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  Nov. 3, 2016

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How many hours a day are your kids using digital media? Seattle doctors issue new guidelines - The Seattle Times; quotes Dimitri Christakis and Megan Moreno (both HServ)

The inexcusable lack of diversity in genetic studies - Pacific Standard; cites research by Alice Popejoy (PH Genetics) and Stephanie Fullerton (Epi)

Pollution particles damage blood vessels, may lead to heart disease - Reuters; quotes Interim Dean Joel Kaufman (OD, DEOHS)

Cars vs. health: Lancet series on urban planning, public health - UW Today; cites research by Andrew Dannenberg (DEOHS)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointCan you name the best food scenes in film? Anne-Marie Gloster (Epi, Nutr) can. She’s even incorporating video clips of iconic food moments into her lectures on food and nutrition. Learn more about her unique courses and her love of food and cooking in the October Close Up.

 On the Calendar

Nov. 7-8, 9am-4pm
Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change

Nov. 9, 4-5pm
All-School Town Hall Meeting

Nov. 10, 5:30-7pm
Revolutionary Medicine: Public Health in Cuba

Nov. 14, 9am-12:30pm
Urban Homelessness and Underserved Communities

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

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We're seeking story ideas for the 2017 issue of Northwest Public Health magazine that show the ties between social determinants and population health outcomes. Email your story ideas and contact info to


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UW boundless logo The UW received a major gift last week to boost its Population Health Initiative. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $210 million to fund a new building housing the Department of Global Health, IHME and portions of the School. Media coverage included stories in the Washington Post and New York Times.
Ben Chao A team of MHA students won 2nd place last month at Baylor University’s Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management. Lillian Hozakowska, Panachon Lor and Ben Chao competed against students from 11 other programs. Chao (pictured) also won Best Presenter and Best Q&A. See Facebook photo.
PNASH logo The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, or PNASH (DEOHS), received more than $9 million in grant funding from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety.
National Academy of Medicine logo Patricia Garcia (MPH Epi ’98, GH), Cheryl Anderson (MS Epi ’97, PhD Nutr ‘01) and Michelle Williams (Epi) were elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
Anne Downer
King Holmes
The International Training and Education Center for Health, or I-TECH (GH), was awarded more than $20 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the first of five years of funding. Subsequent yearly budgets will be decided with no cap. Ann Downer (GH, HServ) is the principal investigator and King Holmes (GH, Epi) is a co-PI.

Making a Difference

UW in High SchoolStudents at several high schools around the region are learning about global health and earning UW credits through a course offered by the Department of Global Health as part of the UW in the High School (UWHS) program. Through UWHS, official UW courses are taught by UW-approved and trained high school teachers, and students in those courses can register to earn UW credit. Interest in the Global Health 101 course offered through UWHS has grown in the three years since the course began. In its first year, just one school offered the course. This year, three schools are offering the course—Eagle Harbor, Glacier Peak and Tessa STEM—and others are planning to add the course next year. There are currently nine approved teachers at seven high schools.

Around the Water Cooler

Nancy Davidson Nancy Davidson is the new executive director of the Fred Hutch/UW Cancer Consortium, effective Dec. 1. Davidson is a world-renowned expert in cancer biology and treatment. She was previously director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. 
Jennifer Slyker
Sarah Benki Nugent
Jennifer Slyker (GH, Epi) and Sarah Benki-Nugent (GH) are part of a collaboration with the School of Dentistry and the University of Nairobi working to combat the oral consequences of HIV among children in Kenya. The ambitious effort is called the Children’s Healthy Oral Management Project, or CHOMP.
Caz Salamanca
Joe Harper Kowalczyk
Caz Salamanca is the new adviser and diversity programs coordinator for the Public Health Major. He joins us from the Bay Area, where he worked for the MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center at San José State University. Joe Kowalczyk also joins the advisory team in a project appointment. He recently spent two years in South Africa with the Peace Corps.
Matthew Keifer Matthew Keifer (DEOHS) was appointed director of employee occupational health in the hospital and specialty medicine service line at the VA Puget Sound.
Lisa Manhart
Clarence Spigner
Lisa Manhart (Epi, GH) was elected to serve as chair of the SPH Faculty Council for the 2016-17 academic year. Clarence Spigner (HServ, GH) will serve as vice chair.

Featured by the ASPPH

Accidental firearm injuries may be linked to the cycle of violence;
 Ali-Rowhani Rahbar (Epi)
Antiretrovirals pose low risk to nursing mothers and their babies;
 Kenneth Mugwanya (PhD Epi ‘16, GH)
UW/Fred Hutch studies find new blood cell variants;
 Alexander Reiner (Epi)

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