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University of Iowa News Release

May 20, 2004

First Members Inducted Into Public Health Honor Society

A group of eight students and faculty in the University of Iowa College of Public Health has been inducted into the inaugural class of the UI chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society.

Founded in 1924, Delta Omega is the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. It celebrates excellent academic achievement, devotion to public health principles and outstanding service in public health.

"The establishment of the honor society at the UI provides an opportunity to recognize the many achievements of our students, graduates and faculty," said Neal Kohatsu, M.D., associate professor of epidemiology and president of the UI chapter of Delta Omega. "We look forward to having an active chapter in the College of Public Health."

Students elected to Delta Omega must have demonstrated leadership qualities in public health in addition to academic excellence. Faculty members are distinguished by outstanding public health performance in scholarship, teaching, research and the quality of publications.

Students completing graduate degrees in 2003-2004 in the following departments were named members of Delta Omega:

--Department of Biostatistics: Qian Shi.
--Department of Community and Behavioral Health: Keri L. N. Mercer.
--Department of Epidemiology: Ryan M. Carnahan, Pharm.D.
--Department of Health Management and Policy: Carly M. Woythaler-Runestad.
--Department of Occupational and Environmental Health: Jessica R. Ferrie.
--Master of Public Health degree program: Ann Marie Peters Garvey, D.V.M.

Faculty members newly elected to Delta Omega included:

--James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor of occupational and environmental health and dean, UI College of Public Health.
--Nancy L. Sprince, M.D., professor of occupational and environmental health.

The UI College of Public Health was unanimously elected to membership in the Delta Omega society in November 2003. Established as the Alpha Phi chapter, it joins 38 other chapters in the country.

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