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!

EPA bars scientists it funds from serving on its advisory boards

On Oct. 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved to ban researchers who receive agency grants from serving on EPA advisory boards. “It’s a disturbing and short-sighted action,” says Peter Thorne, who chaired the agency’s main science advisory board until the end of September. Thorne, professor and head of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa, says that the board already has policies in place to deal with conflicts of interest. “I’m really baffled as to why this is necessary,” he says.

Read the full article from Nature

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