May 20, 2008

What's News - Operation Feed success; Campus Campaign awards
Faces and Places - OWD expands training credentials; EHS undergrads recognized for research
Useful Tidbits - 2008 Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk
The World We Live In - High food costs keep poor undernourished, obese; Bird flu not forgotten by pharmaceutical company; Experts: Africa AIDS strategies need improvement

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This year's Operation Feed:
A record-breaking success!

The College of Public Health demolished its previous record by furnishing 905 meals to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Faculty, staff and students provided 385 food items (each counts as a meal) plus $260 in monetary donations ($1 = 2 meals) for a total of 905 meals.

This total doesn't count the 41 inkjet cartridges and cell phones turned in to Smart Recycle, which will also count toward the 2008 tally.

Thanks to everyone for pulling together with various fund raising activities and individually supporting Operation Feed.

Operation Feed Coordinator Renee Watts with donated items.

CPH wins two Campus Campaign awards
College of Public Health staff and faculty proved that they "Believe in Ohio State" by donating to this year's Campus Campaign charity drive. This morning at an awards ceremony, the College was recognized for outstanding participation for an academic unit and for increased participation by faculty. Fifty-four percent of faculty and staff participated in the campaign. Only three other academic units did better on overall participation – The College of Optometry (89 percent participation); College of Nursing (70 percent participation); and Fisher College of Business (58 percent participation). Overall participation of 42 percent by Ohio State faculty and staff resulted in nearly $3.4 million raised in gifts and pledges. Way to go CPH!
OWD expands training credentials

Effective July 1, the Office of Workforce Development will be an approved provider of continuing education programs for Certified Health Education Specialists. The designation was granted by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, a national, nonprofit credentialing agency whose mission is to improve the quality of health education practice through establishment, implementation and maintenance of a certification process for health education specialists. The agency seeks to promote scientific, ethical and state-of-the art programs of professional preparation and continuing education. OWD also is a State Board of Sanitarian Registration Approved Training Agency. This status was achieved in 2003.

EHS undergrads recognized for research
Two undergraduate students of Assistant Professor Qinghua Sun were honored last Wednesday at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum for their research project titled "Exposure to Air Pollution Potentiates Systemic Inflammation Associated with Vascular Dysfunction and Diabetes." Matt Verdin and Zubin Yavar, who are students in Sun's Toxicology of Chemical Agents class, finished fourth place in the competition. "They competed with all the undergrads at OSU," said Sun, who works in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. "As freshmen, they were really outstanding." Read more about the competition >


2008 Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk

Now in its fourth year, the statewide 2008 Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk will take place May 21, and will coincide with National Employee Health and Fitness Day. All Ohioans are encouraged to register for the walk by going to: This year's goal is to entice more than 100,000 Ohioans to walk one mile. Create a 1-mile route at your location using


High food costs keep poor undernourished, obese
Some of the fattest people in America are among the poorest. And with food prices rising, the problem is likely to get worse. (Reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer.) Read more >
Bird flu not forgotten by pharmaceutical company
The media pandemic may have died down, but GlaxoSmithKline is betting that the threat of an actual bird flu pandemic is still real enough for governments across Europe. The pharmaceutical company said on Monday it had secured European approval for the first pre-pandemic vaccine against the dreaded H5N1 virus, more commonly known as bird flu, which began to gain notoriety five years ago. (Reported by Read more >
Experts: Africa AIDS strategies need improvement
Experts are calling for new approach to fighting AIDS in Africa - saying there is little evidence current strategies work. (Reported by USA Today.) Read more >

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College of Public Health Dinner at the Lemeshows: 6 to 8:30 p.m., 255 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley. Faculty and staff are invited to a dinner party at the home of Stan and Elaine Lemeshow. RSVP to by May 27.

CPH Seminar: "Do Raters Agree When Assessing Nursing Home Resident Impairment?" 11 a.m. to noon, M-008 Starling-Loving Hall. Speaker: A. John Bailer, PhD, distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, affiliate member of the Department of Zoology, affiliate member of the Department of Sociology and Gerontology, and senior researcher in the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Sponsor: College of Public Health’s Division of Biostatistics. For more info, e-mail
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