Feb. 1, 2011

What's News - Two new epidemiology courses to address nation's health problems; CPH exceeds its Bucks for Charity goals; Abstracts for Ohio Public Health Combined Conference; Upcoming CPH events
Faces and Places - Sun's research on air pollution and diabetes reaches millions
Useful Tidbits - Olentangy River Wetlands Open House; Pelotonia Undergraduate Research Fellowships info session; Bedbugs discussion at Science Café; 2011 Engagement Impact Grants; Upcoming national events
The World We Live In - 2010 dietary guidelines finally get tough on obesity; How to keep germs from spreading around a household; Time to study gun violence as public health issue
Photo Finish - 'Love Notes'

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Two new epidemiology courses to address nation's health problems

The College of Public Health is offering two new epidemiology courses this spring that will address our nation's health problems and get to the root causes of why so many Americans are dying because of their diets and health habits.

Nutrition in Public Health will provide an overview of nutrition in public health and its role in the development of specific diseases. The 4-credit-hour course will be taught by Susan Olivo-Marston, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology. It will be offered 3:30-5:18 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, beginning spring quarter 2011.

Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology will provide an introduction to the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors, as well as give an overview of trends and treatments. The 4-credit-hour course will be taught by Randi Foraker, a joint assistant professor of Epidemiology and Cardiology. It will be offered 8:30-10:18 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday, beginning spring quarter 2011.

“Understanding the relationship between nutrition and disease is an enormous area of research and controversy,” Olivo-Marston said. “Although there has been a tremendous amount of research in this area, there is still a lack of understanding regarding how nutrition affects health and impacts disease.”

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Susan Olivo-Marston

Randi Foraker

CPH exceeds its Bucks for Charity goals

The College of Public Health was recently recognized among 20 areas at Ohio State to exceed their goals for the Bucks for Charity campaign. CPH surpassed its goal of raising $13,000, ending the fund drive with $15,135 in donations from faculty and staff. The campaign team included Tim Buckley, Lexi Killoren and Renee Watts. Great job!

Abstracts for Ohio Public Health Combined Conference due April 8

Organizers of the Ohio Public Health Combined Conference in May are now accepting abstracts for the Ohio Papers session to be held on May 9. The session provides an opportunity for public health professionals to present and discuss their research, programs and experiences during roundtable discussions. Abstracts are due April 8. Learn more about Ohio Papers and the registration process.

UPCOMING CPH EVENTS
CPH Alumni Society to host lunch-and-learn on LiFE Sports program, Feb. 16

The College of Public Health Alumni Society invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to its quarterly lunch-and-learn series "Tales from the Field," noon-1 p.m., Feb. 16, Graves Hall, room 1167. Dawn Anderson-Butcher, of the College of Social Work, will discuss the LiFE Sports program at Ohio State, which strives to enrich the lives of youth through social activities including sports and afterschool programs. A light lunch will be offered. RSVP to http://go.osu.edu/lifesports. Learn more >

Alumni societies invite faculty, staff to OSU basketball, pizza social, Feb. 22

The College of Public Health and the Health Services Management and Policy alumni societies invite faculty, staff, students and alumni to an Ohio State men's 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 the basketball matchup between Ohio State and the University of Illinois at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited. For more information >

Opportunities Fair, Feb. 25

The College of Public Health will hold its 18th annual Opportunities Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room. The event provides students an opportunity to collect information about available practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. The Opportunities Fair also is a great forum for public health organizations and business to inform Ohio State students about their volunteer and paid positions. There is no cost to attend or to host a booth. Organizations can register online here. Students should RSVP to pecs@cph.osu.edu.

