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 https://i3hsa.org.uiowa.edu/student-posters-aihce-2017.

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: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/public-health-laboratory-leaders-honored-by-aphl-2221672.htm

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.

2017 Delta Omega Honor Society members honored

The UI College of Public Health inducted 21 new members into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health on May 1, 2017.

The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University within the School of Hygiene and Public Health (now known as the Bloomberg School of Public Health). Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to increasing the quality of the field, as well as to the protection and advancement of the health of all people. Currently, Delta Omega has expanded to more than 100 chapters throughout the world and has more than 20,000 members from top echelons of graduate schools and programs of public health, as well as the public health community.

Jace Bradyphoto of Delta Omega students 2017
Alexandra Curtis
Amy Hahn
Laura Hallett
Emily Hejna
Jessica Hinman
Alexandra Iannone
Samantha Knowlton
Linda Lee
Nabil Natafgi
Namrata Singh
Rosamond Smith
Audrey Tran Lam

Barbara Baquero
Linda Snetselaar

Jeannie Hazzaniga Moloo
Katie Jones
Kwang-Toun Kim
David-Erick LaFontant
Trisha Welter

Martín Sepúlveda


College of Public Health Awards honor faculty, staff achievements

The 2017 College of Public Health Awards Program was held May 1, honoring the research, teaching, and service achievements of faculty and staff. Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

Faculty Research Award

  • Jennifer Robinson, Professor of Epidemiology

Faculty Service Award

  • Michael Jones, Professor of Biostatistics
  • Tanya Uden-Holman, Clinical Professor of Health Management and Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Faculty Teaching Award

  • Renée Anthony, Associate Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Eric Foster, Clinical Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Faculty Mentor Award

  • Robert Wallace, Professor of Epidemiology and Irene Ensminger Stecher Professorship in Cancer Research

Staff Research Award

  • Andrea Adamcakova-Dodd, Assistant Research Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center

Staff Service Award

  • Robert Butler, Creative Media Specialist