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Deparment of Epidemiology Faculty and Staff

Dear friends,

Whether through ‘water cooler’ moments or just more flexibility in meeting together, the energy and engagement has been palpable in the hallways of Iowa Epi this Fall. The department welcomed 106 new or returning students this academic year. Our weekly departmental seminar fills out the auditorium and our pandemic-inspired Zoom abilities have increased accessibility to those who could not otherwise attend. We have added three new courses to the curriculum – social epidemiology, causal inference, and biomarkers in epidemiology. Our research has diversified in methods, topics, and funding sponsors which reflects our broad goals - investigating the causes and consequences of infectious diseases, chronic diseases and injuries and the effectiveness of interventions in populations.

In this issue, we feature awards and honors and recognition earned by our students, alumni, and faculty. You, our alumni and friends, are a big part of Iowa Epi and we wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Your friends @IowaEpi

Awards and Honors

Portrait of Christine Petersen

Petersen elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Christine Petersen, professor of epidemiology, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. For thoughts from Christine and other UI faculty members on this honor, please see this article in the Daily Iowan.

Photo of Mary Charlton, professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Charlton named Iowa Cancer Consortium board president

The Iowa Cancer Consortium is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Mary Charlton, associate professor of epidemiology, as the new president of the Board of Directors effective July 1, 2022.

Isaac Werner awarded 7th Annual Steven A. Streed Scholarship

The Department of Epidemiology was pleased to award the Stephen A. Streed Scholarship to doctoral student Isaac Werner this fall. Alumnus Stephen Streed (75MS in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health) established this scholarship in 2015 to support well-qualified and deserving students in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Portrait of Prof. Paul Romitti of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Paul Romitti receives ICBDSR Distinguished Service Award

Paul Romitti, professor of epidemiology and Director, Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders, received the 2022 Distinguished Service Award from the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research (ICBDSR).

A portrait of Charles Lynch of the University of Iowa College of Public Health

After a distinguished career, Charles Lynch retired on July 1

Charles Lynch, professor of epidemiology and former medical director and principal investigator of the Iowa Cancer Registry, retired on July 1, 2022, after an exceptional 40-year career at the University of Iowa and reflected on that career with the From the Front Row Podcast.

A portrait of Michael O'Rorke of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

O’Rorke will investigate lung cancer molecular epidemiology in new P3 project

As part of a team of collaborators, Michael O’Rorke, assistant professor of epidemiology, will use molecular epidemiology techniques to study patient populations that can benefit from redox regulation of immune responses. The team’s overall goal is to examine the feasibility of enhancing host immune responses to cancer treatments by administering pharmacological ascorbate and superoxide dismutase mimetics.

Research suggests increasing charge types results in more convictions for alcohol-related motorcycle crashes

Motorcycle fatality rates are increasing, and impaired driving is a major contributing factor. University of Iowa public health researchers led by Cara Hamann say law enforcement officials aiming to reduce drunk driving have an effective tool at their disposal: ‘Throw the book at ‘em.’

Alumni Stories

A portrait of Kurayi Mahachi of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Kurayi Mahachi celebrates graduation, new job

Kurayi Mahachi received his doctorate in epidemiology in May, overcoming the challenges of attending school during a pandemic. In July, he started his new job with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Harland discusses intimate partner violence interventions

Kari Harland (04MPH, 10PhD), UI assistant professor of emergency medicine, has joined the leadership team of the UI Injury Prevention Research Center as the director of the research core. She recently discussed intimate partner violence in a Q&A. (IPRC)

From the Front Row Podcast: A conversation with the 2022 Outstanding Alumni Award winners

This week, Eric talks with Brett Faine (16MS) and Ken Saag (93MS), recipients of the UI College of Public Health's 2022 Outstanding Alumni Awards. They cover a lot of ground, including their unique career paths, collaborative projects, and advice for current students.

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