March 9, 2010

What's News - Talk on how CPH has embraced social media, tomorrow; Buckley to participate in healthy homes workshop series; Health Policy Institute of Ohio to host family violence forums; WOSU to air book discussion; Campus Campaign
Faces and Places - Ganesan's last day; College welcomes new grants coordinator; MPH student chosen as finalist in poster competition; March Alumni Spotlight; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - 'Comparative Effectiveness Delivery System Evaluation' grants; Pilot grants for community engagement in health-related research; Freedom Festival; Upcoming webinars
The World We Live In - Ohio ranks near bottom on public health funding; What should schools teach about global warming?; Obama still struggling with smoking
Photo Finish - Glow little Glo-Germ

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Talk on how CPH has embraced social media, tomorrow

Communications Director Christine O'Malley will give a presentation on the ways the College of Public Health is embracing social media from 12:30-1:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 10) in room M-010 Starling-Loving Hall. O'Malley presented her talk, titled "Can We Talk? A College Joins the Conversation," in February at a digital media conference held on campus. She will describe how the college is using social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. O'Malley also will share her methods for gauging the effectiveness of these social media tools.

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ASPH Facebook Fan Page: ASPH has created a fan page on Facebook so that members of the ASPH community can network with each other, share ideas and keep up to date with news and events in academic public health. To become a fan, visit

Buckley to participate in healthy homes workshop series
Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, will teach a class in a workshop series called "Room-by-Room: Green Building and Your Health" offered by Greenovate in the Short North Arts District. The series will help homeowners create healthy living environments in their homes and cover such topics as indoor air quality, lead poisoning prevention, asthma and allergy control and non-toxic household cleaning products. Each workshop will focus on a different room in a house. The 6-month series begins on April 1 and concludes on Sept. 2, when Buckley will teach a class called "Garage and Transportation" with John Remy of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. The classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays. Learn more >

Tim Buckley

Health Policy Institute of Ohio to host family violence forums
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio will hold five regional forums in April to discuss county-level findings on family violence in Ohio. Each forum will present data on child abuse/neglect, intimate partner violence and elder abuse/neglect and provide training to those interested in using the information to build support for prevention. Kenneth Steinman, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, directs the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project, which is a collaborative between the college and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. For more information >

Kenneth Steinman

WOSU to air book discussion March 23, 24

A book discussion featuring Armando Hoet that was recorded for the television show "All Sides with Ann Fisher" in February will air on WOSU and the Big Ten Network on March 23 and 24. (Stay tuned to for upcoming program information.) The discussion centered around a new novel titled The Things That Keep Us Here by Carla Buckley about a Columbus family facing a fictional deadly pandemic that paralyzes their community. The author interviewed Hoet, Frank Holtzhauer and Veterinary Medicine Professor Richard Slemons for her novel. The three professors are members of Ohio State's Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases initiative. Hoet, Slemons and the author participated in a panel discussion at Barnes & Noble about the science behind the novel. The discussion was moderated by Ann Fisher.

Week two of Campus Campaign

We are entering week two of Campus Campaign. The highest participating division or unit in the college by this Friday (March 12) will receive bagels and coffees next Friday (March 19). 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 for more information. Questions? Contact Lexi Noice at An update on our progress will be sent to all faculty and staff tomorrow (Wednesday).

Ganesan's last day March 12; bouncing baby girl arrives

As some of you may know, the communications and IS offices are bidding farewell to web developer Ram Ganesan, whose last day is Friday (March 12). A search for a new web developer is underway. Please send any web updates to Christine O'Malley and Wendy Pramik.

Also, Ganesan's wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl on March 5 at the OSU Medical Center. Congratulations Ram!

College welcomes new grants coordinator

The college welcomes new Grants Coordinator Scott Erbe, who will begin his new position on March 15. Erbe formerly worked as a lab manager in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Genetics, where he handled grant submissions and management. His office will be located in room B-112.

With this change in staffing, the college has undertaken a reorganization of functions in the Grants Management office. Kathy Renick will manage the grants office and will supervise Erbe's position. For the time being, faculty should continue to direct grant-related work to Renick.

