May 4, 2010

What's News - $10 million grant to fund OSU health disparity research; Brain tumor growth linked to lowered expression of hundreds of immune function genes; HSMP Alumni Society hosts diversity lecture today; Women's Dress for Success Luncheon; College of Public Health Information Fair; Students in "flash mob" dance
Faces and Places - Chefs for a day; Paulson to leave CPH; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Data-entry assistance to faculty using OSU:Pro; Buck-I-Serve program seeks advisors; Global health panel discussion
The World We Live In - Obese kids more vulnerable to bullies; Kids suffer when parents choose between health care, bills; Sen. Brown wants candy-like tobacco taken off market
Photo Finish - Sharing Viewpoints

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$10 million grant to fund OSU health disparity research

Research by three College of Public Health professors will benefit from a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue funding the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities to study why people in Appalachia Ohio shoulder a heavier cancer burden than others.

Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research in the Division of Epidemiology, Christopher Weghorst, professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Mary Ellen Wewers, professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, will each play a major role in the newly funded research that addresses inequities associated with the two leading causes of death in the United States -- cancer and heart disease. Read more >

(Paskett and Wewers also will present at the 2010 Annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar on Thursday (May 6). Themed "Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia," the meeting will highlight community-based participatory research in Appalachia. View the full itinerary here >.)

Electra Paskett

Christopher Weghorst

Mary Ellen Wewers

Brain tumor growth linked to lowered expression of hundreds of immune function genes

Judith Schwartzbaum, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology, is the lead author of a study that links progression of a lethal type of brain tumor with reduced expression of more than 600 immune system genes, suggesting how complex the immune response is to the cancer and the resulting difficulty in targeting specific immune system proteins for treatment.

The study is published in a recent issue of the journal Neuro-Oncology. Read more >

Judith Schwartzbaum

HSMP Alumni Society hosts diversity lecture today

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society is hosting a diversity lecture, "Beyond Statistics: Hospitals Addressing Disparities in Care," from 12:30-2 p.m. today (May 4) in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Presenting is Lisa Sloane of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council Project, who has nearly 20 years experience in health care programming as well as project start-up and management. Feel free to bring your own lunch. No RSVP is required. Learn more >

Women's Dress for Success Luncheon, Friday

The Diversity Committee of the HSMP Alumni Society is hosting a luncheon and conversation on how women can simplify their lives this Friday. The "Women's Dress for Success Luncheon" takes place 11:30-1 p.m. at the Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. The society also is partnering with the Dress for Success charity in Columbus to collect donations of business attire and accessories to distribute to women in need in the local community. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. For more information, e-mail hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu. Register here >

College of Public Health Information Fair, May 11

The Office of Academic Programs will hold an Information Fair from 3-5 p.m. on May 11 at the Ohio Union's Cartoon Room 1. The event is for students and potential students to learn more about the college's various programs. Faculty and students will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call Academic Advisor Jamie Paulson at jpaulson@cph.osu.edu.

Students in "flash mob" dance

Enjoy a video clip of students at the Ohio Union yesterday.

Operation Feed update

The College of Public Health hopes to raise 2,000 pounds of food for Operation Feed by May 14. You can do your part by donating non-perishable food items into one of the several collection boxes that have been placed around Starling-Loving Hall and Smith Labs. Also participate in the "Great Peanut Butter Challenge" by donating your favorite variety of peanut butter. Operation Feed coordinators Renee Watts and Jamie Paulson will tally the donated jars at the end of the week to see if "creamy" or "crunchy" prevails in the contest.

 

Chefs for a day

Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Liz Klein, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, prepared meals at BD's Mongolian Barbeque in the Arena District on Thursday as part of a fundraiser for the Society of Public Health Students. About a dozen people attended the event, which raised $75 for the society.

Paulson to leave CPH

Academic Advisor Jamie Paulson is leaving the College of Public Health for a new position on campus. Her last day is May 11. A farewell reception will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. on May 10 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010.

