March 22, 2011

What's News - CPH and Chinese universities unite to address climate change, human health; Upcoming CPH events
Faces and Places - Lee and Marion present at National Beach Conference in Miami
Useful Tidbits - Food Innovation Center welcomes new membership applications; Vanpooling program for Ohio State faculty and staff; Free desk-side recycling bins available; Upcoming public health events
The World We Live In - Menthol cigarette ban may aid public health; Japanese atomic plume doesn't pose health threat to U.S. coast; Can exercise impact childhood obesity problem?
Photo Finish - Winter Grads

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CPH collaborates with Chinese universities to address impact of climate change on human health

The College of Public Health will once again collaborate with universities in China to offer a summertime course on climate change and global health.

The course, called Climate Change and Human Health, was developed by Qinghua Sun, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Sun has worked closely with his counterparts in China to develop the curriculum.

This year's live, video-based course will pair Ohio State students with Chinese students at Hangzhou Normal University and Binzhou Medical College.

The course, which is open to graduates and undergraduates, teaches students to indentify diseases associated with climate change, as well as discusses actions to combat their ill effects.

Last year's course linked Ohio State and Dalian Medical University in Dalian, China. Since then, both universities have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate further in the future. Plans include developing a dual-degree program and offering a student training program.

UPCOMING CPH EVENTS
'No Woman, No Cry' documentary explores risks of childbirth, April 13
The College of Public Health and the Wexner Center for the Arts are presenting a free screening of "No Woman, No Cry," a documentary about the risks of giving birth without adequate care, at 7 p.m. April 13 in Mershon Auditorium. The film is directed by model and maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, who shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States. A Q&A session will follow at 8 p.m. Read more >

Mid Ohio Foodbank event rescheduled for April 26, volunteers requested

The College of Public Health Alumni Society is organizing a volunteer event from 5:30-8 p.m. on April 26 at the Mid Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City. Join College of Public Health alumni, faculty, staff and students for an evening of inspecting, cleaning and sorting food items that have been donated to the food bank. Pizza will be provided to those who arrive at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP >

Conference on Comparative Effectiveness Research, May 17

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences is hosting a conference on "Comparative Effectiveness Research: Methodology, Translation and Policy," 9 a.m. to 4 pm., May 17 at the Ohio Union. The conference is for clinician researchers, fellows and health professionals interested in Comparative Effectiveness Research. Registration is available through the Center for Public Health Practice at www.cphplearn.org. Learn more >

 
Lee and Marion present at National Beach Conference in Miami

Assistant Professor Jiyoung Lee and PhD student Jason Marion presented research on water quality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Beach Conference in Miami, Fla., March 15-17.

Lee gave presentations about two of her studies that examine markers of fecal contamination associated with swimming-related illnesses at Ohio beaches. One study shows that beach water is contaminated by fecal matter from humans and birds. The other study challenges the utility of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's most likely new method for determining beach closures. Lee conducted the research with Marion, Associate Professor Tim Buckley and visiting scholars Chang Soo Lee and Cheong Hoon Lee.

Marion presented results on the relationship between water quality indicators, such as nutrients and water flow, and their effectiveness of predicting when E. coli levels are above standard.

Jiyoung Lee and Jason Marion

 
Food Innovation Center welcomes new membership applications

Innovative solutions to some of the world's most vexing problems require collaboration among STEM, business, and social science experts. Such broad partnerships are encouraged in the spring 2011 round of Food Innovation Center seed grants. In advance of the competition, the center welcomes membership applications from Ohio State faculty interested in collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world. Currently more than 90 members from 12 colleges, including the College of Public Health, participate in this OAA-supported center. Read more > Contact: Carolee Barber at barber.122@osu.edu.

Vanpooling program for Ohio State faculty and staff

In partnership with Ohio State's Transportation and Parking Services, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's RideSolutions program continues to provide faculty and staff with vanpooling services. Vanpool groups are forming from cities including Lancaster, Mansfield, Springfield, Marysville, and Dublin, and others. For details on vanpooling opportunities and special promotions through the end of the year, click here. Contact: Patty Olmsted at 233-4133 or polmsted@morpc.org.

