March 8, 2011

What's News - Andrea Cambern to moderate panel discussion; Clearing our way to Cunz Hall; CPH March Madness Recycling Days; Nominate a CPH staffer for 'Employee of the Year' award; New grants and contracts; Upcoming CPH events
Faces and Places - EHS collaborates with Vet Med to offer new course this spring
Useful Tidbits - Mobile Devices in Education and on Campus; CCTS Community Engagement Appalachian Pilot request for applications; Upcoming public health events
The World We Live In - Some in Weinland Park fed up with OSU's 'urban lab' treatment; Flu Shots: Public health begins with you; China threatens death penalty for food safety violations
Photo Finish - 'Strong Case'

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Andrea Cambern to moderate panel discussion at 'No Woman, No Cry' program

Local television news anchor and health advocate Andrea Cambern will moderate a panel discussion following the screening of "No Woman, No Cry" on April 13.

Panelists include Teresa C. Long, Columbus health commissioner, Mark B. Landon, physician and chair of the Ohio State University Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Walter B. Hull, physician and professor in the Ohio State University Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (Learn more about the panelists.)

The College of Public Health and the Wexner Center for the Arts are presenting the program at 7 p.m. on April 13 at the Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.

Co-sponsors include the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. Learn more >

Andrea Cambern

Christy Turlington Burns

Clearing our way to Cunz Hall

As we prepare to move into Cunz Hall this fall, it's time to start thinking about what we can do to minimize our workspace belongings. With the entire college soon to be housed under one roof, space will be tight.

You can begin to purge and recycle your stuff this month and also partake in RecycleMania, a national competition that includes Ohio State and 600 other colleges and universities.

Trash and recycle bins have already been distributed throughout Starling-Loving Hall, Smith Labs and Graves Hall for your use. One bin will be locked for the disposal of sensitive items. Hardcover books are not recyclable, so save them for a future date when the college will help you give them away. The college's recycled materials will be weighed and the total amount will be reported to the organizers of RecycleMania.

Learn more about what can be recycled here >

• CPH 'March Madness Recycling Days,' March 11 and 18

The college is declaring March 11 and 18 "March Madness Recycling Days." So come to work dressed in your jeans and get ready to clean up your space. Participants will receive a free lunch from FreshBox Catering, a Columbus company that gives a portion of its profits to local charities. Lunches will be available for pickup in Starling-Loving Hall and Smith Labs.

Reply to Susan Price at by tomorrow (March 9) to participate in the cleanup effort and receive a lunch on March 11, or reply by March 16 to receive a lunch on March 18. Vegetarian options are available. (Please only request a lunch if you seriously intend to clean up your work area on these days.)

Nominate a CPH staffer for 'Employee of the Year' award

It's nomination time for the College of Public Health's Employee of the Year award. The recognition program is for staff employees of the college. Past winners include Bruce Casto, Lynne Higginbotham, Renee Watts, Joanne Pearsol, Don Shymanski, Susan Householder and Roger Stockdale. To be eligible, nominees must have been employed by the college for three years and demonstrate excellent relations with coworkers and the public through their actions and attitudes. Sound like someone you know? Learn more about the requirements and nomination process by reviewing the nomination form located in the "Office of the Dean" folder on the transfer drive (T:\Office of the Dean), or request a nomination form from Wendy Pramik at Deadline for nominations is March 31.


Mira Katz, associate professor in the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, received a grant from the National Cancer Institute for a study titled "Team activation to increase HPV vaccination rates," which includes co-investigator  Electra Paskett, professor in the Division of Epidemiology and professor of cancer research in the College of Medicine.

PhD candidate to present talk on MRSA and public transportation, Thursday

EHS PhD candidate Jonathan Lutz will present "Enhanced Removal of a Human Norovirus Surrogate in Fresh Vegetables and Fruits by a Combination of Surfactants and Sanitizers," 12:30-1:18 p.m., Thursday (March 10), in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-008. The seminar is presented by the College of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more >

Graduation reception, March 17

The College of Public Health will hold a reception for this quarter’s graduating class from 4-5 p.m. on March 17 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-010. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. RSVP by March 11 to or call 614-293-3907.

