Dec. 14, 2010

What's News - $1 million study tackles role of viruses in safety of fresh produce; Off the charts; Wanted: 2010 faculty publication information
Faces and Places - HOPES research specialist leaves CPH; Alumni Spotlight on Kathleen Winter; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Outreach and Engagement Award nominations due Dec. 22
The World We Live In - Diabetes screenings stir concerns; China moving closer to quality health care for all; Soap recycling helps Haiti
Photo Finish - Autumn Grads

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$1 million study tackles role of viruses in safety of fresh produce

In a new four-year, $1 million study, Ohio State scientists are leading an effort aimed at reducing the incidence of foodborne illness in fresh produce caused by viruses. Viruses, including human norovirus, hepatitis A virus and rotavirus, account for more than two out of three foodborne illnesses worldwide, yet most research and nearly all education about foodborne illness focuses on bacteria, such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria and Campylobacter, according to Jianrong Li, the project's principal investigator.

"Viruses, as they relate to food safety, are not well understood," said Li, a joint assistant professor in the College of Public Health's Division of Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Food Science and Technology. "There's a real gap in the field that we will try to fill with this research."

Li was hired in 2008 as part of a special university-wide initiative, Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases.

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Jianrong Li

Off the charts

The College of Public Health surpassed its goal of raising $13,000 for the Bucks for Charity Campaign, ending the fund drive with $15,135 in donations from faculty and staff. Thanks to all who participated, especially to campaign coordinators Lexi Killoren and Renee Watts, pictured above with their generously overflowing thermometer graphic. Great work, everyone!

Wanted: 2010 faculty publication information

The College of Public Health's communications office is compiling a list of our faculty's 2010 publications for the next issue of the college's Public Health Impact Research Magazine. Please submit citations of your 2010 publication information to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at by Jan. 11 to be included in the magazine. (Please submit only information for publications that have been published, not "in press" or "submitted" items.)


HOPES research specialist leaves CPH

Jamie Partridge, research specialists in the Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies, left the College of Public Health for a position as a program manager for Outcomes Research at Abbott Vascular. Partridge began her career in the college in 2008. Her last day was Dec. 10.

"The College of Public Health was a great place to work," Partridge said. "I will miss all of my colleagues and friends."

Jamie Partridge


Kathleen Winter with her family


Kathleen Winter is an epidemiology supervisor at the California Department of Public Health's Immunization Branch in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is responsible for monitoring disease surveillance, outbreak and infection control activities for vaccine-preventable diseases in California.

Originally from Cincinnati, Winter received a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology from The Ohio State University in 2005. Her academic advisors were former Ohio State faculty member Benita Jackson and Judith Schwartzbaum, associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology.

What do you enjoy about your work?

"I love my job! I've never stopped learning since the first day I walked in the door. I particularly enjoy the synthesis of infection control, surveillance, investigation and research. It's especially interesting to work in a large and diverse state like California and often feel that many of the scenarios we encounter could be fodder for TV or movie plots."

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The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society is featured in the November/December issue of Ohio State Alumni magazine under the heading "Alumni in Action." The article notes that there are 220 members in the alumni association out of 920 HSMP graduates. Cited as the best reason to join the society: "Continuing education in a fast-changing environment; staying connected to faculty and classmates; supporting the program in its quest for accreditation and national ranking," said Emeritus Professor Stephen F. Loebs. 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


Diabetes screenings stir concerns

Federal health officials are investigating the use of finger-prick blood tests to screen Americans for diabetes, one of the nation's fastest-growing and most serious public health problems. (Reported by The Washington Post.) Read more >

China moving closer to quality health care for all

A new focus on prevention may be the key for managing China's vast rural and urban populations. (Reported by Fast Company.) Read more >

Soap recycling helps Haiti

With easily preventable illnesses killing thousands of children every day, discarded hotel soaps can make the difference between health and deadly illness. (Reported by Public Radio International.) Read more and listen here >


AUTUMN GRADS -- Seventeen students graduated from the College of Public Health this autumn quarter. The college held a graduation reception for the students on Dec. 9. Pictured from left are Dean Stanley Lemeshow, Master of Public Health graduate in the PEP program Susan Sutherland, Master of Public Health graduate in the Epidemiology program Firuzan Sari-Kundt, Master of Public Health graduate in the Environmental Health Sciences program Brad Kripke, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Bisesi.


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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 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. 10

Ohio State Medical Center Seminar: "10 Key Elements in the Health Care Law and How You Can Stay Engaged," 4 p.m., Meiling Hall, Room 112. Reception to follow at 5 p.m. Speaker: Michael Maves, vice president and CEO of American Medical Association and 1973 graduate of the Ohio State College of Medicine. Presented by Medical Center Alumni Affairs and the Ohio State University Chapter of the American Medical Association. Register online at or e-mail Learn more >

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. 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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