Feb. 8, 2011

What's News - CPH on track with Ohio State's conversion to a semester calendar; EHS offers new course this spring on water contamination; Upcoming CPH events
Faces and Places - Student Spotlight on Carla Hill; Lu family welcomes baby boy; Health Administration alumnus appointed to head Aurora Health Care; Xiang recognized with two awards at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Useful Tidbits - Multicultural Center welcomes 'Precious' producer Lisa Cortes; President Gee to host Town Hall meeting; CCTS Sponsors Tools of the Trade; Upcoming public health webinars
The World We Live In - WVU wants $5M for new School of Public Health; Bedbug problems in hotels call for better pesticides, U.S. regulation; Middle-class children relying more on public programs

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CPH on track with Ohio State's conversion to a semester calendar

Faculty and staff in College of Public Health have been planning for Ohio State's conversion from a quarter to a semester calendar, which takes effect in summer 2012.

"We feel the quality and value of public health degree programs will be improved by the new semester curricula," said Michael Bisesi, senior associate dean of academic affairs, in a statement on the college's website. "We will do our best to ease this transition."

To update faculty, staff and students on our progress, the college's website now has information that addresses frequently asked questions, a course conversion table, and other helpful links.

Click here to learn more >

Michael Bisesi

EHS offers new course this spring on water contamination

Jiyoung Lee, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, will teach a new course this spring quarter called "Water Contamination: Sources and Health Impact." Among a list of topics, she will discuss the impact of climate change on water quality and the safety of Ohio's public beaches.

"Water contamination affects our health and daily life in a variety of ways," Lee said. "It's been one of the biggest pollution problems and is gaining new attention as we expect more extreme weather events due to climate change." The 4-credit-hour course will be offered 1:30-3:18 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday.

Learn more >

Jiyoung Lee

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 pizza social, Feb. 22

The college's two alumni societies invite faculty, staff, students and alumni to a pizza social on Feb. 22. The cost is $10. 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. (Basketball tickets are sold out.) 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 >

2011 HSMP Alumni Dinner at ACHE, March 22

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society will hold its Alumni Dinner at 6 p.m. on March 22 at the Riva Restaurant on Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. The dinner coincides with the 2011 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, March 21-24. The event will highlight the William O. Cleverley Scholarship Program. For more information > Register here >

 
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT ON CARLA HILL
Carla Hill and her advisor, Professor Allard Dembe, discuss her pursuit of a Master of Health Administration degree. View the video on the College of Public Health's YouTube channel here >

Lu family welcomes baby boy

Bo Lu, assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics, and his wife, Xinyi Xu, welcomed their new son, Henry, on Jan. 29. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 20.75 inches. "Both mom and baby are back at home now," Lu said via e-mail. The couple also has a 3-year-old named Audrey.

Congratulations to Bo and his newly extended family!

Henry Lu

Health Administration alumnus appointed to head Aurora Health Care

Ray Grady, who received an MS in Health Administration in 1974, was named chief administrative officer of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care in December. Grady previously served as chief executive of the Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Ill. Read more about Grad in an article that appeared in The Business Journal on Dec. 6. Congratulations, Ray!

Xiang recognized with two awards at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Huiyun Xiang, who has a joint appointment as an associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology and as a researcher at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, received two awards from the Research Institute in January for his accomplishments as a principal investigator and director of the center's International Program. Xiang received the 2010 Outstanding Principal Investigator and 2010 Outstanding Mentor awards. "We are incredibly proud of his achievements," said Gary Smith, Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. Read more >

 
Multicultural Center welcomes 'Precious' producer Lisa Cortes, tonight

The Multicultural Center will hold its 41st Annual United Black World Month kick-off event at 7:30 p.m. today (Feb. 8) in the Ohio Union Performance Hall with featured speaker Lisa Cortes, producer of the film "Precious." Cortes will provide a glimpse into the dynamic film industry while discussing the art of social justice in films. Read more >

President Gee to host Town Hall meeting, Feb. 17

President Gee will hold a Town Hall meeting for faculty and staff from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the US Bank Theatre at the Ohio Union. Among the issues he will discuss are state budget matters, pension reform, and the university's streamlining initiatives. A substantial portion of the meeting will be devoted to a question-and-answer session.

CCTS Sponsors 'Tools of the Trade,' Feb. 22

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science will offer a daylong "Tools of the Trade" event for early investigators who need resources to get their research up and running. The free event, open to investigators of all disciplines, will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 22 at the Ohio Union Cartoon Room. Register online >

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEALTH WEBINARS
Harnessing the power of social media for cancer control, Feb. 23

The use of social media within the fields of public health and health communication offers new opportunities for collaboration, data sharing, research, training, and capacity building in cancer control and prevention. In the National Cancer Institute's upcoming Research to Reality cyber-seminar, from 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 23, Jonathan Cho will discuss the use of social media tools and platforms to move research into practice and promote evidence-based cancer control and prevention programs. Register here. For more information, e-mail ResearchtoReality@mail.nih.gov.

Using social marketing to strengthen public health policies, March 31

The National Association of Local Boards of Health's 12th annual Ned E. Baker Lecture in Public Health will focus on how to use social marketing to enhance public health policy, from 4-5:30 p.m. on March 31. This live, interactive webcast, co-presented by the Bowling Green State University College of Health and Human Services, is available and open to the public. Register here. For more information, visit www.nalboh.org.

 

WVU wants $5M for new School of Public Health

West Virginia University has asked the state for $5 million to create a School of Public Health -- funding that some members of the Senate say would be a smart investment. (Reported by the Charleston Gazette.) Read more >

Bedbug problems in hotels call for better pesticides, U.S. regulation

Hotel operators, public health officials and leaders of an industry spawned to combat bedbugs urged tighter U.S. regulations and development of effective pesticides during the second National Bed Bug Summit. (Reported by Bloomberg.) Read more >

Middle-class children relying more on public programs, report finds

As income gap between middle-class and weathly families grows, middle-class parents are increasingly relying on government-provided health and education programs to support their children. (Reported by The Huffington Post.) Read more >

 

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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's two alumni societies invite faculty, staff, students and alumni to a pizza social on Feb. 22. The cost is $10. 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. (Basketball tickets are sold out.) 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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