Peek-Asa selected for Big Ten Academic Leadership Program

A portrait of Corinne Peek-Asa, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.Corinne Peek-Asa, University of Iowa professor of occupational and environmental health and associate dean for research in the College of Public Health, has been named a Fellow in the 2017–18 Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program.

Established in 1989, the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) is one of the longest-serving professional development programs offered by the Big Ten Academic Alliance. This intensive experience develops the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise. The program is specifically oriented to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities and to help faculty members prepare to meet them.

The primary goal of the program is to help a select group of talented and diverse faculty further develop their ability to be effective academic leaders at all levels of research universities. Since its inception over 1,400 participants have completed the program.

The ALP Fellows attend three campus-based seminars, each three days in length, and participate in related activities on their home campuses between seminars. The seminars are rotated among Big Ten member institutions. Host campuses for the 2017-18 program are the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Mobley recognized for health services, health policy leadership

Erin Mobley of the PhD program at the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.University of Iowa doctoral student Erin Mobley was one of four students nationally selected by AcademyHealth to receive the Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship in recognition of her commitment to the field of health services research or health policy and potential to contribute to health services research or health policy in the future. The scholarship provides free registration to AcademyHealth’s annual research meeting.

A student in the UI Department of Health Management and Policy, Mobley’s research interests include cancer outcomes, quality of life, and survivorship; policy to improve outcomes for those with cancer; rural implications for policy change that could impact those with cancer; and payment reform proposals and implications for rural beneficiaries.

The Hersh scholarship, named for the founding executive director of the Association for Health Services Research (AcademyHealth’s predecessor), is designed to encourage professional and educational development in health services research and policy among student members.

More information is available at

CPH students honored at American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition

Students from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health’s Industrial Hygiene Program received several awards at the 2017 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Seattle.

The following students received honors for their research posters:

  • Changjie Cai – for his poster on the development of a portable aerosol sampler
  • Christie De Vito – for her poster on the effectiveness of hearing protection by agricultural and manufacturing workers
  • Samantha Knowlton – for her poster in the investigation of bioaerosols in hospitals

Copies of these and all student posters are available at

Corey Boles, Alyson Gray, Jason Clinger, and Changjie Cai were also recognized as recipients of scholarships endowed and named in honor of Dr. Clyde Berry. Berry received a PhD from the University of Iowa 1941 and committed his career to industrial hygiene practice.

Additionally, Cai received an American Industrial Hygiene Foundation scholarship from the Real-Time Detection Systems committee and Clinger received the Dennis Pausternbach scholarship.

Pentella receives Leadership in Biosafety and Biosecurity Award

Michael Pentella, clinical professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health, has received the 2017 Leadership in Biosafety and Biosecurity Award from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).

Pentella was previously the associate director for infectious disease at the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory where he was responsible for bacteriology, virology, serology, parasitology, and mycology and was actively involved with bioterrorism preparedness, antimicrobial resistance and pandemic influenza planning. He was formerly director of the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Massachusetts.

The Leadership in Biosafety and Biosecurity Award honors a laboratorian with over 10 years of related service in the field of biosafety and biosecurity in a state and/or local public health laboratory. According to APHL, honorees are recognized leaders both within their home laboratories and on a national level (by serving in leadership roles on national committees and taskforces, for example).

Honorees are also instrumental in providing technical and public presentations and publications, developing/advocating for best practices in biosafety/biosecurity, Identifying and presenting emerging issues in the field, conducting or promoting research that lead to improvements or advancing policy in the field of biosafety/biosecurity.

Award recipients were honored during a ceremony at the 2017 APHL Annual Meeting & Eleventh Government Environmental Laboratory Conference in Providence, RI.

A full list of this year’s APHL award recipients is available at:

Students recognized at CDE graduation reception

Several College of Public Health students were among those recognized May 10 at the Center for Diversity and Enrichment’s 2017 Graduation Reception for their achievements. Congratulations to all!

Alejandra Escoto
Dean’s Achievement Award – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Alejandra is an international studies-global health major. She has been accepted to the MPH program in community and behavioral health.

Chelsea Hicks
Dean’s Achievement Award – Graduate College
Chelsea will receive an MPH degree in occupational and environmental health in May 2017 and plans to pursue a PhD degree in occupational and environmental health with a focus in occupational injury prevention.

Keyla Pagan-Rivera
Dean’s Achievement Award – College of Public Health
Keyla is a PhD candidate in biostatistics.

Alexa Tram Nguyen
Student Leadership Award
Alexa earned a JD from the UI College of Law and will be pursuing an MHA degree from the College of Public Health.

Peek-Asa, Thorne honored at Celebrating Excellence awards

Peter Thorne, Sue Curry, and Corinne Peek-Asa
Peter Thorne, Interim Provost Sue Curry, and Corinne Peek-Asa

Recognizing a year of innovation, scholarship and service, the University of Iowa Celebrating Excellence: Discovery and Innovation Awards Ceremony was held April 24.

The annual event honors faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows, undergraduates and graduate students, and mentors who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in their fields. It also recognizes faculty, staff and student innovators who launch their research findings out into startups, options and/or licenses.

The winners received a commemorative gift and cash award.

College of Public Health recipients were:

Scholar of the Year Award: Recognizes outstanding research, scholarly and/or creative activities by tenured and/or research/clinical track faculty members

  • Peter S. Thorne, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Occupational & Environmental Health, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, College of Public Health

Faculty Communicating Ideas Award: Recognizes excellence in communication about research and scholarship in the sciences and humanities and the study of creative, visual and performing arts to a general audience directly or via print and electronic media.

  • Corinne Peek-Asa, Ph.D., Professor/Associate Dean for Research, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health

See a full list of award recipients.