Jan. 19, 2010

What's News - NetWellness named a trusted health website; Cunz Hall construction update; Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for Employee of the Year award; OAP academic advisor in Smith Labs; Save the dates; New grants and contracts
Faces and Places - CPHP sponsors quality-improvement institute; MPH alumna presents at annual meeting on asthma; Undergrad in Sun's lab to present at annual toxicology meeting; Gustafson leaving the College of Public Health; Media Mentions
Tip of the Week - Notary in the house
Useful Tidbits - ODH releases report on impact of heart disease on Ohioans; APHA accepting abstracts for annual meeting; DISCO Symposium: 'Collaborating Across Social Differences'; Gateway Faculty Grant Competition; Recruiting to Increase Diversity and Excellence; Webinar on climate change
The World We Live In - Unused swine flu vaccine is piling up; For doctors in Haiti, worst is yet to come
Photo Finish - 'Having a Ball'

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NetWellness named a trusted health website

NetWellness.org has been named by the Medical Library Association (MLA) as one of the most trusted health websites. 

Netwellness.org is a health website maintained by The Ohio State University's College of Public Health, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine. Phyllis Pirie, professor and chair of the College of Public Health's Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, serves as director of Netwellness at Ohio State. Read more >

Phyllis Pirie

Cunz Hall construction update

Construction workers used a crane this morning to remove a cooling tower from Cunz Hall. The unit controlled the building's air conditioning.

Learn more about the project through Renee Watts' blog >

Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for Employee of the Year award

It's nomination time for the College of Public Health's Employee of the Year award. The recognition program is for staff employees of the college. Past winners include Lynne Higginbotham, Renee Watts, Joanne Pearsol, Don Shymanski, Susan Householder and Roger Stockdale. To be eligible, nominees must have been employed by the college for three years and demonstrate excellent relations with coworkers and the public through their actions and attitudes. Sound like someone you know? Learn more about the requirements and nomination process by reviewing the nomination form located in the "Office of the Dean" folder on the "Transfer" drive, or request a nomination form from Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu. Deadline for nominations is March 31.

OAP academic advisor in Smith Labs
An academic advisor from the Office of Academic Programs will be available in 3161 Smith Lab on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Winter Quarter from 12:30-3:30 p.m. (subject to advisor availability). If you are in Smith Labs during those times and have a question or need our assistance, please stop by. To reach an advisor in Smith Labs, call 292-8193.
Transforming Race Conference, March 11-13

The College of Public Health is co-sponsoring the Kirwan Institute's conference "Transforming Race: Crisis and Opportunity in the Age of Obama," March 11-13 at the Hyatt on Capitol Square, Columbus. Early-bird registration is Feb. 15. The event will unite hundreds of advocates, activists, scholars, students, spoken-word performers and practitioners to engage in panel discussions, workshops and performances centered around the topic of race. Sarah Jones, Tony-award winning Broadway performer, also will perform. For more information visit transforming-race.org.

Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 10-12

The Ohio State University Alumni Association (OSUAA) has announced it will hold its annual Alumni Reunion Weekend Sept. 10-12 in conjunction with the University of Miami football game on Sept. 11. Stay tuned for details on specific events hosted by the CPH and HSMP alumni societies.

Mary Ellen Wewers, professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, received a 5-year R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute for a study called "Tobacco cessation interventions with Ohio Appalachian smokers." College of Public Health co-investigators include Amy Ferketich and David Murray.
CPHP sponsors quality-improvement institute

Michael Bisesi, director of the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) and associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, introduced Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), at a reception on Jan. 6 that was part of the 2010 Continuous Quality Improvement Institute sponsored by the Center for Public Health Practice. The six-month program joins seven teams, including local health departments, ODH and the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, who will use quality-improvement methodology to strengthen their own departments.

Michael Bisesi and Alvin Jackson

MPH alumna presents at annual meeting on asthma

Hannah Seoh, who received an MPH in '08, presented research at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in November in Miami. Seoh, who works at the New York City Department of Health and Hygiene, is studying children with asthma who live in East Harlem, where the asthma rate is higher than in New York City and three times higher than anywhere else in the nation. Seoh learned that when children with asthma were paired with social workers who monitored their medication, they spent less time in emergency rooms. Read more >

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

Silis Jiang, an undergraduate student who works in Qinghua Sun's lab, will travel to Salt Lake City to present a poster titled "Air Pollution on Obesity and Insulin Resistance" at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, March 7-11. Sun, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, recruited Jiang one year ago to work in his lab and assist with his projects relating to air pollution. Jiang's work has been supported by the College of Public Health's Undergraduate Research Initiative.

Gustafson leaving the College of Public Health

College of Public Health Grants Manager Katrina Gustafson is leaving Ohio State to take a position at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service within the U.S. Department of Defense. Gustafson has worked for the College of Public Health for six years and has previously worked at the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration. Gustafson has a bachelor's in political science from Ohio University. Her last day is Jan. 29. Best wishes, Katrina!

