June 21, 2011

What's News - Lemeshow travels to China to teach biostatistics, discuss future collaborations; Nominations open for 2011 Champions of Public Health; Cunz Hall updates; New grants and contracts; Save the Dates
Faces and Places - CPH celebrates its largest graduating class; HSMP honors spring graduates; EHS students present at national environmental health conference; Alumni Spotlight on Carson Robert Reider
Useful Tidbits - Your password's days are numbered; 'Global Address'; Sustainability at Ohio State; Integrate technology to enhance teaching and learning; 2011 Personalized Health Care National Conference
Photo Finish - 'Plotting Pollution'

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Lemeshow travels to China to teach biostatistics, discuss future collaborations

Dean Stanley Lemeshow taught a short course in Biostatistics to about 60 field epidemiologists from throughout China who worked for the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

College of Public Health Dean Stanley Lemeshow traveled to China earlier this month to teach a short course in Beijing to 60 epidemiologists who worked for the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and to present two seminars at Fudan University in Shanghai and the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lemeshow also met with leaders in public health and higher education to discuss possible collaborations with Ohio State in the future.

.While there, Lemeshow met with alumnus Desmond Thio, who received a Master of Science in Preventive Medicine from Ohio State in 1992.

Thio now is the chief executive officer of Phillips Healthcare in Greater China, a healthcare supplier that has recently supplied ultrasonic devices and training to a grass-roots screening program launched around China.

Thio is interested in partnering with the College of Public Health and other leading public health institutions in China, including the Peking Union Medical College and Fudan University, to advance public health related research, particularly in the areas of disease prevention.

"There are a lot of opportunities to collaborate with these respected Chinese institutions through teaching and research," Lemeshow said. "The next steps are currently being worked on."

Thio will be the featured speaker at the College of Public Health Alumni Society kickoff dinner during Ohio State Reunion Weekend in September.

Lemeshow will give a photo presentation of his recent trip to China from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on June 29 in Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. All are welcome to attend and bring along a packed lunch.

View more photos of Lemeshow's trip on the college's Facebook page >

Desmond Thio and Stan Lemeshow

Nominations open for 2011 Champions of Public Health

The Champions of Public Health Awards recognize the impact that individuals and groups have made on the health of Ohioans. The 2011 Champions of Public Health Awards reception will be held on Oct. 14, in conjunction with the Grand Opening of Cunz Hall.

We invite you to identify and nominate worthy individuals who, through their professional achievements, volunteer service or civic involvement, personify the mission of the College of Public Health to advance knowledge and improve lives. Learn more and download the nomination form here >

View a list of past Champions here >

Cunz Hall updates

Buck ID: In order to gain access into Cunz Hall after normal business hours, you will need a Buck ID card. Since the building is not part of the Ohio State Medical Center, your Medical Center badges will no longer apply. Faculty and staff members should obtain a Buck ID on the third floor of the Ohio Union by July 25.

Healthier vending: Thanks to the efforts of Assistant Professor Liz Klein and Facilities Manager Renee Watts, Cunz Hall will have healthier vending options than most other machines on campus. Watts met with Ohio State's senior buyer to request available items that have the greatest nutritional value and lowest calories. Options will be similar to what's currently available at the RPAC.

View recent photos of Cunz Hall here >

Recent MHA graduates Andrew D'Atri and Amelia Brown
toured Cunz Hall before spring commencement. "I can't wait to see the finished building with all the furniture," Brown said.


Eric Seiber, assistant professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, received an award from the Ohio Department of Mental Health for a study titled "An analysis of cost containment strategies for mental health services covered by Medicaid."

Abigail B. Shoben, assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics, received an award from the Nationwide Children's Hospital for study titled "Ohio perinatal research network."

Bo Lu, assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics, received an award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a study titled "Causal inference in repeated observational studies."

Downtown Farmers Market, July 28; Aug. 4, 11

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 between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day for 3 to 4-hour shifts. The Prevention Research Center will coordinate the college's role in this year's market. For more information and to volunteer, e-mail Program Manager Carol Smathers at csmathers@cph.osu.edu.

2011 CPH Orientation, Sept. 20

The 2011 College of Public Health Orientation for new students will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 in Cunz Hall.


CPH celebrates its largest graduating class

Recent MPH graduate Erica Fletcher is congratulated on receiving a Student Choice Award.

The College of Public Health held a reception for its largest-ever graduating class on June 10 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus. About 70 students, faculty, staff and guests attended the luncheon and awards reception.

Nearly 80 students graduated this spring, including 46 MPH students, 28 MHA students, two MS students and three PhD students.

Katie Lewis, vice president of the College of Public Health Alumni Society, presented the 2011 Student Choice Awards to Jonathan Lutz, MS/PhD; Erica Fletcher, MPH; Joshua Nowack, MHA; and Matrona Mbugua, PEP.

Paige Young, MPH student specializing in Health Behavior and Health Promotion, presented the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award to Rebecca Andridge, assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics.

