Aug. 31, 2010

What's News - Warning system inadequate to prevent swimmers from getting sick at inland lakes; Lee examines bacteria in water; Arts & Sciences to offer course on impact of oil spill; Greater Columbus Meta-Leadership Post-Summit Meeting; MPH student spearheads therapeutic garden project at Dodd Hall
Faces and Places - Student Spotlight on Robbie Winget; OAP welcomes new academic advisor; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Environmental Health and Safety summer newsletter; CCTS membership program; Annual Infectious Diseases Update; Upcoming conference
The World We Live In - Depictions of smoking in movies are on the wane; Sitting too much can be deadly; A health system that the public are happy with? Look at Switzerland
Photo Finish - 'Now and then'

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Warning system inadequate to prevent swimmers from getting sick at inland lakes

New College of Public Health research shows a clear link between increasing levels of E. coli bacteria in an inland Ohio lake and a greater risk that swimmers in the water will suffer a gastrointestinal illness.

Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, is the senior author of the study, and doctoral student Jason Marion is the lead author of the paper. Their research is among few studies to have quantified the risk for illness at an inland beach. Most similar work has examined the Great Lakes or coastal waters.

The testing method that measures E. coli levels at beaches takes at least 18 hours, and usually longer, to produce a result. So any swimming advisory based on that information is posted at least a day too late.

The researchers say their work calls attention to the need for a reliable method to predict when bacteria levels are likely to be higher than usual at an inland lake so advisories can be posted in a more timely way.

"It doesn't help, from a public health perspective, for the testing results to reveal themselves 24 hours after exposure has occurred," Buckley said. "I think there's really a critical need for predictive methods, which allow us to anticipate, rather than to know after the fact, when E. coli levels will be elevated."

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Lee examines bacteria in water

Research on water quality conducted by Jiyoung Lee, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was recently published in the journal Water Research. Her study examines bacteria in drinking water and colonization in gastrointestinal tracts in germ-free mice.

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Jiyoung Lee

Arts & Sciences to offer course on impact of oil spill

The Ohio State College of Arts & Sciences is offering a new graduate seminar in environmental toxicology this fall quarter. The course will use the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a case study to introduce students to environmental risk assessment. The 2-credit-hour course will be taught by Environmental Toxicologist Roman Lanno and include a guest lecture by Tim Buckley about the oil spill's impact on public health.

For more information about the course, e-mail Lanno at lanno.1@osu.edu.

Tim Buckley

Greater Columbus Meta-Leadership Post-Summit Meeting, Oct. 18

Organizers of the Greater Columbus Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness in May are planning a post-summit meeting from 8 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.), Oct. 18 at the Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin. There is no cost to attend and you needn't have attended the first summit to attend the post-summit meeting. For more information >

 

MPH student spearheads therapeutic garden project at Dodd Hall

Jaime Joseph, a MPH student in the PEP program, recently helped initiate a therapeutic garden at Dodd Hall, the main location of OSU Medical Center's rehabilitation services.

Along with volunteers from the Chadwick Arboretum, Joseph created an outdoor space where patients can grow organic vegetables and flowers.

"I want to use my education in public health to impact what I believe is one of the root causes of disease – our diet," Joseph said. "Therapeutic gardens exist all over, but we wanted ours to be an edible garden as well."

The gardens include three raised beds that allow patients in wheelchairs easy access to the plants.

A section of the therapeutic garden at Dodd Hall

 
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Robbie Winget, MPH student and occupational therapist, talks about the benefits of being in the College of Public Health's Program for Experienced Professionals in a video on the college's YouTube page. Watch it here >

OAP welcomes new academic advisor

The Office of Academic Affairs welcomed Jennifer Wells, coordinator of academic advising and graduation, on Aug. 23. Wells' responsibilities include counseling current and prospective students, coordinating the graduating process and assisting with recruitment and admissions. She previously worked as an academic advisor at Wright State University in Dayton. Wells has a Bachelor in Art History from Ohio State and a Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education and Administration from Wright State.

Welcome Jennifer!

Jennifer Wells

MEDIA MENTIONS

Tim Buckley was a featured expert in an article titled "Bokes Creek watershed focus of study" that appeared on the mobile edition of ThisWeek Community Newspapers on Aug. 28. Read more >

 

Environmental Health and Safety summer newsletter

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety's summer 2010 quarterly newsletter is now available online.

CCTS membership program

Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science is launching a new membership program for clinical and translational scientists and the scientific community. The CCTS provides an academic home for clinical and translational science at Ohio State, the OSU Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital. Membership is free. Learn more >

Annual Infectious Diseases Update, Nov. 6

The Division of Infectious Diseases and the Center for Continuing Medical Education of the OSU Medical Center are hosting the 6th Annual Infectious Diseases Update 2010 on Nov. 6 at the Fawcett Center. Register here >

UPCOMING CONFERENCE

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Symposium, Jan. 13-15

The Environmental Protection Agency will holds its annual "Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools National Symposium" Jan. 13-15 in Washington, D.C. Participants will discuss the importance of developing effective Indoor Air Quality management practices. Learn more >

 

Depictions of smoking in movies are on the wane

Public-health efforts to to reduce images of smoking on TV and in movies appear to be working. (Reported by the Los Angeles Times.) Read more >

Sitting too much can be deadly

Sitting all day at work, in the car, in front of the TV is a fairly new phenomenon, and, according to new research, it's potentially fatal. (Reported on Public Radio International.) Listen here >

A health system that the public are happy with? Look at Switzerland

Swiss health care is a blend of public and private, free to those who need it but with extra options for those who can afford them. (Reported by The Christian Science Monitor.) Read more >

 

NOW AND THEN -- The College of Public Health celebrated Staff Appreciation Week, Aug. 16-20, with several activities including a dessert hour and photo contest that had employees guessing which baby photo belonged to which staff member. Pictured here with her baby photo is Susan Price, executive assistant to the dean. See more photos here >

Also see images from the Cunz Hall tour here >

 

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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 >

SEPT. 23

Graduate and Professional Student Orientation and Reception: 6:30 p.m., Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Dr., main dining room on third floor. The Office of Minority Affairs invites all Ohio State faculty and staff to its 39th annual event that welcomes new and returning graduate and professional students. RSVP by Sept. 15 to Brown.2993@osh.edu.

OCT. 7

Midland Lecture Series: "Health care in the era of reform," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Speaker: Kenneth Thorpe, professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, Emory University. Presented by the Division of Health Services Management and Policy and the Center for HOPES. To attend, e-mail Beth Rowley at browley@cph.osu.edu.

OCT. 18

Greater Columbus Meta-Leadership Post-Summit Meeting: 8 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.), the Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Place, Dublin. Follow-up meeting to the Greater Columbus Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness in May 2010 that united leaders interested in emergency preparedness. There is no cost to attend and you needn’t have attended the first summit to attend the post-summit meeting. 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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