Kurt Stevenson, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology, was featured in an article titled "Keeping kids too clean may do harm" that published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 17. Read more >

The Ohio State College of Public Health is one seven colleges or groups of colleges in Ohio that offer degrees in public health -- up from zero at the start of the 1990s -- reports Crain's Cleveland Business. The article also quotes Michael Bisesi. Read more > (The communications office has a copy of this article if you're unable to access it on the Internet.)

The college also is featured in an article titled "College of Public Health to consolidate in Cunz Hall" that appeared in the The Lantern on Jan. 5. Read more >


NEED A DOCUMENT NOTARIZED? Pat Watts, administrative coordinator in the Center for Public Health Practice, also is a notary republic and is available to notarize documents. Watts is a public servant appointed by the state of Ohio to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths. Watts says certain affidavits, deeds and powers of attorney may not be legally binding unless they are properly notarized. For more information, e-mail Watts at pwatts@cph.osu.edu.

ODH releases report on impact of heart disease on Ohioans
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) today (Jan. 19) released its first comprehensive report on the impact of heart disease on Ohioans. To view the report, go here http://www.healthyohioprogram.org/ and click on The Burden of Heart Disease in Ohio 2009.
APHA accepting abstracts for annual meeting
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is now accepting contributed abstracts for the 138th APHA Annual Meeting (Nov. 6-10, 2010), Denver. The theme of the meeting is "Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative." Read more >
DISCO Symposium: 'Collaborating Across Social Differences'
The Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at Ohio State is hosting the Collaborating Across Social Differences Symposium from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 19 in the Hale Black Cultural Center. Speakers representing eight programs will introduce these fields and provide information about new research directions within them and how they are in dialogue. Open to the public. To RSVP to the concluding lunch/discussion, e-mail: moddelmog.1@osu.edu. Read more >
Gateway Faculty Grant Competition
The offices of Research, Undergraduate Education and International Affairs are offering new faculty grant opportunities to develop research proposals, interactive course modules and study abroad programs in the Gateway countries of China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), India and Brazil. The application deadline is Feb. 26. Read more >
Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award
The Senate Diversity Committee, in partnership with Human Resources, is accepting nominations for the 2010 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. This annual awards program will recognize up to five units or individuals that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at the Ohio State. Nominations are due by 5 p.m., Jan. 21. For more information >
Recruiting to Increase Diversity and Excellence
"Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Increase Diversity and Excellence," a workshop for department chairs, school directors, deans, associate deans, and assistant deans, will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Jan. 27 at 430 Gateway, 1590 N. High St. Register online >
Webinar on climate change
The American Public Health Association (APHA) will host the third webinar in the "Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role" series from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Jan. 25. The webinar, “The Public Health Role in State and Local Climate Change Action Plans,” will explorethe role of public health in state and local climate action plans. Participants must register to participate in this webinar >

Unused swine flu vaccine is piling up

The influenza pandemic that swept the globe and fueled concern that millions of people would die has resulted in an unprecedented glut of vaccine because unexpectedly few people have sought immunization. (Reported by The Toledo Blade.) Read more >

For doctors in Haiti, worst is yet to come
An earthquake killing up to 200,000 people would have been bad enough anywhere, but in Haiti, where AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are rampant, children are malnourished and hygiene is already a challenge, it may create one of the worst medical disasters ever. (Reported by Reuters.) Read more >
HAVING A BALL -- Facilities Manager Renee Watts got the opportunity to play in the faculty/staff versus students basketball scrimmage held at halftime during the Ohio State women's basketball game on Jan. 14. Watts, who played basketball in high school and was team manager and on the practice squad in college, joined fellow Ohio State staffers and faculty in beating the students in a close game. "It was a blast to play on the court at the Jerome Schottenstein Center and even better that I didnt hurt myself," said Watts, who majored in health and physical education at Lambuth College in Jackson, Tenn.

Photo Request:
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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.

JAN. 27

Office of Minority Affairs Annual Career and Job Fair: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Huntington Club Rooms at the Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr. Largest career fair at Ohio State. Cost: $1. For more information >

Environmental Career Expo presented by the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Agricultural Administration Auditorium. Opportunity for students and employers to meet, learn about each other and schedule additional interviews. Learn more >

JAN. 28
College of Public Health Seminar: "Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Rehospitalization or Death following an Incident Heart Failure Hospitalization: ARIC Cohort (1987-2004)," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Randi E. Foraker, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillGillings, School of Global Public Health. Presented by the CPH Division of Epidemiology. For more information, e-mail: lhigginbotham@sph.osu.edu.
JAN. 29

Taste of OSU: An evening of cultural performances, exhibits and food from around the world provided by 30 international and ethnic clubs on campus, 5-9 p.m., Recreation & Physical Activities Center. Food tickets: $1 for samples of international cuisine. Admission: Free. For more information >

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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