"Dr. Andridge's nominators were unanimous in stating that she was one of the best instructors they every had and one who goes above and beyond the norm," Young said.

Rebecca Andridge accepts the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.

View more photos from the luncheon >

HSMP honors spring graduates

The Division of Health Services Management and Policy held a reception and awards presentation for its 33 graduating students on June 12 at The Blackwell on campus. About 85 guests attended including faculty, staff, students and their families.

The HSMP Alumni Society designated the following students Caswell Scholars, named after Emeritus Professor Jeff Caswell, for students earning a 3.8 GPA or above: Emily Larson, Amelia Brown, Mitch Fair, Dan Hager, Jason Lovero and Joshua Nowack. Other recipients not pictured are Andrew Smith, Kevin Weber and Reem Aly.

The HSMP Alumni Society also named Dan Hager its recipient of the Past President's Leadership Prize. The recipient is chosen by faculty in the division including chair Allard Dembe, pictured left with Hager.

EHS students present at national environmental health conference

Paul Rosile, PhD student in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, presented a poster at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Education Conference, June 18-20, in Columbus. Rosile's research is titled "A protocol for the surveillance and investigation of concerns reported by neighbors of biosolids land application and other soil amendments." His academic advisor is Assistant Professor Song Liang.

"This study produced a validated investigation and surveillance tool to document health impacts that when implemented nationally will collect trend data to help formulate hypotheses to be used in future etiologic studies on the potential association between public health and land application," Rosile said.

EHS student James Rosenblum also presented at the conference.


Carson Robert Reider

Carson Robert Reider is a clinical research consultant and research subject advocate at the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the center takes innovative ideas in research and brings them into practice.

Reider has participated in basic, clinical and translational research endeavors at Ohio State during the past 25 years

"Perhaps the most exciting project was being an integral part of the largest NIH-funded genetic epidemiology project on Parkinson's Disease," Reider said. "The project is still ongoing."

Originally from Columbus, Reider received a PhD in Epidemiology from Ohio State in 2001 and a Master of Science in 1987. His academic advisor at Ohio State was Richard Lanese. Read more >


Your password's days are numbered

The university recently adopted standard password practices that include a requirement to reset your Ohio State Username password every 90 days as well as other minimum requirements for password strength. A new site, my.osu.edu, will go live this month to aid the transition to the new standard. The change will impact the entire university community and a detailed transition schedule is planned to support colleges and organizational units. Read more >

'Global Address'

View this quarter's Global Address presented by the Ohio State Office of Global Health Education.

Sustainability at Ohio State

To see what the university is doing to promote conservation of our resources, visit the university's sustainability web site, http://sustainability.osu.edu/.

Integrate technology to enhance teaching and learning

Join the Digital Union this summer to discover new ways to integrate technology into your work. Topics include Prezi, LectureTools, Xtranormal, Final Cut Express, game-based learning, mobile apps, surveys, Microsoft productivity tools, Photoshop, Quality Matters, and web design. Seats are limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, visit http://lt.osu.edu/.

2011 Personalized Health Care National Conference, Oct. 6-7

The 2011 Personalized Health Care National Conference, "The Future of P4 Medicine and Its Impact on Clinical Care", will be held Oct. 6-7, 2011 at the Blackwell Inn. This conference is sponsored by the Ohio State Clinical and Translational Science, the Center for Personalized Health Care, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The conference will focus on the infrastructure enabling P4 Medicine, applications of genetics and genomics in clinical medicine, the latest breakthroughs in science, patient engagement and the challenges of making personalized health care and P4 Medicine a reality. Learn more >


PLOTTING POLLUTION -- Maggie Bornhorst, a Master of Public Health student specializing in Environmental Health Sciences, recently began a summer practicum at Ohio State that unites the College of Public Health, the department of Transportation and Parking Services and the division of City and Regional Planning within the Knowlton School of Architecture.

Bornhorst's public health project involves monitoring traffic-related air pollution on campus during the summer. Air monitoring instrumentation will record black carbon, air particles and carbon monoxide. Instruments will be placed at more than a dozen locations around campus, including near construction sites, high-traffic areas and even inside the Ohio Stadium. At the same time, by affixing the instruments to a basket on her bike, Bornhorst will record the same pollutants as a function of space and time while riding her bike over a 2-hour prescribed route on campus.

The information will later be used to create a map of pollution "hotspots" on campus.

Bornhorst's academic advisor is EHS chair Tim Buckley. Both are working with Gulsah Akar in City and Regional Planning and Nicole Hernandez in Transportation and Parking Services.


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College of Public Health Seminar: "Rising Temperatures, Worsening Ozone Pollution: Possible Impacts for U.S. and Ohio," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Starling-Loving Hall, room M-100. Speaker: Todd Sanford, climate scientist with Union of Concerned Scientists. Sponsored by the College of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. For more information, contact Kristy Arter at karter@cph.osu.edu. Learn more >

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