May 24, 2011

What's News - Breast cancer screening is focus of Amish study; HSMP students discuss healthcare reform; CPH exceeds goal in Operation Feed food drive; 'Cunz Hall Blog' by Renee Watts; New grants and contracts
Faces and Places - Katz performs a 'glass act'; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - 'Mindfulness and Participation in Online Chat' workshop; EHE offers forum to enhance diversity recruitment, retention; Upcoming public health events this week
Photo Finish - 'MHA Cup Recap'

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Breast cancer screening is focus of Amish study

Breast cancer incidence rates among Amish women are lower than the general population of women living in Ohio, however, the Amish have higher rates of advanced stage at diagnosis for breast cancer and screening rates are lower among these women.

Mira Katz, associate professor in the College of Public Health's Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, is working to reverse the trend. She recently received a $13,275 grant from the Columbus Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to lead the second year of a community research project that aims to improve breast cancer knowledge and screening rates among Amish women living in two Ohio Appalachian counties.

Read more >

"The Black Bonnet Project" will reach more than 100
Amish women living in Gallia and Jackson counties.

HSMP students discuss healthcare reform, May 26

Are you interested in healthcare reform? Of course you are. So why not hear about it and where it's headed in the future from College of Public Health students? Faculty, staff and students are invited to a poster presentation from 3:30-5:30 p.m., May 26 in the Ohio Union's Barbie Tootle Room. You'll learn about various aspects of healthcare reform from students in the college's Division of Health Services Management and Policy and representatives of the Association of Future Healthcare Executives.

CPH exceeds goal in Operation Feed food drive
The College of Public Health exceeded its goal of raising 2,200 meals for Operation Feed, by obtaining enough food and monetary donations to create 2,865 meals for hungry families,which will be distributed through the MidOhio Bank. Thanks to all who participated! Also, if you're still in the mood to eat and give to the cause, the dean's office is offering granola bars at a bargain of two-for-one price. You may also still make virtual donations here >

'Cunz Hall Blog' by Renee Watts

You know things are clipping along at a nice pace when you start talking about locations for trash cans, toilet paper, paper-towel dispensers, sanitary napkin dispensers and disposals, and recycling bins.

The last few weeks "all things sanitary" has been discussed, plotted, ordered and started installing.

Read more in the Cunz Hall Blog >

Qinghua Sun, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received an award from the Office of International Affairs for a study titled "Environmental Change in the Three Gorges Dam Region (China) on Major Human Diseases."
Katz performs a 'glass act'

Mira Katz is not only making a difference in Ohio's Amish community (see feature story above), she's also making an impression right here in the College of Public Health.

Katz recently contributed a piece of her glass artwork to the Cunz Hall renovation project. Her piece, titled "Faces of Public Health," will hang on a wall in the revamped building when it opens this fall.

"I wanted to contribute to the new building and I wanted to portray what I think is public health," said Katz, who fused cut pieces of glass to form the faces.

Her artwork required four separate firings in a kiln, amounting to nearly 50 hours of kiln time. Katz has been working in this medium for three years at her home. She rents a kiln in a studio.

"I began to think about our college's five divisions, and the one thing that connects all the disciplines is people," Katz said. "So I decided to highlight the diversity of people."

Allard Dembe, associate professor and chair of the College of Public Health's Division of Health Services Management and Policy (HSMP), recently traveled to China to meet with administrators, faculty and students of Nanjing University in Jiangsu Province. While there, Dembe also met with hospital executives and government officials to discuss healthcare management and research opportunities in China. Click here for a Chinese language news story about Dembe's recent trip >


'Mindfulness and Participation in Online Chat' workshop, May 26

Are you thinking of using a web-conferencing system or live chat to engage your students from a distance?  How will you get -- and keep -- their attention? The Ohio State Digital Union is offering a workshop called "Mindfulness and Participation in Online Chat" from noon-1 p.m., May 26 in Baker Systems, Room 285. ?  Join David Stein and Connie Wanstreet as they describe how this environment with its unique opportunities and challenges can be used for effective teaching. Register here >

EHE offers forum to enhance diversity recruitment, retention, May 27

The Ohio State College of Education and Human Ecology is offering a presentation titled "The Evolving Challenges of Diverse Students at Predominately White Institutions: From Enrollment to Graduation" from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 27 in the College Commons, 260 Ramseyer Hall. Terrell L. Strayhorn, associate professor of Educational Policy and Leadership and an emerging scholar of diverse issues in higher education, will discuss successful recruitment methods and removal of persistent roadblocks for minority college students. Gregory Washington, professor and former interim dean of Engineering, will present "Increasing Diversity: How One College Did It." Seating is limited. Register and RSVP for lunch by contacting the EHE Office of Equity and Diversity at 292-1936 or


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 Learn more >

OSUCCC's 35th anniversary celebration, May 25

You are invited to a celebration in honor of the 35th Anniversary of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center from 12:30-2 p.m. on May 25 in Lincoln Tower Park (grass area north of the Biomedical Research Tower). Celebrate more than three decades of exceptional cancer research. Learn more and register >

Seminar addresses role of geospatial analysis in population health, May 26

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Ohio State will present a seminar titled "The Role of Geospatial Analysis Methods in Population Health," 10:30 a.m. to noon, May 26 in Derby Hall, room 1116. Speaker: Gerard Rushton, professor and geographer specializing in public health at the University of Iowa. For more information, call 614-688-5441.


MHA CUP RECAP -- The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society held its third annual MHA Cup on May 13 at the Glenross Golf Club in Delaware. The golf outing and cookout drew more than two dozen representatives from the College of Public Health including faculty, students and alumni. Pictured above (from left) are faculty members Stephen Loebs, Paula Song, Ann McAlearney and Dick Schrock, who played as a team. Pictured right is this year's winning team, comprised of MHA student Chris Baranek, Chris Bowers (MHA 2010), Aaron Fields (MHA 2010), and MHA student Craig McMillen.


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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


College of Public Health Seminar Series: "Mobile Phones and Brain Tumor risk: Is There Evidence for a Causal Relationship?" 12:30-1:18 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008 Speaker: Maria Feychting, professor of Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden. Presented by the College of Public Health. Learn more >


College of Public Health Class of 2011 Graduation Celebration: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. This spring's graduating class is the largest ever to graduate from the college, so come and wish them well. RSVP by June 6 at

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