Wendy Ringgenberg is a graduate of our program: she received a Master of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health in 2014. Her research topic examined occupationally-related suicide and homicide among farmers. She chose the Agricultural Safety and Health graduate program at the University of Iowa because she wants to "help farmers and agriculture workers be safe in the workplace". Wendy currently works at a Certified Industrial Hygienist with The Finn Group, where she conducts environmental sampling for clients and assesses potential workplace risks for employees.
Erin Morley is a recent graduate of our program: she earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health in May 2019. Her thesis is entitled: "Healthcare-Seeking Behaviors Among Midwest Farmers." She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA, and is originally from Sherrard, IL. Erin's research interests include the healthcare-seeking behaviors among Midwest farmers.
Kyle Godwin is a recent graduate of our program: he earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health in May 2019. His thesis is entitled: "Farmer Suicide and Access to Care in Iowa." He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and is originally from Council Bluffs, IA. Like many rural Iowans, Kyle was involved with FFA during high school, and agriculture has played a significant role in his life.
Lauren LaDuca is a recent graduate of our program: she earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health with a focus in Epidemiology in May 2018. Her thesis is entitled: "Understanding exposure to neonicotinoids in seed treatment and handling." She is originally from Easton, PA, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Lauren's research focused on the life-cycle of neonicotinoids and possible routes of exposure.
DeAnn Scott-Harp is a recent graduate of our program: she earned a Master of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health with a focus on Injury Prevention in May 2018.
Barbara Okeke graduated with her PhD in Human Toxicology in May 2018. Her dissertation is entitled: "Changes in Biomarkers of Adolescent Applicators and Non-Applicators Over Time Related to Lambda-Cyhalothrin, Alpha-Cypermethrin, Chlorpyrifos, and Profenofos Pesticide Exposure".While working on her PhD, she served as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. She studied biology and nursing at Norfolk State University.
Ashlee Johannes is a graduate of our program: she received a Master of Science in Agricultural Safety and Health with a focus on Epidemiology in 2016. Her research examined the health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Iowa; in particular, the prevention and care of agricultural injuries and illnesses among the farmworker population. Ashlee recently accepted the position of Assistant Director of Development for Health Care Philanthropy with the University of Iowa Center for Advancement.
Josie Rudolphi is a graduate of our program: she received a PhD in Agricultural Safety and Health in May 2017. Her dissertation was on the health and safety of young adult agricultural workers. It included a survey of workplace practices of young adults in agriculture, as well as the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to increase the use of hearing protection among young adult swine facility workers. Josie also conducted international research, focusing primarily on older agricultural workers.