March 30, 2010

What's News - New biostatistics faculty members on the way; Diversity Enhancement Committee to host lunch-and-learn; Campus Campaign
Faces and Places - Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Construction to affect traffic and parking April 5; Take a virtual tour of the Ohio Union; Obama's energy advisor to speak at conference; Upcoming Big Ten Network schedule; Upcoming conferences and events
The World We Live In - Prescription-drug epidemic in Ohio; Finding natural gas, safely; Technology can improve health care; Johns Hopkins dean passes away
Photo Finish - Cheers to Public Health

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New biostatistics faculty members on the way

The Division of Biostatistics will gain three new faculty members in autumn quarter, including a new Division chair.

Suojin Wang comes to the college from Texas A&M University, where he is a joint professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a professor in the department of Statistics. Wang received his PhD in 1988 from the University of Texas in Austin.

Abigail Shoben will join the Division as a new biostatistics professor. She comes to us from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she is currently a research assistant in the Department of Nephrology. She also is an Ohio State University alumna, having earned her M.Ed. in Math, Science and Technology Education in 2003. Shoben plans to recieve her PhD in August.

New instructor Hong Zhu comes to us from Johns Hopkins University, where she is a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health, and a biostatistics consultant in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Zhu plans to receive her PhD in June.

Suojin Wang

Abigail Shoben

Hong Zhu

Diversity Enhancement Committee to host lunch-and-learn, April 21

The college's Diversity Enhancement Committee is sponsoring a lunch-and-learn about the Somali Documentary Project from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on April 21 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Presenter Tariq Tarey will discuss the project, which is documenting the forced migration of the Somali people from their homeland. Learn more about the project at Lunch will be served complements of the Diversity Enhancement Committee. All are encouraged to attend. RSVP to by April 16.

Donate to Campus Campaign by Friday, be eligible for free breakfast

The College of Public Health is leading all other academic areas on campus with the highest participation rate. Congratulations!

The highest participating unit within our college by April 2 will be awarded breakfast in their area. The administration area still has the highest participation rate with 86 percent (however they are ineligible to receive another breakfast). Close behind is the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion (77 percent), Epidemiology (64 percent), and Environmental Health Sciences (58 percent).

Remember, no gift is too small and participation is what counts. Show your support of Ohio State, click here to learn more and to participate. With questions, contact Lexi Noice at


Alan Brass, MHA '73, was featured in an article titled "On the Town: People of Vision" in the March 28 issue of the Toledo Blade. The article covered Prevent Blindness Ohio’s seventh annual People of Vision award dinner presentation at the Toledo Club. The People of Vision Award was presented to Brass for his exemplary leadership and support in collaborating between the corporation and Prevent Blindness. Brass is the CEO of ProMedical Health System. "Every person should be entitled to annual physical, dental, and eye exams” said Brass, ending with "Vision says it all. Close your eyes and exit the room... it's hard to do." Read more >


Construction to affect traffic and parking April 5

In support of ProjectOne and campus growth, construction continues in the area of the Medical Center. Beginning April 5, Cannon Drive will be reduced to one lane in both directions between John Herrick Drive and Medical Center Drive. 10th Avenue, between Cannon Drive and Westpark Street, will be reduced to eastbound traffic only. Work will also occur in the Polo Lot (parking lot located west of Cannon Drive) at this time. Significant traffic delays are expected. Motorists are encouraged to arrive early on campus to access their destinations. Read more >

Take a virtual tour of the Ohio Union

If you haven't yet had an opportunity to tour the new Ohio Union, take a virtual tour instead here > The audio slideshow was created by Ohio State's New Media staff, and photos were taken by university photographer Jo McCulty.

Obama's energy adviser to speak at conference

Carol Browner, assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, will present the Obama Administration's energy policy priorities at Moving Ahead 2010: Sustainable Transportation Solutions for the 21st Century, May 2-4 at Ohio State. Moving Ahead 2010 aims to bring together industry leaders, policymakers and researchers to analyze how advanced transportation technologies, fuels and strategies will impact job creation, environmental protection and national security. Browner, who joined the Obama administration in January 2009, served as EPA director under President Clinton and has a background in environmental protection, law and management consulting. For more info >

Upcoming Big Ten Network schedule

From the terrors of a pandemic to the pasturelands of Cameroon, Ohio State’s O-H-I-O for the Big Ten Network continues to demonstrate how the university's depth and breadth of talent is making a positive difference. Review a list of upcoming programs here >


Michigan Grand Rounds on national nurse shortage, April 13

The Michigan Public Health Training Center in the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health will host a Public Health Grand Rounds event titled "National Nursing Workforce Shortage: What is the Future for Public Health?" from noon-2 p.m., April 13. Presentations will explore the changing nursing workforce and the implications for current and future public health nursing. Speakers will review recent trends in the workforce, address policy and research priorities and describe initiatives and programs focusing on workforce sustainability. The event will be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and webcasted via the Internet. For more information and to register, visit

Grand Rounds on developments in foodborne diseases, April 23

The Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness will host a Grand Rounds session titled "How Would You Like Your Burger? New Developments in Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection and Investigation." The event will be in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, E331 General Hospital at the University of Iowa, and also will be available via streaming video on the Web. This session will bring the audience up to date with developments and prospects for the fields of foodborne disease epidemiology and microbiology. A special focus will be given to pathogen discovery. For more info,


Prescription-drug epidemic in Ohio

The Portsmouth and Scioto County health departments have jointly declared the prescription-drug epidemic to be a public-health emergency. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Finding natural gas, safely

The Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin a study of the effects on water quality and public health of a method of extracting natural gas called hydraulic fracturing. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

Technology can improve health care
Digital technologies enable people to live healthier lives and make better treatment decisions. (Reported in a New York Times blog.) Read more >
Johns Hopkins dean passes away
Seidel was a professor at the medical school and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. (Reported by The Washington Post.) Read more >

CHEERS TO PUBLIC HEALTH -- MPH students (from left) Rohit Jaiswal, Paige Young and Rachel Smedley posed for public health photos last week. The students will use these images, which include them drinking water, waiting for a bus, recycling water bottles and using sunscreen, to create posters that will be displayed on campus next week during National Public Health Week, April 5-11. Learn more about the annual event here >


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Kathleen Holloway's retirement reception: Holloway, coordinator of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, is retiring from the College of Public Health. Her last day will be April 9. A reception will be held in her honor from 4-5 p.m. in 3006 Smith Labs. RSVP to Susan Price at


CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee lunch-and-learn: 12:30-1:30 P.M., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Presenter Tariq Tarey discusses the Somali Documentary Project, a documentation of the forced migration of the Somali people from their homeland. Learn more about the project at Lunch will be served complements of the Diversity Enhancement Committee. All are encouraged to attend. RSVP to by April 16.

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