July 6, 2010

What's News - Bisesi serves on CDC's oil spill advisory committee; Bars, restaurants see no significant employment change under smoking ban; College of Public Health Pelotonia riders; CPHP to hold conference on how communities cope with tragedies; Summer issue of 'Global Address' highlights CPH students, faculty; Cunz Hall construction update; CPH Alumni Society announces speaker for Reunion Weekend Kickoff; Reminders
Faces and Places - Buckley appointed to EPA's Science Advisory Board Dioxin Review Panel; Sun's article on air published in 'Circulation'; New web developer joins college; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Lunchtime lecture on spatial racialization; CCTS to offer monthly biostatistics information sessions; Ohio State offers new food safety website; Prior Health Sciences Library vertical expansion; eLearning Professional Development Grants; Getting started with 'clickers' workshop; Upcoming Conferences
The World We Live In - Public health ranks among 'best careers' list; Junk food and obesity: Taking a cue from tobacco control; Toilets: Will humans be extinct within 100 years?
Photo Finish - Testing the Waters

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Bisesi serves on CDC's advisory committee for oil spill

Michael Bisesi, PhD, associate dean of academic affairs and director of the Center for Public Health Practice, is serving on a national advisory committee that's assessing the health impact of the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The committee was convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

With hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20, the spill is considered the largest in U.S. history and one of the largest in the world.

Bisesi, who has more than 25 years experience in areas of environmental health and toxicology, is one of 35 national scientists and physicians serving on the CDC's "Team B Advisory Committee."

Bisesi said it's only the third time that the CDC has had to activate such an advisory group. Other times were in response to Hurricane Katrina and the recent H1N1 outbreak.

"I'm very pleased to be involved, albeit from afar and somewhat in the background, to provide input that my help minimize the impact of this crisis to human health," Bisesi said.

The group assembled for the first time via teleconference on June 25. For an hour they discussed the scope of the oil spill and the lessons they've learned from past crises. The group plans to reconvene monthly until the crisis is resolved.

Michael Bisesi

Bars, restaurants see no significant employment change under smoking ban

The passage of smoking bans in two large Minnesota cities was not associated with job losses at bars and may in fact have contributed to higher employment in restaurants, according to new research led by Elizabeth Klein, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion.

The study is the first to examine the economic effects of clean indoor air policies on bars and restaurants as independent types of businesses. Consistent with previous published studies of the economic impact of smoking bans, this analysis did not find significant economic effects on the hospitality industry as a whole. The research is published in the July/August issue of the Journal of Public Health Management Practice. Read more > (Also see 'Media Mention' below.)

Elizabeth Klein

College of Public Health Pelotonia riders

The College of Public Health has created a Peloton, or group of bike riders, to participate in Pelotonia 2010, Aug. 20-22. Faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Public Health are invited to join the "OSU Public Health Buckeyes" team.

You also can participate by sponsoring our riders, including team captain Christine O'Malley and Environmental Health Sciences Professor Christopher Weghorst.

If you're already signed up to ride on a different Peloton, e-mail O'Malley at comalley@cph.osu.edu to be included on our college's web page here >

To join the "OSU Public Health Buckeyes" team, or to donate, click here >

CPHP to hold conference on how communities cope with tragedies, Oct. 27-28

The Center for Public Health Practice is cosponsoring a conference titled "Reinventing Normal: Community Resilience in the Face of Tragedy," Oct. 27-28 at the Holiday Inn in Worthington. The two-day conference will help community leaders address needs and expectations in the face of a tragedy. Other sponsors include the Ohio Public Health Association, the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Psychological Association. For more information>


Summer issue of 'Global Address' highlights CPH students, faculty

The summer issue of the Global Address, a newsletter published by the Health Sciences Center for Global Health, features public health students Chris Volpe and April Hoyt, who are among the first four Ohio State students to graduate from the new Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health program. The newsletter also spotlights global health researchers at Ohio State, including Shelley Francis, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Read more >

Cunz Hall construction update

A lot has been happening lately at Cunz Hall while many students are away enjoying summer break. Learn about the construction process via Renee Watts' blog and get a sneak peek inside the building on the college's Flickr page >

Stan Lemeshow, Renee Watts and Mike Bisesi recently toured the Cunz Hall construction site.

CPH Alumni Society announces speaker for Reunion Weekend Kickoff

Steven T. Devor, an expert on sport and exercise science, will be the keynote speaker for the College of Public Health Alumni Society's Reunion Weekend Kickoff. Devor serves as associate professor in the Sport and Exercise Science Program, the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, and the Department of Human Nutrition.

