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Release: July 25, 2000

UI student wins national scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Martin L. Jones, a doctoral student in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is the third recipient of the Clyde M. Berry Scholarship from the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation.

The national scholarship is named after UI Professor Emeritus Clyde Berry, who was a student and faculty member in the UI department of preventative medicine and environmental health, now the UI College of Public Health.

The $6,000 scholarship is awarded based on scholarly achievement, professional growth and leadership in the industrial hygiene profession. Applicants, who must be industrial hygiene students, are nominated by faculty members.

Jones refers to Berry, known as a health and safety pioneer for his support of the Occupational Safety and Health Act prior to its inception, as "the consummate mentor, doing whatever it took to help his students." Funds for the scholarship were raised by Berry's former students who have pursued careers in the field.

Jones is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of occupational and environmental health. His thesis addresses the reliability of subjective individual assessments of health and safety determinations on farms. He has also created a computer program that will enable easier collection of data regarding the amount of time farmers spend doing each task. Jones will use this data to arrive at a more accurate representation of the risk inherent to certain farming-related activities.

Jones, a 1978 graduate of City High School in Iowa City, earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and his master's degree in preventive medicine and environmental health, both from the UI.

He is a co-investigator on the pesticide exposure portion of the Agricultural Health Study, a UI study focused on pesticide applicators in Iowa. Jones is also a city councilor for University Heights.


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