Dec. 7, 2010

What's News - Polluted air increases obesity risk in young animals; Center for HOPES to offer CER training program; Bucks for Charity heading down home stretch; Upcoming events
Faces and Places - CPH Holiday Luncheon photos; Marion earns top prize in poster competition
Useful Tidbits - Wexner Center offering faculty, staff appreciation sale; Register to receive W-2 statement online; Albert Schweitzer Fellowship focused on health-related community service; Outreach and Engagement Award nominations; Why do you believe in Ohio State?
The World We Live In - Best Careers 2011: Medical and Public Health Social Worker; More on the 'Happy Meal' ban; Air pollution tied to babies' ear infection risk
Photo Finish - Glass Act

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Polluted air increases obesity risk in young animals

Exposure to polluted air early in life led to an accumulation of abdominal fat and insulin resistance in mice even if they ate a normal diet, according to new research led by College of Public Health Associate Professor Qinghua Sun.

Animals exposed to the fine-particulate air pollution had larger and more fat cells in their abdominal area and higher blood sugar levels than did animals eating the same diet but breathing clean air.

Sun and his team of researchers exposed the mice to the polluted air for six hours a day, five days a week for 10 weeks beginning when the animals were 3 weeks old. This time frame roughly matches the toddler years to late adolescence in humans.

The exposure levels for the animals subjected to polluted air resemble the fine-particulate pollution that can be found in urban areas in the United States.

"This is one of the first, if not the first, study to show that these fine particulates directly cause inflammation and changes in fat cells, both of which increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes," Sun said.

The research appears in the December issue of the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

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Center for HOPES to offer CER training program

The college's Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES) has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to offer training in the area of Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER). HOPES will collaborate with the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus to offer a CER program beginning in spring 2011. CER is an area of research that compares existing healthcare treatments and interventions to determine which work best for which patients and under what circumstances. Questions about the program should be addressed to Thomas Wickizer, Stephen F. Loebs Professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, at twickizer@cph.osu.edu. Learn more >

Bucks for Charity heading down home stretch

Congratulations to faculty and staff for reaching our goal! As of this afternoon, we have pledged $13,740. We are still accepting pledges. This is the final week for the Bucks for Charity campaign and all pledge cards (one-time contribution or payroll deduction) are to be received by no later than Thursday (Dec. 9) afternoon. All contributions great or small are appreciated and needed. You may return your completed pledge form to Lexi in B107 Starling-Loving. Questions? Contact Lexi at 293-8264 or lkilloren@cph.osu.edu or Renee at 293-8444 or rwatts@cph.osu.edu. Not sure where to dedicate your pledges? Review the Resource Guide here >

UPCOMING CPH EVENTS
Comparative Effectiveness Research at Ohio State reception, Thursday

The Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies are working to promote Comparative Effectiveness Research at Ohio State and in the broader academic and practice community. You are invited to an informal reception from 3-5 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 9) at the Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Mall. For additional information, visit the CCTS web site at http://www.ccts.osu.edu.

Seminar on "Emerging Contaminants," Thursday

Ronald K. Mitchum, president of DAT Laboratory in Dublin, Ohio, will present a talk titled "Emerging Contaminants" from 12:30-1:18 p.m., Thursday (Dec. 9) in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. The seminar is presented by the College of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more >

Reception to honor autumn-quarter graduates, Thursday

The Office of Academic Programs will hold a reception honoring College of Public Health students graduating this autumn quarter from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in Meiling Hall, room 150. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu.

Info session about MPH for Experienced Professionals program, Dec. 16

The College of Public Health will hold an information session about its Master of Public Health for Experienced Professionals program from 5:30-6:45 p.m., Dec. 16 at the Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room 1 (ground floor). The MPH degree is offered in two formats: a fulltime weekday format and a more flexible, part-time format for experienced professionals who want to advance in the field of public health. Register at rsvp@cph.osu.edu by Dec. 10. Learn more >

Alumni societies organize volunteer day at Mid Ohio Foodbank, Jan. 11

The College of Public Health Alumni Society, in partnership with the HSMP Alumni Society, is organizing a volunteer day at the Mid Ohio Foodbank from 5:30-8 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Mid Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City. Join College of Public Health alumni, faculty, staff and students for an afternoon of inspecting outdated items donated to the food bank. For more information and to RSVP >

OSU men's basketball and pizza social, Feb. 22

The College of Public Health Alumni Society and the Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society invite faculty, staff, students and alumni to an Ohio State basketball game and pizza social on Feb. 22. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. for pizza at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd., and continues at the Jerome Schottenstein Center for a viewing of a basketball matchup between Ohio State and the University of Illinois at 7 p.m. For more information >

 

Holiday Cheer

The College of Public Health held its annual holiday luncheon for faculty and staff on Dec. 3 at the Faculty Club on the Ohio State campus. Pictured here are Lexi Killoren, assistant director of development and alumni affairs, and Dean Stanley Lemeshow. View more photos here >

Marion earns top prize in poster competition

Jason Marion, PhD student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, won first place in a poster competition at the Water Management Association of Ohio's conference on Nov. 17-18 in Columbus. Marion's poster, titled "Wet Weather and Total Phosphorus: Practical Predictors of Advisory Conditions at Inland Ohio Beaches," also won Marion praises from the judges. "The future of Ohio's water resources lies in the imagination and hard work of persons like you," said Alex Covert, conference chair and biologist at the USGS-Ohio Water Science Center in Columbus. The poster even won Marion $200. Great work, Jason!

