June 22, 2010

What's News - Seiber receives 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award; College celebrates Class of 2010; Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 10-12; Reminders
Faces and Places - Sun teaches new course on climate change and human health; O'Malley promoted to executive director; OAP welcomes new academic advisor; Lutz leaves CPH; MHA alumna appointed president of consulting firm; MHA student travels to Ethiopia to examine healthcare plan; MS alumnus featured in 'Forbes Magazine'; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Big Ten Network's June programming; Upcoming webinar, conference
The World We Live In - Tanning salons say tax is unfair; Oil spill stirs public health debate; Thousands partake in Edinburgh Moonwalk
Photo Finish - Renee's Cunz Hall Blog

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Seiber receives 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award

Eric Seiber, assistant professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was named the winner of this year's Excellence in Teaching Award at the College of Public Health graduation reception.

Seiber received nominations from numerous students, who stated that he made a positive impact on their graduate experience.

"He cares about each of his students and goes to great lengths to help them grow and find success academically and in life," said Erin Shaffer, an MHA student who presented the award to Seiber at the event.

Seiber's name will be added to the perpetual plaque commemorating past Excellence in Teaching Award recipients that's mounted in the dean's conference room. Read about past recipients here >

Eric Seiber stands beside Erin Shaffer, an MHA student who graduated this spring quarter. She also is one of the recipients of this year's Leadership Prize.

College celebrates Class of 2010

The College of Public Health held a graduation reception on June 11 at the Fawcett Center. Fifty-four students graduated this quarter.

The Division of Health Services Management and Policy also held a reception on June 13 at the Longaberger Alumni House to honor the 25 students who received a master's degree in health administration.

The following students were recognized by the College of Public Health Alumni Society: Kevin Spicer, Outstanding MPH/PEP Student Award; Julie Freshwater, Outstanding MS/PhD Student; Chris LaLonde, Outstanding MPH Student; and Christie Rose, Outstanding MHA student.

MHA students Erin Shaffer and Aaron Fields were each awarded a Leadership Prize by past presidents of the HSMP Alumni Society.

This year's Caswell Scholars, named after Associate Professor Emeritus Robert J. Caswell, are Tracy Brewer, Kelli Clifton, Benjamin Hull, Christopher Bowers, Brooke Myers, Zachary Zeret, April Hoyt and Ashley Peterson.

View more photos from the receptions here >

Dean Stanley Lemeshow congratulates MPH student Chris Volpe at the college's graduation reception.

Caswell Scholars Christopher Bowers, Tracy Brewer, April Hoyt, Ashley Peterson and Zachary Zaret.

Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 10-12

The alumni societies of the College of Public Health and the Division of Health Services Management and Policy cordially invite alumni and friends to attend Alumni Reunion Weekend on the Ohio State campus, Sept. 10-12. The societies are planning a variety of activities for both days. View the full schedule of events here > Download the registration form here >

Nominate a Champion
Nominations are now being accepted for 2010 Champions of Public Health. The awards are presented each fall to individuals and organizations that personify the College of Public Health's mission of improving the lives of Ohio's citizens. Nomination deadline is June 30. Questions? Contact Christine O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu. View the nomination form here >
Volunteers needed for 2010 farmers' market

The College of Public Health is once again partnering with Columbus Public Health to hold a farmers' market in downtown Columbus that provides locally grown produce to city neighborhoods. The event will be held at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave., on July 29 and Aug. 5 and 12. Volunteers are needed each day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Prevention Research Center will coordinate the college's role in this year's market. To volunteer, e-mail Program Manager Carol Smathers at csmathers@cph.osu.edu.

Picnic with the Pops, July 30

The College of Public Health, in cooperation with all health sciences colleges, invite alumni, friends, staff and faculty to Picnic with the Pops featuring the Ohio State Marching Band on July 30. Discounted tickets are available. When you register you automatically get reserved seating. For more information and to register, click here >

Sun teaches new course on climate change and human health

Qinghua Sun, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, is teaching a new course this summer called Climate Change and Human Health. The course is being taught to 15 Ohio State students and 27 international students, who are participating via video from the Dalian Medical University in Dalian, China.

The course, which is open to graduates and undergraduates, will teach students to identify diseases associated with climate change, as well as determine actions to combat its ill effects. "To date, there's been no other course at Ohio State that addresses the impact of climate change on human health," Sun said. "I felt obligated to provide a platform for students to discuss and debate these issues." Division Chair Tim Buckley agrees. "It's long overdue," he said.

Qinghua Sun

O'Malley promoted to executive director

Christine O'Malley transitioned into a new position as executive director of external relations and advancement in the college on June 14. O'Malley has served as the college's communications director for the past 5 years. Her new position reflects an expansion of her communications role and includes advancing the college through alumni relations and fundraising, as well as managing the strategic and culture planning processes. O'Malley received a master's degree in public policy and management from Ohio State earlier this month. She also has a bachelor's degree in American studies from Grinnell College.

Christine O'Malley

OAP welcomes new academic advisor

Audrey Rhodebeck joined the Office of Academic Programs on June 16 as its new coordinator for academic advising and graduation. Her responsibilities include coordinating the new undergraduate minor in public health, as well as the graduate interdisciplinary specialization in global health. Rhodebeck received a master's degree in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State in June 2010. During her two years in graduate school, she served as an undergraduate career consultant in the Fisher College of Business, where she managed an international internship program and taught courses on how to search for a job and prepare for an internship. Welcome Audrey!

