Aug. 17, 2010

What's News - 2010 Employee of the Year; Staff Appreciation Week; Market recap; Big Ten Network highlights environmental health, family violence research
Faces and Places - MHA alumnus appointed president of Connecticut hospital; MHA and MPH alumna elected president of OPHA; Alumni Spotlight on Shiro Tanaka; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Pelotonia Send-Off Celebration; HR to host retirement choices forum; RFA funding for health sciences and policy researchers; Grant development workshop; CCTS Pilot, Collaborative Studies Program RFA; Upcoming webinar and conference
The World We Live In - Why public health matters; The greatest failure of the medical and public health professions; Should teens get gastric surgery?
Photo Finish - Staff Appreciation

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Surprise! You're the 2010 Employee of the Year

When Bruce Casto, senior research scientist in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received the good news today that he's the 2010 College of Public Health Employee of the Year, he was among the last to know.

Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, congratulated Casto outside of his office this afternoon and handed him a plaque during a small reception that included a congratulatory cake.

The award is traditionally given during the staff appreciation luncheon, which occurred on Friday. It's also typically a surprise to the recipient that he or she has won. But this year's surprise was that Casto had taken a vacation day at the last minute and was absent for his own party.

"Were you there?" Casto asked Christopher Weghorst today. "Yes," Weghorst said. "And so were lots of others. Dean Lemeshow even gave a speech."

At Friday's event, Casto was recognized for his hard work and dedication, as well as his many achievements, one of which was receiving 11 letters of support, the most ever received for an employee-of-the-year candidate. He has worked at Ohio State off and on for 21 years.

"Bruce is an incredibly valuable resource, as one who not only knows the science of environmental health, but also how to get it done," Buckley said. "When it comes to getting a proposal out the door, he shines. His effort and energy are boundless. He's a workhorse, but also a kind, generous and gentle sole. We're lucky to have him."

Congratulations Bruce!

It's Staff Appreciation Week

Ohio State staff members this week are being honored for their valuable contributions to the university.

Special events are being held throughout campus as well as right here in the College of Public Health.

Our staff members were treated to a luncheon on Friday and given a tour of the new Ohio Union this morning. Other events are scheduled for Thursday (Aug. 19), including a dessert buffet and baby picture contest at 3 p.m. in 3094 Smith Labs, and a tour of Cunz Hall at 4 p.m. (Closed-toed shoes are required.)

To attend these events, RSVP to Lexi Killoren at by noon tomorrow.

Learn more about university-wide events here >

Who is this pint-sized princess? Make your guess during the staff appreciation dessert hour, 3-4 p.m. Thursday, 3094 Smith Labs.

Market recap

Market Video

Watch a video featuring the market's ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place on July 29, on our college's YouTube page.

Market Photos

View photos of the 2010 market on our college's Flickr page.

Market on WOSU 'All Sides with Ann Fisher'

WOSU radio host Ann Fisher interviewed two College of Public Health researchers about the importance of farmers markets in providing access to fresh foods for her program "All Sides with Ann Fisher" on Aug. 5. Mac Crawford, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Nancy Hood, doctoral candidate and program manager in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, joined Columbus Public Health Assistant Health Commissioner Mysheika LeMaile-Williams for the discussion. Listen on the Internet.

Big Ten Network highlights environmental health, family violence research

Be sure to watch O-H-I-O on the Big Ten Network to see segments about our faculty and students. Recent episodes feature Assistant Professor Jiyoung Lee and environmental health students testing the water quality of Lake Erie beaches, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor Kenny Steinman demonstrating what can be done to prevent and respond to relationship abuse. View segments online.

MHA alumnus appointed president of Connecticut hospital

William Jennings, who received an MHA in '91, was recently appointed president and chief executive officer of the Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Conn., and president of Yale New Haven Health System in New Haven, Conn. Jennings will fill the position being vacated by current president Bob Trefry, who's retiring.

"We are extremely pleased to have found such an exceptional leader," said Ron Noren, chairman of Bridgeport Hospital's board of directors. Read more >

William Jennings

MHA and MPH alumna elected president of OPHA

Rosemary Chaudry, who received an MHA in '89 and an MPH in '09, is the new president of the Ohio Public Health Association. In her introductory message, Chaudry says that her goals are to enhance the association's credibility and presence as an advocate for public health and to increase its membership and services. Read more >


Shiro Tanaka

Shiro Tanaka is a retired medical officer with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. He retired in 2001 after 25 years of PHS service and a 39-year career in occupational safety and health.

