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  Feb. 16, 2017

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 SPH in the News

How Trump’s refugee ban is affecting Iranians in the Northwest - KUOW; features Omid Bagheri Garakani (HServ)

A piece of the puzzle: Including diverse populations in genetic research - Genome Mag; quotes Timothy Thornton (Biostat)

Epidemic of untreatable back and neck pain costs billions, study finds - The Guardian; quotes Joseph Dieleman (GH)

Peru’s minister of health urges new approach to fighting disease - Humanosphere; podcast with Patricia García (GH, MPH ’98 Epi), starting at 10:00

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointJennae Carpio (OD) took a whirlwind tour of Europe last month – six countries in 10 days. Carpio was recently named SPH manager for funding and student services programs. Photos from her trip will have you planning your next jaunt to Europe.

 On the Calendar

Feb. 21, 12-1pm
Hot Topics in Practice Webinar: Expanding Access to Birth Control

Feb. 23, 5:30-6:30pm
Africans in Pathogen Genomics Research

Feb. 28, 7:30-9pm
Just Sustainabilities: Re-imagining Equality, Living with Limits

March 1, 1-6pm
Health Innovation Challenge

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

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Natalia Kanem Natalia Kanem (MPH ’90 Epi), assistant secretary-general of the United Nations and deputy executive director of the UN Population Fund, will be this year’s SPH graduation speaker. Kanem, of Panama, was appointed by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in November.
DEOHS 70 years 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. What started as a small undergraduate program in sanitary science is now a robust academic department with eight degree programs, Chair Michael Yost (DEOHS) says in a message
Betty Bekemeier_60x60 Betty Bekemeier (HServ), director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, was selected as the Ellery and Kirby Cramer Endowed Professor at the UW School of Nursing.
Ali-Rowhani-Rahbar-60x60 Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (Epi) was among five national finalists for the Early-Stage Investigator Award from the NIH's Office of Disease Prevention. He also recently received a $590,000 grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to support his gun violence research.
Anqi Angela Cheng PhD student Anqi “Angela” Cheng (Biostat) placed first in the Biometrics section of the American Statistical Association Student Paper Competition. She'll present her winning paper at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore this summer.
Soul Catcher logo The 2016-17 Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award recipients are Gabriel Cortez (COPHP), Roger Kim (Online Executive MPH), Jessica Gabuyo (HIHIM), Habtu Hailu Demeke (MHIHIM), Benjamin Akimana (MHIHIM), Dalila Zelkanovic (MHA), Esmeralda Switzer (EMHA), Noelia Flores (MPH) and Amy Edmonds (PhD).

Making a Difference

Dream Project StudentsEvery quarter, 300 UW students, including some from SPH, mentor first-generation and low-income seniors from 13 South King County high schools as they prepare for life after graduation. Through the Dream Project, UW mentors learn about social inequities and access to education, and develop communication skills to work with students from diverse backgrounds. “Mentors help students to enact a plan for after high school, whether it be university, community college, vocational options or the military,” said Nicole Guenther (Dream Project). Mentors dedicate four to six hours every week to the program, including two hours of class on campus and a weekly high school visit. Undergrad Danafe Matusalem (PHM) mentored eight students at her old high school, Kent-Meridian. She recalls: “A mentee said that seeing me overcome adversity and making it here to one of the best public universities has inspired her. For these kids, having somebody to look up to who encourages and guides them is very powerful.” Dream Project celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.

Around the Water Cooler

UW boundless logo An immersive, multimedia story about our PhD program in implementation science was featured on the UW homepage over the last week. Arianna Means (GH, MPH '13 Epi), Kenneth Sherr (GH, Epi), Judd Walson (GH, Epi) and Peter Cherutich (MPH ’06 Epi, PhD ’15 GH) explain what it means to bridge the “know-do” gap.
Daniel Otter MPH candidate Daniel Otter (COPHP) traveled to Europe last summer to evaluate safe consumption sites as part of his capstone project. He presented his findings to the King County Opioid Task Force and helped draft recommendations calling for the opening of similar sites in Seattle.
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Amanda Spoden
Monica Lazarus and Amanda Spoden (both Nutr) co-authored an article for Heart Health Month about the need to promote whole grains as part of a heart healthy diet. "We believe that a diverse diet is important for both environmental sustainability and health," Lazarus said. The article was adapted and shared by The Whole U.
SPH Distinguished Alumni Award Winners Bernice Dahn (MPH ’05 HServ) and Patricia García (MPH ’98 Epi) talked about the importance of a public health education in their careers at this year's Distinguished Alumni Award lecture. You can see their talk on YouTube and view photos on Facebook
Sarah Mar Undergrad Sara Mar (DEOHS) is eating crickets, exploring bat caves, feeding elephants and studying community public health in Khon Kaen, Thailand, for the quarter. Read more in her blog.

Featured by the ASPPH

Researchers find new pathway linking diet and cancer risk;
 Anne McTiernan (Epi, PhD '82 Epi)
Giant cell arteritis estimated to cost the U.S. health care system a total of $1 billion in the first year of treatment;
 Joseph Babigumira (GH)

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