November 8, 2011

What's News - Cunz Hall design honored by architect institute; CPH, Nanjing University host joint seminar about health care quality; Iezzoni discussed health care disparities for persons with disabilities at Midland Lecture
Faces and Places - EHS hosts division's first visiting scholar; Seryak and Bornhorst receive ISES awards
Useful Tidbits - Ohio State responds to changing healthcare landscape; November is "Celebration of Research" month at OSU
Photo Finish - Epidemiology 101

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Cunz Hall design honored by architect institute

The renovation of Cunz Hall, new home of The Ohio State University College of Public Health, is drawing praise from the architect community in central Ohio.

Cunz Hall was recognized by the American Institute of Architects Columbus Chapter as one of three recipients of its 2011 AIA Columbus Design Awards. Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design received an honor award for the project.

Barnes’ Cunz Hall renovation design was also a finalist for the Columbus Landmarks Foundation’s 2011 James B. Recchie Design Award.

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CPH, Nanjing University host joint seminar about health care quality

A joint seminar between the College of Public Health (CPH) and Nanjing University on Nov. 8 is the first activity of a mutual cooperation agreement signed earlier this year.

Allard Dembe, chair and associate professor in the college’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy (HSMP), traveled to China earlier this year to develop the agreement with Nanjing University’s School of Government, specifically its Center for Health Management and Care Security Policy Research.

Under this agreement, the two institutions will be organizing several activities including faculty and student exchanges, joint research projects and educational programs.

The seminar, linked via video-conference between CPH and Nanjing University, was held on Nov. 8, in Cunz Hall in a conference room with built-in video-conferencing technology.

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Iezzoni discussed health care disparities for persons with disabilities at Midland Lecture

Lisa I. Iezzoni presented the 2011 Midland Lecture on the topic “Eliminating Health Care Disparities for Persons with Disabilities” on Thursday, Oct. 27 on The Ohio State University campus.

Iezzoni’s talk brought attention to the many ways society fails to accommodate persons with disabilities and the health issues that subsequently arise.

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EHS hosts division's first visiting scholar

A visiting scholar from Senegal joined the College of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) this quarter to expand his expertise in food safety.

Moussa Ndong, PhD, visited from September to November 2011.

Ndong is from Gaston Berger University. The purpose of his visit was to expand his research area to include food safety. He would eventually like to collaborate on global research in microbial safety in food and water with Ohio State faculty, including Jiyoung Lee, assistant professor with the EHS division.

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Moussa Ndong

Seryak and Bornhorst receive ISES awards

Two environmental health students recently received prestigious honors from the International Society for Exposure Science (ISES).

Liesel Seryak, doctoral candidate in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, recently received the DGUV/BGFA award for Young Exposure Scientists from the ISES. The award, which recognizes superior doctoral students working in the field of environmental health, was presented to her at the society’s annual meeting in Baltimore.

Maggie Bornhorst, a Master of Public Health student specializing in Environmental Health Sciences, received second place in the student poster competition of more than 50 posters for her submission entitled “Space and Time Patterns of Traffic-Related Air Pollution on Campus to Inform Exposure and Risk for Transportation and Parking Planning at The Ohio State University.”

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Research by Quinghua Sun, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was featured in an article titled “Pollution Time Bomb,” published in the Huffington Post on Oct. 25.

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Quinghua Sun

Ohio State responds to changing healthcare landscape
The challenges of keeping health care affordable will mean changes to Ohio State's health plans for 2012. These are changes employees should be aware of as Open Enrollment — the time to enroll or make changes to their current health and life coverage and re-enroll in flexible spending accounts — begins Wednesday (11/16) and runs through Friday (12/2). Potentially, employees might be better served in a different plan than they currently use, so having complete information is critical.

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(Submitted by Susie Householder)

November is "Celebration of Research" month at OSU

November 2011 is “Celebration of Research” month at Ohio State – an annual recognition and celebration of the depth and breadth of research at the university. During November, the Office of Research is sponsoring a series of events highlighting the innovative research taking place at the university as well as the wide range of support services available to researchers.

Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, will deliver the "State of Research" address on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Ohio Union and announce the winners of the 2011 "Innovator of the Year" awards.

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(Submitted by Phyllis Pirie)

Epidemiology 101

John R. "Jay" Wilkins III, professor in the Divison of Epidemiology, teaches Principles of Epidemiology on Nov. 8, 2011 in 150 Cunz Hall. Today's lecture discussed the topic of cohort studies.

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NOV. 8

Biostatistics Seminar: Sally Morton. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., 18th Ave. Building, Room 170. Dr. Morton is professor and chair of the Biostatistics Department at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. "Comparative Effectiveness Research: A Statistician’s Perspective."

NOV. 10

HSMP Seminar: Michael Morrisey. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., 255 Cunz Hall. Morrisey, PhD, is professor, Health Care Organization and Policy School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Favorable Selection, Risk Adjustment, and the Medicare Advantage Program."

NOV. 10
EHS Seminar: Maggie Bornhorst and Maggie Guinta. 12:30 - 1:18 p.m., 160 Cunz Hall. Bornhorst will present "Traffic Related Air Polution on Campus." Guinta will present "Risk Assessment of Childhood Exposure to Methamphetamine Labs."
NOV. 13
Seminar: Ivo Dinov. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Psychology Building, Room 010. Dr. Dinov of the Departments of Statistics and Neurology and Center for Computational Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, will be presenting “Computational Neuroinformatics: Challenges, Methods, and Tools”
NOV. 16

Research Presentation for Mac Crawford. 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 160 Cunz Hall. Join us for a research seminar and reception to congratulate Crawford, PhD, on his recent promotion to Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.

NOV. 17
EHS Seminar: Paul Kerr III and Christina Kim. 12:30 - 1:18 p.m. 160 Cunz Hall. Kerr will present "Who? W.H.O.!: A summer at the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Region Office." Kim will present "Exploring Environmental Factors Associated with Opisthorchis viverrini Prevalence in Bithynia Snails in Endemic Areas in Thailand."
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