October 25, 2011

What's News - Iezzoni to present Midland Lecture; APHA/ASPH Conference; Spotlight on CPH Information Systems
Faces and Places - Katz, Paskett win Telly Award; CPH faculty run Columbus Marathon
Useful Tidbits - Updating faculty bio web pages
Photo Finish - Cunz Hall Grand Opening and Champions of Public Health

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Iezzoni to present Midland Lecture

Lisa I. Iezzoni will present the 2011 Midland Lecture on the topic “Eliminating Health Care Disparities for Persons with Disabilities” on Thursday, October 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater.

Lisa I. Iezzoni, M.D., M.Sc. is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She has published and spoken widely on risk adjustment and also studies health care quality, delivery system, and policy issues relating to persons with disabilities.

At least 54 million U.S. residents live with disabilities, and these numbers will grow substantially in coming decades with aging "baby boomers." For a variety of reasons, persons with disabilities experience health care disparities, such as lower rates of screening services and difficulties accessing care.

The lecture is sponsored by the college’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy and The Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES).

Registration is requested for this free lecture. Please register online or call

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Lisa I. Iezzoni
APHA/ASPH Annual Meeting Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.

The College of Public Health will host a reception in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and the Association of Schools of Public Health Annual Meeting.

College of Public Health faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to join Dean Stanley Lemeshow on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Zaytinya Restaurant, located at 701 9th St. NW, Washington D.C.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

Please RSVP to Lisa Frericks at buckeyes@cph.osu.edu or (614) 247-4241 by October 26.

You are also welcome to join other public health professionals at the Ohio Public Health Association Annual Ohio Dinner, immediately following the CPH reception at Zaytinya. For more information, including registration, go to www.ohiopha.org.

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Spotlight on CPH Information Systems

The IS team posed for a group photo at the Oct. 14 Cunz Hall Grand Opening. Pictured from left to right: Michael Sabatino, senior systems manager; Cal Eschenburg, student worker; Nick Vaver, systems analyst; Don Shymanski, director; Daniel Sabatino, developer.

The College of Public Health’s last remaining items from Starling-Loving Hall were moved into Cunz Hall on Sunday, Oct. 23, when the Information Systems (IS) staff shut down the computer server network and transported all the college’s servers and infrastructure.

The server units were physically moved into the new server room, located in 243 Cunz Hall, along with the college’s firewall and networking units. E-mail and file services were restored on Sunday afternoon after the IS team prevailed against some unexpected technology issues.

“It will be much easier to manage our equipment from Cunz Hall instead of six different buildings,” said Don Shymanski, director, IS. “We used to have upwards of 60 critical connections and now we have 15. That is a huge difference.”

The reduced number of critical connections is a result of a more robust system with larger storage capacities and an ideal system layout in the server room/networking closets.

“We designed the new space so that everything flows better and looks a lot cleaner. It’s also about four times larger than our previous server room, has additional cooling, better airflow and greatly improved lighting” said Shymanski. “Our network speed is also 1,000 times faster than before.”

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Michael Bisesi, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received an award from Perry County for a study titled “Perry County community needs assessment." Bisesi also received awards from the Columbus Public Health for a study titled “Community coverage for seasonal influenza vaccine in Franklin County” and from the Holmes County Health District for a study titled “Holmes County pandemic influenza and POD workshops.”

Timothy Buckley, associate professor  the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received an award from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission for a study titled “Evaluating the linkage between Lake Erie water quality and public health.”

Nancy Hood, a doctoral student in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, received an award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development  for a study titled “Smoke-free policies in subsidized housing.” Hood’s College of Public Health advisor is Phyllis Pirie.

Susan Olivo-Marston, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, received an award from the National Cancer Institute for a study titled “The effect of childhood and lifetime obesity and colon carcinogenesis.”

Phyllis Pirie, professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, received an award from the National Library of Medicine for a study titled "Reaching a wider audience: Modifying NetWellness content and outreach."

Qinghua Sun, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, received an award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for a study titled  “Air pollution on Adiposity and Vascular Dysfunction: White or Brown Matters?” Sun also received an award from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for a study titled “Synergistic effects of obesity and air pollution on cardiac function.”

Jay Wilkins, professor in the Division of Epidemiology, received an award from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for a study titled “Secondary Injuries Among US Workers with Disabilities," which includes College of Public Health co-investigator Bo Lu.


Katz, Paskett win Telly Award

Mira Katz, associate professor, in the college’s Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, and Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research, received a bronze Telly Award in the health education category for a short film they produced entitled HPV Vaccine Education for Parents in Ohio Appalachia.

The national Telly Awards honor the best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and work created for the web. The 32nd Annual Telly Awards judges received more than 11,000 entries from 50 states and five continents.

Katz led the development of the educational film that is being used as an intervention tool in a National Cancer Institute-funded study that examines the HPV vaccine and the increased cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates among women living in Appalachia Ohio.

Katz and Paskett developed the content for the film with assistance from caregivers of young female adolescents and health care providers from one Appalachia Ohio County.

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Mira Katz

Electra Paskett

CPH faculty run Columbus Marathon

Amy Ferketich

Randi Love

Alison Norris

Paula Song

Four CPH faculty participated in the Nationwide Insurance Columbus Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 21 along with a record sold-out field of 17,000 athletes.

The four faculty who participated were: Amy Ferketich, Epidemiology; Randi Love, Health Behavior and Health Promotion; Alison Norris, Epidemiology; and Paula Song, Health Services Management and Policy.

Thanks for representing CPH and congratulations on your achievement!

If you ran the marathon or know of other CPH faculty or staff who ran, please let us know by sending an e-mail to cbenseler@cph.osu.edu.

Updating faculty bio web pages

Please send your faculty bio updates to Carrie Benseler at cbenseler@cph.osu.edu. The communications office is working on a permanent solution for updating faculty bios using OSUPro.


Cunz Hall Grand Opening and Champions of Public Health Celebration Oct. 14

The Cunz Hall Grand Opening and Champions of Public Health Celebration was held on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 outdoors at the South entrance of Cunz Hall. An estimated 250-300 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends from across the university and beyond attended the festivities. Click here to view more photos from the event.


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OCT. 27

Resume/Cover Letter Writing Workshop: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Cunz Hall, Room 160. RSVP to pecs@cph.osu.edu.

OCT. 27

HSMP Fall Seminar: Midland Lecture: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Lisa I. Iezzoni, MD, MSc, Professor, Harvard Medical School and Director, Mongan Institute for Health Policy. Topic: Eliminating Health Care Disparitites for Persons with Disabilities. Please RSVP to mkleis@cph.osu.edu.

OCT. 28
Graduate Studies Committee Meeting: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Cunz Hall, Dean's Conference Room.
NOV. 2
CPH Alumni Society Lunch 'N Learn: 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Cunz Hall, Room 160. Dr. Randi Love will present "HIV/AIDS: 30 Years and Counting." Please RSVP to buckeyes@cph.osu.edu. Lunch provided.
NOV. 3

Environmental Health Sciences Seminar: 12:30 - 1:18 p.m. Cunz Hall, Room 160. "Risk Assessment of Childhood Exposure to Methamphetamine Labs."

NOV. 10
HSMP Fall Seminar: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 255 Cunz Hall. Michael Morrisey, PhD, Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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