Audrey Rhodebeck

Lutz leaves CPH

Eric Lutz, program manager in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, left the College of Public Health on June 11 to pursue a career as an assistant professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Lutz, who worked in the College of Public Health since 2007, will begin his new job in the Division of Community, Environment and Policy on July 1. Lutz recently received a PhD in public health under the advisement of Tim Buckley. His dissertation was titled "Human and Animal Exposure to Airborne MRSA: Laboratory Evaluations and Veterinary Hospital Pilot Study." Lutz also has a master of science in public health and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Ohio State.

Eric Lutz

MHA alumna appointed president of consulting firm

Peyton Howell, MHA 1990, was recently promoted to president of the AmerisourceBergen Consulting Services, and senior vice president of AmerisourceBergen Business Development. Howell, who works closely with AmerisourceBergen’s CEO David Yost, will continue to monitor public policy matters in Washington, D.C.

Peyton Howell

MHA student travels to Ethiopia to examine healthcare plan

Kelli Clifton, who recently graduated with an MHA degree, traveled to Ethiopia and Egypt in March while taking a field study course in the Fisher College of Business. She traveled with 10 MBA students to gain a global perspective of business practices in Ethiopia. Before heading to Ethiopia, she learned to speak a bit of Amharic, the official language. While there, she examined a business plan created by the board of directors of the Gemini Health Care Group, which seeks to build a 120-bed hospital for Ethiopian children in the capital city of Addis Ababa. "It was humbling to witness how certain health care facilities survive with so little human or capital resources," Clifton said. After graduation, she will work as a dedicated advisor for the Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C.

Kelli Clifton (far left) with the board of directors of the Gemini Health Care Group in Ethiopia

MS alumnus featured in 'Forbes Magazine'

Desmond Thio, who received an MS in preventive medicine from Ohio State in 1992, was featured in the April issue of Forbes Magazine (Chinese edition) for his employer's contribution to women's healthcare in rural areas of China. Thio is chief executive officer of Phillips Healthcare in Greater China, a world-leading healthcare supplier that provided financial support and ultrasonic devices to a grass-roots cancer screening program that launched in Beijing in March. View the original article here > View an English translation of the article here >

Desmond Thio


Bo Lu, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was mentioned for his biostatistics research in an article titled "Not all Latino immigrants will share same racial category, study suggests" that appeared in the June 17 issue onCampus. The results of the study appear in the June 2010 issue of the journal American Sociological Review. Read more about it here >

Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, was featured in an article titled "Household habits linked to obesity risk for preschoolers in OSU study" that published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on June 21. Read more >

Big Ten Network's June programming

The Big Ten Network is broadcasting a variety of Ohio State programs this month including one that highlights America's wetlands and what one community is doing to preserve these sensitive environmental gems on June 29 and 30. Learn more >

Anatomy of an Oil Spill: Public Health Response, June 29

The South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness and South Central Public Health Training Center are conducting a live satellite broadcast on June 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. to address the toxicological effects of crude oil and dispersants, as well as routes of exposure through inhalation, dermal contact and ingestion through seafood. Measures to keep seafood safe will also be discussed. Luann White of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine will be presenting. For more information >

NALBOH Annual Conference, Aug. 5-7

The National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) is hosting its 18th annual conference in Omaha, Neb. Aug. 5-7. At the conference, "Journey to the Future: Facing Public Health Challenges Today for a Healthier Tomorrow," attendees will learn the latest developments in public health governance, as well as share their knowledge and network with an enthusiastic group of attendees. The conference features workshops and breakout sessions in board governance, community health, environmental health, emergency preparedness and leadership team. For more information >


Tanning salons say tax is unfair

Owners of tanning salons near Sandusky Ohio say they feel burned by a new federal tax that will hit them July 1. (Reported by the Sandusky Register.) Read more >

Oil spill stirs public health debate

Public health officials and scientists will discuss the health impacts of the current oil spill during a two-day meeting that begins today in New Orleans. (Reported by the Associate Press.) Read more >

Thousands partake in Edinburgh Moonwalk

More than 10,000 people, including the public health minister, recently took part in an overnight walk through Edinburgh to raise money for breast cancer research. (Reported by the BBC.) Read more >


RENEE'S CUNZ HALL BLOG: "Soil has been removed from around the building and the site 'stoned' with large rocks so the heavy machinery can move around the building without getting stuck in the mud." Read the rest of her blog post here >


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Picnic with the Pops: Discount tickets are available for all Ohio State health sciences alumni to attend a Picnic with the Pops concert featuring the Ohio State marching band on July 30 on the lawn of Chemical Abstracts Service, 2540 Olentangy River Rd. Cost: $16 adults; $11 children; and free for children 2 and younger. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, click here >

OCT. 21

Champions of Public Health Award's Presentation: The College of Public Health honors its 2010 Champions of Public Health award recipients at the Ohio Union. More information to come.

OCT. 22-23

HSMP Class of 1990 20th Reunion: The HSMP Class of 1990 is holding its 20th reunion, which will include the HSMP Alumni Society Management Institute and Alumni Banquet on Oct. 22 and the 20th Reunion Tailgate on Oct. 23. For more information and to register >

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