5. Helping Fellow VPHers With Grad Projects – During the summer I helped Cohort of 2010 MPH-VPHer Colleen with her culminating project, which was to survey randomly selected Columbus city parks for zoonotic ascarids (roundworms that can pass from animals to humans) in the soil in order to characterize risk and epidemiology of the disease in urban Ohio. I assisted by processing soil samples to be mounted on slides and scanned them under a microscope looking specifically for zoonotic roundworms such as Toxocara and Baylisascaris species. Unexpectedly, we did not find any roundworms…good for public health, bad for research. I still had a lot of fun working with Colleen and her husband, while refreshing my lab skills! One thing is for sure; VPHers are involved in some pretty cool stuff!
4. Relay for Life – Despite the rainy downpour, I had a fantastic time participating in OSU’s Relay for Life event last April. A member of the 2011 MPH-VPH Cohort is a survivor of childhood cancer and organized Team Believe to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society. There was a great turnout of support from fellow cohort members, friends, family and faculty; as a team, we raised over $2,500! Although the beginning of the event was soggy and heart-heavy with remembrance of loved ones lost to cancer, it progressed to hope and celebration of survivors and finding a cure. The luminaria was especially touching. I probably didn’t walk enough laps around the field to counter all the cupcakes I ate, but they were soooo gooood!
3. PPE Demonstration – PPE stands for personal protective equipment, which you must wear if you plan on investigating a potentially highly contagious disease out in the field or in a lab. Students in the Biosecurity and Environmental Health class got to participate in a demonstration of properly donning, maneuvering, sampling and doffing in a Class C suit. It wasn’t a by the book demo since we used recycled tyvek suits, unfitted and uncylindered respirators and duct tape (which isn’t chemical resistant) to seal seams, but we still got a good taste for the real effect.
2. Cohort Hoodies! - There’s nothing like wearing the same clothing to bring people together, especially when “Wash Your Hands” is scrawled on the lower back! FYI, placement of that statement on the hoodie was not my idea, although I do support the message very much!
1. Graduate Practicum Allowed Me to Present Research in Alaska - I was very fortunate to have a graduate practicum with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace this past summer (check out my sister blog here for more details on that experience). My objective was to analyze historic vectorborne and zoonotic disease data in SAS and assist with a report to be published on their website. I was even more blessed when I had the chance to travel to Alaska to give an oral presentation on my research at the American Indian Science & Engineering Society’s National Conference in Anchorage. Opportunities abound in the VPH program, don’t miss your chance and apply for the Cohort of 2013 today!
Those are my top 5 experiences in OSU’s Veterinary Public Health program so far. I’m sure once I graduate, that will take the number one spot…maybe. Thank you all for stopping by to read, like, follow and comment on my blog! Since the semester is nearing its end, my posts to this blog will become less regular. Be sure to stop by again in the future though!