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

UI research finds no health hazards from wind turbines

CPH professors Peter Thorne and David Osterberg, in collaboration with the Iowa Environmental Council, have written a paper concluding that there is no evidence that the sound produced by wind turbines poses a health risk to neighboring residents. Thorne hopes that when counties make decisions on matters such as constructing wind turbines, they include the public in the process. "Evidence shows when people are part of the process, they're more accepting of the outcome," Thorne said. (Daily Iowan) Published February 14, 2019

Register now for the Occupational Health & Safety Student Research Conference

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual Occupational Health & Safety Student Research Conference, which will take place at the UI College of Public on Friday, April 26. This event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and collaborators across campus and the region to learn about innovative occupational health and safety research being conducted by students, and gives students an opportunity to showcase their research in this important field. Published February 14, 2019

UI study finds parents unsure how to handle cyberbullying

A series of focus groups comprised of parents of middle and high school students in the Midwest is among the first efforts by researchers to look at parental roles in cyberbullying. "This brings a new dimension to our understanding of the parent component of cyberbullying and will help us develop stronger intervention approaches to engage parents and schools," says Corinne Peek-Asa, director of the Injury Prevention Research Center in the UI College of Public Health, which funded the research. (Iowa Now) Published February 14, 2019

Gibbs discusses pesticide drift map

Jenna Gibbs, center coordinator for the UI Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, helped research and map out all the cases of pesticide drift reported to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship from 2010 to 2015. The map tool is available online. "Just by looking at the individual pieces on the map and seeing what the target crop was can really show us a lot of lessons for how to prevent this from happening again in the future," Gibbs says. (WHO) Published February 13, 2019

Field comments on radon exposure and cancer

According to new analysis, radon exposure itself may be responsible for 14–17 percent of lung cancer cases and 3 percent of all cancer mortality in the 66 countries for which national data on radon exposure are available. "In the United States, I consider radon exposure the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality," says longtime radon researcher and University of Iowa professor Bill Field. (Environmental Health Perspectives) Published February 13, 2019

Fellowships and internships build bridges from school to workforce

Fellowships and internships help build bridges between school and the workforce, providing students with hands-on opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills they learn during a degree program. Discover what two CPH students and two recent alums have to say about what they gained from their internship or fellowship experiences. Published February 11, 2019

Apply for a 2019 CDC summer internship opportunity

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (UI IPRC) is pleased to announce that it will provide support for one CPH master's or doctoral student to participate in an eight-week summer internship opportunity with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in Atlanta, Ga. A stipend and travel expenses of $5,000 will be provided to one student who will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications are due March 8, 2019. Published February 7, 2019

Baker appointed to national global health panel

University of Iowa faculty member Kelly Baker has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Academies Board of Global Health. The panel, comprised of global health experts representing a range of academic disciplines, carries out activities and studies aimed at advancing the health of people worldwide.  Published February 6, 2019

Faculty spotlight: Q & A with Corinne Peek-Asa

Professor Corinne Peek-Asa has served as the director of the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center since 2006. She provides her research expertise at the highest levels, testifying at federal briefings and serving on national injury-related boards. You can also find her in classrooms inspiring future injury prevention leaders at the UI College of Public Health. She reflects more on her field in a recent Q&A. Published February 6, 2019

CPH researchers launch new website to map pesticide drift

A new online tool from the University of Iowa can help Iowa farmers more efficiently plan their annual pesticide applications. The tool, an interactive map, tracked and analyzed 450 cases of drift that were reported from 2010 to 2015. It was compiled by the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) in the College of Public Health. Published February 5, 2019

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