Jan. 26, 2010

What's News - Class Gift 2010 will be Cunz Hall Rain Garden; CPH faculty to discuss the science behind local author's novel; OAP to provide information session to high-school students; Ohio Attorney General to speak at Public Policy Institute; Wanted: 2009 faculty publication information; Save the Dates
Faces and Places - Vilvens to leave Ohio State; Farewell reception for Gustafson
Tip of the Week - Got alumni information?
Useful Tidbits - Enroll Ohio; Health Care Reform topic of lunch-and-learn workshop; Senator Daschle to discuss Perspectives on Health Care Reform; ASPH Announces Public Health Policy Fellowship
The World We Live In - Michelle Obama to fight child obesity at grass roots; School H1N1 flu vaccinations begin; H1N1 death rates higher for some ethnic, racial groups in California
Photo Finish - Juvenile Justice

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Class Gift 2010 will be Cunz Hall Rain Garden

Ohio State's class of 2010 chose the Cunz Hall Rain Garden as its class gift, meeting the students' desire to bequeath a "green" item to the university. The garden is part of the Cunz Hall renovation project, and will be located within the existing traffic circle on the south side of the building. The Rain Garden will contain a concrete walking path, a grove of cypress trees and a natural draining system for water that uses native Ohio plants and soil. Read more here about the project and how to donate >

Also read more about the project in Today's issue of The Lantern >

Cunz Hall Rain Garden

CPH faculty to discuss the science behind local author's novel

Two College of Public Health faculty members served as expert sources for a local author whose new novel follows a Columbus family facing a fictional deadly pandemic that paralyzes their community. Frank Holtzhauer and Armando Hoet, and Veterinary Medicine Professor Richard Slemons, were interviewed by Carla Buckley for her debut novel The Things That Keep Us Here. All three professors are members of Ohio State's Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases initiative. Some of you may know that Carla Buckley is the wife of EHS Chair Tim Buckley.

Hoet, Slemons and the author will participate in a panel discussion about the science behind the novel at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Ohio State Barnes and Noble Bookstore. WOSU's Ann Fisher will moderate the discussion, which will be recorded for her program "All Sides with Ann Fisher." The show will broadcast on WOSU radio and the Big 10 Network. For more information, contact Communications Director Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu.

Frank Holtzhauer

Armando Hoet

Novel by Carla Buckley

OAP to provide information session to high-school students

The Office of Academic Programs (OAP) is collaborating with the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Optometry and the School of Allied Health Professions to offer monthly information sessions to high-school students about the health-sciences programs offered at Ohio State. OAP will host two dozen students from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Jan. 26) in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, will provide an overview of what our college can offer the students, some of whom have already expressed an interest in the field of public health. Pictured below are students who participated in the program’s kickoff event in September.
Ohio Attorney General to speak at Public Policy Institute, March 9

The Center for Public Health Practice is partnering with the Ohio Public Health Association to present the 2010 Public Policy Institute, March 9, Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. This year's day-long event, themed "Putting the Public in Public Health," will examine how planned public dialogue can benefit policy decisions. Featured speakers include: Richard Cordray, Ohio Attorney General; Roger Bernier, senior advisor for Scientific Strategy and Innovation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Andrew Sachs, program coordinator at the Orange County Dispute Settlement Center. Representatives from Columbus Public Health, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio will participate, along with individuals from a host of other public-health agencies. Deadline to register is March 2. View the agenda > Registration form >

Wanted: 2009 faculty publication information

The College of Public Health's communications office is compiling a list of our faculty's 2009 publications for the next issue of Impact Research Magazine. Please submit citations of your 2009 publication information to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu as soon as possible. (Please submit only information for publications that have been published, not "in press" or "submitted" items.)

SAVE THE DATES
CPH Visitation Days, March 12 and April 2

CPH will hold two visitation days for the 2010 accepted students on March 12 and April 2. Visitation days provide admitted students an opportunity to visit the Ohio State campus, and meet faculty, staff, students and alumni. For more information, e-mail Judy Dawson, coordinator recruitment and admissions, at dawson.6@osu.edu.

 

Vilvens to leave Ohio State

Heather Vilvens, program manager in the Center for Public Health Practice, is leaving Ohio State to take the position as executive director of the Buckeye Healthy Schools Alliance. Vilvens, who began her career in the Office of Workforce Development in 2002, managed the Pennsylvania and Ohio Public Health Training Center. Her last day is Jan. 28. Best wishes, Heather! You will be missed by your friends and colleagues at CPHP and throughout the college.

