May 3, 2011

What's News - Li targets widespread respiratory virus; Spring commencement faculty participation; Operation Feed initiatives and opportunities; Campus Campaign update; CPH surveys; Wanted: 2010 faculty publication information; Upcoming CPH events; New grants and contracts
Faces and Places - MHA students lend helping hands; Two EHS students accept 3-month internships overseas
Useful Tidbits - Farmers market returns to Ohio State this week; Using Carmen's Regular Expressions in the Quiz Tool; upcoming public health events
The World We Live In - Soft drink industry fights proposed food stamp ban; Pesticides: Scarier than previous studies have shown; China's 300 million smokers banned from smoking in public areas
Photo Finish - 'Ounce of Prevention'

If you are having trouble viewing Tuesday Times, click here >

Li targets widespread respiratory virus

Thanks to $2.6 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Research Initiative, Environmental Health assistant professor Jianrong Li is helping crack the code that could lead to new vaccines and interventions against paramyxoviruses, responsible for the majority of acute viral respiratory infections in humans and animals.

The Paramyxoviridae family of viruses includes a number of pathogens, such as those that cause measles and mumps. Although vaccines have been available for decades against those two childhood diseases, attempts at developing a vaccine for three related illnesses have failed. Infants, children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are most subject to these illnesses.

Read more >

Jianrong Li

Spring commencement faculty participation

Ohio State strives to have at least 10 faculty representatives from each academic unit at spring commencement. College of Public Health faculty members wishing to be part of the spring commencement processional on June 12 at Ohio Stadium should contact Susan Price, executive assistant to the dean, at sprice@cph.osu.edu. The deadline for ordering caps and gowns at University Bookstores is May 13. All faculty who participate should report to the rotunda entrance of the stadium with cap and gown at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Office of Commencement and Special events at 292-9051.

Operation Feed initiatives and opportunities

An Operation Feed update from coordinator Renee' Watts:

Since yesterday's Virtual Food Drive announcement benefitting Operation Feed, our total meals have increased to 851 … 39 percent of our goal. It's heartwarming to see so many people "step-up-to-the-plate" (like that pun?) and open up their wallets to help out. Operation Feed is planning a number of activities to raise our meal count toward our 2,200 goal, including:

It's the Great American Peanut Butter Challenge! Last year this was a big success so why not try it again? Chunky is in one corner and creamy in the other, ready to duke it out for the favorite flavor of CPH. Bring in your preference to the collection boxes by May 13 and we'll announce the "winner" on May 16.

Feed yourself and someone in need: On May 13 we also will be offering box lunches for faculty, staff and students from FreshBox with proceeds benefitting Operation Feed. On this date the faculty meeting will be held in the Psychology Building next to Cunz. This will be the location of the box lunch pickup in the lobby area outside the lecture halls. Susan Price is coordinating efforts. Look for an email soon with details and ordering information.

Cunz Hall tours! This time it's really going to happen. The week of May 16 faculty and staff will have the opportunity to tour the building at 3:30 each day. In order to keep some order, we will divide the groups up per division/center/administration. Look for the schedule in an email to RSVP and for details. To follow the theme of support for Operation Feed "admission" of $1 will be charged to tour the building. All proceeds will go to Operation Feed. It will be worth the price to see the progress, plus you're helping a great cause -- the people of central and eastern Ohio.

GO BUCKS for Operation Feed!

For more information, contact coordinators Renee' Watts or Susan Price.

Campus Campaign update

Campus Campaign ended April 29. With preliminary reporting, the College of Public Health is still the highest participating college on campus with an overall participation rate of 67 percent! Thank you so much for your dedication to Ohio State.

The highest participating unit within the college is the administrative area (IS, advancement, HR, dean's office, facilities, and grants) with an 86 percent participation rate. Because this group already received a bagel breakfast, the second highest-group will get the next bagel breakfast.

Drumroll …

The bagel winning group with the second-highest participation rate is HBHP with 79 percent! Susan Price will help coordinate your bagel breakfast.

In the last days of the campaign, Biostatistics moved up to 71 percent participation. Kudos also to EHS and HSMP, each with 67 percent participation.

We expect the university to release its final report on May 10.

CPH surveys

Diversity Climate survey
The College of Public Health is conducting a Diversity Climate Survey to measure our successes and shortfalls in the area of diversity. Responses are reported anonymously and taken seriously by the college, which strives toward creating an environment that values and embraces all forms of diversity. Please take 10-15 minutes to tell us your thoughts and experiences. The survey will remain open until May 13. Take the survey here >

Tuesday Times survey
The college's advancement office is currently conducting a readership survey designed to help us improve Tuesday Times, the weekly faculty/staff e-newsletter. Our intent is to ensure that Tuesday Times is useful and relevant for you. Your survey responses are anonymous and only group data will be reported.

The survey should take 5 minutes or less to complete. In addition to multiple choice and rating questions, it includes two optional open-ended questions for your suggestions. The survey will be open through May 10. We appreciate your feedback. Here is the zoomerang link >

Wanted: 2010 faculty publication information

Wendy Pramik, communications coordinator, is compiling a list of CPH 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 wpramik@cph.osu.edu as soon as possible to be included in the magazine. (Please submit only information for articles that have been published, not "in press" or "submitted" items.)

