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  Jan. 19, 2017

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Construction workers still at high risk for strains and sprains - Reuters; quotes June Spector (DEOHS)

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. Here's what we're buying - The Washington Post; quotes Joseph Dieleman (GH)

State analysis finds no increased cancer rates among soccer players - The News Tribune; cites report from the WA State Department of Health and UW School of Public Health

8 things healthy people do every day - Real Simple; quotes Judy Simon (HServ, Nutr)

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exclamation pointMPH student Elizabeth Oestreich (PHG) served in the US Navy as an Arabic linguist for six years before coming to the UW. Now, she is interested in ethical, legal and social issues related to genetics and hopes to use the skills learned from her studies in public health genetics to help veterans.

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Jan. 20, 10am-6:30pm
Conversations for Health Equity

Jan. 23, 12-1pm
Breast Cancer in Russian Women after Chernobyl

Jan. 24, 12-1pm
Hot Topics in Practice Webinar: Funding Essential Public Health Services

Jan. 26, 12:30-1:20pm
Human-Centered Design of a Clean, Natural Draft Cookstove for East Africa

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Catherine Karr Catherine Karr (DEOHS, Epi) received the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers – one of the top honors bestowed by the U.S. government. Karr and Emily Fox, UW Statistics, are among 102 recipients.
Vanessa Torres PhD student Vanessa Torres (HServ) was awarded a UW Graduate School Latino/a Scholars Graduate School Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. Torres has been testing an intervention to reduce unhealthy drinking among Latino immigrant men. 
Masa Narita Masa Narita (Epi, GH) received the Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology for his work in tuberculosis surveillance. He has been at the helm of the Tuberculosis Control Program at Public Health – Seattle & King County for 12 years.
Soul Catcher logo Nine undergraduates received awards from the SPH Undergraduate Student Assistance Fund for the 2016-17 academic year: Hana Feseha (HIHIM), Miriam Flores, Terra Hoy, Elizabeth Jatta, Stephen Lee, Sandra Mata-Diaz, Cristal Rangel Peña, Nancy Tovar-Garcia and John Yang (all PHM).
Keshet Ronen
Anjuli Wagner
Keshet Ronen (GH) and Anjuli Wagner (GH, MPH ’12 & PhD ‘15, Epi) are recipients of the 2016 UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research New Investigator Awards. Ronen’s award will support her research on social media for antiretroviral therapy adherence among adolescents. Wagner will study video counseling and saliva testing to improve outpatient pediatric HIV testing.  

Making a Difference

Shelly JohnstonMPH graduate student Shelly Johnston (Nutr) received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Volunteer Recognition Award this year for her impact on health and health equity, particularly in maternal and child health. She has worked closely with the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition and the Washington State Food Systems Roundtable; she also was selected to be funded for a Maternal and Child Health nutrition traineeship. Program Administrator Shannon Delaney (Nutr) noted that Johnston “has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and is an emerging leader. Her commitment is inspiring and deserving of recognition.” Johnston was one of several people from the UW Health Sciences schools honored for their commitment to serve communities in need. 

Around the Water Cooler

Vy Tran photo Alumna Vy Tran (BS ’16, DEOHS) was recently featured on the UW homepage. A Google consultant, Tran aims to create healthier and safer workplaces for all.
Tent City 3 In concert with the UW’s hosting of Tent City 3, 35 health sciences students are taking part in a 10-week course on homelessness in Seattle. Offered by the School of Medicine’s MEDEX Northwest, the course runs from Jan. 5 through Mar. 9. Lectures are live-streamed.
David Thouless Nobel Prize In a ceremony last month, UW Professor Emeritus David Thouless received the Nobel Prize in Physics from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Thouless and his wife, Margaret, a former associate professor of pathobiology at SPH, are long-time supporters of the School.
UW Biostat image Students, faculty and staff from the Department of Biostatistics gathered for their annual retreat last month. Check out these fun photos.

Featured by the ASPPH

UW/Fred Hutch study provides insights into changing global medical landscape;
 Linda Ko (HServ)
UW takes important steps toward understanding child stunting;
 Emily Mosites (PhD ‘15, Epi)
Faculty member invited to join CDC federal advisory committee on infectious diseases;
 Jeffrey Duchin (Epi)
Improving veterinary antimicrobial practices will help combat growing global health issue;
 Heather Fowler (DEOHS)

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