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  July 21, 2016

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 SPH in the News

Vaginal ring may cut HIV infection risk if used consistently -; cites research by Elizabeth Brown (Biostat) and Jared Baeten (GH, Epi)

What runners and cyclists need to know about our air pollution - Seattle Times; quotes Joel Kaufman (DEOHS, Epi)

Labor unions are boons for community health, study finds - NewsBeat; quotes Jenn Hagedorn (HServ), Amy Hagopian (GH, HServ) and Noah Seixas (DEOHS)

Delayed care faulted in immigrants' deaths at detention centers - New York Times; quotes Marc Stern (HServ)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointLeo Morales (HServ), who grew up speaking Spanish, learned to read English in the 5th grade through comic books. In a KUOW profile, he also talks about a school project that stood out: learning how a sewage treatment plant works. Yes, it smelled. But Morales says it taught him the world was full of mysteries waiting to be solved.

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Jul 22, 11:00 am
Webinar: Health Equity in the Well-Woman Exam

Jul 25, 8am-4:15pm
Surviving & Thriving during the Research Years

Aug 1-3
Summer Institute for Public Health Practice

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

 Student Survey

University District Street Medicine, which addresses health care needs of the homeless, is seeking input from SPH students to better characterize service learning and inter-professional collaboration in Health Sciences.

Deadline to answer this short survey is Aug. 1.


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Jonathan FintziJoshua Keller Jonathan Fintzi (Biostat) won the oral competition and Joshua Keller (Biostat) was runner-up for the written category of the 2016 WNAR (Western North American Region of The International Biometric Society) Student Paper Competition. Adam Brand, Arjun Sondhi and Qian Zhang (all Biostat) were also cited for their excellent submissions.
Julie Richards The Group Health Foundation awarded PhD student and Group Health Research Institute employee Julie Richards (HServ) the $3,000 Ethel Taylor Endowed Scholarship.
Ali Mokdad Ali Mokdad (GH, Epi, HServ) was named vice chair of the UW’s new Population Health Council, which will develop a 25-year vision for improving health around the world. Other SPH-affiliated faculty named to the panel: Jurgen Unutzer (GH, HServ), Sallie Sanford (HServ), Judy Wasserheit (GH, Epi), David Eaton (DEOHS), Jane Simoni (GH), Clarence Spigner (HServ, GH) and India Ornelas (HServ).
Marilyn Hair Marilyn Hair (DEOHS) received the Jeannie Peeper Presidential Lifetime Leadership Award for her contributions to Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva patients and families.
Emily Begnel
Megan Suter
Cameron Haas
Three Epi grad students were selected for this summer’s Public Health Epi Scholars Program. Emily Begnel, Megan Suter and Cameron Haas are taking part in 10-week paid internships in applied epidemiology research at Public Health – Seattle & King County. The students were selected from a pool of applicants from 15 universities. Find out what they’re working on.

Making a Difference

Julie BeschtaEach week, Julie Beschta (GH) jumps on the train after work to go to the Boys and Girls Club at Rainier Vista to provide after-school tutoring support for elementary and middle school students who live in nearby low- and mixed-income housing communities in South Seattle. The Youth Tutoring Program, run by Catholic Community Services, relies on volunteers throughout the school year and summer. “I love spending time with the kids,” Beschta says. “Most come from immigrant and refugee families so it’s a nice way to support the kids’ education and their families, many of whom are new to the US. They are also my neighbors, so it is fun to get to know them better!”

Around the Water Cooler

Soul Catcher logo Dean Howard Frumkin and SPH leadership have called for the UW to disengage from the prison industry. They sent a memo to President Ana Mari Cauce, Provost Gerald Baldasty and Board of Regents Chair William S. Ayer after an active group of students, staff and faculty had raised this issue.
Adele Kroeger HIHIM post-baccalaureate certificate student Adele Kroeger was appointed to the AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) Student Advisory Committee for a one-year term.
Sanja Basu ICYMI: We recorded the 2016 Stephen Stewart Gloyd Endowed Lecture, given by Sanjay Basu of Stanford University. Watch Optimizing the Effects of Social Safety Nets on Public Health.
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Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting & Expo in Denver Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Early-bird registration ends Aug. 11.
Peter Johnson
June Spector

Peter Johnson and June Spector (both DEOHS) are featured in this WholeU piece about posture. Johnson, who has collaborated with Logitech and Microsoft to design keyboards and mice, shared tips for setting up an ergonomic workspace. He also recommended switching sitting positions and moving around. Spector echoed the importance of getting out of the chair. "Above all," she says, "inactivity … is probably not the best idea."

Featured by the ASPPH

Certain Immigrant Communities May Be at Risk for Future Outbreaks;
  Elizabeth Wolf  (MPH '14, Epi), Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (Epi)
Traumatic Brain Injury not Linked to Alzheimer’s;
 Paul Crane, Eric Larson (both HServ)
Professor Appointed to NIH Review Panel on Infectious Diseases;
 Lisa Manhart (Epi, GH)

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