UPCOMING CPH EVENTS
HSMP talk explores community view of decision-making in healthcare, May 5

Colleen Grogan, of the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, will give a presentation, titled "Who Speaks for the Community? Residents' Perceptions of Effective Community Representation in Local Health Decision-Making," 12:30-1:30 p.m., May 5 in 3006 Smith Laboratories. The presentation is part of the Division of Health Services Management and Policy's Seminar Series. Learn more >

2011 Public Health Combined Conference, May 9-11

The 2011 Public Health Combined Conference will be held May 9-11 at the Doubletree Hotel, 175 Hutchinson Ave., in Worthington. Themed, "Out of the Box and Into the Circle: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Public Health," the event shares information on current trends and issues in the field of public health. The College of Public Health is hosting a reception before the conference from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on May 8 at the hotel. View the full agenda here >

HSMP 'MHA Cup' golf outing and cookout, May 13

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society will hold its 3rd annual "MHA Cup" golf outing and cookout on May 13 at the Glenross Golf Club in Delaware. Cost for the 4-person scramble and dinner is $85 for faculty, staff, alumni and guests; $65 for students; and $20 for dinner only. All proceeds benefit the 2011 Management Institute and Alumni Banquet, held annually in the fall. Registration begins at noon and golf starts at 1 p.m. The cookout and awards ceremony begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Amy Thaci, executive director of the HSMP Alumni Society, at hsmpalum@osu.edu.

Center for Clinical and Translational Science conference, May 17
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science is hosting Comparative Effectiveness Research: Methodology, Translation and Policy on May 17 at the Ohio Union. The conference is geared toward clinician and academic researchers, practitioners, and health professionals working in public health and health care settings. Penny Mohr, Center for Medical Technology Practice, will present the keynote discussion of the current policy and context of CER in health care. For more information, contact Meredith Cameron at 292-2291. Register here >
CPH Information Fair, May 25

The College of Public Health Information Fair will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m., May 25 in the Ohio Union Cartoon Room. CPH faculty, staff and students will share information about our programs with potential students. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Programs at 293-3907 or cph@cph.osu.edu.

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
Mira Katz, associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, received a grant from the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Columbus for a study titled "Black Bonnet Project."
 
MHA students lend helping hands

Master of Health Administration students (clockwise from upper left) Ryan Hackett, Justin Rubbo, Mitch Fair, Preethy Rangan, Sara Samson, Carla Hill and Naomi Makni volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Columbus on April 29.

"We prepared and served dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House who had children in the inpatient unit of Nationwide Children's Hospital," said Hill.

Ronald McDonald houses act as a home away from home so families can be near a hospitalized child, which in turn can help the child cope better and heal faster.

Two EHS students accept 3-month internships overseas

Two Master of Public Health students specializing in Environmental Health Sciences have accepted 3-month internship opportunities overseas.

Paul Kerr III received an offer from a division of the West Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) of the World Health Organization, to work on his project titled "Strengthening Control of Vectorborne Diseases to Lessen the Impact of Climate Change in the Western Pacific Region." Kerr will assist in analyzing data and help manage a project about the control of malaria and other parasitic diseases in Manila, Philippines.

Christina Kim received an offer from the Tropical Disease Research Laboratory in Khon Kaen University, Thailand, to work on a project titled "Environmental Determinants and Epidemiology of Opisthorchis Viverrini (liver fluke) in Thon (Khon) Kaen," led by Professor Banchob Scripa.

Both Kerr and Kim’s academic advisor is Assistant Professor Song Liang.

 
Farmers' market returns to Ohio State this week

The farmers' market returns to the Wexner Center Plaza May 5 and continues each Thursday through Oct. 27. Shop from 3:30-6:30 p.m. for fresh produce, breads, meats and more from area farmers. Faculty and staff can self report their participation to receive points for the Your Plan For Health Incentive Program.

Using Carmen's Regular Expressions in the Quiz Tool

Regular expressions in Carmen quizzes can save hours of manual grading and help provide timely feedback to students immediately and automatically.  Join Ruth Kinder, Ohio State chemistry instructor and regular expression expert, for this hands-on workshop where you'll learn to construct expressions that enable Carmen to automatically score a wide variety of possible responses from students.  This session will be presented twice on May 6 by the OCIO's Digital Union at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in 060 SEL. You should have a basic understanding of how to work with quizzes in Carmen before attending this workshop. More information and registration >

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEALTH EVENTS
Science Cafe to explore Lyme Disease, tomorrow
Join an informal discussion about a scientific topic at the next Science Cafe, set for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow (May 4) in rooms 090 and 070 of the Science and Engineering Library (basement). Glen Needham, Ohio State Extension entomologist, Center for Life Sciences Education, will present "Lyme Disease in Ohio: What You Need to Know." For more information, contact Danny Dotson at dotson.77@osu.edu. Read more >
Appalachia Community Cancer Network Research Seminar, May 5

The Appalachia Community Cancer Network is hosting its sixth annual Ohio ACCN Research Seminar: Addressing Cancer Health Disparities among Women in Appalachia from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5 at the Marriott Northwest Hotel in Dublin. Presentations will include academic partners from Ohio State, other universities, and community partners in Appalachia Ohio. Registration is free; contact Megan Higgins at 293-4112 or megan.higgins@osumc.edu by April 27.

