August 12, 2009

What's News - Final Farmers' Market on Thursday; Learn more about OSU students, alumni on Big Ten Network; Social media networks; Pelotonia is fast approaching
Faces and Places - Wickizer to be keynote speaker at research symposium; Media Mentions
Society Page - Register for CPH/HSMP Alumni Society Tailgate; Join the Ohio State University Alumni Association; CPH Alumni Society; HSMP Alumni Society
Alumni Notes - August Alumni Spotlight; Looking for alumni; Send us your alumni notes
The World We Live In - Schools brace for swine flu; Hazards: At the beach, watch out for dirty sand, too; Can we fight obesity by slapping a heavy tax on soda?
Photo Finish - 'Fruits of Her Labor'

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Final Farmers' Market on Thursday

Thursday marks the final day of the public health Farmers' Market, co-sponsored by Columbus Public Health and the College of Public Health. The market will be open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on the front lawn of Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave. Read more about the market >

View opening remarks by Dean Stanley Lemeshow on YouTube >

View more 2009 CPH Farmers' Market photos >

Opening day at the 2009 CPH Farmers' Market

Learn more about OSU students, alumni on Big Ten Network

WOSU Public Media wants to remind you of the great programming it has scheduled on the Big Ten Network. One program called "Eye on Alumni" follows the careers of noteworthy Ohio State graduates including Stefanie Spielman, a 1989 graduate and breast cancer survivor who's raised more than $5 million for breast-cancer research, and Ted Beattie, president of Chicago's John G. Shedd Aquarium. Another program called "24OSU" features Ohio State students. View WOSU's program schedule here > Also, if you would like to recommend a story idea about public health, e-mail Christine O’Malley at

Social media networks
The College of Public Health now has 120 fans on Facebook. You can view the college's Facebook page at (In order to view our page, you must first have a Facebook account. Sign up here > CPH also has 207 followers on Twitter. View the CPH Twitter page here: View the CPH YouTube page here: Join the conversations on the college's networks or contact Communications Director Christine O'Malley when you have something to post.

Pelotonia is fast approaching, join CPH team soon
Pelotonia is quickly approaching. If you would like to join the College of Public Health's team either as a rider or a "virtual" rider, contact Lexi Noice, alumni relations and fundraising coordinator, at Also, visit the College's Peloton page to learn more and register.
Wickizer to be keynote speaker at research symposium, Sept. 29

Thomas Wickizer, who will join the College of Public Health this fall as a professor in the Division of Health Services, Management and Policy, will be the keynote speaker at the Comparative Effectiveness Research Symposium on Sept. 29, at the Blackwell Inn. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center. For more information, contact Barry Jamieson at or call 614-366-0329.

Thomas Wickizer


Tim Buckley, associate professor and chair of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, was a featured expert in an article titled "Ohio’s beach pollution second worst in nation" that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on July 30. Read more >

Buckley also was a featured expert in an article titled "Kenston schools testing fans that might fight flu" that published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on July 4. Read more >

Tim Buckley

College of Public Health Dean Stanley Lemeshow wrote a "Letter to the Editor" of the Columbus Dispatch, which published in the newspaper on July 11. Read Lemeshow’s letter >

Stanley Lemeshow

Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, was featured in an article titled "The obesity-ethnicity link" in the July/August issue of Ohio State Alumni Magazine. According to Anderson’s research, the prevalence of obesity in American four-year-old children overall is 18 percent. Rates vary in different populations as defined by race/ethnicity. Obesity rates are substantially higher in American Indian/Native Alaskan four-year-olds as compared to white and Asian children of the same age. Obesity also is more prevalent in Hispanic and African-American children, compared to white and Asian children, according to her research.

Sarah Anderson

Paula Song, assistant professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, was a featured expert in an article titled "OhioHealth sees promise in Athens," which appeared in Business First on Aug. 7.

Paula Song

Register for CPH/HSMP Alumni Society Tailgate

Registration is still being accepted for both alumni societies' first annual alumni reunion weekend tailgate before the USC vs Ohio State football game on Sept. 12. The tailgate begins at 5 p.m. in front of Graves Hall (333 W 10th Ave). The cost is $21 and includes a catered dinner. Join your fellow alumni before the big game!

Register by Sept. 4 using the form here >

Join the Ohio State University Alumni Association!

Ohio State University Alumni Association members enjoy special benefits such as discounted tickets to various arts and entertainment, opportunity to purchase football tickets, access to university resources, travel opportunities, and much more! Click here to learn more >

Check upcoming events sponsored by the Ohio State Alumni Association here >

Register for the CPH Alumni Society Fall Meeting

The CPH Alumni Society invites members to attend its annual fall meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, at the Graystone Winery, 544 S. Front St., Columbus. The keynote speaker is Dr. Cindy Parker, an environmental health specialist at Johns Hopkins University. She will be speaking on the environmental impact of 9/11, since the meeting happens to fall on the anniversary of the attacks. At the event the society will announce the recipient of the Mary Plummer Scholarship and the William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Award. The cost is $20 and includes heavy appetizers and beverages. Register by Sept. 4 using the form here >

Mentoring Program

CPHAS is asking alumni to volunteer as a mentor for students in its new collaboration with Ohio Public Health Association's existing program, GURU (Guidance U Receive by URL).

