Recipients of Dr. Carol S. Gleich Development Award announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the Dr. Carol S. Gleich Development Award! This award is available to faculty members and graduate students in the College of Public Health to support travel expenses to perform an official function at a national or international meeting.

October 2018 Award Recipients

Name: Toluwani Adekunle, PhD student in Community and Behavioral Health
Meeting: American Public Health Association
Location: San Diego, CA
Dates: November 10-14, 2018
Purpose: Presentation, “Community-based savings groups, domestic violence, and maternal depression: Evidence from Mozambique”

Name: Yuan Huang, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Meeting: Eastern North American Region
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Dates: March 23-27, 2019
Purpose: Committee representative of Section on Statistics in Genomics and Genetics of the American Statistical Association

Name: Erin Mobley, PhD student in Health Management and Policy
Meeting: Global Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress
Location: Sydney, Australia
Dates: December 4-6, 2018
Purpose: Presentation, “Rurality and Other Factors Affecting Clinical Trial Enrollment for AYAs with Cancer in a U.S. Population-Based Study”

Name: Jim Torner, Professor of Epidemiology
Meeting: American College of Epidemiology
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Dates: September 23-25, 2018
Purpose: Executive Board Member, Membership Committee Member, Fellow

Name: Brad Wright, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy
Meeting: Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Dates: May 14-17, 2019
Purpose: Presentation: “Evidence of Racial, Geographic, and Gender Disparities in Observation Stays”

Name: Gideon Zamba, Professor of Biostatistics
Meeting: African International Conference in Statistics
Location: Asri, Ethiopia
Dates: May 26-29, 2019
Purpose: Invited keynote and plenary speaker: “Recursive Bayesian Approaches to Disease Modeling for the Case of Influenza”

Alumnus Jim Atty recognized as top young health care leader

portrait of Jim AttyCollege of Public Health alumnus Jim Atty, CEO of Waverly Health Center in Waverly, Iowa, was recently named the recipient of the Iowa Hospital Association’s Young Executive Achievement Award.

Atty, a 2009 graduate of the college’s Master of Health Administration program, has led Waverly Health Center since 2014. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

In an announcement about the Young Executive Achievement Award, the Iowa Hospital Association noted: “This award was created to recognize up-and-coming health care executives, age 40 or younger, who have made a significant contribution to health care in the state of Iowa. Mr. Atty has ensured steady growth for the hospital, consistent excellence in patient care, and a positive, ‘can-do’ culture among staff. His leadership and involvement have made an already highly-regarded hospital even more visible, connected, and supported within the community. With an exceptional work ethic and consummate professionalism, Mr. Atty is revered at the hospital and in the community as a valued leader who instills both motivation and confidence.”

Snetselaar honored with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medallion Award

Portrait of Epidemiology Professor and Associate Provost Linda Snetselaar of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Linda Snetselaar, PhD, RD, LD, FAND, University of Iowa professor of epidemiology and chair of preventive nutrition education, was one of eight registered dietitian nutritionists presented with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ prestigious 2018 Medallion Awards on Oct. 21 during the Academy’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C. The awards recognize outstanding service and leadership in the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession.

Snetselaar is the director of the Department of Epidemiology’s Nutrition Center at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also the University of Iowa associate provost for outreach and engagement.

More information is available on the Academy’s 2018 national honors and award winners.

Lynch, Robertson, and Thorne honored with university awards

Each year, University of Iowa faculty and staff members are honored for their valuable contributions to the university’s core mission of teaching, service, and research. Following are the College of Public Health award recipients in 2018.

Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service

A portrait of Charles Lynch of the University of Iowa College of Public HealthCharles Lynch

Lynch is professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health and medical director and principal investigator of the Iowa Cancer Registry, which provides invaluable data to the state and nation, educates Iowans about cancer prevention and early detection, and helps to train future cancer epidemiologists. He has provided extraordinary service to the state and nation through his own groundbreaking research into the association between radon and lung cancer, which has likely saved the lives of many Iowans and others around the world. He is also the longtime Iowa director for the Agricultural Health Study, researching the health, safety, and risk factors associated with farming and pesticide use among more than 58,000 Iowans enrolled in that study. His extensive university service includes acting as chair or vice chair of the Board in Control of Athletics and the Presidential Committee on Athletics, both of which honored him with their Distinguished Service Awards. He received the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence in 2014.

