Jan. 12, 2010

What's News - Cunz Hall construction update; Renee's Cunz Hall blog; Starling-Loving refrigerator to be cleaned
Faces and Places - January Alumni Spotlight on Michael D. Cassady
Useful Tidbits - CCTS seeks investigators; Employee Health offers H1N1 vaccinations for faculty and staff; Payroll Services reassignment
The World We Live In - Just a fifth of high-risk Ohioans got H1N1 vaccine; Tougher ozone limits putting Ohio on notice; Dengue fever could be next public-health threat
Photo Finish - 'Social Network'

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Cunz Hall construction update
Facilities Manager Renee Watts (center in red coat) helped organize a pre-bid meeting on Jan. 6 for potential contractors to meet with the Cunz Hall construction management company, its project architect and representatives from OSU Facilities Operation and Development. After the meeting, contractors walked through the building to survey its contents and condition. The building is currently undergoing the demolition-and-abatement phase of the project. View more photos >
Renee's Cunz Hall blog

"It has been 2-3 weeks since I've been in the building and I was quite impressed with the progress." Read more of Renee's Cunz Hall Blog >

Starling-Loving refrigerator to be cleaned

The refrigerator in the Starling-Loving Hall kitchen will be cleaned out this Thursday (Jan 14). Any food items that appear to be old or forgotten will be thrown away. If you have items in the refrigerator that you don’t want tossed, please remove them as soon as you can or leave a note with the word "keep."


Michael D. Cassady

Michael D. Cassady is an environmental health officer for the U.S. Navy and the assistant officer in charge of the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit Two in Norfolk, Va.

Originally from Millersport, Ohio, Cassady received a master of public health from The Ohio State University in 2001. He also received a master of science management from Troy State University, a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and a bachelor of science from the University of Maryland.

Cassady has worked for the U.S. Navy for more than 16 years and has been stationed all over the world including in Japan, Iraq and Iceland. His primary responsibilities are to provide public health, preventive medicine and force health protection for U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps personnel and their families.

"My experience with public health and the military has been fantastic, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world," Cassady said. Read more >

CCTS seeks investigators

The OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Research is recruiting investigators to host high school students and teachers for the 2010 Summer Research Experience Program (SREP). The SREP grant will pay participating students and teachers to actively participate in their host investigator's research. Priority will be given to NIH-funded investigators, but all investigators doing clinical and/or translational research at OSU or Nationwide Children's Hospital are strongly encouraged to apply by the deadline of Feb. 10. For more information, click here >

Employee Health offers H1N1 vaccinations for faculty and staff

All faculty and staff who still need an H1N1 vaccination can get one for free at both Employee Health Services locations: second floor Cramblett Clinic, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday; and Occupational Medicine building, University Hospital East, 8-11 a.m. Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Fridays. Employee Health Services will only be open from 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesday (1/13), and will be closed Monday (1/18) for Martin Luther King Day. You must pre-register, as well as save, print and bring the form with you when you get your H1N1 flu vaccination. You will not be admitted to the vaccine room without this appropriate documentation.

Payroll Services reassignment

Payroll Services has been reassigned to the Office of Business and Finance (reporting to the Office of the Controller) and is moving to Gateway to Blankenship Hall, 2nd floor, this week. The Human Resources system will not experience any changes due to this reassignment, and payroll staff e-mail addresses and telephone numbers will remain the same. For more information, contact Payroll Services at 614-292-2311.


Just a fifth of high-risk Ohioans got H1N1 vaccine

Just one in five Ohioans considered at highest risk of contracting the H1N1 virus got the vaccine last year despite the state's public-health campaign. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Tougher ozone limits putting Ohio on notice
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes strict smog limits, putting 32 Ohio counties on notice to cut air pollution. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >
Dengue fever could be next public-health threat
While the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reported that H1N1 had killed 11,749 people as of December 2009, the World Health Organization reports that dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, hospitalized half a million people last year. (Reported by NewsWeek.) Read more >

SOCIAL NETWORK -- The College of Public Health Alumni Society held a social on Jan. 9, and more than 30 College of Public Health alumni, students and friends attended the event, which included a pizza party at Tommy's Pizza and an Ohio State hockey game at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. View a video on the college’s YouTube page here >


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JAN. 21

College of Public Health Seminar: "Genomic Epidemiology of Hypertension," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Yan Sun, PhD, assistant research scientist, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. Presented by the CPH Division of Epidemiology. For more information, e-mail lhigginbotham@sph.osu.edu.

JAN. 25

Pizza with a Purpose: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. The College of Public Health's Diversity Enhancement Committee presents a conversation with Megan Davis of the Children's Defense Fund, who will speak about the high percentage of low-income children in Ohio and their need for healthcare coverage. She also will discuss the key indicators used to determine the health status of children in Franklin County. Free pizza for all who attend. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu.

JAN. 26

College of Public Health Seminar: "Information Growth in Longitudinal Clinical Trials," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Abigail Shoben, PhD candidate, Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington. Presented by the CPH Division of Biostatistics.

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 Williams.3388@osu.edu.

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 buckeyes@cph.osu.edu.
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 www.ohiopha.org, call 614-635-0207 or e-mail lhall@ohiopha.org.
ACHE Alumni Dinner in Chicago: 6 p.m., location to be determined.
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