'Globalizing the Curriculum' mini-conference, May 6

The Academy of Teaching invites the campus community to register for its Fifth Annual Mini-Conference, to be held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 6 in the Younkin Success Center. This year's free mini-conference, "Globalizing the Curriculum," will focus on infusing courses with internationally diverse content and connecting with students around the world. View the full schedule of events and register here >

Teresa Long to give National Nurses Week presentation, May 12

Columbus Health Commissioner Teresa Long will present "Nurses building a healthier community," 11 a.m. to noon on May 12 at Newton Hall, room 172. The event is sponsored by the College of Nursing in honor of National Nurses Week, May 6-12. A reception will follow in the Newton Hall lobby, sponsored by The Ohio State University Medical Center. RSVP to Marie Grady at grady.283@osu.edu.

Domestic Violence Conference, May 18
The High Risk Perinatal Project's Project S.A.F.E., in conjunction with the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, will host "Working Together to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault" from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. May 18 at the Fawcett Center. Submission of a completed registration form and payment of $15 are required by May 9. For registration details, contact jeri.wallace@osumc.edu or 293-6245.

13th Biennial Symposium on Statistical Methods, May 24-25

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Statistical Advisory Group, in partnership with the American Statistical Association, is sponsoring the 13th Biennial Symposium on Statistical Methods. The conference will be held in Decatur, Ga., from May 24 to 25 and the theme is "Statistical Applications Using Massive and Emerging Data in Public Health." The symposium will offer invited and oral presentations, poster sessions and a short course. For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Ann Sipe at (404) 498-0980 or sag@cdc.gov. Learn more >

 

Soft drink industry fights proposed food stamp ban

Mayor Bloomberg wants to reduce obesity and diabetes by banning the use of food stamps to buy "sugar-sweetened beverages" in New York City. (Reported by The New York Times.) Read more >

Pesticides: Scarier than previous studies have shown

Three new studies say it may take only tiny amounts of pesticides to lower IQ. (Reported by the Atlantic.) Read more >

China's 300 million smokers banned from smoking in public areas

China, the world's largest cigarette market, banned its estimated 300 million smokers from lighting up in public places in a bid to reduce deaths from tobacco use. (Reported by Bloomberg Businessweek.) Read more >

 

OUNCE OF PREVENTION -- The College of Public Health Alumni Society sponsored a presentation about women's health prevention guidelines by Randee L. Masciola, clinical instructor in the Ohio State College of Nursing, on April 27. Masciola discussed some new guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommend that women get regular preventative testing including mammograms, Pap smears, bone-density tests, colonoscopies and flu shots. Females ages 9-26 also are recommended to have immunizations for HPV to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. Learn more about the preventive guidelines at www.CDC.gov and womenshealth.gov.

 

Photo Request:
The communications office wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We're looking for photos that depict any public health experience. Ideas for entries include a school or community event, a faculty or student research project and a fellowship or internship experience. Please send images with a brief description to wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

View past issues of Tuesday Times on Microsoft Outlook in the "Tuesday Times" folder within the public folders or here on our Web site >

MAY 5

HSMP Seminar Series: "Who Speaks for the Community? Residents' Perceptions of Effective Community Representation in Local Health Decision-Making," 12:30-1:30 p.m., 3006 Smith Laboratories. Speaker: Colleen Grogan, of the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Presented by Division of Health Services Management and Policy. Learn more >

MAY 13

HSMP 3rd annual 'MHA Cup' Golf Outing and Cookout: Registration begins at noon and golf starts at 1 p.m. cookout and awards ceremony begin at 6 p.m., Glenross Golf Club in Delaware. Cost for the 4-person scramble and dinner is $85 for faculty, staff, alumni and guests; $65 for students; and $20 for dinner only. All proceeds benefit the 2011 Management Institute and Alumni Banquet, held annually in the fall. For more information, contact Amy Thaci, executive director of the HSMP Alumni Society, at hsmpalum@osu.edu.

MAY 15

Open House at the Lemeshows': 5:30-8 p.m., 255 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley. Spring gathering at Stan and Elaine Lemeshow's home for College of Public Health faculty and staff. RSVP to Susan Price at sprice@cph.osu.edu.

MAY 25

CPH Information Fair: 3:30-5:30 p.m., Ohio Union Cartoon Room. CPH faculty, staff and students will share information about our programs with potential students. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Programs at 293-3907 or cph@cph.osu.edu.

 
More College Events >>>
 

 

CONNECT WITH US

Facebook  Twitter  Flickr  RSS

To add an event or bit of information to the next issue of Tuesday Times,
please e-mail Wendy Pramik at wpramik@cph.osu.edu by 5 p.m., Friday.