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Lynch, Robertson, and Thorne honored with university awards

Each year, University of Iowa faculty and staff members are honored for their valuable contributions to the university's core mission of teaching, service, and research. Award recipients from the College of Public Health in 2018 were Charles Lynch (Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service), Gayle Robertson (David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Service), and Peter Thorne (Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence). Published October 16, 2018

Video: Active Ottumwa celebrates community activities

A new video gives an update on Active Ottumwa's free physical activities offered to the community, including walking groups, water aerobics, tai chi, dance, biking, and many more.  Published October 16, 2018

Iowa Climate Statement: Prepare for more heat waves, intense rainfall

The "Iowa Climate Statement 2018: Designing Buildings and Communities for Iowa's Future Climate," released Oct. 11 describes the urgent need to fortify buildings in Iowa to withstand a hotter, more humid climate, with more frequent and extreme storms and dry spells. The statement was signed by a record 201 science faculty and researchers from 37 Iowa colleges and universities, including the UI College of Public Health. (Iowa Environmental Focus) Published October 11, 2018

New grant supports cancer prevention and control in rural Iowa

Researchers at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa have received a supplemental grant from the National Cancer Institute to address rural cancer prevention and control in Iowa. Mary Charlton, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, and Anjali Deshpande, CPH clinical associate professor of epidemiology, will lead the project. George Weiner, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, serves as principal investigator. Published October 11, 2018

Survey identifies strengths, problem areas for LGBTQ health in Iowa

A new report from a team of Iowa researchers summarizes the findings of a survey conducted last year about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGTBQ) individuals in Iowa. The survey identified several strengths as well as some problem areas concerning the health of Iowa's LGBTQ population, says Paul Gilbert, lead researcher on the project. "This project sought to develop detailed information that would inform future health services and research efforts," Gilbert says. Published October 11, 2018

Lecture will address global control of HPV-associated cancers

Douglas Lowy, MD, NIH Distinguished Investigator, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology, and deputy director of the National Cancer Institute, will deliver the lecture "Global Control of HPV-associated Cancers by Vaccination and Screening" on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110A MERF).  Published October 10, 2018

Global visiting scholar will discuss HIV risk in Kenya Oct. 15

Nema Aluku, PhD, MPH, CPH Global Visiting Scholar from Tangaza University College in Nairobi, Kenya, will present "Cultural and Religious Influences on the Risk of HIV Infection among Women in Western Kenya" on Monday, Oct. 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB.  Published October 10, 2018

UI students contribute to research on Roma health disparities in Romania

This past summer, a group of 13 University of Iowa students from across the campus spent ten weeks in Romania. They worked with researchers at the Cluj School of Public Health at Babeș-Bolyai University who have been monitoring health issues among the Roma population for years. Roma--who make up about 8 percent of Romania's population--have much higher rates of poor health outcomes, especially regarding infant mortality and stress-related health issues, than the general population. Published October 9, 2018

Romitti to lead international birth defects clearinghouse

Paul Romitti, University of Iowa professor of epidemiology, has been appointed to a two-year term as chair of the executive committee for the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research. The clearinghouse brings together birth defect surveillance and research programs from around the world with the aim of investigating and preventing birth defects and lessening the impact of their consequences. Published October 9, 2018

Active Ottumwa kicks off Healthiest State Month

Walkers with Active Ottumwa hit the trail Wednesday for the Healthiest State Annual Walk. The walk was part of the Healthiest State Initiative, which encourages Iowans to increase their physical activity by 30 minutes a day. Though local activities are part of a statewide initiative to get people to move more, community leaders run the activities, said Becky Bucklin, research manager with the Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. (Ottumwa Courier) Published October 4, 2018

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