2011 HSMP Alumni Dinner at ACHE, March 22

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society will hold its Alumni Dinner at 6 p.m. on March 22 at the Riva Restaurant on Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. The dinner coincides with the 2011 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, March 21-24. The event will highlight the William O. Cleverley Scholarship Program. For more information > Register here >

Mid Ohio Foodbank event rescheduled for April 26, volunteers requested

The College of Public Health Alumni Society is organizing a volunteer event from 5:30-8 p.m. on April 26 at the Mid Ohio Foodbank, 3960 Brookham Dr., Grove City. Join College of Public Health alumni, faculty, staff and students for an evening of inspecting, cleaning and sorting food items that have been donated to the food bank. Pizza will be provided to those who arrive at 5 p.m. For more information and to RSVP >

Conference on Comparative Effectiveness Research, May 17

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences is hosting a conference on "Comparative Effectiveness Research: Methodology, Translation and Policy," 9 a.m. to 4 pm., May 17 at the Ohio Union. The conference is for clinician researchers, fellows and health professionals interested in Comparative Effectiveness Research. Registration is available through the Center for Public Health Practice at Learn more >


EHS collaborates with Vet Med to offer new course this spring

Song Liang, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, will collaborate with Rebecca Garabed, assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, to teach a new course this spring quarter called "Modeling Transmission and Control of Infectious Diseases in Humans and Animals." The course is designed as an introduction to modeling transmission and control of infectious diseases in humans and animals. The course will be offered 5:30-7:18 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday in Jennings Hall, room 164. For more information, e-mail Liang at or Garabed at

Song Liang

Mobile Devices in Education and on Campus, April 6

Ohio State faculty, staff and students are invited to a full day of engaging sessions about mobile devices based on iOS - iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. This series of seminars will teach you how to use and manage these devices in an educational environment, as well as how to create and deploy your own apps. The event is sponsored by The Ohio State University Office of the Chief Information Officer and Wired Out, The Tech Store @ OSU. The event will take place at the Ohio Union, Barbie Tottle Room, third floor. Learn more >

CCTS Community Engagement Appalachian Pilot request for applications
Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement Program is sponsoring a pilot research award designed to stimulate collaboration between researchers and Appalachian Ohio communities. This award aims to catalyze the extension of existing collaborations between communities in Appalachia and OSU CCTS investigators through the development or enhancement of research coalitions capable of performing innovative, extramurally fundable research that will continue to contribute to the health and well-being of our citizens. Read more >
2011 Annual PRC Conference, April 13-14

More than 400 public health researchers, communicators, practitioners and community advocates will convene in Atlanta, Ga., for the Prevention Research Centers Annual Conference, April 13-14. Members from the 37 national PRCs will showcase their research and share ideas that promote health and quality of life. Read more >

Fight poverty with innovation event summit, April 15

The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit, set for April 15 in Mershon Auditorium at the Wexner Center, is a dynamic conference that engages students, academics, and community leaders to explore innovative, market-based solutions to poverty. Speakers work in numerous sectors to alleviate poverty, with a particular focus on health and human services, science and technology, and civic development. The student team organizing this event has raised more than $25,000 to make APTE open to the public and free to attend. RSVP at Read more:

Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity, April 21

Ohio State's Center for Clinical and Translational Science is a co-sponsor of the sixth Annual Spring Conference, featuring an Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity taking place on April 21 at the Lexington Convention Center. The event is presented by the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Read more: >

Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning, May 3

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting the 17th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning on May 3 at the Fawcett Center. Includes messages by Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Valerie Lee and Fisher College Dean Christine Poon, breakout sessions, lunch with President Gee, and keynote address by Johnnetta Cole. Co-hosts are Student Life, Continuing Education, and the Huntington National Bank. Contact: or 292-1417, 292-8156. Read more:

Second annual CCTS Scientific Research Meeting, May 24

The OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science will hold its second annual CCTS Scientific Research Meeting, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., May 24 in the Biomedical Research Tower. Keynote Speaker Carol Braun Trapnell Flexner will present "Translational Therapeutics and Diagnostics." The meeting will focus on new paradigms in therapeutics, how to engage academia in translational therapeutics/diagnostics, and how to best create and foster a culture of innovation. Learn more >


Some in Weinland Park fed up with OSU's 'urban lab' treatment

Latest signboard project by architecture students stumps residents. (Reported by The Columbus Dispatch.) Read more >

Flu Shots: Public health begins with you

There's no shortage of vaccine this year, and it is widely available -- not just from physicians, but also at local pharmacies. (Reported by The Huffington Post.) Read more >

China threatens death penalty for food safety violations

China is ramping up its food safety laws in light of melamine-tainted milk and other scandals, and the country is now considering the death penalty for such offenders. (Reported by Fast Company.) Read more >


STRONG CASE -- MHA students Chris Baranek, Laura Block and Amelia Brown traveled to Birmingham, Ala., in February to compete in the Heath Administration Case Competition. They joined students from other schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education to compete before a panel of judges. The team received an "Honorable Mention" award for their presentation. The competition allows students an opportunity to put what they've learned into practice by using a real case study. This year's case involved improving collaborative care at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston.

"Our team had a solid presentation and I'm proud of their accomplishments," said Paula Song, assistant professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy. Song mentored the students and traveled with them to Alabama.


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"No Women, No Cry:" 7 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. Documentary about the risks of giving birth without adequate care. College of Public Health is offering this event at no charge to the public. Read more >

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