2018 has been another strong year for trainees and faculty in the Heartland Center’s Industrial Hygiene training program. This post will list just a few of the many things past and present members of our IH program have achieved in the past six months.
Heartland Center Graduate Featured in UI CPH Alumni Magazine
Krista Scott, a graduate of the Heartland Center’s IH program, was featured in the Spring 2018 issue of InSight, a magazine for alumni and friends of the University of Iowa College of Public Health. In the article, Scott discusses what led her to study occupational safety and health, her current work at EMC Insurance Companies in Des Moines, and how occupational safety and health professionals serve others. We’re always proud to see our students and their work featured like this.
2018 Industrial Hygiene Conference Poster Awards
Heartland Center trainees and faculty presented a total of ten posters at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo 2018 conference in Philadelphia, PA. Two of these posters were honored with awards: IH trainee Shaunae Alex and Heartland Center Director Patrick O’Shaughnessy received a Sampling and Laboratory Analysis Committee Award for their poster “Evaluating the Performance of the OSHA Versatile Sampler (OVS) as an Inhalable Sampler,” while IH trainee Kathryn J. Crawford and IH faculty member T. Renée Anthony received a Noise Committee Award for their poster “Assessment of Occupational Personal Sound Exposures for Music Instructors.” You can see more of the posters on this page.
Faculty Appointments and Promotions
I look forward to helping [the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene] enhance its recognition as a valued resource for evidence-based worker protection studies. We will continue the tradition of expanding the expertise of our scientists and practitioners in the fields of exposure assessment, risk analysis, and control methods. Articles incorporating technological innovations and emerging hazards, which demonstrate efficient and cogent strategies to protect workers, are essential to JOEH and its allied professional organizations. I aim to provide efficient, thorough peer reviews to make JOEH the first-choice journal for high quality research conducted in our field.
Dr. Anthony has also been promoted to Full Professor at the University of Iowa.
Faculty member Matthew Nonnenmann was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
Best Engineering Paper Award from American Industrial Hygiene Association Committee
In 2017, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene published a paper co-authored by IH training program graduate Sarah Williams Ischer and several researchers, including Drs. O’Shaughnessy and Nonnenmann. Its title is “Evaluation of a sprinkler cooling system on inhalable dust and ammonia concentrations in broiler chicken production.” In May of 2018, the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Hazard Prevention and Engineering Controls Committee named this article the Best Engineering Paper of 2017. You can read the paper’s abstract here.
American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Awards
Four of our program’s IH trainees have received scholarships from the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation. The AIHF awards such scholarships annually in order to support the education of students who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to their studies, their communities, and the profession of industrial hygiene.
- Shelby Clark
- Lexi Pratt
- Matt Purdy
- Kate Crawford