The event, formally known as the society's Fall Meeting, will be at the new Ohio Union and is part of the Ohio State University Alumni Association's Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 10-12. All faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to attend. To register for the event click here. Deadline is July 21. With questions e-mail buckeyes@cph.osu.edu or call (614) 293-8264. Read more >

Volunteers still needed for this year's farmers' market

The College of Public Health is partnering with Columbus Public Health to hold a farmers' market in downtown Columbus. 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 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Duties vary and include assisting with setup, parking, water distribution, data entry, trash pickup and controlling lines. Other areas where help is needed include translating customer requests from Spanish to English and vise versa and assisting with the dispersal of Food Stamps. The market presents a great opportunity to put your public health skills to action.

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 and other 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 >


Buckley appointed to EPA's Science Advisory Board Dioxin Review Panel

Tim Buckley, chair and associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was recently appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board Dioxin Review Panel. The panel provides independent advice to the EPA concerning the agency’s revision of the 2003 Dioxin Reassessment Document in response to recommendations by the National Academy of Sciences. News story to come.

Tim Buckley

Sun's article on air published in 'Circulation'

An article by Qinghua Sun, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Science, was recently published by the journal Circulation. "Cardiovascular Effects of Ambient Particulate Air Pollution Exposure" examines the association between high air pollutants and human disease. Read more >

Qinghua Sun

New web developer joins college

Pat Goins, the college's new web developer, began his appointment today. Goins serves jointly in the office of Information Services and the office of External Relations and Advancement. He previously worked for two years as a systems developer in the Ohio State Graduate School. Goins has a BS in computer and information science from Ohio State. Welcome Pat!

Pat Goins


Elizabeth Klein, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, is featured in an article titled "Minnesota Smoking Bans Didn't Lead to Job Loss" that published today (July 6) in U.S. News & World Report. Read more >

Lunchtime lecture on spatial racialization, tomorrow

The Kirwan Institute is sponsoring a lunchtime lecture titled "Sovereignty in the City: Spatial Racialization and Immigration Enforcement," at noon on July 7 in Mendenhall Laboratory, room 423. Speaker Ines Valdez is a political theorist and a PhD candidate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn more >

CCTS to offer monthly biostatistics information sessions

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science is offering a monthly question-and-answer session called Special Topics in Biostatistics. The meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. in the Prior Health Sciences Library, suite 259. Questions? E-mail ccts-biostat@osumc.edu.

Ohio State offers new food safety website

Ohioans now can get the food safety information they need thanks to a new Ohio State food safety website, http://foodsafety.osu.edu, that offers consumers, health professionals and people who are at high risk of food-borne illness easy-to-understand information that they can incorporate easily in their day-to-day life. Read more >

Prior Health Sciences Library vertical expansion

A two-story addition is being added to the five-story Prior Health Sciences Library. The addition will accommodate the College of Medicine’s new Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center, providing clinical simulation labs, clinical instruction and classroom spaces. Learn more and see an artist's rendering >

eLearning Professional Development Grants

Learning Technology in the Office of the CIO is offering eLearning Professional Development Grants that support personal, group or departmental growth. Applications are due July 16. An information session will be held at 11 a.m. on July 9 in the Learning Collaboration Studio, room 060 of the Science and Engineering Library. For more information, e-mail ltgrants@osu.edu or click here >

Getting started with 'clickers' workshop

The Digital Union is offering a hands-on session on how to use "clickers," an electronic response system used in classrooms, from noon to 1:30 p.m., July 7 in the Science and Engineering Library, room 060. Registration here >


The American Public Health Association will hold its annual meeting and exposition Nov. 6-10 in Denver. The theme of the 138th meeting is "Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative." Learn more >


Public health ranks among 'best careers' list

U.S. News & World Report lists public health as one of the 50 best careers in 2010. Read more >

Junk food and obesity: Taking a cue from tobacco control

That means strict measures to reduce consumption of what's bad for us, and aggressive public education campaigns. (Reported by The Los Angeles Times.) Read more >

Will humans be extinct within 100 years?

Because of overpopulation and shortage of resources, Australian professor says, "Yes." (Reported by Discovery News.) Read more >


TESTING THE WATERS -- PhD student Jason Marion teaches a group of teenagers about testing and evaluating water quality.

The teens were at Ohio State as part of a summer camp called LiFE Sports sponsored by the Department of Athletics.

Watch a video featuring Marion on our college's YouTube page 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 >

SEPT. 10

CPH Alumni Society Reunion Weekend Kickoff: 6:30 p.m., the Ohio Union, Cartoon Room. Buffet dinner and cash bar. For more information >

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, 4-6 p.m.

OCT. 22

HSMP Management Institute and Alumni Banquet: Hilton Polaris. Keynote speakers include Dave Campbell, principal at Health Management Associates, and Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund. Learn more >

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. HSMP faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register >

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