OEH News

The latest news from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Heartland Center trainees receive OSH scholarships

Two Heartland Center trainees were awarded scholarships at the 46th Annual Iowa Governor's Safety & Health Conference on Nov. 2, 2017. Darrin Thompson, a PhD student in the Occupational Epidemiology training program, received the Jack Beno Scholarship. Shaunae Alex, an MS student in the Industrial Hygiene training program, received the Bill Dickinson Scholarship. Published November 15, 2017

New report looks at suicide in Iowa

A new state-based surveillance system is helping Iowa learn more about the circumstances surrounding violent deaths such as suicide. Iowa released its first report from the Iowa Violent Death Reporting System (IAVDRS). The report, "Suicide in Iowa, 2015: Iowa Violent Death Reporting System Special Report," is a joint effort by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the UI Injury Prevention Research Center. Published November 15, 2017

Thorne comments on shift in EPA advisers

Until recently, Peter Thorne, CPH professor and head of occupational and environmental health, chaired the EPA's Science Advisory Board, the agency's most prominent advising body. Thorne says he's worried changes at the EPA will limit the agency's ability to protect public health and the environment. (Iowa Public Radio) Published November 15, 2017

Anthony selected as editor in chief of JOEH

Renee Anthony, CPH associate professor of occupational and environmental health, has been selected as the new editor in chief of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH). Anthony will take the reins Jan. 1, 2018. Published November 15, 2017

Janssen discusses small- and large-scale farming

When most people think of Iowa, one thing comes to mind: cornfields. But what many people don't realize, however, is the overlap between small- and large-scale farms. University of Iowa Clinical Assistant Professor Brandi Janssen recently discussed the dichotomy in a "Science on Tap" forum. (Daily Iowan) Published November 14, 2017

Thorne comments on changes in EPA research policy

Peter Thorne, professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health and former chair of the EPA's Science Advisory Board, comments on proposed changes in the agency that would prevent scientists who receive EPA funding from acting as advisors. (NPR) Published November 9, 2017

EPA bars scientists it funds from serving on its advisory boards

On Oct. 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved to ban researchers who receive agency grants from serving on EPA advisory boards. "It's a disturbing and short-sighted action," says Peter Thorne, who chaired the agency's main science advisory board until the end of September. Thorne, professor and head of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa, says that the board already has policies in place to deal with conflicts of interest. "I'm really baffled as to why this is necessary," he says. (Nature) Published November 1, 2017

Janssen will discuss local food, big ag at Science on Tap

Join Brandi Janssen, CPH clinical assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Hancher's Stanley Cafe for an informal discussion about the ways that local and global food systems overlap in Iowa, and how their interactions can contribute to a healthier local food system. Janssen's talk is part of Science on Tap, an informal forum for UI researchers to engage the campus and the local community in a discussion of science in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Published October 26, 2017

Heartland Center seeks pilot project applications

The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. Two types of projects will be awarded on a competitive basis for the next fiscal year: A project that can include student funding with a maximum award of $20,000, and a project that does not include student funding with a maximum award of $5,000. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2017. Published October 26, 2017

IPRC presents report to Iowa’s Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee

On Oct. 16, the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) presented a report to Iowa's Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee to evaluate the state's place in the current opioid epidemic. The report detailed policy priorities to attack the epidemic in the state. (Daily Iowan) Published October 19, 2017

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