Jamie Paulson

MEDIA MENTIONS

Associate Professor Ann McAlearney and Assistant Professor Paula Song of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy co-authored an article titled "Focusing on Staff to Improve Quality" that published on April 20 in Hospitals & Health Networks, a publication of the American Hospital Association. Read the article here >

 

Data-entry assistance to faculty using OSU:Pro

The Office of Academic Affairs reminds tenure-track faculty coming up for fourth- and sixth-year review that they are now required to use the new online tool, OSU:Pro, to create their dossiers. OAA is partnering with University Libraries and the OSU:pro team to provide data entry assistance to faculty preparing for these reviews. To reserve your spot, click on the "Contact Us" button at https://pro.osu.edu or e-mail expertise@osumc.edu and send a scan or digital copy of your existing dossier or CV. Dossiers will be accepted throughout the 2009-10 academic year. Contact: John Votino at 247-1893.

Buck-I-Serve program seeks advisors

The Buck-I-Serve program, run out of the Ohio Union, is looking for faculty and staff advisors to attend community service trips this summer to Colorado, Florida and Maine. Advisors’ travel expenses will be covered as well as $50 toward food. Deadline to apply is May 7. Learn more here >

Global health panel discussion, May 5

Population Connection, a Washington D.C.-based a grassroots organization that does family planning advocacy, will present a panel discussion at Ohio State called "Stories from the Frontlines: Women from Nigeria and Pakistan Speak about Reproductive Health," from 7-9 p.m. May 5 at the Thompson Library, room 165. RSVP to Rebecca Harrington at rharrington@popconnect.org. For more information >

 

Obese kids more vulnerable to bullies
Bullying and obesity are major public health concerns that teachers and schools -- and not just parents -- need to address. (Reported by CNN.) Read more >
Kids suffer when parents choose between health care, bills

The health of children is harmed when families are forced to choose between medical care and basic household necessities such as food, rent and utilities, according to a new public health study. (Reported by U.S. News and World Report.) Read more >

Sen. Brown wants candy-like tobacco taken off market

Columbus is one of three test markets for Camel Orbs, which are finely milled tobacco tablets in mint and cinnamon flavors, and similar Camel Sticks and Strips. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants them removed from the market. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

 

SHARING VIEWPOINTS -- The CPH Diversity Enhancement Committee held a presentation on the Somali Documentary Project on April 21. About 50 attended to learn about the project which documents the forced migration of Somalis from their homeland. The city of Columbus provides refuge to the second-largest population of Somalis in the United States. Minneapolis has the highest population of refugees. Pictured above from left are Academic Advisor Dawn Williams, Photographer Abdi Roble, Clinical Associate Professor Randi Love, and presenter Tariq Tarey. Learn more about the project here >

 

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MAY 6
2010 Annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar: "Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia," 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. Meeting will highlight community-based participatory research in Appalachia and cover such topics as tobacco use, obesity and environmental risk factors for cancer. Presenters include Electra Paskett and Mary Ellen Wewers. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Megan Higgins at 614-293-4112 or megan.higgins@osumc.edu by April 30. View the itinerary here >
MAY 7
Women's Dress for Success Luncheon: 11:30-1 p.m., The Surly Girl Saloon, 1126 N. High St. The Diversity Committee of the HSMP Alumni Society is hosting a luncheon and conversation on how we can simplify our lives. The society is partnering with the Dress for Success charity in Columbus to collect donations of business attire and accessories to distribute to women in need in the local community. For more information, e-mail hsmpalum@cph.osu.edu.
MAY 11

College of Public Health Information Fair: 3-5 p.m., Ohio Union's Cartoon Room 1. The event, presented by the Office of Academic Programs, is for students and potential students to learn more about the college's various programs. Faculty and students will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call OAP at 293-3907.

MAY 12

Celebration of Excellence in Community Service and Scholarship: 4-6 p.m., Ohio Union, Cartoon Room (3145). Awards presented to students, student organizations, faculty, staff and community partners. Columbus Public Health is receiving the Community Partner Award. Register online >

MAY 31

Memorial Day: The Ohio State University closed.

JUNE 4

Last day of regularly scheduled classes for Spring Quarter

JUNE 11

College of Public Health Graduation Reception: 11:30-12:30 p.m., The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., room C and D. For more information, contact Teri Roberts at troberts@cph.osu.edu.

JUNE 13

Spring Quarter Commencement: Noon, Ohio Stadium

HSMP Class of 2010 Graduation Reception: 4-6 p.m., Sanders Grand Lounge, Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. Casual dinner and awards program. For more information, contact Amy Thaci at Thaci.1@osu.edu.

 
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