David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Service

portrait of Gayle RobertsonGayle Robertson

Robertson is research support manager for the State Health Registry of Iowa (SHRI) in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health. She is the primary individual responsible for pre- and post-award research administration in the SHRI, where she oversees the multi-year, multi-million dollar Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) contract from the National Cancer Institute (one of the university’s largest federal contracts). Her long-term knowledge and experience have greatly enhanced the SHRI’s ability to develop and provide needed resources, and she has been instrumental in developing strategies to maintain research excellence in the face of declining federal funding. She has also contributed noteworthy service to the college and university as a member of the College of Public Health Staff Council and then university Staff Council, of which she is currently a member of the executive committee.

Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Peter Thorne

portrait of Peter ThorneThorne is professor in and head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health, where he also directs the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center. He is associate director of the interdisciplinary Human Toxicology program, a model program for student training and research engagement that he helped establish. An internationally known scholar in the fields of environmental hazards, pulmonary toxicology, and human health risk assessment, he serves on the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology for the National Academy of Sciences, and recently served as chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He has collaborated with many communities concerned about environmental exposures to dangerous chemicals, to evaluate the hazards they face and their associated health impacts. He is an active and sought-after teacher and mentor for students and for junior faculty, helping build careers that shape scientific innovation.

See the full list of award winners in Iowa Now.

Students honored at Center for Diversity and Enrichment Graduation Reception

Three College of Public Health students were honored May 9 at the 2018 Center for Diversity and Enrichment Graduation Reception: Christine Kava, Lauren Pass, and Dana Van Der Heide. The event honors the academic and leadership accomplishments of graduating underrepresented students.

Dean’s Achievement Award – College of Public Health

A portrait of Christine Kava of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Christine Kava is a December 2017 PhD graduate from the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. As a student, she was an integral member of the Health Equity Advancement Lab and made significant contributions through her work as a research assistant with the Active Ottumwa project. Christine has recently been hired as a research associate scholar at the University of Washington School of Public Health.



Student Leadership Awards

A portrait of Lauren Pass of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Lauren Pass will be earning a Master of Public Health in community and behavioral health. She was a founding member of the student organization LGBTQ Advocates for Public Health Equity. The organization was formed to provide education and resources to the college in order to advance the status of LGBTQ health. She served as president of the Advocates and helped organize the university’s first LGBTQ health symposium in April 2017. After graduation, she intends to continue her work in community engagement, organization, and research on LGBTQ health needs.


Dana Van Der Heide is earning her MD/MPH. She served as a leader with the Carver College of Medicine LGBTQ and allies student group MEDIQS and represented the organization at multiple state and national conferences. After graduation, Dana will begin her surgery residency at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

CPH Awards highlight faculty, staff achievements

The 2018 College of Public Health Awards Program was held May 2, honoring the research, teaching, and service achievements of faculty and staff. Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

Faculty Awards

New Faculty Research Awards

  • Ryan Cho, assistant professor of biostatistics
  • Anjali Deshpande, clinical associate professor of epidemiology and MPH Program Director

Faculty Research Award

  • Patrick Breheny, associate professor of biostatistics

Faculty Service Award

  • Gideon Zamba, associate professor of biostatistics and director of the Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics

Faculty Teaching Award

  • Jason Daniel-Ulloa, clinical assistant professor of community and behavioral health
  • Nathan Fethke, associate professor of occupational and environmental health

Staff Awards

Staff Research Award

  • Sean Bear, co-director of the National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health

Staff Service Award

  • Terry Kirk, graduate program administrator in the Department of Biostatistics

2018 CPH Board of Advisors Student Award winners recognized

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 CPH Board of Advisors Student Award! The award recognizes two College of Public Health students, one academic student and one professional student, whose research or practice experience as a student in the college demonstrates commitment to one or more of the college’s Collective Areas of Excellence. The students were presented with a cash award and a plaque at the April 17 Board meeting. The recipients also presented their work to the Board during this meeting.

Gifty Crabbe (professional award, below left), MPH student in epidemiology

Ryan Peterson (academic award, below right), doctoral student in biostatistics

Mary Rose Corrigan, CPH Board of Advisors chair (below center)

photo of Gifty Crabbe and Ryan Peterson


Thorne recognized with Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

A portrait of Peter Thorne of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Peter Thorne, CPH professor and head of occupational and environmental health, has been awarded a 2018 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Given by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the award honors faculty members for work representing a significant contribution to excellence in public education. The University of Iowa will select up to six faculty members each year to receive this award and will award each recipient a $1,000 one-time stipend.

The recipients are announced in the spring and the award is presented in the fall semester.

Congratulations, Peter!