March 16, 2010

What's News - Who was Dieter Cunz; Hoet to teach about MRSA at symposium on Saturday; College of Public Health folders available; Campus Campaign; MHA golf outing
Faces and Places - Buckley selected to serve on exposure science committee; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Free 'Milestones in Public Health Books' available; Digital Union hosts Carmen workshops; Upcoming Conferences
The World We Live In - Septic-tank standards might be tightened; Officials keep guard up despite little flu activity; Global health care leader dies at 93
Photo Finish - Field Trip

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Who was Dieter Cunz, namesake of Cunz Hall?

Read Renee's Cunz Hall blog to learn about Dieter Cunz and the answer to the question: "Will the Cunz name remain on the building?"

Click here to read the whole story >

Dieter Cunz

Hoet to teach about MRSA at symposium on Saturday

Armando Hoet, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, will teach at a day-long symposium on Saturday (March 20) titled "MRSA in Animals: An Emerging Public and Animal Health Problem." The event, offered through the Ohio State University Veterinary Continuing Education program, will explore Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in animal populations and its impact on human health. Keynote speakers are internationally recognized Scott Weese, associate professor, Ontario Veterinary College and Paul Morley, professor of Biosecurity/Epidemiology, Colorado State University. Cost is $60 ($35 for students and offers 7.5 hours of course credit). For more information, call 292-8727 or click here >

College of Public Health folders available

The communications office received a new supply of College of Public Health folders with pockets. If you need some, please contact Christine O'Malley at or Wendy Pramik at

Week three of Campus Campaign

We are entering week three of Campus Campaign. Thank you to all those who’ve participated. The College is offering coffee and bagels to the division or unit with the highest participation rate. Check your e-mail this Thursday to see which area will be receiving the free breakfast. 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


'MHA Cup' Golf Outing, May 21: Join fellow MHA students, alumni, faculty and staff for the second-annual Ohio State "MHA Cup" golf outing and cookout on May 21 at the Glenross Golf Club in Delaware. Registration begins at noon and golf starts at 1 p.m. Cookout and awards will begin at 6 p.m. The event is a four-person golf scramble and prizes will be awarded. All proceeds will help send MHA students to the 2010 Management Institute and Alumni Banquet this fall. For more information, click here > Questions? Contact Amy Thaci, executive director of the HSMP Alumni Society at


Buckley selected to serve on exposure science committee

The Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology recently selected Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, to serve on its Human and Environmental Exposure Science in the 21st Century committee. Buckley is one of 17 national experts to serve on the committee, which will meet regularly for 30 months. Exposure science is the study of human contact with chemical, physical and biological agents occurring in their environments. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. For more information >

Tim Buckley


Mary Ellen Wewers, professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research in the Division of Epidemiology, were interviewed for a feature article in the March-April issue of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine about research at Ohio State that benefits Ohio's Appalachian population. Wewers' research focuses on smoking cessation in the area and Paskett's is on cancer awareness.

Also in the March-April issue of the magazine is an article about the Cunz Hall Rain Garden being chosen as Ohio State's 2010 Class Gift. "There are a lot of young people today, including my own children, who care very much about sustainability and doing things that will preserve our planet,” says Stanley Lemeshow in the article. "The garden makes a statement of what they’re concerned about, and we thank them very much for that."

A copy of the magazine is available in the communications office for those who would like to take a look.


Free 'Milestones in Public Health Books' available

Pfizer is clearing out its warehouse of Milestones in Public Health books and is offering copies for a limited time. The book, which describes the 11 public health milestones in the 20th century, is available free online here until April 30.

Digital Union hosts Carmen workshops
The Digital Union is offering a variety of Carmen workshops through the end of March in the Science and Engineering Library. Carmen experts will present a general Quick Start workshop and specialized workshops on Gradebook, Communications, and Quizzes. Learn how to streamline your workflow and engage your students with online discussions, surveys, quizzes, and other electronic resources. Register here >
Minority Health Conference at Michigan School of Public Health, March 22-26

"Health, Poverty and Inequality: Innovative Approaches to Improving Global Health" is the theme of the 24th annual Public Health Students of African Descent Minority Health Conference at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, March 22-26. For more information, click here >

2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, July 11-14

The 2010 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICED) will be held July 11-14 at The Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta. The conference unites public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific and public health information on global emerging infectious disease issues. For more information, click here >


Septic-tank standards might be tightened

In Ohio, standard septic-tank systems fail all too often, sending hazardous sewage into groundwater, streams and lakes. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Officials keep guard up despite little flu activity

Ohio Department of Health data show providers have received more than 4 million doses of flu vaccine. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Global health care leader dies at 93
Carl E. Taylor conducted research in more than 70 countries and helped establish international health as a distinct academic field in the United States. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

FIELD TRIP - Last week students in the college's Community Health Assessment class toured Weinland Park, a neighborhood southeast of campus, to evaluate the area's health needs. Christine Green, coordinator of Healthy Places at Columbus Public Health, led the tour and pointed out positive and negative attributes of the neighborhood, known for poverty, violence and drug problems. "We experienced some of the challenges that pedestrians face such as narrow and uneven sidewalks and confusing pedestrian cross walks," said class-instructor Liz Klein. Community assets, Klein said, include the Northside Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Weinland Park Elementary School.


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

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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.)


CPH Seminar: "Alcohol consumption is associated with decreased risk of rheumatoid arthritis," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Henrik Kallberg, PhD, researcher, Karolinska Institute, and visiting postdoctoral researcher, Harvard Medical School, the Broad Institute, MIT. Sponsored by the CPH Seminar Series.

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