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  March 3, 2016

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 SPH in the News

New task force to tackle heroin epidemic in Seattle, King County - Seattle Times; quotes Caleb Banta-Green (HServ)

Following Flint, unanswered questions about Washington’s lead poisoning - Crosscut; quotes Steven Gilbert (DEOHS)

Disparity in life spans of the rich and poor is growing - New York Times; quotes Christopher Murray (GH, Epi)

Panel undecided on screening all kids for autism - Health; quotes David Grossman (HServ)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointUndergrad Vy Tran (Env. Health) makes candles out of recycled coffee grounds. It started as a school project. Now she sells the candles in Seattle stores and online. A portion of the revenue goes to support coffee farmers in Latin America. Check out the website!

 On the Calendar

March 8, 1-3pm
UW Organizational Excellence Showcase 2016

March 10, 12:30-1:20pm
Air Pollution and Environmental Justice: Can We Address Both?

March 16, 10-11am
Flint and Lead: The Water/Public Health Connection

March 17, 3-5pm
Delivering Health Care Throughout the World, From Battlefields to Shipboard, to Hospitals

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

 SPH Service Day

Students, faculty and staff will come together to give back to the community on Saturday, April 9. Sign up now for a project: the Longfellow Creek Restoration Project in West Seattle or the Food Lifeline Food Bank in Shoreline.


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

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Michelle Williams_Harvard Affiliate Professor Michelle Williams (Epi), who taught here from 1992-2011 as a professor of Epi and GH, was named new dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, starting in July.
Jared Baeten_11.13 A study led by Jared Baeten (GH, Epi) on a vaginal ring that lowered HIV rates in African women received widespread media coverage, from The Seattle Times to The New York Times. Co-authors included Elizabeth Brown and Barbra Richardson (both Biostat).
Michelle Chan Junior Michelle Chan (PHM) has won a Libraries Student Employee Scholarship of $1,000. She was one of 12 winners recognized at a reception on Wednesday.
Tobacco control The 2015-16 Tobacco Studies Scholars are grad students Juliet D’Alessandro, Nick Fradkin, Elizabeth Medeiros (all HServ), Manali Vora (Epi), and Vasundhara Sridharan (Psych). Read more.
Shirley Chang PhD student Shirley Chang (DEOHS) won the Colgate-Palmolive Award for Student Research Training in Alternative Methods from the Society of Toxicology. She will learn a new in vitro technique at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill this spring.
David Flum

David Flum (HServ) was named UW Medicine's associate chief medical officer, responsible for initiatives to deliver the most patient-centered, effective and efficient care possible.

Making a Difference

firefighter-studentsMore than a dozen undergrads in the Public Health Major have been canvassing Seattle neighborhoods to give seniors information on fire safety. The students partnered with the Seattle Fire Department and King County Emergency Medical Services for their capstone project -- a course taught by Deb Hinchey (HServ) that requires 50 hours of individual community service. "We have gone out nearly every other weekend (sometimes with Seattle firefighters) and knocked on doors of residents over 65 years old," says senior Alexandria Mann (pictured, center). "These records are gained from voting precinct data. If the seniors are willing to let us in, the firefighters install smoke and CO alarms while we teach them how to do CPR and call 911." The students' efforts -- and this photo -- were featured in a recent Seattle Fire Department newsletter. At left is Senior Aileen Isakharov.

Around the Water Cooler

Gina McCarthy Top EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will address “Protecting the environment, protecting public health: The EPA Mission” on March 9, from 10:45-11:30 am, in the Petersen Room of Allen Library. Before her talk, which is open to all UW, she will discuss environmental health, focusing on children, climate change, air, and communities, with selected faculty from DEOHS.
Deepa_Rao_GH Deepa Rao (GH) was scheduled to speak at the White House March 3-4 during a meeting on HIV stigma. Read more.
Tania Busch-Isaksen Tania Busch Isaksen (DEOHS) organized the Healthy Choices Fair in January at the Environment and Adventure Middle School in Kirkland. Among the speakers were MS student Jill Falman (Environmental Health) and alumna Alex Kossik (PHM). Their talk was on "The Science of Poop."
King Holmes

King Holmes' (GH, Epi) impact is highlighted in this feature, Building sustainable health systems, one doctor at a time, about Kassahun Desalegn Bilcha, founder and director of the King Holmes Continuous Professional Development Center in Ethiopia.
Ali-Rowhani-Rahbar-60x60 The latest issue of SPH Connect features stories on new scholarship winners, gun violence research led by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Fred Rivara (both Epi), an endowment honoring William “Bill” Dowling (HServ), and more.

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