OEH News

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

Heartland Center seeks pilot project proposals

The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. Research projects must be related to one of the National Occupational Research Agenda sector areas and pertain to an occupational health or safety (OHS) issue. Junior faculty, faculty developing a new research initiative in an OHS area, and OHS trainees pursuing an MS or PhD degree may apply. The deadline is March 16, 2018. Published February 14, 2018

Present at the Occupational Health and Safety Student Research Conference

Students are invited to participate in poster and oral presentations at the third annual Occupational Health and Safety Student Research conference that will be held April 6 in the College of Public Health Building. The deadline for submitting topics is March 15, 2018. Published February 13, 2018

HEAL presents Second Annual Science of Health Equity summit

The UI's Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) presents the Second Annual Science of Health Equity Summit from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at the College of Public Health Building. Current UI students are invited to submit poster abstracts for presentation at the conference. Registration and abstract submission guidelines are available online. Published February 7, 2018

CPH students featured in UI ‘Dare to Discover’ campaign

Several College of Public Health student researchers are featured in the 2018 Dare to Discover banner series produced by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The black-and-gold banners will be installed in early February throughout downtown Iowa City and in the Old Capitol Mall/University Capitol Centre (UCC). Find out who the students are! Published February 1, 2018

In memoriam: Alumnus Dr. Frank Lisella

Frank Lisella, 81, died peacefully on Jan. 18, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. He earned a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa in 1970, and his career in public health practice spanned more than 50 years.  He received an Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Iowa College of Public Health in 2010. Published January 31, 2018

Baker studies how hygiene practices affect women’s health in rural India

A group of public health researchers, headed by Kelly Baker at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, recently studied 3,952 girls and women from two rural districts in India to understand the relationship between hygiene practices and self-reported reproductive tract infections symptoms. (Research Matters) Published January 31, 2018

Report calls for hog farm moratorium in Iowa

A new report on the rapid expansion of hog farms in Iowa calls for a moratorium on new barns and concludes that the state's regulatory system is failing to protect the environment and public health for the sake of profit of the politically powerful livestock industry. "A tipping point has been reached. Rural Iowans have every reason to be concerned," said the report released by retired University of Iowa professors James Merchant and David Osterberg. (Associated Press) Published January 31, 2018

Apply for a 2018 CDC summer internship

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) is pleased to announce that it will provide support for one CPH master's or doctoral student to participate in an 8-week summer internship opportunity with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in Atlanta, Ga. The internship is designed for graduate students in public health who are interested in injury research or practice in unintentional injury or violence. The application deadline is March 9. Published January 31, 2018

Field leads development of new radon guide for health providers

A new guide for health care providers is designed to help them reduce their patients' exposure to radioactive radon gas, the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the United States, which is estimated to cause about 21,100 lung cancer deaths per year. The guide was developed and drafted by UI Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health and Epidemiology William Field in collaboration with the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Published January 26, 2018

Anthony comments on protecting workers from chemical exposures

Some manufacturing workers develop skin sensitization over time due to exposure to harmful chemicals. T. Renee Anthony, CPH associate professor of occupational and environmental health, said factories must choose personal protective equipment specifically rated to protect workers from each chemical being handled. "If the chemical has [a] known health outcome," she said, "they've got to protect workers from it." (Des Moines Register) Published January 2, 2018

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