MPH student chosen as finalist in food-technology poster competition

Eunyoung (Grace) Park, a first year MPH student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was selected as a finalist for a poster competition presented by the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT). Park will present her project titled "Rapid detection of spore contamination in water, beverage, and powder by ATP luminescence and real-time PCR" in the Biotechnology Division at the IFT Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 17-20. Park's academic advisor is Assistant Professor Jiyoung Lee.


MPH Alumnus Brenda Batyske

Brenda Batyske is a contract administrator at OhioHealth in Columbus. She's responsible for negotiating system-wide contracts for medical devices and supplies, as well as communicating information about product recalls that have affected the marketplace.

Originally from Poland, Ohio, Batyske received a master of public health from The Ohio State University in 2007. She earned her degree through the College of Public Health's PEP program, a flexible part-time format for experienced professionals who want to advance in the field of public health. Batyske's academic advisor was Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Batyske also has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Ohio State. Read more >

Alumna Janet Porter (HSMP Class of 1977) was interviewed on ABC TV's local affiliate in Boston for a special on Dana Farber Cancer Institute where Porter is currently chief operating officer. The special aired Feb. 10. More info here >

Janet Porter


'Comparative Effectiveness Delivery System Evaluation' grants

Applications are being sought from investigators seeking to conduct rigorous comparative evaluations of alternative system designs, change strategies, and interventions that have already been implemented in health care and are likely to improve quality and other outcomes. Deadline for the ARRA-sponsored "Comparative Effectiveness Delivery System Evaluation Grants" (R01) is March 18. For more information, click here >

Pilot grants for community engagement in health-related research

Ohio State's NIH-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) created a Community Engagement Program to increase and improve two-way partnerships between researchers and communities. The purpose of this RFA is to support Ohio State faculty doing health-related research in developing sustainable community partnerships and conducting rigorous research with community involvement. Deadline is March 15. For additional information and application instructions, click here >

Freedom Festival, April 6

Join the Multicultural Center for Ohio State's first Freedom Festival on April 6. The event, which marks the grand opening of the Multicultural Center on the first floor of the Ohio Union, will include arts, performances, food and freedom activist Bernice Johnson Reagon. Read more:

APHA webinar on climate change, March 11

The American Public Health Association (APHA) will host the fourth webinar in the "Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role" series from 12-1 p.m. on March 11. Titled "The Public Health Role in Climate Change Communication and Effective Messaging Strategy," the webinar will cover the challenges related to communicating about climate change and how public health professionals can be effective messengers. For more information, click here >

H1N1 webinar, March 24

The American College of Preventive Medicine will host a live webinar on "H1N1: Lessons Learned for Clinical and Public Health Practitioners," at 7 p.m. on March 24. The presenters will identify successes and failures in the federal, state and local public health response to the 2009-10 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and describe potential improvements to public health communications. To register, click here >


Ohio ranks near bottom on public health funding

Study ranks Ohio 45th in public health funding by the state and 49th on federal level. (Reported by Dayton Daily News.) Read more >

What should schools teach about global warming?

The teaching of climate change is under attack in some U.S. public schools. (Reported by USAToday.) Read more >

Obama still struggling with smoking
Though Obama sailed through his physical yesterday with high marks, the medical report cited ongoing efforts at smoking "cessation." (Reported by USAToday.) Read more >

GLOW LITTLE GLO-GERM - The Office of Academic Programs held an information session in January for 14 high-school students who expressed interest in the health-sciences programs at Ohio State. In addition to learning about the College of Public Health, the students received a lesson by the American Red Cross on how germs spread. The students rubbed a gel called "Glo-Germ" on their hands, then put them under a black light to see the product "glow" under the light. The students then washed their hands and put them back under the black light to see if any of the gel remained. Areas that needed more cleansing continued to glow under the light. (Photo submitted by Judy Dawson, coordinator of recruitment and admissions.)


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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
Winter Quarter Commencement: 2 p.m., Jerome Schottenstein Center

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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