WRITER: TAMMARA MEESTER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSON
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
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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
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.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.