OEH News

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

Peek-Asa, Thorne honored at Celebrating Excellence awards

The University of Iowa Celebrating Excellence: Discovery and Innovation Awards Ceremony was held April 24. The annual event honors faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students, and mentors who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their fields. CPH Professor Corinne Peek-Asa received the Faculty Communicating Ideas Award, and Professor Peter Thorne received the Scholar of the Year Award. Published May 3, 2017

Researchers take a ‘collaboratory’ approach to public health concerns

Researchers at the UI College of Public Health will use a “collaboratory” approach for two projects that tackle public health concerns. Funded by the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy (IIPHRP), the first project will investigate health risks from exposure to insecticides, and the second will work to improve health outcomes for low-birth-weight and premature children. Published May 2, 2017

Thorne comments on March for Science

Thousands of people around the world gathered to March for Science on April 22. “Supporting the scientific community on Earth Day centers on the recognition that through rigorously peer-reviewed, replicated, and ever-refined research, scientists have shown us what human activity has done to alter the Earth’s climate and damage ecosystems,” said Peter Thorne, CPH professor and head of occupational and environmental health, who also serves as chairman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. (Daily Iowan) Published April 26, 2017

MRASH 2017 conference abstract deadline extended to May 19

Abstracts for the Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) conference will now be accepted through Friday, May 19, for presentations and posters related to rural and agricultural health and safety research, surveillance, education, outreach, and intervention. The conference will be held in Pella, Iowa, Nov. 14-15, 2017.  Published April 20, 2017

Janssen to read from new book at Prairie Lights

Join Brandi Janssen, director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, as she reads from her newly released book, "Making Local Food Work: The Challenges and Opportunities of Today’s Small Farmers." The event will take place Friday, April 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City. Published April 18, 2017

Casteel comments on rising opioid-related deaths in Iowa

At a recent Linn County Public Health panel on opioid abuse, Carri Casteel with the University of Iowa College of Public Health confirmed prescription opioid overdose deaths are increasing across the country and the state of Iowa. "In terms of Linn County, we have observed that opioid-involved drug overdose deaths tend to be on the high side in Linn County relative to some of the other counties in the state," Casteel said. (Iowa Public Radio) Published April 10, 2017

Research Week 2017 poster award winners announced

See a full list and photo of the College of Public Health Research Week 2017 poster award winners. Published April 6, 2017

Agricultural Safety & Health: The Core Course runs June 12-16

Registration is now open for Agricultural Safety & Health: The Core Course, which will be held June 12-16 at the College of Public Health Building. This course, offered by the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, provides the information and skills needed to enable safety and health professionals to anticipate, recognize, and prevent occupational illnesses and injuries among members of the agricultural community. Published April 4, 2017

New report says wind power saves Iowans on energy costs

A new Iowa Policy Project report claims Iowa’s electricity prices, which are lower than the national average, can be attributed to the state’s growing wind industry. David Osterberg, CPH clincal professor of occupational and environmental health and Iowa Policy Project’s lead environmental researcher, said he believes Iowa’s nearly two-decade investment in wind energy — about 36 percent of the electricity generated in Iowa now comes from wind — has played a huge role in the state’s lower energy costs. (The Gazette) Published April 5, 2017

Peek-Asa earns Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty

Corinne Peek-Asa, associate dean for research in the College of Public Health and director of the Injury Prevention Research Center, has been selected to receive the May Brodbeck Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty. She will receive the award at the Celebration of Excellence & Achievement Among Women, which takes place Wednesday, April 5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom.  Published March 30, 2017

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