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Sept. 7, 2011

Public Health names Olden 2011 Hansen Award recipient, announces conference

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has named renowned environmental health scientist and environmental justice advocate Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., the recipient of the 2011 Richard and Barbara Hansen Leadership Award and Distinguished Lectureship.

"Dr. Olden is a long-time champion of community participation in the full spectrum of environmental health research," said Sue Curry, Ph.D., dean of the UI College of Public Health. "We are extremely pleased to host him at the University of Iowa and to honor him with our college's most notable award."

Olden is professor and founding dean of the City University of New York School of Public Health. He previously served as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the director of the National Toxicology Program.

Under Olden's leadership, NIEHS moved toward integrating basic research, toxicology, public health and environmental justice initiatives, positioning the institute to play an increasingly important role as public policy makers seek to balance human health needs with the economic benefits of commercial processes that might endanger that health.

Olden is scheduled to visit the UI campus Sept. 7 and 8 to interact with students, faculty and community members. The Hansen Distinguished Lecture will be the keynote address at "Engaging Communities to Advance Environmental Health Policy," a national conference at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City on Sept. 8.

The conference will be followed by an environmental justice listening session, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies.

Registration is not required to attend the Hansen Distinguished Lecture or the listening session, which are free and open to the public. Registration for the conference is required by Sept. 1.

For more information and to register, visit

The Hansen Award is given annually by the UI College of Public Health to honor individuals who have made sustained contributions in the health field. The award recognizes exemplary leadership, high ethical standards and an enduring commitment to improving health care on a national and international level. The award is made possible by a gift from Richard and Barbara Hansen of Iowa City. For more information about the award, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

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