OEH News

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

Iowans can expect health effects from drought, heat waves

CPH professors Brandi Janssen and Peter Thorne recently commented on the health effects of increasing droughts and heatwaves in Iowa. (Capital Dispatch) Published May 3, 2023

OEH students awarded Zwerling-Sprince Scholarship

Emma Smaellie and Cynthia Maharani, both outstanding graduate students in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH), were recently named the 2023 recipients of the Zwerling-Sprince Scholarship in Occupational and Environmental Health. Published May 3, 2023

Video addresses worker recruitment and retention

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest recently released a video about how health and safety efforts in the workplace impact recruitment and retention. Published May 3, 2023

Testing the waters: Lyndy Holdt studies water quality and environmental health

Lyndy Holdt is a graduate student in occupational and environmental health interested in helping Iowans understand water quality issues. She’s currently administering a survey to assess water recreation behavior in Iowa and the public’s awareness of harmful algal blooms. Find out more about her research and interest in environmental health. Published May 2, 2023

Jim Kacer: A love for science, the environment, and lifelong learning leads to a PhD

Graduating doctoral student Jim Kacer has had a long career in various environmental and occupational health settings. He's earned several academic degrees, worked nationally and internationally, enjoys nature photography, and continues to think flexibly about the future. Published May 3, 2023

Agricultural Safety and Health: The Core Course to be held in June

The Agricultural Safety and Health Core Course will be offered in June 2023. The course provides the skills needed to anticipate, recognize, and prevent occupational illnesses and injuries among members of the agricultural community. Published April 19, 2023

Meet some of our faculty

Shannon Watkins, Mary Charlton, Paul Gilbert, and Brandi Janssen are the first of an ongoing series of videos profiling CPH faculty. Published April 4, 2023

Register for the Occupational Health and Safety Student Research Conference

The 7th Annual Occupational Health & Safety Student Research Conference will take place at the College of Public Health on April 28. This event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and collaborators to learn about innovative occupational health and safety research and practice being conducted by students. Register by March 31. Published March 23, 2023

Take an Iowa water recreation survey

Do you swim in Lake MacBride or the Coralville Reservoir in the summer? Kayak? Walk your dog along Terry Trueblood's trails? Please consider participating in a survey from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health to provide researchers with important information on how the public understands and receives communication on harmful algal blooms here in the state of Iowa.  Published March 22, 2023

Training grant focuses on climate change impacts on health

UI researchers recently received a $2.1 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to research the intersection of climate change and lung health. CPH professor Peter Thorne is a co-PI on the grant. (Daily Iowan) Published March 8, 2023