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!

Baquero honored with UI Diversity Catalyst Award

A portrait of Barbara Baquero of the Department of Community and Behavior Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Barbara Baquero, CPH assistant professor of community and behavioral health and deputy director of the UI Prevention Research Center, was honored April 11 with a University of Iowa Diversity Catalyst Award.

Sponsored by the Chief Diversity Office and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Diversity Catalyst Awards are designed to honor faculty or staff members, programs or departments, and students or student organizations engaged in diversity initiatives during the previous academic year that have promoted the development of an inclusive, diverse campus community at the University of Iowa.

Baquero conducts community and behavioral health research guided by the community-based participatory research principles and the social-ecological framework. The focus of her research has been on reducing and eliminating health disparities for Latino immigrants in the U.S. through identifying, understanding, implementing and evaluating interventions that incorporate social, cultural and structural factors associated with obesity and chronic disease prevention and control. She is also a member of the Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL), which promotes equitable health through research, practice, and community engagement, with a particular emphasis on communities in the state of Iowa.

Congratulations, Barbara!

Lynch receives the Michael J. Brody Award

A portrait of Charles Lynch of the University of Iowa College of Public HealthCharles Lynch, CPH professor of epidemiology, is a recipient of the 2018 Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service to the University and the State of Iowa.

The Brody Award is named in honor of the late Michael J. Brody, former president of the UI Faculty Senate. It recognizes outstanding faculty who have made exceptional contributions to the UI and the community.

Recipients will be recognized formally at an awards reception hosted by the Provost’s Office.

Congratulations, Chuck!

Ecklund, Toepp, and Wallace honored with UI Discovery & Innovation Awards

University of Iowa thinkers, explorers, mentors, creators, and inventors were celebrated for their work during the UI Office of Research and Economic Development’s annual Discovery & Innovation Awards Ceremony April 17. Titled “Celebrating Excellence,” the 2018 event at Hancher brought together faculty, staff, and students involved in research and scholarship as well as its translation into medical devices, startup companies, and other commercial ventures.

John Keller, interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development and dean of the Graduate College, said that because of the work being done by the people being recognized Tuesday night, “lives are being saved, prolonged, and improved, and our ideas about the vast universe we inhabit, and the innermost workings of the human body, are growing by leaps and bounds.”

Awardees from the College of Public Health included:

A portrait of Dixie Ecklund of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Distinguished Research Administrator Award: Dixie Ecklund, Director of Operations in the College of Public Health’s Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center. The award recognizes staff members at the University of Iowa who are exceptional research administrators and/or performed exceptional service in support of research. The award is co-sponsored by the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations and the Vice President for Research & Economic Development.



A portrait of Angela Toepp of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Graduate Student Research Excellence Award in Biology, Life, Mathematical and Physical Sciences.  Angela Toepp, a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology. The awards honor graduate students in terminal degree programs conducting research and scholarly activity that is recognized as highly original work.




Leadership in Research AwardRobert Wallace, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health. This is a lifetime achievement award to honor tenure- , research- or clinical-track faculty for distinguished leadership in research and scholarship accomplishments over a career.

View a full list of the award winners.