News briefs – Aug. 9


OHIO’S AGING EYE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP CALLED “BEACON OF LIGHT” – Dr. Bonnie K. Burman, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging, was invited to share information about Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership at the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health on July 28th in Washington, D.C. Members of the IOM Committee remarked that the Ohio initiative was a “beacon of light” in serving as a model for state action in addressing the growth of vision loss.

Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership is a volunteer-driven statewide collaboration, established in 2003, preparing for the growth of aging eye challenges in Ohio. The work of Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership is supported entirely by donated funds, products, and services from member organizations and private sources. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness facilitates the work of the Partnership which is co-chaired by Dr. Bonnie K.Burman, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging and Dr. Rafat Ansari, Vision Research Senior Scientist, NASA John H. Glenn Research Center. Vision problems cost Ohio $5.4 billion annually and an estimated 3.6 million Ohioans are affected.

The Institute of Medicine, a division of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, is conducting a consensus study to examine the core principles and public health strategies to reduce visual impairment and promote eye health in the United States. The study will describe limitations and opportunities to improve vision and eye health surveillance; reduce vision and eye health disparities; promote evidence-based strategies to improve knowledge, access and utilization to eye care; identify comorbid conditions and characterize their impact; and, promote health for people with vision impairment. The study will also examine the potential for public and private collaborations at the community, state, and national levels to elevate vision and eye health as a public health issue.

MARATHON PETROLEUM SIGNS THREE-YEAR DEAL WITH UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY – Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) and The University of Findlay (UF) announced that MPC has entered into a three-year contribution and support agreement with UF’s Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) Program that will fund scholarships, facility and equipment upgrades and a faculty internship program.

“This is an exciting opportunity for MPC that provides a tangible way for us to support the university’s ESOH program, which has contributed to the success of many of our employees,” said George Shaffner, MPC’s senior vice president of Health, Environment, Safety and Security (HES&S). “We look at this contribution agreement as an investment in the school and faculty, shaping the students who may one day join our company.”

The agreement outlines several key items to be implemented immediately through 2017. Highlights include: premiere HES&S internship opportunities for ESOH students at MPC; opportunities for UF faculty members to complete unique faculty internships at MPC; funding for laboratory upgrades and new equipment; funding for faculty development, scholarships and student organizations; and MPC employees to serve as guest lecturers.

“We are pleased that Marathon Petroleum has chosen to invest in our Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Program. Many of our graduates have taken the skills they have learned at Findlay and gone on to be a part of the company,” said Dr. Tim Murphy, associate professor and chair of the Environmental, Safety and Health Management Program. “We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with Marathon Petroleum, which allows students and employees to work together through hands-on projects and future employment opportunities. As part of the program, all of our students must have experiential learning opportunities and this is one of the ways we’re doing just that.”

The University’s Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Program enjoys nearly a 100 percent job placement within six months of graduation. “This tremendous placement rate is due in part to the internships that our students get through employers such as Marathon Petroleum,” explained Murphy. “The internships provide an excellent opportunity for the students to see and learn the practical application of knowledge that they gained in the classroom and laboratory. This funding provided by Marathon Petroleum will go to enhancing the laboratory and educational experience, and will enable students to attend national and regional conferences where they will gain additional knowledge of the profession,” he said.

TIFFIN NAMES NEW VP – Tiffin University has named Mahmoud Lamadanie as Vice President for International Affairs according to Dr. Curtis B. Charles, President.

The Office of International Student Advising & Programming (ISAP), under the direction of Lamadanie, will report directly to the President and will provide executive strategic leadership, administrative oversight, and operational direction for the full spectrum of activities associated with all campus international studies and programs and executive strategic leadership for the implementation of a full-fledged campus internationalization initiative with the goal of becoming a globally engaged campus. The Office of International Affairs will partner with academic departments across campus and global partners to execute the university’s internationalization vision and strategy.

“As the chief international affairs administrator,” Dr. Charles said, “Lamadanie will facilitate an entrepreneurial one-stop shopping model of international programs (recruitment, admission, retention) that creates both international diversity necessary for the cross fertilization of ideas and augmenting fiscal vitality for the university. He is a seasoned international affairs professional who has had tremendous success recruiting, engaging, retaining and graduating foreign students during his tenures at California State University, Grambling State University, University of Missouri at Kansas City, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and Green River Community College. All of us at TU are extremely excited to have such a qualified professional with a track record of student success and an existing international recruitment network, on our team.”

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