Alumni News

What are the health effects of growing up as a military kid?

The children of U.S. service members grow up under unique circumstances, experiencing numerous moves, frequent changes in schools and friends, and long separations from deployed parents. These challenges caused sisters Cassidy Watson and Kelsey Schertz -- self-described "military brats" – to wonder about the health outcomes of military children. Now in their mid-20s, Watson and Schertz were both drawn to the field of public health. Watson (18MPH) recently graduated from the University of Iowa and Schertz is an MPH candidate at the University of Minnesota. Published September 4, 2018

Celebrate homecoming with a free breakfast at CPHB Oct. 20

College of Public Health faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their families are invited to attend the annual family-friendly homecoming breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Enjoy a free breakfast catered by Griddle Me This, featuring pancakes, eggs, hash browns, bacon, and sausage. Live music provided by Justin Goodchild. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly! Published August 29, 2018

Alumna Ulrike Schultz to lead Loras College’s premedical program

Loras College in Dubuque has hired Ulrike Schultz as director of its new postbaccalaureate premedical program and prehealth professions adviser. Schultz received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2008, and her medical degree in 1995 from the University of Tubingen, a German public research university. Published August 23, 2018

Alumna Leslie McClure thrives as mentor and teacher

As chair of biostatistics and epidemiology at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health, CPH alumna Leslie McClure (97MS) has many roles to fill: administrator, researcher, teacher, and advisor. It's in the last two areas that McClure finds the most fulfillment. "The reason I'm in academics is because I love working with students and teaching," she says.  Published August 23, 2018

Alumnus Jeffrey Lynch’s non-profit work profiled

Alumnus Jeffrey Lynch (06MD/MPH) is the founder of ReSpectacle, a non-profit that has provided some 30,000 pairs of donated eyeglasses to people around the world. The organization collects used eyeglasses and maintains an online database that provides an accurate prescription match. Published August 16, 2018

Mikulski appointed to nuclear workers health panel

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced 12 appointees to the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. Alumnus Marek Mikulski (11PhD, 02MPH), an adjunct assistant professor, assistant research scientist, and co-principal investigator for the Burlington Atomic Energy Commission Plant and Ames Lab Former DOE Worker Medical Screening Programs in the CPH Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, is one of four members new to the board. Published August 15, 2018

Alumna Josie Rudolphi discusses farmers’ mental health, well-being

Alumna Josie Rudolphi (17PhD) is currently an associate research scientist with the National Farm Research Center in Marshfield, Wis. She recently was a guest on a radio show where she discussed research in the area of farmers' mental health and resources to deal with stress.  Published August 2, 2018

Alumna Tala Al-Rousan named Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

College of Public Health alumna Tala Al-Rousan (15MPH) has been named an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health by the Atlantic Institute. She will be investigating how the stress resulting from war and displacement affects rates of dementia in a group of refugees in the Middle East. She will also be creating a network of experts in brain health to reduce disease burden and use a public health lens to assess aging in the Middle East and North African region. Published July 25, 2018

Alumna Tina Freese Decker named next president and CEO of Spectrum Health

Tina Freese Decker (02MHA) has been appointed as Spectrum Health's next president and chief executive officer by the Spectrum Health System Board of Directors. When she assumes her new responsibilities Sept. 1, 2018, she will lead a nonprofit health system comprising 12 hospitals, including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, and 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of Spectrum Health Medical Group. Published July 18, 2018

Attend the CPH Outstanding Alumni Awards presentation Sept. 10

CPH Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Adaeze Enekwechi (07PhD) and Margaret Chorazy (10PhD) will be honored at a special event and panel discussion on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Callaghan Auditorium (N110 CPHB). All are invited! Published July 13, 2018


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