Alumni News

Alumnus helps translate UI commencement for a global audience

Since 2014, volunteers have translated UI commencement ceremonies into Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Spanish, and Farsi. CPH alumnus Ali Al-Jumaili (17PharmD/MPH) translated four graduate commencement ceremonies into Arabic. "We wanted our Arabic-speaking people around the world to hear about this great university, which has a very inclusive and diverse culture," he says. "I wanted other Arabic students around the world to come to the University of Iowa, have a chance to complete their studies there, and have a similar experience to mine." Published May 2, 2019

Alumnus Greg Woods finds creative ways to reach Iowa’s Alzheimer’s community

On any given day, Greg Woods, a program specialist with the Greater Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, is reaching out to help fellow Iowans cope with some of life's most challenging circumstances. Many of those Iowans meet Woods face-to-face, while some simply hear his voice on the airwaves. A 2015 graduate of the MPH program in community and behavioral health, Woods is based in the Alzheimer's Association's Fort Dodge office, serving 17 counties in north central Iowa. Published April 17, 2019

CPH alumna helps rehabilitate injured marine mammals

Lauren Palmer, a veterinarian who earned a Master of Public Health from Iowa in 2015, works at the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles. "I didn't want to leave my job to go back to school, so it worked out really well for me," says Palmer, who took most classes online but came to campus over two summers. "The classes helped me think about my animal population in a different way."  Published April 17, 2019

HMP alumna Adaeze Enekwechi named president of IMPAQ

Health Management and Policy alumna Adaeze Enekwechi (07PhD) has been named president of IMPAQ, the parent organization of three companies: IMPAQ International, a public policy research and analytics firm; Maher & Maher, a learning solutions provider; and ASCEND, a technology and information product company. As president, Enekwechi will oversee all program areas of IMPAQ's companies. Published April 5, 2019

Alumna Michele Connelly Black honored for distinguished public health career

The Pleasant Valley Community School District has named CPH alumna Michele Connelly Black (87PhD) the recipient of the 2019 Pleasant Valley Community School District Wall of Honor Award, which recognizes distinguished graduates from Pleasant Valley High School. In 1988, Black was accepted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service, which started her 25 year career as an epidemiologist at the CDC. Published April 2, 2019

Alumnus Nico Aguilar shares story about Speeko startup

Solon-raised entrepreneur Nico Aguilar (14MHA/MPH) has migrated to a much larger town, now working to develop his fledgling business from an office in downtown Chicago. His full-time energies are focused on Speeko, a technology company that is building an innovative product to help people improve their public speaking skills, using only their smartphone. Published March 15, 2019

In pursuit of excellence: Q&A with sports medicine researcher Stephanie Kliethermes

College of Public Health alumna Stephanie Kliethermes (09MS, 13 PhD in biostatistics) is the research director at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). She also is an assistant professor in the Division of Sports Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kliethermes recently answered a few questions about her path to sports medicine research and current work at the AMSSM, including a focus on youth early sports specialization. Published March 4, 2019

UI students develop app to improve public speaking

CPH alumnus Nico Aguilar and current CPH student Anthony Pham are co-founders of Speeko, a voice analytics company that uses artificial intelligence to help people avoid embarrassing public speaking experiences by measuring and improving their verbal communication skills. As a team, the two have pitched their way to start-up success at a number of university and international entrepreneurial competitions. (Iowa Now) Published January 24, 2019

Alumna Josie Rudolphi named 2019 Rural Health Fellow

Josie Rudolphi (17PhD), an associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, has been recognized as an emerging health leader with her selection as a 2019 Rural Health Fellow by the National Rural Health Association. She will spend this year advocating for increased availability and accessibility of mental health care in rural areas, specifically for agricultural populations. Published January 24, 2019

Nominations for 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards due Feb. 28

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2019 College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Awards. This award program recognizes outstanding alumni in two categories: first, recent graduates who have completed CPH programs within the past ten years and, second, other alumni for accomplishments throughout their careers. Nominations are due Feb. 28. Published January 14, 2019

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