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  January 21, 2016

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 SPH in the News

Is day-old kale salad less nutritious than fresher kale? - New York Times; quotes Anne-Marie Gloster (Epi-Nutritional Sciences)

Income inequality is a health hazard -- even for the rich - yes! magazine; quotes Stephen Bezruchka (HServ, GH)

Tent city collective letter - The Daily; by Minji Jung, Leigh Friedman and Tucker Richards (PH Majors)

Students choosing healthier food under new standards - Seattle Times; quotes Mary Podrabsky (HServ)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointThomas Fleming (Biostat) was in a Catholic seminary for several years and planned to be a priest. But a gifted math teacher and then a fellow student who became his wife inspired him to be a scientist. Tom has also coached 60 youth soccer clubs. Read more about him in this month’s Close Up.

 On the Calendar

Jan. 25, noon-1pm
Global Equity in Cancer Care - Distant Dream or Close Reality?

Jan. 26, noon-1pm
Strengthening and Evaluating Boating Laws

Feb. 4, 12:30-1:20pm
A One-Health Approach to MRSA in Primates, Humans and their Shared Environment

Feb. 4, 3-4pm
What Really Happens at an NIH Study Review

We'll keep you busy: take a look at the SPH Events Calendar.

 Communication Award

Jan. 31 is the nomination deadline for the School's Communicating Public Health to the Public Award, which comes with a $1,000 prize. It could be an op-ed, article(s), blog post(s), TED talk, etc. Send  nominations to


Check out the SPH job listings page for national and local public health jobs and opportunities.

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Rogelio Riojas The School’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2016 is Rogelio Riojas (MHA ’77), a UW regent and founder and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, which aims to improve affordable health care and access to jobs and education, especially for Latinos.
Kelsey Schmidt Grad student Kelsey Schmidt (Nutritional Sciences) is the new Miss Washington USA. "She is passionate about helping young women embrace a healthy body image," the pageant website says.
Reuters logo Christopher Murray, Mohsen Naghavi and Theo Vos (all GH) were among 2015's hottest researchers, according to Thomson Reuters’ list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds." At least eight other former or current SPH-affiliated researchers also made the list for their highly cited papers.
Steven Gilbert Steven Gilbert (DEOHS) will receive the Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award for broadening awareness of toxicological issues.
Joey Chuang
Sarah McCarthy
Grad students Joey Chuang (eMPH) and Sarah McCarthy (MHA) were elected to the Student Public Health Association board. Joey is the new vice president while Sarah is a student development officer. See the full board photo, and brief bios of other officers, on the SPHA page.

Making a Difference

Ornelas_Martinez_MLK awardThe SPH Diversity Committee, co-chaired by India Ornelas (HServ) and grad student Laura Martinez (Pathobiology), received the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award from UW Health Sciences. The annual award honors King’s principles of commitment to community needs, especially those under-represented, and efforts to protect and empower all individuals. The committee’s priorities are to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and students; create a welcoming inclusive climate; and strengthen diversity within the curricula. The award was presented Jan. 13. One winner from each of the six Health Sciences schools was recognized.

Around the Water Cooler

Karissa Sanchez Undergrad Karissa Sanchez, a dual major in public health and nursing, was featured on the UW’s home page for overcoming obstacles to higher education and helping underrepresented high school students do the same.
Heather Fowler The UW recently featured Heather Fowler (DEOHS) and her work as a volunteer veterinarian in a story and video on its home page. Heather was also profiled in The Daily.
Nithya Kannan Nithya Kannan (Epi-MCH grad student) presented her research on pediatric brain injuries at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Trauma Society.
Elizabeth Shriver Elizabeth Shriver is the new Adviser & Outreach Coordinator for the Public Health Major. She spent six years building K-16 partnerships for the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development at the University of Pennsylvania.
Epi web icon Epidemiology has a revamped website that follows the SPH branded design. Erica MacArthur (Epi) sheperded the project through UW Creative Communications.

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