The time commitment and activities you might engage in are flexible, and could range from regular e-mails and/or telephone conversations, to engaging the student in an introduction to "real-world" public health practice through shadowing you in your workplace.

More than anything, we hope the mentoring will be beneficial to everyone, allowing relationships to flourish between the future public health workforce and agencies that may employ them. Interested? Click here >

Call for new members!
All College of Public Health alumni are invited to join or renew their alumni society membership. Members make a significant impact on the society's mission, which is to foster relationships between alumni and the College of Public Health, as well as further the development of students in their education and career paths. View the membership benefits here. Join today for as little as $20 a year! Questions? Contact the alumni office at or 614-293-8264.
HSMP ManagementInstitute, Oct. 23
This year's HSMP Management Institute, themed "Leadership Skills that Define Healthcare Excellence," will be held on Oct. 23 in Columbus. Brian Gibbs, associate dean for diversity and cultural competence at Johns Hopkins, will speak at the diversity breakfast and Quint Studer, of the Studer Group, will be the conference's keynote speaker. Many thanks to Rick Goins ('03) and Kyle Brostrom ('05) for co-chairing this event, and to sponsors OSU Medical Center, OhioHealth, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Delta Dental of Ohio, Cleverly and Associates, Healthcare Strategy Group, and Alliant Management Services. For more information, visit
Join HSMP!
All HSMP alumni are invited to join or renew their alumni society membership. More information can be found on the HSMP Alumni Society page here >

Kathleen A. Smith

Kathleen A. Smith received a Master in Public Health from the College of Public Health in 1999. She is the state public health veterinarian at the Ohio Department of Health, and works in the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory in Reynoldsburg. She has held this position since 1988.

What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing a career in public health?
Don't be afraid to go for a job because you don't have prior experience or all the ideal educational qualifications. I went from private veterinary practice to lab animal medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and then to being the Health Commissioner of Pickaway County without prior experience or education and did fine. I didn't get my MPH until after I was in my position at ODH. If you think you need to know everything about a job before you apply, you are probably overqualified and you are not challenging yourself. Read more >

Looking for alumni
The Communications department is seeking College of Public Health alumni to feature in its Alumni Spotlight section during the 2009-10 academic year. Please send your recommendations to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at
Send us your alumni notes!
We want to highlight and communicate your accomplishments and life events to fellow alumni and friends of the College. Examples of notable events include but are not limited to marriages, births, promotions, accomplishments and retirements. Please submit information to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at


Schools brace for swine flu
Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky schools will be on the frontlines in the battle against the spread of H1N1 flu when they resume later this month. (Reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer.) Read more >
Hazards: At the beach, watch out for dirty sand, too

Swimming in water that contains too much bacteria from sewage and other sources is a well-known risk for getting sick. But playing in sand next to that water may be even riskier, a new study finds. (Reported by the New York Times.) Read more >

Can we fight obesity by slapping a heavy tax on soda?

Renowned psychology professor at Yale University argues in favor of taxing soft drinks sweetened with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup as a way to fight obesity. (Reported by the Washington Post.) Read more >


FRUITS OF HER LABOR - Eating fresh fruit is one way to fight health problems such as obesity, a big public health concern in America. This photo was submitted by Sarah Anderson, assistant professor, in the Division of Epidemiology, whose research focuses on psychosocial risk factors for obesity, particularly among children and adolescents.

View more "This is Public Health" images here >

If you have a "This Is Public Health" photo to share, please e-mail it to Communications Coordinator Wendy Pramik at Be sure to include your name and a brief description of why your photo represents public health. Need stickers? Ask Wendy >

Photo Request
The communications office wants your photo submissions to publish in the Photo Finish section of Tuesday Times and Alma Matters. We're looking for photos that depict any public health experience. Ideas for entries include a school or community event, a faculty or student research project and a fellowship or internship experience. Please send images with a brief description to
View past issues of Alma Matters here >

AUG. 13
Final College of Public Health Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., front lawn of Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave. Read more >
AUG. 18
Ohio State planetarium presentation: 3 p.m., Smith Laboratory, 174 W. 18th Ave. CPH staff members can receive a lesson on astronomy as part of CPH Staff Appreciation Week. (See more under "News" item to the left.) RSVP to Lexi Noice at by Aug. 14.
AUG. 19
Picnic with Public Health: 11:30 a.m., outside lawn, east of The James. A College of Public Health staff appreciation luncheon catered by City Barbeque. RSVP to Lexi Noice at by Aug. 14.
AUG. 28-30
Pelotonia Bike Tour. Charity bike ride to raise money for cancer research at Ohio State. Learn more >
SEPT. 11

CPH Alumni Society Fall Meeting: 6 p.m., Graystone Winery, 544 S. Front St., Columbus. Learn more >

SEPT. 12

CPH/HSMP Alumni Society Tailgate with friends from the College of Optometry, 5 p.m., Graves Hall lawn, 333 W. 10th Ave. College of Public Health faculty and staff also are encouraged to attend this Alumni Reunion Weekend event. More information here >




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