CPH offers tickets to Anna Deavere Smith performance, Feb. 26

The College of Public Health invites students, faculty and staff to a performance by actress Anna Deavere Smith. She will perform her Off-Broadway hit "Let Me Down Easy" in Columbus' historic Lincoln Theatre, Feb. 22-27. This one-woman show is about the power of the body, the cost of health care and the resilience of the human spirit, revealed through the stories of 20 real-life characters -- from everyday citizens to celebrities. The Health Sciences colleges at Ohio State have a block of seats for the 8 p.m. performance on Feb. 26, which are available at a discounted price: $42 for Health Sciences faculty and staff; and $10 each for Health Sciences students. Order tickets at http://go.osu.edu/anna4health. Learn more >

• Anna Deavere Smith on All Sides with Ann Fisher this week

This week (10 a.m.-noon) on All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU 89.7 FM: award-winning actress Anna Deavere Smith and her one-woman show based on real-life interviews with doctors, patients and politicians; simple dishes based on traditional one-pot meals from around the world; humanitarian relief and human rights in a Post 9-11 world; and more. Listen online >

• Attending Anna Deavere Smith earns faculty, staff YP4H incentive points
In recognition of the many facets of health including physical, cultural, social and emotional, The Office of Human Resources and the Wexner Center for the Arts have partnered to promote an upcoming performance in connection with Your Plan for Health (YP4H). Any faculty or staff member who attends Anna Deveare Smith's February performance can earn five incentive points via the YP4H Faculty & Staff Incentive Program. Learn more >
• Smith also will engage in a Director's Dialogue with Steven G. Gabbe
Anna Deavere Smith also will engage in a Director’s Dialogue with Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of The Ohio State University Medical Center, and prominent legal scholar Patricia Williams about the process of creating the show, as well as discuss medical care in the United States, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the Mershon Auditorium. The Director’s Dialogue is free and open to the public.
 
Sun's research on air pollution and diabetes reaches millions

News of Quinghua Sun's recent research suggesting the connection between early exposure to polluted air and diabetes reached more than two million Americans in the month of December, according to the MediaSource Media Relations Team within the Ohio State University Medical Center.

Sun's research was published in the journals Arteriosclorosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, and picked up by media outlets including U.S. News & World Reports and the San Francisco Chronicle, which ran an article titled "Obesity caused by what you breathe?" Read it here >

Quinghua Sun

 
Olentangy River Wetlands Open House, tomorrow

The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is hosting an open house from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 2) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar Wetland Convention, the major international agreement for protecting the world's wetlands, rivers, lakes, and coastal ecosystems. Read more >

Pelotonia Undergraduate Research Fellowships info session, tomorrow

Pelotonia, the bike tour raising money for cancer research, has earmarked funds for up to 20 undergraduate research fellowships each providing $12,000 over a full year of funding. Funded projects can be in any field. To learn more, attend an info session from 4:30-5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 2) in 115 Biomedical Research Tower. RSVP encouraged to mailto:uro@osu.edu with subject "Pelotonia."

Bedbugs discussion at Science Café, tomorrow
In the past decade, there has been a world-wide resurgence of bed bugs in developed countries. Joshua Bryant, research associate, Department of Entomology will present "Sleep Tight... Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite" at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 2) in the Science and Engineering Library, rooms 090 and 070. Read more >
2011 Engagement Impact Grants

Requests for Proposals are now available for two sets of grants to support outreach and engagement partnership. The 2011 Engagement Impact Grants (up to $80,000 over a two-year period) aim to establish and/or expand innovative, creative, scholarly outreach and engagement initiatives that can have a substantial impact within the university and community. The OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grants (up to $10,000 each) fund outreach and engagement initiatives with partners from at least two colleges (including OSU Extension). The submission deadline for both grant programs is March 14. Learn more >

UPCOMING NATIONAL EVENTS
American PsychoPathological Association Meeting, March 3-5

The American PsychoPathological Association will gather for its 101st annual meeting, March 3-5 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The theme of the meeting is "Trauma, Psychopathology, and Violence: Causes, Consequences, or Correlates?" Register at www.appassn.org. Learn more >

AUPHA Leaders Conference, March 22

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) will hold its annual Leaders Conference in partnership with the American College of Healthcare Executives during the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on March 22. The purpose of the Leaders Conference is to discuss and exchange the latest developments in educating future healthcare leaders, and attendees will explore the vital roles that each community plays in developing and preparing the future leaders of the healthcare industry. For more information and to register >

