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Volume 7, No. 6     May 6, 2011
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The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has provided guidance regarding unofficial pictures or items depicting President Obama in the federal workplace now that he is officially a candidate for reelection.
RADM Ali Khan The TV network Animal Planet may be synonymous with our furry four-legged friends, but soon you will also know it for killer viruses and deadly disease outbreaks. Coming this spring, Animal Planet will air six episodes of their new series “Killer Outbreaks.”  Each episode features potentially deadly viruses and includes commentary from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts and victims of the outbreak. The show takes what many of CDC staff do for a living and turns it into a thrilling docu-drama.

In June 2009, “Whale Wars” producer Liz Bronstein came to CDC to pitch her idea for a TV-documentary about outbreaks that turn deadly. “Our office gets calls all the time from producers wanting CDC to help them make a pitch for a show or movie,” said Kristen Nordlund from the News Media Branch. This usually means the producers want CDC to come up with the ideas and footage, even though it’s the producers who will get the pay off. “But Liz was different. She had already thought through a lot of it and had a great start on the series.”
CAPT Gaustad CAPT Scott Gaustad was selected as the Chief Professional Officer (CPO) for the therapist category effective March 16, 2011. As Chief Therapist Officer, CAPT Gaustad is responsible for providing leadership and coordination of Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) therapist professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) and the Department of Health and Human Services. CAPT Gaustad will provide guidance and advice to the Surgeon General and the Therapist Professional Advisory Committee (TPAC) on matters such as recruitment, retention, and career development of the Corps.

CAPT Gaustad received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in 1988. He then entered the College of Health Sciences Physical Therapy Program at Northern Arizona University in 1988 where he received a master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1991.

CAPT Gaustad began his Corps career as staff physical therapist at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri in 1995...
The Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of reviewing the recently signed “Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010.” More information regarding transferability will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available. There is nothing that PHS officers can do at this time.
The Division of Commissioned Corps Training and Career Development (DCCTCD) and the Commissioned Corps Training Academy (COTA) are seeking officers interested in a 2 week career development opportunity.
The deadline to obtain early bird discounted registration rates for the 2011 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium is May 8, 2011. Sign up today!
As a part of staying healthy, it is important to consider your body composition as it is just as important as body weight. Our bodies are composed of many components, which include lean body mass and body fat. Lean body mass consists of muscle, bone, tissue, and vital organs. Body fat consists of adipose tissue distributed throughout the body. It is possible to have a low or normal body weight and a high percentage of body fat. It is also possible to have a high body weight and a low percentage of body fat. A description of the range of body fat measurements may be found here...
In the spring and summer months, many members of Tier 1 and Tier 2 deployment teams and officers in Tier 3 will be completing training in areas of public health need throughout the country. In addition, hurricane season officially starts on June 1st. Researchers at the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science are predicting nine hurricanes for the 2011 season, five of which are predicted to be major hurricanes...