March 2, 2010

What's News - CPHP cosponsors Public Policy Institute; 2010 Campus Campaign; Hoet to teach about MRSA at symposium; Diversity Enhancement Committee explores adapted recreation; Cunz Hall update
Faces and Places - 2010 Opportunities Fair review; Undergrad receives Academic Enrichment Grant; PhD student in HBHP to moderate on ethics panel, elected to board; Alumni couple welcomes newborn son; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Public Forum on Climate Change and National Security; Transforming Race Conference; Summer Research Funding Awards; Multiple Perspectives conference; Digital Union offers webinar on team-based learning; Upcoming Conferences
The World We Live In - Smoking ban complaints drop in Ohio; Columbus health officials 'Anticipate' third wave of H1N1; Why are breast-cancer rates dropping?
Photo Finish - Trash Talk

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CPHP cosponsors Public Policy Institute next week

The Center of Public Health Practice (CPHP) and the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) are cosponsoring the Public Policy Institute on March 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington. Themed "Putting the Public in Public Health," the daylong event features presentations on public engagement by the Ohio Attorney General and representatives from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Columbus Public Health, Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. View the full agenda here >

2010 Campus Campaign

The 2010 Campus Campaign has officially begun!  As in years past, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate by financially supporting an area of choice on campus. This year our goal is to have at least a 50 percent participation rate. Visit the Campus Campaign website,, to learn how to participate, view all funds across campus, and make an online donation through a one-time payment or payroll deduction.  If you want to support a college-wide fund, please click here >

Our campaign runs March 1 through April 16. On March 19 and April 9, the unit within the college with the highest participation rate will receive breakfast bagels and coffee. On April 30, the unit with the overall highest participation rate will have a lunch delivered in their area. However, keep in mind we are one college working toward a unified goal: showing our support to Ohio State. Contact Lexi Noice with questions at

Hoet to teach about MRSA at symposium on March 20

Armando Hoet, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, will teach at a one-day symposium on March 20 entitled "MRSA in Animals: An Emerging Public and Animal Health Problem." The event, offered through the Ohio State University Veterinary Continuing Education program, offers 7.5 hours of course credit. Attendees will learn about Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in animal populations and its impact on human health. Learn more >

Armando Hoet

CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee explores adapted recreation at OSU

The College of Public Health's Diversity Committee explored the options for Adapted Recreation at Ohio State's RPAC yesterday (March 1). The presentation included a round of wheelchair basketball. Thanks to Lindsay Meyer of the RPAC for leading the group. Watch the video here >
Cunz Hall update

It's a Chess Game: The latest focus for the Cunz Hall project has been office assignments for the new building. You might think that's kind of early, but the time it takes to start the process is lengthy. Once we finalized the floor layouts, we had to determine proper locations of each division area. Read more of Renee’s blog here >

2010 Opportunities Fair review

The College of Public Health held its 17th annual Opportunities Fair on Feb. 24 at the Recreation and Physical Activity Center. The event provides students an opportunity to visit with recruiters who are seeking graduate-level students for practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. Pictured here are MPH-HSMP student Pumla Pamla-Gutter (right) and Lori Popovich of the American Cancer Society.

View more photos here >

Undergrad receives Academic Enrichment Grant

Silis Jiang, an undergraduate microbiology and psychology student who works in Qinghua Sun’s lab, was recently awarded the Academic Enrichment Grant from Undergraduate Student Government. The $500 grant will cover part of Jiang’s expenses to attend the Society of Toxicology Conference in Salt Lake City, March 7-11, where he will present his project titled "Particulate Air Pollution on Childhood Obesity."

"This application review was incredibly competitive," said Ashley Sinram, chief of staff of the Undergraduate Student Government. "Silis should feel truly proud of himself for receiving this grant. Students at OSU are doing amazing things, and the committee felt that he certainly was one of those students."

PhD student in HBHP to moderate on ethics panel, elected to board

Michele Battle-Fisher, a PhD student in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, was recently elected to the Center for Ethical Solutions' Board of Directors. Read more > She also will moderate the Medical Ethics panel at the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Innominate Society, in Louisville on March 5-6. Learn more > Congratulations Michele!

Alumni couple welcomes newborn son

Tamara Hansen and Jeremy Reese (pictured right), who both received an MPH in HBHP in 2005 and later married, welcomed a newborn son on Feb. 24. Owen David Reese weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 19.5 inches. "He is doing well and we are very blessed," Tamara said.


