inhalation toxicology at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, March 7-11 in Salt Lake City. Jiang, whose research is funded through the College of Public Health's undergraduate research initiative, will present a poster titled "Air pollution on obesity and insulin resistance." Congratulations Silis!


Mary Ellen Wewers, professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, was featured in an article titled "Smoking cessation: Support key to women kicking habit, study shows" that appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 3. Read more >


Laura Scudiere

Laura Scudiere is the executive director of the Bridge Community Health Clinic in Wausau, Wis., where she administers health programs for the underinsured and uninsured. "I am an advocate for the low-income populations that we serve," Scudiere said.

Originally from Brecksville, Ohio, Scudiere received a master of public health in health behavior and health promotion from The Ohio State University in 2004, and a bachelor of philosophy from Miami University in 2001. Her academic advisor at Ohio State was Randi Love.

"We've given teenagers full sets of dentures, witnessed a family of 12 using a single toothbrush, and seen a bunch of children with advanced dental decay," Scudiere said. "Without systemic change, our community health center will be unable to address this problem adequately." Read more >

Women's basketball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day, Jan. 14
The nationally ranked Ohio State women's basketball team is inviting all faculty and staff to their game against Illinois at 7 p.m., Jan. 14. Halftime will feature a faculty/staff vs. student basketball game followed by a faculty/staff dance coordinated by the cheerleaders during one of the timeouts. For more information, contact Carrie Snyder at Faculty, staff and their friends and family may purchase discounted tickets for $4. Click here to purchase; enter the promo code BUCKEYES.

Harvard School honors 'Distinguished journalism in public health'

A Harvard University school has presented its inaugural award for distinguished journalism in public health, honoring The New York Times for a series of articles on the subject of driving while distracted. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

Researchers argue that loneliness threatens our public health

What the authors find is that, like a virus, loneliness is contagious. (Reported by The Los Angeles Times.) Read more >

STUDENT SCOOP -- The Society of Public Health Students (SPHS) held its first meeting of the academic year on Dec. 2. About 30 students attended to learn about the College of Public Health student organization and hear what upcoming activities its members have planned. Society president and MPH student Ashley Thompson said the society is currently holding a food drive for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Boxes have been placed around Starling-Loving Hall to collect non-perishable items. To raise funds, the society also is selling College of Public Health T-shirts ($10), sweatshirts ($15) and hooded sweatshirts ($17) in sizes small to extra-extra large. To order yours, e-mail Thompson at Pictured above from left are SPHS members Ann Jena (Epidemiology representative), Chris Volpe (Council of Graduate Students delegate), Brandon Palinski (Veterinary Public Health representative), Bonnie Whitt (treasurer), Ashley Thompson (president), Paige Young (Health Behavior and Health Promotion representative),  and Subrahmanyam Darbha (vice president).

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DEC. 11

College of Public Health Annual Holiday Luncheon: noon-1:30 p.m., Ohio State University Faculty Club, 181 South Oval Dr. Buffet lunch will feature meat and vegetarian options. RSVP to Kristy Arter at

DEC. 13
Autumn commencement, 2 p.m., Jerome Schottenstein Center.
DEC. 24
The Ohio State University will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day.
DEC. 25
The Ohio State University will be closed in observance of Christmas Day.
JAN. 1
The Ohio State University will be closed in observance of New Years Day.
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