OEH News

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

Janssen discusses small- and large-scale farming

When most people think of Iowa, one thing comes to mind: cornfields. But what many people don't realize, however, is the overlap between small- and large-scale farms. University of Iowa Clinical Assistant Professor Brandi Janssen recently discussed the dichotomy in a "Science on Tap" forum. (Daily Iowan) Published November 14, 2017

Thorne comments on changes in EPA research policy

Peter Thorne, professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health and former chair of the EPA's Science Advisory Board, comments on proposed changes in the agency that would prevent scientists who receive EPA funding from acting as advisors. (NPR) Published November 9, 2017

EPA bars scientists it funds from serving on its advisory boards

On Oct. 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved to ban researchers who receive agency grants from serving on EPA advisory boards. "It's a disturbing and short-sighted action," says Peter Thorne, who chaired the agency's main science advisory board until the end of September. Thorne, professor and head of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa, says that the board already has policies in place to deal with conflicts of interest. "I'm really baffled as to why this is necessary," he says. (Nature) Published November 1, 2017

Janssen will discuss local food, big ag at Science on Tap

Join Brandi Janssen, CPH clinical assistant professor of occupational and environmental health, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Hancher's Stanley Cafe for an informal discussion about the ways that local and global food systems overlap in Iowa, and how their interactions can contribute to a healthier local food system. Janssen's talk is part of Science on Tap, an informal forum for UI researchers to engage the campus and the local community in a discussion of science in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Published October 26, 2017

Heartland Center seeks pilot project applications

The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. Two types of projects will be awarded on a competitive basis for the next fiscal year: A project that can include student funding with a maximum award of $20,000, and a project that does not include student funding with a maximum award of $5,000. Applications are due Nov. 15, 2017. Published October 26, 2017

IPRC presents report to Iowa’s Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee

On Oct. 16, the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) presented a report to Iowa's Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee to evaluate the state's place in the current opioid epidemic. The report detailed policy priorities to attack the epidemic in the state. (Daily Iowan) Published October 19, 2017

Youth groups encourage farmer safety

This fall, with support from Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), 20 4-H and FFA chapters across Iowa will distribute nearly 2,000 "Stay Safe, Take a Break" bags to farmers this harvest season. I-CASH supplied safety materials, including hearing protection, disposable N95 masks, information about equipment vibration, hearing loss, and roadway safety. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published October 18, 2017

Field to be honored with Iowa Cancer Champion Award

Bill Field, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, will be awarded a 2017 Iowa Cancer Champion Award at the Iowa Cancer Summit Oct. 18 in Ankeny, Iowa. Field, a nationally recognized radon expert, was nominated for championing policy and systems change to reduce exposure to radon and ultimately reduce radon-induced lung cancer in Iowa. Published October 12, 2017

UI report addresses prescription opioid, heroin epidemic in Iowa

A new report from the University of Iowa includes several policy and program recommendations to address the state's opioid crisis after a review process involving dozens of stakeholders from across the state. Carri Casteel, associate professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health and report co-author, says the epidemic is affecting all Iowans, whether they live in rural or urban counties. (Multiple sources) Published October 4, 2017

Gilbert, Janssen selected as IIPHRP Policy Fellows

The Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP) is pleased to announce the newest members of its Policy Fellow Program. The 2017-2018 Policy Fellows are Paul Gilbert, UI assistant professor of community and behavioral health, and Brandi Janssen, UI clinical assistant professor of occupational and environmental health.   Published September 27, 2017

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