OEH News

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

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

Are wind turbines harming health? A new paper says ‘no’

A paper released Thursday from three Iowa groups looked at research around the public health impact of wind turbines and found little evidence they're harming neighbors. Studies found sound from wind turbines may be annoying, but they "have established no adverse health effects,” said CPH professor Peter Thorne. (Multiple sources) Published February 1, 2019

Healthier Workforce Center seeks pilot project applications

The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest (HWC) announces the availability of funds for new investigator and student pilot projects. Topics relevant to Total Worker Health include improving work organization, assessing the contribution of occupational stressors to the burden of chronic health conditions among employees, optimizing return-to-work outcomes, and injury/illness prevention strategies. The application deadline is March 8, 2019. Published January 31, 2019

CHEEC testing water quality of private wells in NE Iowa

The UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) is conducting a study of private wells in northeast Iowa. Bill Field, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, said 50 private wells are being tested to check for possible contamination from insecticides due to chemical runoff from farms. (Telegraph Herald) Published January 31, 2019

Alumna Josie Rudolphi named 2019 Rural Health Fellow

Josie Rudolphi (17PhD), an associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, has been recognized as an emerging health leader with her selection as a 2019 Rural Health Fellow by the National Rural Health Association. She will spend this year advocating for increased availability and accessibility of mental health care in rural areas, specifically for agricultural populations. Published January 24, 2019

UI students develop app to improve public speaking

CPH alumnus Nico Aguilar and current CPH student Anthony Pham are co-founders of Speeko, a voice analytics company that uses artificial intelligence to help people avoid embarrassing public speaking experiences by measuring and improving their verbal communication skills. As a team, the two have pitched their way to start-up success at a number of university and international entrepreneurial competitions. (Iowa Now) Published January 24, 2019

Feeling creative? Try your hand at the HWCM limerick contest

Release your inner poet and enter the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest's limerick contest. Write a humorous limerick on a topic related to occupational health and safety and submit your entry by Feb. 28. The winner will be announced March 18! Published February 18, 2019

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