April 2011

What's News - CPH breaks top 20 in US News rankings; New vaccine candidate shows potential to prevent contagious norovirus; CPHP offering course on Human Resources Management in Public Health; 2011 Public Health Combined Conference; Conference on Comparative Effectiveness Research
Faces and Places - Clean slates; Lee and Marion present at National Beach Conference in Miami; Warner wins fellowship for research conducted with Weghorst; Killoren leaving CPH; HSMP PhD student receives scholarship to attend rural health conference; Alumnus appointed director at Vermont Department of Health; Media Mentions
Student Scoop - Strong Case; A dozen CPH students graduate winter quarter; CPH collaborates with China to offer summertime course on climate change; Registration open for annual CCTS Scientific Research Meeting; Food Innovation Center welcomes new membership applications; One-on-one help with technologies
Society Page - HSMP Alumni Society; CPH Alumni Society
Alumni Notes - Big OSU fans; Alumna's wedding unites CPH grads; Certified in O-H-I-O
Photo Finish - 'Apt App'

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CPH breaks top 20 in US News rankings

Ohio State's College of Public Health is now ranked in the top 20 of all schools of public health nationally, according to a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report. This is a step up from the college's previous ranking of 21 in 2007, the first time the college had been ranked. The 2011 ranking includes 43 schools of public health.

"This reflects our intent to become one of the nation's top schools of public health," said Dean Stan Lemeshow. "Many of the challenges the world faces relate to public health in some way. Our job is to advance knowledge about those challenges and prepare the next generation of public health leaders." Read more >

New vaccine candidate shows potential to prevent contagious norovirus

Jianrong Li, joint assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Food Science and Technology, is the senior author of a study that shows that an experimental vaccine against the human norovirus -- the bug behind about 90 percent of highly contagious nonbacterial illnesses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Li co-authored the study with Yuanmei Ma, a graduate student in food science and technology. The research appears in the current issue of the Journal of Virology. Read more >

Yuanmei Ma and Jianrong Li

CPHP offering course on Human Resources Management in Public Health

The College of Public Health's Center for Public Health Practice is offering a course on Human Resources Management in Public Health in May. The course will teach public health practitioners laws related to human resource management, methods for evaluating new employees and ways to motivate individuals to perform to their best abilities. The course will be taught by Michael Bisesi, director of the Center for Public Health Practice, and Richard Boettcher, professor emeritus in the College of Social Work. The deadline to register is April 29. Learn more >

2011 Public Health Combined Conference, May 9-11

The 2011 Public Health Combined Conference will be held May 9-11 at the Doubletree Hotel, 175 Hutchinson Ave., in Worthington. Themed, "Out of the Box and Into the Circle: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Public Health," the event shares information on current trends and issues in the field of public health. The College of Public Health will host a reception before the conference from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on May 8 at the hotel. View the full agenda here >

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 www.cphplearn.org. Learn more >

 
CLEAN SLATES

Interior work continues on the third floor of Cunz Hall, says Facilities Manager Renee' Watts. Workers have completed laying tile on the fourth-floor corridor and in all restrooms. They are also painting on all floors and anticipating the delivery of frames for dividing lab and office space on the third and fourth floors.  "The project is 81 percent complete," Watts said. View more recent photos of Cunz Hall >

Lee and Marion present at National Beach Conference in Miami

Assistant Professor Jiyoung Lee and PhD student Jason Marion presented research on water quality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Beach Conference in Miami, Fla., March 15-17.

Lee gave presentations about two of her studies that examine markers of fecal contamination associated with swimming-related illnesses at Ohio beaches. One study shows that beach water is contaminated by fecal matter from humans and birds. The other study challenges the utility of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's most likely new method for determining beach closures. Lee conducted the research with Marion, Associate Professor Tim Buckley and visiting scholars Chang Soo Lee and Cheong Hoon Lee.

Marion presented results on the relationship between water quality indicators, such as nutrients and water flow, and their effectiveness of predicting when E. coli levels are above standard.

Jiyoung Lee and Jason Marion

Warner wins fellowship for research conducted with Weghorst

Blake M. Warner (MPH '07), was awarded the American Association for Dental Research Student Research Fellowship for his proposal titled "Extracts of strawberries and strawberries bio-incorporated with selenium inhibit experimental oral cancer" at the International Association for Dental Research  Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego on March 16. Warner is pursuing his DDS/PhD in the laboratory of Christopher Weghorst, professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.

"Each proposal was competitively evaluated on its scientific merits in a manner similar to those used for NIH grants," Warner said. "Awards were made on the basis of creativity of the project, its feasibility, and the potential significance to oral health research."

