OEH News

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

Fulbright awardee to conduct public health research in Romania

Barbara Chidinma Okeke, a PhD student in human toxicology, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to investigate water quality and water behavior in various rural and urban communities in Transylvania, Romania, and the impact water quality overall has on human health. CPH professors Laurence Fuortes and Gabrielle Ludewig provided guidance to Okeke through the Fulbright process. Published April 18, 2018

Study looks at crashes involving emergency vehicles in Iowa

A new study from the UI College of Public Health finds that police cars are nearly twice as likely to be involved in a traffic accident when they’re in emergency mode than when they are not. The study notes that police officers face myriad distractions while responding to emergencies. (Iowa Now) Published April 18, 2018

Zwerling-Sprince Scholarship recipients announced

Congratulations to Maya Ramaswamy and Danielle Medgyesi, the recipients of the 2018 Zwerling-Sprince Scholarship in Occupational and Environmental Health. Published April 18, 2018

New study finds lung stem cells repair airways after injury

Working in mice, researchers at the University of Iowa have identified a new population of stem cells that appear to be important for regenerating the airway following severe injury. This finding could have major implications for developing practical regenerative medicine approaches to treat airway diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis. The team included CPH researchers Peter Thorne and Andrea Adamcakova-Dodd. (EurekAlert) Published April 12, 2018

Global Rural Health Case Competition winners announced

Armed with well-researched plans, information-packed slides, and seamless teamwork, six student teams competed for top honors and cash prizes in the inaugural Global Rural Health Case Competition held April 4 at the College of Public Health. The teams were given a case centered on the ongoing power crisis in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Their mission: to present feasible, sustainable solutions to restore health, hope, and resiliency to Puerto Rico. Published April 5, 2018

Podcast: ‘From the Front Row: Student Voices in Public Health’

Check out the first episode of our new podcast, "From the Front Row: Student Voices in Public Health." You'll get an inside look at what it's like to be a public health grad student in 2018 as three students discuss their experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Published March 29, 2018

Join a conversation on gun control, public health, and restraints on research

On April 26, join an Obermann Conversation about research restrictions on gun violence. Learn about the history of the Dickey Amendment and current attempts to repeal it, how community organizers and public policy makers could use data and other information compiled from more extensive research, and the current landscape of gun violence in Iowa. Speakers include Corinne Peek-Asa, CPH associate dean for research and professor of occupational and environmental health.  Published March 28, 2018

Field honored with Iowa Radon Hero Award

CPH Professor Bill Field was honored March 6 with the Iowa Radon Hero Award from the Iowa Department of Public Health for his work as a researcher, educator, and advocate.  Published March 8, 2018

U.S. injury centers fight opioid epidemic

CPH Associate Professor Carri Casteel recently participated in a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on how a network of 10 Injury Control Research Centers are tackling the nation's deadly opioid epidemic. Casteel participated in the briefing's panel that focused on the challenges in rural America, where around 46 million people face health disparities, including adverse outcomes from opioids. (IPRC) Published March 7, 2018

Agricultural Safety Awareness Week is March 4-10

March 4-10 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers will join Farm Bureau in promoting the week with its theme No One Can Take Your Place. "Agricultural safety continues to be a sound investment for farmer and ranchers," said Brandi Janssen, outreach co-director of the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa. "Focusing on safety and health on the farm helps save lives and protects our most important resources in agriculture, our farmers and farmworkers." (GPCAH) Published March 1, 2018

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