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epiNEWS newsletter
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Dear friends,

At this turbulent, challenging, yet fulfilling time for the epidemiology profession, we thought it would be appropriate to recap some of the Department’s activities this past year. In this issue of epiNEWS, we offer a brief recap of a half-day symposium held this past Fall to celebrate the career of Professor Emeritus Robert Wallace. It won’t surprise you to know that Dr. Wallace is continuing his research and leadership with as much innovation and energy now as during his pre-emeritus years.

This Spring has been marked by a rapid shift to working remotely and online teaching, which has required additional and creative contributions of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to address the coronavirus pandemic. These are too numerous to list but several are conveniently highlighted on the College’s Coronavirus web page ( Please be sure to tell us more about what you have been doing here

I trust you will enjoy perusing some highlights from the year and – most importantly – stay safe and stay in touch!
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Celebrating the Career of Bob Wallace

A Symposium honoring Dr. Wallace included speakers on provocative topics in epidemiology and a keynote by Hsu-Li Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. David Meltzer (links and photos in article).

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2020 Cancer in Iowa Report

Two in five Iowans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Read all about how cancer affects Iowa in the latest Iowa Cancer Registry report. (PDF)

Aaron Miller, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Cystic fibrosis carriers are at increased risk for cystic fibrosis-related conditions

Conventional wisdom says that having just one mutated copy of the cystic fibrosis gene has no effects on a person’s health -- the disease occurs when both copies of the gene are mutated. But a new study by UI Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Aaron Miller suggests that may not be the case.

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Lynch discusses residential radon

Charles Lynch, CPH professor of epidemiology, recently spoke about the health effects of radon and what Iowans can do to reduce their risk. (KCRG)

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

Iowa selected for national project to improve ovarian cancer care

The Iowa Cancer Registry, based in the UI College of Public Health, is a partner on a new CDC project called "Implementing Health Systems and Environmental Changes to Improve Ovarian Cancer Care."

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Student Priyanka Vakkalanka studies how telehealth can help veterans

Too many veterans struggle with mental health issues, and too many commit suicide. CPH doctoral student Priyanka Vakkalanka is studying how telehealth can help some of them, especially those in rural areas.

2020 CPH Outstanding Alumni Award winners announced

The College of Public Health is pleased to announce that Ty Borders and Kari Harland have been named recipients of the college's 2020 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Department of Epidemiology alumnus Ghazi Kayali.

CPH alumnus featured in Netflix docuseries

A College of Public Health epidemiology alumnus is featured prominently in a new Netflix documentary series released last week called "Pandemic: How to Prevent and Outbreak."


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