Each fellowship consists of a stipend, money for supplies, and funds for travel. Upon completion of his research, Warner will present the results of the experiments at the AADR Annual Scientific Meeting in Tampa, Fla., in 2012. Congratulations, Blake!

Blake M. Warner

Killoren leaving CPH

Lexi Killoren, assistant director of development and alumni affairs, is leaving the College of Public Health to move to San Diego, where she and her husband, Dan, have been offered opportunities to further their professional careers.

Killoren has worked at Ohio State since 2009. She has been instrumental in furthering our fundraising efforts and building relationships with alumni and friends. Her last day is April 22.

HSMP PhD student receives scholarship to attend rural health conference

Naomi Adaniya, a PhD student in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy, recently won a $1,000 scholarship to attend the National Rural Health Association's 34th annual conference in Austin, Texas, May 3-6. "It's the premier rural health conference in the country," Adaniya said. The association also publishes the Journal of Rural Health. In 2008, Adaniya also was the recipient of the Center for HOPES Doctoral Studies Traineeship Award Recipient. Read more about Adaniya's past work here >

Alumnus appointed director at Vermont Department of Health

Christopher Bell, who received a combined MPH from the College of Public Health and an MA in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in 2009, recently accepted the position as director of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services for the Vermont Department of Health. "I'll be moving my family to Vermont at the end of May," Bell said. "I'm happy to help with any alumni services in that part of the country." Congratulations, Chris!

MEDIA MENTIONS

Renee Watts, College of Public Health facilities manager, and Lexi Killoren, assistant director of development and alumni affairs, are quoted in an article about the Cunz Hall Rain Garden, titled "Rain makes Class of 2011's garden grow," that published in The Lantern on April 13. Read more >

2010 Champion of Public Health Neil Altman plans to retire as commissioner of the Youngstown City Health District on May 1. It's a position he's held for 30 years. Details are featured in an article that published in the Youngstown Vindicator on April 14. Read more >

The Center for Public Health Practice was highlighted in an article, titled "Stark public health services face a thorough review," that published on CantonRep.com on April 4. The article states that the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has provided a $15,000 grant to pay for a team from the Center for Public Health Practice to facilitate the work. Read more >

Research by Sarah Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology, is included in an article, titled "Yet Another Study Shows Parents Are Key to Reducing Childhood Obesity," that was posted on the National Review Online on March 31. Read more >

MPH student Ashley Thompson was quoted in an USA Today article about college student sexual behavior, titled "More ‘hookups' on campuses, but more virgins, too." Thompson works full time at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and part time as a school health educator with Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio. Read more >

Alumna Loretta Haddy was profiled in an article titled, "Epidemiologist sees public as her patient," in the Charleston Gazette on March 13. Haddy received an MS in Preventive Medicine in 1977 and is now the state epidemiologist for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Bureau for Public Health, and the director of the Office of Epidemiology and Prevention Services. Read the article. Learn more about Haddy in our online Alumni Spotlight section.

William Hayes, adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Health Services, Management and Policy, was a featured expert in an article titled "1.5 million Ohioans among the uninsured" that published in the Columbus Dispatch on March 8. 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.

A dozen CPH students graduate winter quarter

Twelve College of Public Health students graduated this winter quarter, including (pictured from left beside Dean Stan Lemeshow) Kyle Kleman, Toni Tester and Sumayyah Abdullah. The students attended a reception presented by the college on Thursday (March 17). Tester received an MPH with a specialization in Epidemiology. Her academic advisor was Judith Schwartzbaum, associate professor of Epidemiology. Kleman received an MPH with a specialization in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. His academic advisor was Mary Ellen Wewers, professor of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Abdullah received a PhD in Epidemiology. Her academic advisor was Epidemiology professor Randy Harris.

CPH collaborates with China to offer summertime course on climate change

The College of Public Health will once again collaborate with universities in China to offer a summertime course on climate change and global health. The course, called Climate Change and Human Health, was developed by Qinghua Sun, associate professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. Sun has worked closely with his counterparts in China to develop the curriculum.

This year's live, video-based course will pair Ohio State students with Chinese students at Hangzhou Normal University and Binzhou Medical College. The course, which is open to graduates and undergraduates, teaches students to indentify diseases associated with climate change, as well as discusses actions to combat their ill effects.

Last year's course linked Ohio State and Dalian Medical University in Dalian, China. Since then, both universities have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate further in the future. Plans include developing a dual-degree program and offering a student training program.