Third North America Congress of Epidemiology, June 21-24

The Third North America Congress of Epidemiology will be held in Montreal, Canada from June 21-24. Epidemiologic researchers, educators and policy makers from academia, public health, government and industry are invited to participate in the Congress, which aims to showcase and promote the diversity of study, practice and policy within epidemiology as a whole. This meeting is held only once every five years and provides an opportunity to interact with a diverse group of epidemiologists from more than 20 professional societies. For more information >

 

2010 dietary guidelines finally get tough on obesity

Guidelines recognize that obesity is the number-one public health nutrition problem in America and give advice about what to do about it: eat less and eat better. (Reported by the Atlantic.) Read more >

How to keep germs from spreading around a household

If one member of your family gets a contagious disease such as flu, is everyone else doomed? Not necessarily, public health experts say. (Reported by The Chicago Tribune.) Read more >

Time to study gun violence as public health issue

Are our current gun laws keeping us safe? (Reported by the Hartford Courant.) Read more >

 
LOVE NOTES -- Randi Love, clinical associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, hangs Post-it notes at the GLBT World Café on Jan. 25. Love, who leads the college's Diversity Enhancement Committee, helped organize the event for Ohio State faculty, staff and students. About 100 people attended to discuss ways how our community can be more open to diversity. The Post-it notes address the posed question: “What could our community be?” Answers included: “Be a place that is safe from discrimination” and “Be a leader, not a follower.”

 

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FEB. 2

CPH Staff Town Hall Meeting: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Dean Stanley Lemeshow will give a presentation on the state of the college. RSVP to Susan Price at sprice@cph.osu.edu by Jan. 28.

FEB. 3

CPH Seminar: "Respiratory Syncytial Virus: New Ideas for Vaccines Come From the 'Hood,' " 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Mark Peeples, professor, Ohio State Department of Pediatrics and member of the Center for Vaccines and Immunity, Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Presented by the College of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more >

FEB. 8

CPH Seminar: “Magnesium Sulfate to Prevent Cerebral Palsy in Preterm Infants: When a Composite Outcome Leads to Confusion,” 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. Speaker: Mark Klebanoff, principal investigator, Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Presented by the College of Public Health. Learn more >

FEB. 9

CPH Seminar: "Approaches for Allocating Observations in a Stratified Ranked Set Sample," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Chris Sroka, Battelle Memorial Institute. Presented by the College of Public Health and the Division of Biostatistics. Learn more >

FEB. 10

Fireside Chat on Ohio State Cancer Research: 6 p.m., Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. Michael A. Caligiuri, director of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, will discuss future of cancer research, prevention, treatment and discoveries being made at Ohio State. For more information and to register for this free event, call 614-293-6428.

FEB. 16

Tales from the Field: "LiFE Sports: A University-Wide Initiative focused on Addressing Health and Social Concerns through Sport," noon-1 p.m., Graves Hall, room 1167. Speaker: Dawn Anderson-Butcher, College of Social Work. Presented by the College of Public Health Alumni Society. A light lunch will be offered. RSVP to http://go.osu.edu/lifesports. Learn more >

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 >

FEB. 25

18th annual Opportunities Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room, 1739 N. High St. The event provides public-health students an opportunity to collect information about available practicums, research projects and post-graduate positions. To attend, e-mail pecs@cph.osu.edu.

FEB. 26
Let Me Down Easy: The College of Public Health invites students, faculty and staff to a performance by Anna Deavere Smith. She will perform her Off-Broadway hit "Let Me Down Easy" in Columbus' historic Lincoln Theatre.The Health Sciences colleges at Ohio State have a block of seats for the 8 p.m. performance on Feb. 26, which are available at a discounted price: $42 for Health Sciences faculty and staff; and $10 each for Health Sciences students. Learn more >
APRIL 13
The College of Public Health will welcome Christy Turlington Burns for a free presentation of her documentary "No Woman, No Cry" at 7 p.m. in the Mershon Auditorium. Turlington Burns advocates for maternal health for the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE). She also is a Master of Public Health student at Columbia University's Mailman School. Her documentary shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States. The event is cosponsored by Ohio States' Health Sciences colleges and the Wexner Center. More information to come.
 
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