OEH News

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

Peek-Asa writes about motivating teens to be safer drivers

CPH Professor Corinne Peek-Asa recently wrote a guest column describing Steering Teens Safe, a program that uses a health behavior communication technique to help parents communicate with their teens about safe driving. The program was developed by the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center. (Drive It Home) Published May 16, 2018

Alumnus Dwight Ferguson speaks on hurricane recovery

Alumnus Dwight Ferguson responded to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico as part of the U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps. Published May 2, 2018

Osterberg comments on health effects of large-scale pork production

With seven pigs to each Iowan and total pork production in the state up 30 percent in a decade, Iowans concerned about the environmental, health, and quality-of-life toll of Iowa's booming pork industry wonder if anything will slow it. "More and more evidence is coming to bear on the health effects of these facilities," said David Osterberg, CPH professor emeritus of occupational and environmental health. (The Gazette) Published May 10, 2018

UI IPRC alumni: Impacting the injury field

Read how alumni from the UI Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) are impacting the injury prevention field with their work in family violence prevention, prescription opioid overdoses, and eye injuries. Published May 9, 2018

CPH grad student creates simulation to decrease farming fatalities

CPH doctoral student Kayla Faust is working to reduce farm injuries and fatalities through the use of a specialized driving simulation. As an undergraduate student, Faust began working with the university's National Advanced Driving Simulator as a research assistant. "While studying at the driving simulator, I realized the safety benefits of simulated driving research could be extended to farm equipment such as tractors," she says. (Daily Iowan) Published May 4, 2018

CPH Awards highlight faculty, staff achievements

The 2018 College of Public Health Awards Program was held May 2, honoring the research, teaching, and service achievements of faculty and staff. See a list of this year's honorees! Published May 2, 2018

Thorne recognized with Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Peter Thorne, CPH professor and head of occupational and environmental health, has been awarded a 2018 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. Given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the award honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education. Published May 2, 2018

Thorne comments on science transparency, data sharing

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, recently proposed a rule that would require the EPA to release the data behind any studies used for crafting policies to protect the environment and public health -- but scientists, including CPH Professor Peter Thorne, have their own ideas about what kind of transparency leads to trustworthy science. (The Verge) Published May 2, 2018

Hamann discusses bicycle training safety programs

A report from the University of Iowa's Injury Prevention Research Center delved into nearly 100 bicycle training safety programs to determine if a "gold standard" for educating young riders exists. Such a program does not exist, but researchers believe it could. "This report really gives us a foundation to build upon to start building a gold standard program," said Cara Hamann, the study's lead author. (CBS2/FOX28) Published May 2, 2018

Edith Parker named new dean of College of Public Health

Edith Parker, professor and chair of the University of Iowa Department of Community and Behavioral Health, has been named dean of the UI College of Public Health. She will begin on June 1. Parker will be the third dean of the College of Public Health, which was founded in 1999. She succeeds Keith Mueller, Gerhard Hartman Professor of Health Management and Policy, who served as interim dean since April 2017. Mueller will return to his role as chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy. (Iowa Now) Published May 1, 2018

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