OEH News

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

Student Nazmin Akter Eti competes in the Three-Minute Thesis challenge

Nazmin Akter Eti, a student in the Human Toxicology Program, is one of 13 graduate students competing in the 2019 Three-Minute Thesis competition, where they are challenged to concisely articulate their research to a general audience. Published November 14, 2019

Field comments on the importance of radon awareness

Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, can seep from the soil into homes. "Radon is a problem all over the U.S., but in the Midwest, you have to be especially aware of its risks,” says CPH professor Bill Field. (Wellmark) Published October 31, 2019

Peek-Asa comments on reducing rural suicides

CPH professor Corinne Peek-Asa says a key aspect of farmers' stress and suicide risk is uncontrollable business factors, such as weather, farm financing, and tariffs. (KCRG) Published October 31, 2019

Peek-Asa comments on rural suicide rates

CPH professor Corinne Peek-Asa and colleagues have found suicide rates were 45 percent higher for people in rural areas, and farmers stood out as having even higher rates compared to the general population. (Radio Iowa) Published October 23, 2019

Peek-Asa discusses why teens do dangerous challenges

Corinne Peek-Asa, CPH professor and associate dean for research, says teens are tempted to take part in dangerous social media challenges because "one of their developmental cognitive jobs at that age is to figure out their own internal compass for risk taking, social placement, and how they fit into their world." (Newsweek) Published October 10, 2019

Donham receives award at American Veterinary Epidemiology Society meeting

Kelley Donham, CPH professor emeritus and alumnus (70MS), was awarded with the 2019 Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold-Headed Cane Award at the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society meeting. Published October 10, 2019

Iowa scientists project dangerous heat levels

Model projections from the latest Iowa Climate Statement indicate that Iowans should expect extreme and dangerous heat events to become more severe in the near future. CPH professor Peter Thorne worked as a collaborator on the statement. (Daily Iowan) Published October 3, 2019

Study examines use of firearms in incidents of homicide-suicide

CPH professor Corinne Peek-Asa co-authored a study examining incidents of homicide-suicide from 2013 to 2016 to compare proportions of incidents that included a firearm to non-firearm incidents by incident, victim, and perpetrator characteristics. Published September 27, 2019

Iowa hosts Birnbaum’s last community forum

Water quality took center stage in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, at a recent public meeting held by NIEHS and National Toxicology Program director Linda Birnbaum. Her upcoming retirement makes the Iowa forum the last of 25 such meetings she has held during her tenure. (NIH Record) Published September 26, 2019

Climate report: Severe heat waves will likely threaten Iowa

According to this year's Iowa Climate Statement, a report signed by more than 200 Iowa scientists, the state is slated to see dangerously hot weather in the coming decades. Extreme heat is a serious health concern, notes CPH professor Peter Thorne. (IPR) Published September 25, 2019

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