Dec. 22, 2009

What's News - Twas the year 2009; New Cunz Hall Blog post; Public Health receives CDC grant for Prevention Research Center; CPH to hold reception in California before Rose Bowl; Save the date; New grants and contracts
Faces and Places - Introducing 'Student Spotlight'; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Need last-minute gift ideas?; COSI After Dark: Free to faculty, staff, students; 2009 Online W-2 Wage and Earning Statements; Dependent Eligibility Certification begins in January
The World We Live In - Group says H1N1 exposes gaps in emergency preparedness; Hospital comparisons available online soon
Photo Finish - 'We're Public Health'

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Twas the year 2009
At the college's holiday luncheon, Dean Stanley Lemeshow based his review of 2009 on Clement Moore's famous Christmas poem. Since the communications office has received numerous requests to publish the poem in Tuesday Times, here it is.

Twas the year 2009 and in the public health school
To count our successes, I have to use my slide rule.

Our proposals were hung by NIH with care
In hopes that some funding soon would be there.

Our search teams viewed resumes without too much dread
While visions of candidates danced in their heads.

And Jeff with his work groups and I in my tie
Knew two accreditations were soon drawing nigh.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But two groups of site visitors who spread some good cheer.

Then funding was given on a few of our grants
And I knew in an instant that this was our chance.

This was our year of PRC and new centers
And providing our faculty top quality mentors.

Now Santner, Bisesi, Wickizer, Francis,
Andridge and Olivo-Marston joined as enhancements.

We moved our fourth floor folks out of Cunz Hall
And demolition has started there once and for all.

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So media attention also increased,
And Christine O'Malley wasn't surprised in the least.

Wall St. Journal, Plain Dealer and Washington Post,
Plus NPR and the Dispatch, if I can boast.

Other things we have done for our students and friends
Include new web sites and Public Health Champions.

Lynn Higginbotham was staff of the year
While students said Mac is a top teacher here.

New faces in the dean's office made this year nice
Including Kristy, and Lexi, and Susan Price.

I looked up from my notes for this little brief,
And realized I was late to go meet the chief.

As I walked into Bricker and was turning around
I heard a commotion like none to be found.

Then a spectacled man in a scarlet bow tie
Greeted me with a twinkle in his eye.

He praised our success and encouraged far more
For our students, communities and esprit de corps.

Then he sprang to his feet when his team gave a whistle
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim as he was whisked out of sight
"This is our time! Public Health, you're alright!"

New Cunz Hall Blog post
"It's a good day for the Cunz project as the public notice/invitation to bid was posted in the Columbus Dispatch today. That means the construction documents are finished (hooray) and ready for public review."Read more of the Cunz Hall Blog here >
Public Health receives CDC grant for Prevention Research Center

The College of Public Health has been awarded a 5-year, $2.36 million grant for a Prevention Research Center by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Named Foundations for Healthy Living, the center will focus on health and population-specific issues that improve the health of the community through enhanced relevance, implementation and diffusion of prevention-based research. The initial pilot research project is a community-based initiative to prevent childhood obesity on the South Side of Columbus. Read more >

The Columbus Dispatch ran an editorial about the new prevention center titled "Weighty issue: OSU will play big role in fighting a top health problem" Dec. 16. Read more >

CPH to hold reception in California before Rose Bowl
The College of Public Health is co-hosting a reception on Dec. 30 in California, two days before Ohio State takes on the University of Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Yard Restaurant, 119 Broadway, Santa Monica. The event, including appetizers and a cash bar, is co-hosted by the colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy. There is no cost to attend. RSVP to Alumni Relations Coordinator Lexi Noice at by Dec. 21. Questions? Call Lexi at 614-293-8264. More info >

The Association of Future Healthcare Executives presents its seventh annual Leadership Development Symposium on April 15 at the Ohio Union. The event, themed Leadership Pearls, will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour and continue at 7 p.m. with dinner and a presentation by keynote speaker Janet Porter, PhD, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact the Association of Future Healthcare Executives at


David Murray, professor and chair of the Division of Epidemiology, received a grant from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, for a study called "RCT for smoking cessation in medical schools." The prime award is an R01 from the National Cancer Institute. Murray is the principal investigator of this subcontract.

Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy and director of the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies, received a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation for a study titled "Developing a strategy for optimal utilization of pharmacologic treatment for pain management of injured workers in the state of Ohio." Dembe is the principal investigator of the study.