 
Wexner Center offering faculty, staff appreciation sale, Thursday

The Wexner Center is thanking all Ohio State faculty and staff with a one-day sale in the Wexner Center Store. Stop by from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday (Dec. 9) for specials, deep discounts and other perks all day long including free hot chocolate and waffles from Taste of Belgium, free access to the galleries and two free gallery passes to share or use on another date. Learn more about the store here >

Register to receive W-2 statement online

Register to receive an online, printable version of your W-2 wage and tax statement. Once registered, the W-2 statement will be posted on a secure Web site in late January. Employees will receive an e-mail notification when the W-2 is available, along with instructions for retrieval. The deadline to register is Jan. 11. If you sign up for this online option you will not receive a paper copy of the W-2 statement in the mail. If you have previously registered you do not need to register again. Read more >

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship focused on health-related community service

Applications for the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program are due Feb. 1. The program, hosted by the College of Medicine, is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship focused on health-related community service and leadership development. All Ohio State graduate and professional students are eligible. Students may apply to be a part of the first Columbus class of multidisciplinary Schweitzer Fellows and partner with a local community-based organization to create and carry out a yearlong 200-hour service project that addresses an unmet health-related need in the Columbus area. Contact: terry.bahn@osumc.edu. Read more >

Outreach and Engagement Award nominations due Dec. 22

The offices of Outreach and Engagement are seeking outreach and engagement partnerships to serve as Ohio State's nominee for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. Partnerships are sought that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities. For details and to submit a partnership, click here > Nominations must be submitted online by Dec. 22. Contact: 688-3041 or outreach@osu.edu

Why do you believe in Ohio State?

Ohio Staters, Inc. is celebrating its 130th anniversary through a project called "Buckeyes are Believin' " and it wants your help. Write an essay on why you "believe in Ohio State" and post it on the Ohio Staters' site at www.go.osu.edu/believe. View other essays at www.go.osu.edu/essays.

 

Best Careers 2011: Medical and Public Health Social Worker

Over the next decade, jobs for medical and public health social workers are expected to climb faster than most careers by 31,000, or more than 22 percent, according to the Labor Department. (Reported by U.S. News & World Reports.) Read more >

More on the 'Happy Meal' ban

Pros and cons of the Happy Meal ban in San Francisco. (Reported on Bloomberg Businessweek's "The Debate Room.") Read more >

Air pollution tied to babies' ear infection risk

Babies and toddlers who live in areas with moderate air pollution may have a higher risk of middle-ear infection than those breathing cleaner air, a Canadian study suggests. (Reported by Reuters.) Read more >

 

GLASS ACT: An Ohio State student walks past the Cunz Hall renovation project, where work was being done last week to complete the glass enclosure of the north-side staircase.

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DEC. 9

Graduation reception for College of Public Health autumn-quarter graduates: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Meiling Hall, room 150. Presented by the Office of Academic Programs. RSVP to rsvp@cph.osu.edu.

CPH Seminar: "Emerging Contaminants," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Ronald K. Mitchum, president of DAT Laboratory in Dublin, Ohio. Presented by the College of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more >

Comparative Effectiveness Research at Ohio State reception: 3-5 p.m., Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Mall. Presented by the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies. For additional information, visit the CCTS web site at http://www.ccts.osu.edu.

DEC. 12
Ohio State University Autumn Quarter Commencement
DEC. 16

Info session about MPH for Experienced Professionals program: 5:30-6:45 p.m., Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room 1 (ground floor). Information session about College of Public Health’s MPH for Experienced Professionals program. Register at rsvp@cph.osu.edu by Dec. 10. Learn more >

DEC. 23
The Ohio State University closed in observance of President's Day.
DEC. 24
The Ohio State University closed in observance of Christmas.
DEC. 31
The Ohio State University closed in observance of New Year's Day.
JAN. 11

CPH Alumni Society and HSMP Alumni Society volunteer day at Mid Ohio Foodbank: 5:30-8 p.m., Mid Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City. Join College of Public Health alumni, faculty, staff and students for an afternoon of inspecting outdated items donated to the food bank. For more information and to RSVP >

FEB. 22

OSU Men's Basketball and Pizza Social: The College of Public Health Alumni Society and the Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society invite faculty, staff, students and alumni to an Ohio State basketball game and pizza social on Feb. 22. Evening begins at 5:30 p.m. for pizza at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd., and continues at Jerome Schottenstein Center for a viewing of a basketball matchup between Ohio State and the University of Illinois at 7 p.m. For more information >

 
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