Born in Osaka, Japan, Shiro received an MD from Kyoto University School of Medicine in 1960. He received an MS in Preventive Medicine, with a specialization in Occupational Medicine, from The Ohio State University in 1963.

What advice do you have for others interested in public health?

"Seek training in how to deal with the media, whether that is doing an interview on TV camera or being interviewed by a reporter for the press. Public health professionals should learn how to tell their story truthfully and effectively in a way that can be understood by the public." Read more >


Paula Song, assistant professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was a featured expert in an article titled "A for-profit Forum: What’s the prognosis?" that published in the Vindicator on Aug. 13. Read the article >

Liz Klein, assistant professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, was interviewed by WOSU 820 AM about her most recent research on employment in bars and restaurants following the state smoking ban in Ohio. It aired on Aug. 12.

Christopher Weghorst, professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was featured in a television news segment titled "Pelotonia Helps Fund Berry Research" that appeared on WBNS 10TV on Aug. 12. Watch it here >

Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was highlighted in the faculty and staff section of the Aug. 12 issue of onCampus for being appointed to the US Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board Dioxin Review Panel.

(The CPH communications staff can help get you recognized, too. Send information about your recent achievements or research news to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at

Pelotonia Send-Off Celebration, today

The university is holding a Pelotonia Send-Off Celebration today from 4-6 p.m. at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. The event includes remarks by President E. Gordon Gee and Pelotonia Executive Director Tom Lennox, as well as an autograph session with Gee and Archie Griffin, a silent auction and free ice cream.

HR to host retirement choices forum, tomorrow

Human Resources is offering a forum for new faculty and staff to discuss retirement choices under ARP, OPERS and STRS from noon-1 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 18) at South Campus Gateway, 1590 N. High Street, Suite 430. Designed for those with an appointment of at least 75 percent FTE for less than 120 days. For more information >

RFA funding for health sciences and policy researchers

The executive committee of the Ohio Family Health Survey (OFHS) is requesting applications from investigators to conduct health research projects using data from the 2010 OFHS and 2010 OFHS surveys. For more information about the Ohio Family Health Survey, click here. (View the Ohio Family Health Survey.)

Grant development workshop, Sept. 22-24

The Grant Training Center is holding a Professional Grant Development Workshop, Sept. 22-24 at Ohio State. The workshop teaches participants how to write grants and develop realistic budgets. For more information and to register >

CCTS Pilot, Collaborative Studies Program RFA

Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science is announcing a new round of pilot projects aimed at creating translational integrated research teams across OSU Health Sciences. CCTS is partnering with several colleges and schools offering targeted RFAs in areas of allied medical professions, dentistry, vision science, social work, veterinary, and perinatal research. For additional information and application instructions, click here.

Webinar: "Superbug, Super Problems," Sept. 16

Routine, unnecessary use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry contributes significantly to a costly epidemic of antibiotic resistance. This webinar, the first in "The Healthy Food, Healthy Farms" series, will feature presenters who recently testified before Congress on this issue. The webinar is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. (Eastern) Sept. 16. For more information >

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, 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 that will result in more precise, cost-effective and higher quality of health care for patients. Learn more >


Why public health matters

Marion Nestle, professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, and the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics, tells why she thinks public health matters a lot. (Reported by the Atlantic.) Read more >

The greatest failure of the medical and public health professions

Joseph A. Califano, junior chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, says the failure of the medical profession and public health community is their inability to explain that the addiction to alcohol and other drugs is a disease. (Reported by The Huffington Post.) Read more >

Should teens get gastric surgery?

Lap-Band makers want to bring anti-obesity procedures to younger patients, but is it greed or good public health? (Reported by Read more >


STAFF APPRECIATION -- Web Developer Pat Goins was one of the many College of Public Health employees to attend a staff appreciation luncheon on Aug. 13. See more photos by Meredith Cameron, program assistant in the Center for Public Health Practice, here >


Photo Request:
The communications office wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We're looking for photos that depict any public health experience. Ideas for entries include a school or community event, a faculty or student research project and a fellowship or internship experience. Please send images with a brief description to

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AUG. 19

Staff Appreciation Dessert Hour and Baby Picture Contest: 3-4 p.m., 3094 Smith Labs. RSVP to Lexi Killoren at by Aug. 18.

Staff Appreciation Cunz Hall Tour: 4-4:30 p.m. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes. Meet by the construction trailer at 4 p.m. RSVP to Lexi Killoren at by Aug. 18.

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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