OEH News

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

Kim receives New Faculty Research Award

Jong Sung Kim, associate professor of occupational and environmental health, has been named the recipient of the College of Public Health New Faculty Research Award.  Published January 11, 2023

Heartland Center request for pilot project proposals

The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2023. Published January 10, 2023

Study: Small amounts of snow can cause big commuter problems

Studies find nearly 75% of crashes in Iowa happen in less than two inches of snow. Jon Davis, CPH research assistant professor, says the timing of your commute can make a world of difference. (Radio Iowa) Published January 5, 2023

Study finds phones can harbor allergens

Peter Thorne, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, co-authored a study showing that smartphones are potential receptacles for allergens and asthma triggers. (US News & World Report) Published November 15, 2022

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Bill Field

R. William "Bill" Field, professor emeritus of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was recognized internationally for his expertise in radon and radiation health effects. Published November 14, 2022

Injury Prevention Day is Nov. 18

Join the UI Injury Prevention Research Center in "shining a green light” on injury prevention. Find out how you can get involved on this day of action. Published November 10, 2022

From the Front Row: Climate change and public health with Peter Thorne

This week Anya chats about climate change with Dr. Peter Thorne, professor of occupational and environmental health and co-director of the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center. He has held a number of prominent national leadership positions, including serving as chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. Published October 13, 2022

Be alert for farm equipment on the roads

As harvest gets into full swing, it’s a good time to remind vehicle drivers about being alert for farm equipment on the roads. It’s also a good time for those equipment operators to double check that their farm vehicles have appropriate lighting and marking, writes Brandi Janssen in her latest Safety Watch article. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published October 13, 2022

Janssen discusses tractor safety

As part of National Farm Safety Week, Brandi Janssen, director of I-CASH, discussed tractor safety, noting that around 50% of tractors being used don’t have a rollover protective structure (ROPS). "Our partnership with the National ROPS Rebate Program can help offset some of the cost of the retrofit process," she says. (Multiple sources) Published September 30, 2022

Iowa student Lauren Barlow completes an internship at Tesla – and gains a job offer

MS student Lauren Barlow completed an internship with Tesla, Inc. in California this summer. She worked on Tesla’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Team as an industrial hygiene intern. Her internship paid off in a big way – a job offer to return to Tesla after she graduates.  Published September 29, 2022