Kenny Steinman, clinical assistant professor in the college's Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, joined a Cleveland radio talk show Feb. 26 focused on preventing child abuse. Steinman's comments start about half way through. Listen here >

Also view Steinman in a YouTube video, where he addresses the topic of family violence and the role that churches play in adolescents’ lives. Watch here >

Public Forum on Climate Change and National Security, today

Former Sen. John Warner (R-VA), who served on environmental, armed services and homeland security committees, will speak at the Faculty Club from 1:30-3 p.m. today on how solving global climate change can help ensure America’s security. The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs are co-sponsoring this public forum. Warner, the Glenn School’s Andrew Keeler, retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn and others will take part in a panel discussion on Ohio’s role in reducing climate threats and identify opportunities for developing clean energy industries. Moderator is Phyllis Cuttino, director of the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for the Pew Environment Group. Contact: 292-8696. Read more:

Transforming Race Conference offers OSU student, faculty discounts

Special Ohio State University student and faculty discounts are available to attend Transforming Race:  Crisis and Opportunity in the Age of Obama, a conference hosted by the Kirwan Institute, slated for March 11-13 at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus.  Advocates, activists, scholars, students, spoken-word performers, and practitioners from all stripes will engage in more than 50 sessions and panels, workshops and performances, tackling the pressing issues of our time with a focus on race. For information and registration, click here >

Summer Research Funding Awards

Please encourage students to apply to the Summer Research Funding Awards, offered jointly by the Undergraduate Research Office, University Honors & Scholars, College of Biological Sciences, and Office of International Affairs. These $3,500 awards support fulltime summer research by undergraduates, and are available to students in any major. The deadline for all application materials, including faculty recommendations, is March 19. Read more:

Multiple Perspectives conference: Call for student posters

If your students have incorporated disability into their work, please recommend that they submit a poster at this year's Multiple Perspectives On Access, Inclusion and Disability conference, to be held April 27-28. Organizers are seeking presentations from graduate and undergraduate students by March 31. Contact: L. Scott Lissner at Read more:

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum registration now open

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage undergraduate student researchers to present at this year's Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, scheduled for May 12 in the RPAC. Students can apply online at; applications are due April 2.


UTexas conference on Social and Environmental Solutions to Obesity, March 17: University of Texas (UTexas) Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus and Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living will present the 2010 Michael and Susan Dell Lectureship in Child Health and Social and Environmental Solutions to Obesity Conference on March 17 in Austin. For more information and to register, click here >

NLN conference on public-health leadership, April 28-30: The National Public Health Leadership Development Network (NLN), housed within Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health, will host its 16th annual conference entitled, “Innovation 2010/Vision 2020: Creating the Future of Leadership Development,” in Nebraska City, Neb., at the Lied Lodge April 28-30. With environmental programs that focus on trees, conservation and environmental stewardship, the environmental award-winning Lied Lodge was designed to serve as a resource for the Arbor Day Foundation and other conservation-related organizations. For more information, click here >

CCPH conference on Transformation through Partnerships, May 12-15: Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) will host its 11th conference May 12-15 in Portland. With a focus on “Creating the Future We Want to Be: Transformation through Partnerships,” the conference will draw a diverse group of more than 500 leaders from across Canada, the U.S. and other countries. The conference will address the root causes of health, social and economic inequalities, participants will represent the health, education, human rights and social sectors. Register by April 30 here >


Smoking ban complaints drop in Ohio

Complaints filed against businesses for violating Ohio's smoking ban are dropping, a sign that more bars and restaurants are following the law, state health officials said. (Reported by Dayton Daily News.) Read more >
Columbus health officials 'Anticipate' third wave of H1N1

Health officials are warning Central Ohioans that they anticipate a new wave of H1N1 to hit; a wave that could be more dangerous. (Reported by NBC4.) Read more >

Why are breast-cancer rates dropping?
A new public-health study suggests that declines in hormone therapy may be responsible. (Reported by Newsweek.) Read more >

TRASH TALK - John Remy, director of communications of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), spoke about green practices at a lunch-and-learn presentation on Feb. 24, sponsored by the College of Public Health Alumni Society. Remy said that SWACO, located in Grove City, takes in 816,000 tons of trash each year. It collects just 15,000 tons of recycled trash. He says the company is beginning to think of trash as a resource. For example, it collects methane gas that's released from landfills and turns it into compressed natural gas that's used to power the facility's vehicles. Remy handed out cloth grocery bags to participants who could answer questions about how long it takes certain trash items to naturally disintegrate. Aluminum cans, for example, take 200-400 years and disposable diapers take 10-20 years. Remy recommends that people use reusable containers like coffee mugs, lunch bags and plates.


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CPH Seminar: "Determinants and Health Consequences of Obesity," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Stefan A. Czerwinski, PhD, Wright State University, School of Medicine. Presented by the CPH Division of Epidemiology. For more information, e-mail

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

HSMP Alumni Dinner in Chicago: 6 p.m., Riva at Navy Pier, Chicago. This event is part of the ACHE Congress conference and registration is now open at (Click on ACHE Dinner in the left-hand event calendar.)

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