Aug. 3, 2010

What's News - CPH faculty awarded Pelotonia Idea Grants; 'All Sides' invites CPH guests for farmers' market broadcast; A few more volunteers still needed for farmers' market; CPHP offers free online course in disaster preparedness for nurses; Big Ten Network features environmental health research; Workshop on suicide prevention; Staff Appreciation Week; Hit the Road with the Buckeyes 2010
Faces and Places -Health Sciences alumni unite at Picnic with the Pops; HSMP welcomes new division coordinator; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Green racing vehicles on display today; CCTS request for applications; Central Ohio Heart Walk; Upcoming Webinar, conference
The World We Live In - Ohio beach water quality panned in study; Jordan River called 'too polluted'; Don't call them obese, they're fat
Photo Finish - 'How firm thy friendship'

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CPH faculty awarded Pelotonia Idea Grants

Two College of Public Health faculty members were awarded Pelotonia Idea Grants from the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Christopher Weghorst, professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Electra Paskett, professor in the Division of Epidemiology and professor of cancer research in the College of Medicine, are two of 10 principal investigators at Ohio State to be awarded $50,000-$100,000 a year for two years for their great "ideas" in fighting cancer.

In addition, Mira Katz, associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, is participating in Paskett’s project.

The grant money comes from funds raised by Pelotonia, an annual bike ride that raises money for cancer research at Ohio State. Last year's inaugural ride raised $4.5 million.

Below is a brief description of our researcher’s winning ideas:

Chemopreventive Effects of Strawberries on the Modulation of the Cigarette Smoke-Altered Transcriptome in Human Oral Mucosa
Researchers: Christopher Weghorst, Steven Clinton, Yael Vodovotz and Steve Schwartz
Numerous population studies have shown that consuming fresh fruits and vegetables results in a decreased risk of developing oral cancer. The research team will examine a food-based approach to prevention of oral cancer that emphasizes the ability of whole foods to inhibit various stages of oral cancer. The team will examine the activity of whole foods in the earliest stages of cancer in human subjects to the "high risk" oral cavity of current smokers. The results of this study will help the team recognize those important genes in oral cancer that are affected by whole foods and identify those people who may be enrolled in future large scale national cooperative Phase III clinical studies that are concerned with prevention of oral cancer by whole foods.

E-health Program to Reduce Obesity in Appalachia
Researchers: Electra Paskett, Mira Katz and Scott Jewell
Health disparities are associated with obesity and cancer among adults living in the Appalachian region of the U.S. The aims of this project are to develop an eHealth program to increase physical activity levels and change the diets to reduce obesity among members of churches in Ohio Appalachia. The research team also will explore the willingness of Appalachian community members to provide biomarkers and biospecimens to further understand the effects of the intervention on markers of obesity and to begin to establish a biospecimen bank within Appalachia. The proposed project uses a health disparities research team in partnership with churches throughout Ohio Appalachia.

(Paskett was interviewed July 30 for a news story about her Idea Grant that'll appear on WBNS 10TV tonight at 5 p.m.)

Christopher Weghorst

Electra Paskett

Mira Katz

'All Sides' invites CPH guests for farmers' market broadcast
The radio show "All Sides with Ann Fisher" will broadcast live this Thursday (Aug. 5) from the Public Health Farmers' Market at Columbus Public Health. The show's topic from 10-11 a.m. will be farmers' markets. Guests will include Mac Crawford, clinical assistant professor in the college’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Nancy Hood, doctoral candidate and program manager in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Mac will cover the environmental health benefits of farmers' markets with respect to local food. Nancy will discuss the research regarding access to fruits and vegetables, including disparities in access, eating patterns, and the role farmers' markets have in creating this access. "All Sides with Ann Fisher" is a live radio talk show broadcast daily on WOSU 820 AM.

