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ASC Alumna Named to “40 Under 40 in NYC”

Mon, 13th November, 2017

Sherry Chan, BS, ’01 (Actuarial Science); MBA ’12 and new member of Ohio State’s Mathematics Advisory Board, has been inducted into “40 Under 40 in NYC.”Chan is Chief Actuary-City of New York, charged with safeguarding $180 billion in retirement benefits for about 750,000 New Yorkers – including police officers, firefighters and educators.

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U.S. Department of State Grants Astronomer’s Women in STEM Roadshow

Fri, 3rd November, 2017

Sultana Nahar, astronomy research professor, received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Mission India Public Diplomacy Grants Program for the “Women in STEM Roadshow,” 2017-2018. Nahar will hold nine workshops in February 2018 to encourage and provide information to Indian female students from less advantaged colleges/universities. About 300 people will participate, including teachers, who will be mentored and monitored for one year. Astronomy Professor Anil Pradhan, Karen Irving from Ohio State’s Teaching and Learning Center; and Nasreen Haque of the Intelage Organization in Atlanta will join Nahar for the workshop lectures. Additionally, Nahar will hold sessions for high school girls in the U.S consulate districts of Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata, to encourage interest in STEM field professions.

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Olesik Named to the International Analytical Scientist’s 2017 Power List

Thu, 2nd November, 2017

Susan Olesik, chair and professor, chemistry and biochemistry, has been named to the new Analytical Scientist’s Power List 2017 — Top 10 Top 10s. Olesik, who has been named to the Power List in the past for her research achievements, was #1 on this year’s Top 10 Mentors list.

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Physics Graduate Student Wins 2017 SACNAS Award

Thu, 2nd November, 2017

Physics graduate student Shaun Hampton won Best Oral Presentation Award by a graduate student in Physics and Astronomy at the 2017 SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) National Diversity in STEM Conference (Oct. 19-21) in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the fourth year in a row that Ohio State students have won SACNAS awards.

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STEMM Alumnae Gather at the Longaberger Alumni House

Mon, 30th October, 2017

On October 26, twenty Ohio State alumnae who hold degrees in the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields gathered for a Women in STEMM Alumni informational meeting.  These women agreed to work towards forming a Women in STEMM Alumni Society at The Ohio State University.  If you are a woman with a degree in a STEMM field from Ohio State and are interested in joining the Society, please contact Katie Musson.7@osu.edu.  Additionally, if you would like to join an informational webinar on creating the society and were not at the October 26 meeting, please join us on November 8, 2017 at noon.  To sign-up email Katie Musson.

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OSU Study: Half of breast cancer patients make poor decisions about reconstruction surgery

Tue, 17th October, 2017


October 13, 2017

Featured expert: Clara Lee, plastic surgeon Comprehensive Cancer Center

After receiving a devastating breast cancer diagnosis, women have a lot of tough decisions to make about treatment options. Those who choose to have a mastectomy then face another difficult decision: whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery.

A new study finds that an surprising number of women aren’t making decisions that balance medical knowledge with personal outcomes preferences. Patients also cannot correctly answer questions about the surgery and possible complications.

“We determined that a patient made a high-quality decision if she met two criteria. She was able to answer at least half of the general knowledge questions about breast reconstruction correctly, and she made a decision that matched her goals,” said Dr. Clara Lee, lead author of the study and plastic surgeon at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Surprisingly, we found that 57 percent of women did not make a high-quality decision,” she said.

Dr. Lee and her team issued questionnaires to women before they had surgery and asked general knowledge questions about breast reconstruction.

“Knowledge about complications was shockingly low at an average of 14 percent in the whole group,” said Dr. Lee. “So, women who had reconstruction may have actually been quite concerned about complications, but didn’t have the information to factor that into their decision.”

They also asked women to rate how important things like appearance, recovery time and having fewer surgeries were to them. Dr. Lee was surprised to find that nearly half of the women ultimately made a decision that did not match their personal goals.

“It’s important for women to step back and reflect on what’s truly important to them,” she said. “That can be really tough when you’ve just learned that you have breast cancer and you need major surgery, but I encourage women to seek information from their surgeons and to take their time considering what the best decision is for them.”


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Ohio State gets $3 million to combat drug-related child abuse

Tue, 17th October, 2017

Columbus Dispatch

October 16, 2017

After two decades away, Bridget Freisthler returned to her home state and was shocked at how thoroughly the opioid crisis has devastated Ohio families and overwhelmed the county child-protection agencies tasked with keeping kids safe. Her urge to help soon will make a difference in at least two communities. Freisthler, a professor and associate dean at Ohio State University’s College of Social Work, led a team that recently won a $3 million federal grant — one of the largest in the college’s history — to address drug-related child-abuse and neglect cases by working with central Ohio’s Fairfield and Pickaway counties.


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SBIR/STTR workshop

Mon, 16th October, 2017

The College of Engineering, Technology Commercialization Office, The Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence and Rev1 Ventures bring you a complimentary workshop Friday (10/20) 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs within the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DoE) and Department of Defense (DoD). The event will be at the Faculty Club.
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedicine

Wed, 4th October, 2017

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science is offering a program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Biomedicine Tuesday (11/7) 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in 115 Biomedical Research Tower. At this program you will learn a practical technique to identify unmet needs that could be answered by your innovative idea. You will also learn about intellectual property issues, find out how the Technology Commercialization Office can help you, and meet physician scientists who have created innovative healthcare products. Presenters include Urguhart Wood, MBA, Reveal Growth Consultants; Dipanjan Nag, PhD, OSU Technology Commercialization Office; Entrepreneurs Melissa Bailey, OD, PhD; Wayne Poll, MD; and Subinoy Das, MD. Contact Stuart Hobbs at Stuart.hobbs@osumc.edu with any questions.

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Melnyk awarded NIH grant to test a novel intervention for pregnant minority women

Wed, 4th October, 2017

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, has been awarded a $3.3 million, 4.5-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH/NIMHD) for a study entitled, “Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for High-Risk Minority Pregnant Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Melnyk is vice president for health promotion; university chief wellness officer; dean and professor of the College of Nursing, professor of pediatrics and psychiatry in the College of Medicine and executive director of the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP at The Ohio State University. Co-PI Susan Gennaro, PhD, RN, FAAN, is dean and professor of the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College.

Citing the public health mandate issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to decrease disparities in birth outcomes based on race and ethnicity, the study proposes to test a cognitive behavioral skills building (CBSB) prenatal care intervention for pregnant minority women experiencing emotional distress. If successful, it could be widely scaled to improve pregnancy, birth and post-natal outcomes nationally. The randomized, controlled trial (RCT) will test the efficacy of a CBSB health promotion intervention adapted from Melnyk’s other evidence-based CBSB interventions.

Melnyk emphasizes that “while screening for depression in all pregnant women is a recent public health directive, screening alone without scalable, evidence-based interventions to improve mental health will not produce positive outcomes. Given the well-established link between emotional distress, poor health and birth outcomes and the prevalence of emotional distress in minority women, prenatal care interventions designed to improve mental and physical health outcomes for these women are vital.”

The RCT, to be conducted in New York and Ohio, will extend Melnyk’s research on cognitive behavioral interventions to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors, physical health, and psychosocial wellness and Gennaro’s research on the consequences of stress and health behaviors in pregnant minority women. It will be the first clinical trial to test a CBSB health promotion intervention embedded into prenatal care for emotionally distressed minority pregnant women.

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