Free desk-side recycling bins available

As part of an effort to improve the university's waste diversion rate, Facilities Operations and Development is offering free desk side recycling bins. In 2010 Ohio State diverted 24 percent of its waste from the landfill (the goal is 40 percent). Bins are available for desk areas that are used over 20 hours per week. The campus community is asked to replace old cardboard recycling bins with the new bins. Orders can be placed using Stores and item number S51040. Place your order while supplies last. Contact recycle@osu.edu. Read more >

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEALTH EVENTS
CGS to host Sustainability Summit, April 1

The Council for Graduate Students Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility Committee is hosting Sustainability Summit 2011: The Future of Sustainability at OSU from 3-5 p.m. April 1 in the Ohio Union Great Hall. The event will feature presentations by leading experts from across the university, followed by a panel Q&A session. Refreshments provided. Visit the event's Facebook page. Contact: Ryan Hottle at (740) 258-8450 or hottle.7@osu.edu.

2011 Annual PRC Conference, April 13-14

More than 400 public health researchers, communicators, practitioners and community advocates will convene in Atlanta, Ga., for the Prevention Research Centers Annual Conference, April 13-14. Members from the 37 national PRCs will showcase their research and share ideas that promote health and quality of life. Read more >

Fight poverty with innovation event summit, April 15

The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit, set for April 15 in Mershon Auditorium at the Wexner Center, is a dynamic conference that engages students, academics, and community leaders to explore innovative, market-based solutions to poverty. Speakers work in numerous sectors to alleviate poverty, with a particular focus on health and human services, science and technology, and civic development. The student team organizing this event has raised more than $25,000 to make APTE open to the public and free to attend. RSVP at http://bit.ly/RSVPforAPTE. Read more: http://fisher.osu.edu/apte

Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity, April 21

Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science is a co-sponsor of the sixth Annual Spring Conference, featuring an Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity taking place on April 21 at the Lexington Convention Center. The event is presented by the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Read more: >

 

Menthol cigarette ban may aid public health

Removing menthol cigarettes from sale in the U.S. would benefit public health, members of an advisory panel said in a report that urged more studies. (Reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.) Read more >

Japanese atomic plume doesn't pose health threat to U.S. coast

Radiation wafting toward the U.S. from stricken nuclear reactors in Japan presents less of a danger than 1950s-era atomic weapons testing or the 1986 Chernobyl accident, weather experts and government officials said yesterday. (Reported by Bloomberg.) Read more >

Can exercise impact childhood obesity problem?

Michelle Obama's public awareness program aims to improve the health of the nation's children, and maybe even their parents' health. Experts weigh in on its chances and the hurdles it must overcome. (Reported by the Los Angeles Times.) Read more >

 

WINTER GRADS -- Twelve College of Public Health students graduated this winter quarter, including (pictured from left beside Dean Stan Lemeshow) Kyle Kleman, Toni Tester and Sumayyah Abdullah. The students attended a reception presented by the college on Thursday (March 17). Tester received an MPH with a specialization in Epidemiology. Her academic advisor was Judith Schwartzbaum, associate professor of Epidemiology. Kleman received an MPH with a specialization in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. His academic advisor was Mary Ellen Wewers, professor of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Abdullah received a PhD in Epidemiology. Her academic advisor was Epidemiology professor Randy Harris.

 

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MARCH 28

Spring quarter classes begin at Ohio State

MARCH 31

CPH Seminar: "Stigma as a Social Determinant of Global Reproductive Health," 12:30-1:30pm, Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010. Speaker: M. Turan, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, University of California, San Francisco. Presented by the College of Public Health and the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Learn more >

APRIL 4-10

National Public Health Week. Learn more >

APRIL 6

CPH Seminar: "Conducting infectious disease epidemiologic research: Secrets, Sex and STIs in Tanzania," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Alison Norris, MD, PhD, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Presented by the College of Public Health Division of Epidemiology. Learn more >

APRIL 12

Gary Taubes Talk: 1-2:30 p.m., Thompson Library, Campus Reading Room (1120). Earn YP4H points by learning about good and bad calories from Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional  Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease. RSVP to regina.dudzik@osumc.edu by April 5.

APRIL 13

"No Women, No Cry:" 7 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. The College of Public Health and the Wexner Center for the Arts are presenting a free screening of "No Woman, No Cry," a documentary about the risks of giving birth without adequate care. The film is directed by model and maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, who shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the United States. A Q&A session will follow at 8 p.m. Read more >

APRIL 26

CPH Mid Ohio Foodbank Volunteer Day: 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 evening of inspecting, cleaning and sorting food items that have been donated to the food bank. Pizza will be provided to those who arrive at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP >

 
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