See more photos from last year's market >

A few more volunteers still needed for farmers' market

Faculty and staff volunteers are still needed at the annual farmers' market at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 5. Carol Smathers, the college's coordinator for the farmers' market, asks additional volunteers to contact Pete Denkowski of Columbus Public Health at

CPHP offers free online course in disaster preparedness for nurses

The Center for Public Health Practice is offering a free, online course to nurses on how to prepare, respond and recover from public health disasters, such as infectious disease outbreaks and floods.

The 12-hour course is broken down into four modules that are collectively designed to help nurses answer the question: "What do I do in a disaster situation?"

For more information about the Public Health Nursing Surge Course, contact Senior Program Manager Melissa Sever at 292-2047 or For general information and to register, click here >

Big Ten Network features environmental health research

Ohio State's programming on the Big Ten Network this month includes a segment on environmental health research being conducted in the College of Public Health. The O-H-I-O program, themed "Summertime is research time at Ohio State," features public health students testing the water quality of Lake Erie beaches. It airs Aug. 24, 25 and 31. Learn more >

Workshop on suicide prevention, Aug. 12

The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program is offering a workshop for faculty, staff and students on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Lunch will be provided. The workshop is part of the university's REACH campaign, which governs by the motto "Reach out and help someone, reach out and talk to someone, reach out to make a difference." RSVP to Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion and suicide prevention coordinator for the college at by Aug. 6.

Staff Appreciation Week activities

College of Public Health staff members are invited to a Staff Appreciation Luncheon at noon on Aug. 13 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. The meal will be catered by City BBQ. RSVP to Lexi Killoren at by Aug. 5.

The college also will hold a variety of events in honor of Staff Appreciation Week, Aug. 16-20, including a tour of the Ohio Union at 11 a.m. on Aug. 17, and a dessert buffet and baby picture contest at 3 p.m. on Aug 19 in Smith Labs, room 3094. Staff members are encouraged to submit photos of themselves as babies or toddlers to Susan Price in the dean's office by Aug. 6. To attend these events, RSVP to by Aug. 12.

Hit the Road with the Buckeyes 2010

Are you organizing a team for Hit the Road with the Buckeyes 2010? If so, the College of Public Health's communications team would like to hear about it. Contact Christine O'Malley at (Learn more about the program, presented by the Offices of Human Resources and Your Plan for Health.)


Health Sciences alumni unite at Picnic with the Pops

More than 100 health sciences alumni gathered for the Picnic with the Pops outdoor concert featuring the Ohio State Marching Band on July 31.

Nancie Bechtel (MPH '06, pictured far right) and her family

Elizabeth Kress (MPH '07) and her husband Andy

Jill Oliveri (MPH '99, pictured in the center) and her family

HSMP welcomes new division coordinator

Beth Rowley will join the Division of Health Services Management and Policy as its new division coordinator on Aug. 9. Rowley worked in the Ohio State Office of Research for nearly 13 years until recently when the department was disbanded. Rowley, who has a bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Creative Writing from Miami University, says she looks forward to working in the College of Public Health. "Everyone I've met and talked to so far has really been welcoming," she said. "I’ve heard nice things about the college." Welcome Beth!

Beth Rowley


Paula Song, assistant professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was a featured expert in an article titled "Rural hospitals fight for patients" that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 1. Read the article >

Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Phyllis Pirie, chair of the division, were featured experts in an article titled "Lack of access to nutritious fare in poor areas contributes to obesity, other problems" that published in the Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 1. Read the article >

You may recall that Dean Stanley Lemeshow wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch in response to the Ohio Senate passing a bill that would allow concealed guns to be carried into bars and alcohol-serving restaurants. His letter appeared in the newspaper on July 17. A response to his letter, written by a member of the Buckeye Firearms Association, was published in the newspaper on Aug. 2. Read more >

Green racing vehicles on display today

The world's leading sports car series, American Le Mans Series, rolls onto the Ohio State campus today (Aug. 3) with an emphasis on its position as the global leader in green racing. Partnering with Ohio State’s EcoCAR program and the College of Engineering, the American Le Mans Series will display some of its races cars beginning at 3 p.m. and deliver a program from 5:30-7 p.m. at Knowlton Hall, 275 W. Woodruff Ave., emphasizing advances in technology and alternative fuels being pioneered by its manufacturers and teams. The event is free and open to the public. Contact: Gina Langen, 614-688-4423,

