OEH News

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

Thorne helps separate climate change facts from fiction

Peter Thorne, CPH professor and head of occupational and environmental health and chairman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, recently sat down to discuss some of the key arguments swirling around climate change. (Little Village) Published February 14, 2017

Small steps affect beginning farmers’ safety

Brandi Janssen, director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, shares the story of a young farmer who, in a rush, neglected to put on a pair of safety glasses before working with barbed wire on a fenceline. The wire came loose and struck him in the left eye, causing several months of missed worked and costing him many thousands of dollars in healthcare costs. (Iowa Farmer Today)  Published February 9, 2017

Feeling creative? Try your hand at the HWCM limerick contest

Release your inner poet: The Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest is hosting a limerick contest. Write a humorous limerick on a topic related to occupational health and safety, and you may just win a pot of gold! Submissions are due Feb. 24. Published January 23, 2017

Funding available for environmental health research

The Environmental Health Sciences Research Center is seeking innovative, environmental health-related pilot grant proposals from University of Iowa researchers. Awards of up to $40,000 are available. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017. Published May 10, 2017

Ludewig receives 2016 John Doull Award

Gabriele Ludewig, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health, recently was honored with the 2016 John Doull Award. This prestigious award is presented each year by the Central States Chapter of the Society of Toxicology to honor the contributions of an outstanding member to the discipline of toxicology and the Chapter. Published January 3, 2017

Preventing workplace violence

CPH researchers are partnering with large and small businesses to improve and protect employee safety. Published December 21, 2016

IPRC pilot project grant applications due March 10

The University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. The IPRC is particularly interested in interdisciplinary pilot projects that focus on injuries in rural contexts. However, all injury prevention and control projects are considered, with funding up to a maximum of $25,000. Any faculty member, sponsored staff, graduate student, or post-doc at the University of Iowa with an interest in injury may apply. Applications are due March 10, 2017. Published December 13, 2016

Suicide rate among farmers at historic high

According to a recent CDC report, suicide rates for workers in the agricultural, fishing, and forestry industry are the highest of any other occupational group, exceeding rates in other high-risk populations, including veterans. The report notes there may be several underlying reasons for higher suicide rates in specific occupational groups, including job-related isolation, stressful environments, or home/work imbalance. (Iowa Farmer Today) Published December 13, 2016

Rohlman appointed Chair in Rural Safety and Health

Diane Rohlman, associate professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been appointed as the Endowed Chair in Rural Safety and Health. Rohlman’s research focuses on the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures, with emphasis on the increased workplace risks faced by younger employees.  Published December 9, 2016

Heartland Center seeks pilot research project proposals

The Heartland Center Pilot Projects Program is seeking innovative research proposals that have a primary goal of addressing an occupational health-related issue. Two types of awards will be funded: 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. The application deadline is Feb. 3, 2017. Published December 8, 2016

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