Introducing 'Student Spotlight'

The College of Public Health now has a new online feature called "Student Spotlight." The one-minute video highlights a CPH student and will soon be viewable on our homepage. Students interviewed for the section explain why they decided to get into the field of public health, and how they feel they can make a difference. View the first video about MHA student Emily Larson on the college's YouTube page here >

Emily Larson


Melvin Moeschberger, professor emeritus in the Division of Biostatistics, recently received a copy of his book Survival Analysis that had been translated into Japanese. Moeschberger said it's the first time the statistics book has been translated beyond the English language. Moeschberger co-authored the book with John P. Klein, biostatistics professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. It was first released by publisher Springer Science and Business Media in 1997, and now is in its second edition. The popular book is used in survival analysis courses at public-health schools throughout the United States. It also often serves as a reference source for practicing statisticians, biostatisticians and public-health professionals.


Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, explained how ultraviolet rays can be used to kill germs and bacteria on surfaces in a video segment on ABC 6 News on Dec. 16. Watch it here >

Need last-minute gift ideas?

College of Public Health T-shirts: The Society of Public Health Students (SPHS) 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

"This is Public Health" T-shirts: The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) is selling T-shirts with the red "This is Public Health" logo on them for $15 each. Click here for more information.

"This is Public Health" 2010 calendars: ASPH also is selling calendars containing a year's worth of "This is Public Health" photos for $2 each. Click here for more information.

COSI After Dark: Free to faculty, staff, students on Jan. 8

COSI is offering free admission to Ohio State faculty, staff and students from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. on Jan. 8. The event, sponsored by University Residences and Dining Services, includes live entertainment, snacks and beverages. Complimentary roundtrip transportation also will be available from campus to COSI. Buses will depart starting at 6:45 p.m. from four campus locations: Blackburn House bus stop on W. Woodruff Avenue; Hale Center bus stop on 12th Avenue; Buckeye Village bus stop; and the bus stop between Morrill and Lincoln Towers on Cannon Drive. Parking is available at COSI for $3. Tickets are not required, but bring a BuckID or another form of Ohio State identification. Questions? E-mail Elizabeth Smalley at

2009 Online W-2 Wage and Earning Statements

If you are not currently enrolled to receive your W-2 information online, you have until January 12, 2010 to sign up for the electronic delivery your 2009 W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. The W-2 statement will be posted on a secure web site in late January for immediate use. An e-mail notification with retrieval instructions will be sent when the W-2 is available. If you sign up for this online option, you will not receive a copy of your W-2 statement in the mail. If you have previously enrolled to receive your W-2 information online, you do not need to enroll again. Instructions are online at Questions? Contact Payroll Services at or (614) 292-2311.

Dependent Eligibility Certification begins in January

Beginning in January, the university will require faculty and staff to certify eligibility for any dependents they are covering on the health plan(s). The university has contracted with ACS HR Solutions to perform the eligibility certification. There will be two phases to the Dependent Eligibility Certification that will begin in January. During the first phase, faculty and staff who are covering dependents will receive a Dependent Certification Information packet from ACS HR Solutions at their home address. Faculty and staff must complete the eligibility certification using these forms or through the web address that will be provided. No documentation will be required at this time. If you have questions or would like more information, contact OHR Customer Service at or 614-292-1050.


Group says H1N1 exposes gaps in emergency preparedness

Ohio does better than most states, meeting eight of 10 benchmarks for public health preparedness. (Reported by The Plain Dealer.) Read more >

Hospital comparisons available online soon

A state law passed nearly four years ago requires hospitals to provide extensive quality and pricing information to the Ohio Department of Health. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >


WE'RE PUBLIC HEALTH – Faculty, staff and students of the College of Public Health posed for a photo with University President Gordon Gee on Dec. 14 as part of the "This is Public Health" campaign. View more "This is Public Health" pictures here >


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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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.
JAN. 9
Student and Alumni Social: Event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Tommy's Pizza, 174 W. Lane Ave., and continues 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. Presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society. All CPH alumni and students are welcome. 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
FEB. 24

Opportunities Fair: 3-5 p.m., Recreation and Physical Activity Center. The College of Public Health 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

College of Public Health Alumni Society Lunch-N-Learn with a speaker from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. More info to come.

FEB. 27
Alumni and Student Bowling Night: 7:30 p.m., Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd. Presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. with free appetizers at Roosters, 2454 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., 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
Public Policy Institute: The Ohio Public Health Association and the Center for Public Health Practice present "Putting the Public in Public Health: Using public dialogue to make informed policy choices" at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. Cost: $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 e-mail
ACHE Alumni Dinner in Chicago: 6 p.m., location to be determined.
OCT. 22
HSMP Management Institute and Alumni Banquet: Hilton Polaris, Columbus.
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