Lexi Pratt, Seamus Taylor named This Is Public Health Ambassadors

Seamus Taylor
Seamus Taylor
Alessandra Pratt
Lexi Pratt

Congratulations to Lexi Pratt, MS student in industrial hygiene, and Seamus Taylor, MPH student in health management and policy, for being named Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) This Is Public Health Ambassadors!

Thirty-five new students are joining the Ambassador program, representing the This Is Public Health brand and 23 ASPPH member institutions. Throughout the year, Ambassadors participate in a series of public health outreach events along with professional development activities.

Join the new ambassadors on Twitter, Wednesday, June 6 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. eastern for the latest #TIPHChat. This Twitter Chat will feature an introduction to the new ambassadors, their backgrounds, and interests in public health. Submit your questions in advance and RSVP to join the discussion. Follow along using #TIPHChat.

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Research assistants sought for obesity study – apply by April 30

Seeking Research Assistants for an exciting new project anticipated to begin Fall 2018

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is partnering with Grinnell College on a project to tackle obesity in Iowa. This project is initiated by Tom Vilsack, the former Governor of Iowa and US Secretary of Agriculture. Rockefeller Foundation has expressed interest in funding this project. The project will be a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of an obesity intervention in Iowa school-aged children. It will involve not only the child participants but also stakeholders including families, schools, and communities. Details of the intervention are under development and will be forthcoming.  The study is anticipated to begin in Fall 2018 and is led by a dynamic multidisciplinary team within the Department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health.

In anticipation of this project beginning in the Fall 2018, applications of interested hourly research assistants are sought.  Graduate students from Dietetic Internship Program, Epidemiology, Community and Behavioral Health, Health and Human Physiology, and Urban and Regional Planning are highly encouraged to apply.

A total of 5 positions are sought for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Students interested in applying for these hourly positions should send a letter of interest to Vickie Miene at vickie-miene@uiowa.edu  by April 30, 2018.  The letter of interest should be limited to 2 pages total and should include the following items:

  • Student name and contact phone and email
  • Student primary area of study
  • Student anticipated graduation date
  • Student personal interest in the proposed project
  • Explanation of student interest, knowledge and prior experience related to obesity research
  • Explanation of student interest/experience working in team settings
  • Explanation of student interest/experience conducting interviews or focus groups

Students must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to travel within a 90 mile radius of Iowa City for study activities.  Students will need to meet the University of Iowa Driving Policy requirements. https://opsmanual.uiowa.edu/administrative-financial-and-facilities-policies/fleet-services/university-driving-policy

Students will be notified of selection for faculty interviews which are tentatively scheduled to occur May 1-4, 2018

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Wei Bao at Wei-Bao@uiowa.edu.


Uluocha honored with 2018 Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award

Winnie Uluocha receives the 2018 Hubbard Award Winnie Uluocha, a JD/MHA student at the University of Iowa, was named the recipient of the 2018 Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award.

The Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award was established in 1981 in honor of Philip G. Hubbard, University of Iowa Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Academic Affairs from 1966-1989. Vice President Hubbard was selected as a faculty representative to serve on the first UI Human Rights Committee established in 1963, and dedicated himself to human rights and equal opportunity throughout his distinguished career.

Each year a University of Iowa student is selected who has made the most outstanding contribution in the area of human rights and who most exemplifies the principles held by Dr. Hubbard.