Registration open for annual CCTS Scientific Research Meeting, May 24

Faculty, staff and students are invited to register for the second Annual Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences Scientific Research Meeting to be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24 in the Biomedical Research Tower. Titled "Translational Therapeutics," the meeting will focus on new paradigms in therapeutics, how to engage academia in translational therapeutics and how to best create and foster a culture of innovation. Register online by May 15. For more information, contact valerie.degroff@osumc.edu.

Food Innovation Center welcomes new membership applications

Innovative solutions to some of the world's most vexing problems require collaboration among STEM, business, and social science experts. Such broad partnerships are encouraged in the spring 2011 round of Food Innovation Center seed grants. In advance of the competition, the center welcomes membership applications from Ohio State faculty interested in collaborating for a healthier, hunger-free world. Currently more than 90 members from 12 colleges, including the College of Public Health, participate in this OAA-supported center. Read more > Contact: Carolee Barber at barber.122@osu.edu.

One-on-one help with technologies

The Ohio State Student Technology Consultant Program offers personalized training to faculty, staff and students on a variety of programs including Carmen, iMovie, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and Media Manager. Information can be taught in your office, using your computer. For more information >

 
HSMP ALUMNI SOCIETY
HSMP Alumni Society Alumni Dinner in Chicago recap

Jamie Cleverley '04, Bob Gilbert '81, Steve Loebs, Dick Hanson '80, Janet Porter '77 and Bill Cleverley

The Health Services Management and Policy Alumni Society held its Alumni Dinner on March 22 at the Riva Restaurant on Navy Pier in Chicago. Forty alumni, students and friends attended.

The dinner coincided with the 2011 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago, March 21-24.

This year's event highlighted the creation and fundraising effort for the William O. Cleverley Scholarship Program. Nearly $500,000 has been raised so far.

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MHA students Ryan Hackett, Chris Baranek and Nidhi Punja  

Student Vicki Shumulinsky, Alan Channing '71, Natalie Bennett '07 (Natalie and Vicki were both summer residents with Alan at Sinai.)

 

CPH ALUMNI SOCIETY

Mid Ohio Foodbank volunteer event, April 26

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 >

CPH Alumni Society presents 'Tales from the Field,' April 27

As part of its quarterly "Tales from the Field" luncheons, the College of Public Health Alumni Society will welcome Randee L. Masciola, clinical instructor in the Ohio State College of Nursing, for a presentation titled "Women's Health Prevention Guidelines Across the Ages," 12:30-1:30 p.m., Graves Hall, room 1167. RSVP at http://go.osu.edu/ChD. Learn more >

 

BIG OSU FANS

Dan Gutkoski MHA '10 and Greg Oden (far right) watched an Ohio State game in Portland, Ore. Oden played for the Buckeyes during the 2007 college basketball season when Ohio State won a Big Ten title, and was then the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He's now signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. (Rumor has it that Oden has an interest in environmental health.)

Alumna's wedding unites CPH grads

From left: College of Public Health alumni Melissa Mathias, Laura Hoye Chism, Katie Sorokas and Sarah Krygowski

Laura Hoye Chism, who received an MPH 2008, recently shared a couple photos from her wedding to Will Chism. Attendees included other College of Public Health alumni and the ceremony was held at Barr Mansion in Austin, Tex.

"It's the nation's first and only USDA-certified organic event facility," Laura said. "Most of the food is locally produced, and all food waste goes to compost and back to the gardens. All of the linens are organic cotton, hemp or recycled fabric."

From left: CPH alumni Katie Sorokas, Melissa Mathias, Sarah Krygowski, Justin Smyer and Laura Hoye Chism

Certified in O-H-I-O

Jack Barnette, associate dean of academic and student affairs at University of Colorado's School of Public Health, sent in this photo from the recent Certified in Public Health Study development meeting, sponsored by ASPH.

"OSU was very well represented," Barnette said.

Pictured from left are Barnette and College of Public Health graduates Elizabeth Kress, MPH '07; Beth Pierson, MPH '06; and Katie Lewis, MPH '09.

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APT APP -- ASPH recently released its new iPhone app that allows users to digitally place the "This is Public Health" sticker onto images taken with their cell phones. The idea for the app came from communications coordinator Wendy Pramik, who submitted it during ASPH's national contest. You can find the iPhone app by searching in the Apple app store under "public health."  Pictured above is MPH student Paige Young demonstrating the public health act of recycling.

View more This is Public Health images on our gallery page, and submit your public health photos to wpramik@cph.osu.edu.

 
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APRIL 26

CPH Mid Ohio Foodbank Volunteer Day: 5:30-8 p.m., 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 >

 
 

 

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