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  July 2, 2015

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 SPH in the News

To vegan or not to vegan? - KING 5; interviews Judy Simon (HServ)

Sugar vs. high-fructose corn syrup: Is one sweetener worse for your health? - CBS News/HealthDay; quotes Mario Kratz (Epi)

When the cure causes cancer later on - KING 5; interviews Norm Breslow (Biostat)

Global diabetes rates are rising as obesity spreads - New York Times; quotes Theo Vos (GH)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointGraduating PhD student Trevor Peckham (DEOHS) once worked for James Dahlgren, a medical doctor who was the primary expert in the chemical-dumping case made famous by the Erin Brockovich movie. Read more about Trevor and fellow Omenn Award-winner Peter Cherutich in the June Close Up.

 On the Calendar

July 14, noon-1pm
The One Health Approach to Public Health Challenges in the Pacific Northwest

Aug 3-6
Summer Institute for Public Health Practice

Aug 3, 8:30-10:15am
Duwamish Superfund Health Impact Assessment

Aug 4, 8:30-10:15am
Violence and Injury Prevention Data and Strategies

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Jenny Lohmiller This year's winner of the $2,000 Remak Scholarship is Jenny Lohmiller, an MS student in Environmental Health. She's working with a group in South Africa on a new diagnostic technique for tuberculosis.
Branko Kopjar_60x60 Branko Kopjar (HServ), director of our executive MPH program, recently became a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.
Betty Bekemeier Betty Bekemeier (HServ) and colleagues won the Public Health Systems Research Article of the Year Award. The study linked increased spending on maternal and child health services with reduced rates of infant mortality.
ITHS logo Five SPH students won training awards from the UW’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences for its year-long multidisciplinary pre-doctoral research training program: Sarah Beth Barnett (HServ), Laura Blanar (HServ), Stephanie Kovacs (Epi), Tara Ness (Epi) and Brianne Rowan (GH).
NW Public Health magazine
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Last year's Northwest Public Health magazine themed around the Affordable Care Act won a 2015 APEX award for publication excellence. Also, the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice's online toolkit on using text messaging for public health won an award for Electronic Media – Education & Training.

Making a Difference

Fairchild C-123U.S. Air Force reservists who did not serve in Vietnam, but suffer from conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure, are now eligible for disability benefits, thanks in part to an Institute of Medicine report co-authored by Professor John Kissel (DEOHS). Previously, personnel who did not serve in Vietnam were presumed not to have been exposed to Agent Orange (and related chemicals) and hence not eligible for benefits. The reversal in policy was announced in June by the Department of Veterans Affairs and approved by the White House Office of Budget and Management. The IOM report found that reservists would have been exposed to potentially harmful residues of Agent Orange while they worked inside repatriated C-123 aircraft that had been used during the Vietnam War to spray millions of gallons of herbicides. About 2,000 military reservists flew or worked in C-123 aircraft from 1969 to 1986. Before the IOM report, the VA had generally denied their disability claims.

Around the Water Cooler

Jared Baeten_11.13 Jared Baeten (GH, Epi) has been named Vice Chair of Global Health. He will explore new and expanded departmental initiatives, work with faculty on career development and promotion, and assist Chair Judith Wasserheit in refining administrative processes to make them more transparent and efficient.
HPRC The Health Promotion Research Center (HServ) has been named the coordinating center of the new CDC Healthy Brain Research Network.
Deborah Hinchey Students in Deb Hinchey's (HServ) honors class created a BuzzFeed post to urge folks, in a humorous way, to be better informed about what they post and share on social media.
Dean Frumkin Dean Howard Frumkin (OD, DEOHS) moderated a panel at last week's White House Public Health & Climate Change Summit.
Ann Kurth

Affiliate Professor of Global Health Ann Kurth (PhD, Epi '03) was named Dean of the Yale School of Nursing.
Jeff Duchin Jeff Duchin (Epi) was named health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County after serving in the post on an interim basis.
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