CCTS request for applications

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science is seeking applicants for the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award KL2 Career Development Program. The overall goal of the KL2 program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists are available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. The CCTS KL2 program supports the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to conduct either patient-oriented or translational research. Eligible applicants will be considered especially responsive if their focus is on one of the following priority areas: Comparative effectiveness research, community engagement research, novel technologies, or biomedical informatics. Letter of Intent instructions also can be found at:

Central Ohio Heart Walk, Aug. 28

Ohio State Senior Vice President Joyce Beatty and Medical Center CEO Steven Gabbe, MD, are encouraging Ohio State faculty and staff to join the American Heart Association's Start! Central Ohio Heart Walk on Aug. 28 at Huntington Park. Their goal is to recruit 2,000 Ohio State walkers for the event. For every dollar raised at the Start! Heart Walk, more than $2 comes back into our community in the form of research dollars. Family and friends are welcome to join as well. Team t-shirts are supplied by the Medical Center for all participants, and everyone who registers will be entered into prize drawings. Contact Phil Saken at or 247-0090 for information and support in becoming and/or recruiting Team Captains and Walkers. The Start! Central Ohio Heart Walk is a non-competitive 1- or 3-mile walk that is fun, family- and pet-friendly, and a great team-building opportunity.

Webinar: Why Should I Become Certified in Public Health? Aug. 9

The National Board of Public Health Examiners is offering a series of free webinars on the Certified in Public Health (CPH) process. The next webinar, "Why Should I Become CPH?" will be held Aug. 9 at 12 p.m. (Eastern). Click here to register. A full schedule of can be found at For more information about the CPH exam, visit

Ohio State to host national health care conference, Oct. 14-15

Ohio State's Center for Personalized Health Care is gathering academic leaders, industry experts, government policy makers and healthcare providers from across the country to discuss the latest developments in P4 Medicine, which provides new ways to maintain health and quantify wellness, diagnose illness and predict disease. The third Personalized Health Care National Conference will be held Oct. 14-15 at Ohio State’s Biomedical Research Tower, located at 460 W. 12th Ave. With a theme of "Advancing Predictive, Preventive, Personalized, and Participatory Medicine," attendees will hear from experts about revolutionizing medicine and transforming healthcare delivery in a way which will result in more precise, cost-effective and higher quality of health care for patients. Learn more >


Ohio beach water quality panned in study

Great Lakes beaches violate public health standards about twice as often as beaches on the ocean coasts, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. (Reported by Columbus Business First.) Read more >

Jordan River called 'too polluted'

Concerns about pollution and water quality have prompted an environmental advocacy group to call for the banning of baptisms in the lower Jordan River, where the Bible says Jesus was baptized. (Reported by the Huffington Post.) Read more >

Don't call them obese, they're fat

Calling people fat rather than obese would be more likely to motivate them to lose weight, according to Britain's public health minister. (Reported by The Washington Post.) Read more >


HOW FIRM THY FRIENDSHIP -- Erin Shaffer (far right), who received a Master's of Health Administration in spring 2010, now works at the Cleveland Clinic as an administrative fellow. Shaffer convinced her coworkers - one of whom is a University of Michigan graduate and crossing his fingers while posing as the letter 'H' -  to do O-H-I-O in front of the main entrance of the hospital.


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AUG. 13

Staff Appreciation Luncheon: noon, Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. The meal will be catered by City BBQ and the event is open to all CPH staff. RSVP to Lexi Killoren at by Aug. 5.

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 >

SEPT. 11

Reunion Weekend Tailgate; 12:30p.m. Lunch buffet, cash bar. Graves Hall Lawn, 333 W. 10th Ave. 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, 1739 N. High St., 4-6 p.m.

OCT. 22

HSMP Management Institute and Alumni Banquet: Daylong conference and banquet at the Hilton Polaris in Columbus. Keynote speakers include 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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