Heather Vilvens

Farewell reception for Gustafson, Jan. 29

A farewell reception will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Jan. 29 for Grants Manager Katrina Gustafson, who is leaving to take a position at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service within the U.S. Department of Defense. Stop by room M-112 in Starling-Loving Hall for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, and wish Katrina well in her new career.

MEDIA MENTIONS

Mac Crawford, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, wrote a letter to the editor titled "Keep facts straight on global warning" that appeared in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 22. Read it here >

 
GOT ALUMNI INFORMATION? -- The CPH communications office maintains contact information of the college's alumni. These records continually require updating. If you have contact information regarding a College of Public Health alumna or alumnus, please consider sharing it with Alumni Relations Coordinator Lexi Noice at lnoice@cph.osu.edu.
 
Enroll Ohio, Feb. 1

The University System of Ohio will hold Enroll Ohio from 1-5 p.m., Feb. 1 at the Longaberger Alumni House. The event is a community-wide conversation to encourage more Ohioans to pursue higher education and features a social-media presentation by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and talk by Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut. For more information >

Health Care Reform topic of lunch-and-learn workshop, Jan. 28

Your Plan for Health is offering a free workshop, "Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities," from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 28 in H1213 Ross Heart Hospital. Let an expert panel of Ohio State and community nurses, physicians and health care policy specialists help you separate fact from fiction on the complex and ever-changing topic of health care reform. Earn points toward the 2010 YP4H Incentive Program by attending. Registration required. Contact: 292-1894. Register online >

Senator Daschle to discuss Perspectives on Health Care Reform, Feb. 8

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs and OSU Medical Center will present the 2010 Stanley Muroff Civil Liberties Forum at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Fawcett Center Assembly Hall. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle, an outspoken advocate for health care reform, will present an insider’s look at one of the largest changes in national health policy in recent history. Public reception will follow in the Fawcett Center lobby. Seating is limited and RSVP’s are required by Feb. 5. Call 688-3206, ext. 1 or register online >

ASPH Announces Public Health Policy Fellowship

ASPH is accepting applications for the Public Health Policy Fellowship Program, a unique opportunity for those who have recently received an MPH or doctoral degree from an ASPH-member school of public health to play a role in helping to shape U.S. public health policy. The selected fellow will be placed in either a congressional or committee office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Application deadline is March 11. Read more >

 

Michelle Obama to fight child obesity at grass roots

Calling obesity an epidemic and one of the greatest threats to America's health and economy, first lady Michelle Obama said that she would launch a major initiative in February to combat the problem in childhood. (Reported by USAToday.) Read more >

School H1N1 flu vaccinations begin

Columbus Public Health began in-school vaccinations for the H1N1 flu yesterday (Jan. 25). (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

H1N1 death rates higher for some ethnic, racial groups in California
Latinos, blacks and Native Americans in the state have been more likely to die from swine flu than whites, data show. (Reported by Los Angeles Times.) Read more >
 

JUVENILE JUSTICE -- Megan Davis, health policy director of the Children's Defense Fund of Ohio, spoke to about 30 College of Public Health faculty, staff and students about the high percentage of low-income children in Ohio and their need for healthcare coverage at yesterday’s (Jan. 25) Pizza with a Purpose luncheon. Davis said that 17 percent of children in Ohio live below the poverty line, and the majority of those children are African-Americans and Latinos. She also said that about 200,000 children in Ohio do not have health insurance. The presentation was organized by the college's Diversity Enhancement Committee. The topic of the committee's next event, scheduled for March 1, is Adaptive Recreation. Stay tuned for more information.

 

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 wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

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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. 5

OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science Scientific Meeting: "Comparative Effectiveness Research: Opportunities at The Ohio State University," 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Biomedical Research Tower. Visit www.ccts.osu.edu to register.

FEB. 11

The Science of Fiction: Panel discussion featuring College of Public Health faculty, 4 p.m., Ohio State Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 1598 N. High St. Frank Holtzhauer and Armando Hoet join veterinary Medicine Professor Richard Slemons and local author, Carla Buckley, to discuss the science behind her debut novel "The Things That Keep Us Here." The panel will be moderated by WOSU's Ann Fisher for her program "All Sides with Ann Fisher." For more information, e-mail comalley@cph.osu.edu.

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.
MARCH 9
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.
MARCH 23
ACHE Alumni Dinner in Chicago: 6 p.m., location to be determined.
 
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