May 31, 2011

What's News - Jumping into Mirror Lake? Try to be the first, say public health researchers; College of Public Health offers new 'Training for Transition Course'; College of Public Health's 2011 Summer Program
Faces and Places - Goins going; Media Mentions
Useful Tidbits - Fulbright opportunities in public/global health
Photo Finish - 'Cruise Control'

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Jumping into Mirror Lake? Try to be the first, say public health researchers

Vanessa Burrowes, an undergraduate majoring in Biology, has tested the water in Mirror Lake during the traditional jump preceding the Ohio State -- Michigan football game.

She knows she can't keep students from jumping into Mirror Lake, but she recommends a strategy.

"I realize I won't be able to prevent every student from participating in this event, but I would recommend that if they are going to, they jump early on in the night, before all of the sediments re-suspend the bacteria that pose a human-health risk," Burrowes said.

Burrowes worked on the research with Jiyoung Lee, assistant professor in the College of Public Health's Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS). They along with several EHS doctoral students presented results of this research and other water studies at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans, May 21-24.

Presenters included Burrowes, Professor Lee, postdoctoral students Cheonghoon Lee and Chang Soo Lee, and doctoral students Jason Marion, Jonathan Lutz and Senyo Agidi. Read more >

Vanessa Burrowes, an honors student who works in Jiyoung Lee's lab, presented research that investigated the potential health threat of the annual "Mirror Lake Jump." Burrowes also presented the research at the Ohio State Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in May.

College of Public Health offers new 'Training for Transition Course'

The Center for Public Health Practice is offering a new, two-day "Training for Transition Course," from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., June 18-19 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Co-sponsored by Transition Central Ohio and Ohio State's EARTH Center, the course addresses what communities can do to be more resilient in the face of financial uncertainty, climate change, and rising energy costs and unstable energy availability. The course is based on the popular Transition Movement, founded in the United Kingdom, which unites people to discuss local solutions to these global problems. Learn more and register > Questions? Contact Mac Crawford, clinical assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, at

College of Public Health's 2011 Summer Program

This year the Summer Program will celebrate its 12th year of bringing world-renowned faculty to The Ohio State University campus to teach a broad range of courses in epidemiology, biostatistics and public health practice. The program, which includes 12 courses, will be held July 11-22. Registration is open through June 20. For more information and registration details, call 614-292-2291 or click here >


The College of Public Health will once again join Columbus Public Health in sponsoring a farmers' market in downtown Columbus, July 28, Aug. 4 and 11. Volunteers will be needed. Stay tuned to Tuesday Times for more information.

Goins going

Web Development Specialist Pat Goins is leaving the College of Public Health to pursue a position as a clinical application analyst at the Ohio State University Medical Center. His last day is June 2. Goins has worked for the college since July 2010, dividing his time between the Office of External Relations and Advancement and Information Systems. Goins was instrumental in designing a new content management system for the college's website and creating the college's first online viewbook.

Best of luck, Pat. We'll miss your expertise and positive attitude.

Pat Goins


Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, is a featured expert in an article titled "East Baltimore bus facility stirs neighbors' ire" that published in the Baltimore Sun on May 30. Read more >


Fulbright Scholar program offers opportunities in public/global health

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combined teaching/research awards in public health and global health. Faculty and professionals in public health and global health also can apply for "All Discipline" awards open to all fields. For more information, visit Deadline for applications is Aug. 1. Awards include:
• Democratic Republic of the Congo: Award No. 2018, Public Health
• China: Award No. 2087, Public Administration/Public Policy
• Indonesia: Award No. 2099, Science and Technology
• Ukraine: Award No. 2374, Public Administration, NGO Management, Health Administration or Public Health
• Brazil: Award No. 2486, Science and Technology


CRUISE CONTROL -- Carol Smathers, program manager of The Ohio State University Prevention Research Center, participates in a car-sharing program on campus called Connect by Hertz. The program allows Ohio State faculty, staff and students to borrow vehicles, conveniently parked around the university, at a moment's notice.

"Now that my husband and I share one car, I'm much more motivated to ride my bike and use public transportation," Smathers said last week before getting into a Toyota Prius to drive to an off-campus meeting.

Participants pay an hourly rate or daily rate to borrow a variety of vehicles. Smathers said she paid $8 an hour to drive the Prius. "Reserving and using the cars is extremely easy and convenient, and it costs far less than owning another vehicle," Smathers added.

The program also is beneficial to the environment, since less cars on the road means less energy consumption, vehicle congestion and emissions.

"The car-sharing program makes it possible for me to bike to work and still have a car available for meetings I need to drive to off campus," Smathers said.

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Last day of regularly scheduled classes at The Ohio State University.

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 >

JUNE 6-9
Final examinations at Ohio State

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

Ohio State spring commencement: noon, the Ohio Stadium. Commencement speaker: John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House, Representative, Ohio's 8th Congressional District
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