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  May 18, 2017

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 SPH in the News

The mystery of the wasting house-cats - The New York Times Magazine; quotes Peter Rabinowitz (DEOHS, GH, Epi)

Dangerous drug linked to increasing overdose deaths - Q13 Fox; cites report by Caleb Banta-Green (HServ), Jeff Duchin (Epi) and Kathy Lofy (HServ).

Increasing vegetation through education - UW Daily; cites research by India Ornelas (HServ) and Shirley Beresford (OD, Epi, HServ)

Americans lose when funds for global health research are cut -The Seattle Times; op-ed authored by Jennifer Slyker (GH, Epi)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointCory Morin (GH) was a gymnast in high school and competed for West Point in college. He even qualified for the 2003 NCAA Championships on the high bar and pommel horse. Morin still practices gymnastics today. He often works out with the UW Men's Club Gymnastics Team.

 On the Calendar

May 20, 11am-3pm
Husky Help & Hope Walk 2017 - Walk for Suicide Prevention and Awareness

May 23, 6:30-8pm
Africa After Ebola: A Panel Discussion

May 24, 4-6pm
Livable City Year Spring Celebration Event

June 2, 7:30-8:30pm
Stephen Stewart Gloyd Endowed Lecture: US Rep. Pramila Jayapal

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

 Race & Equity Meeting

Join us for a follow-up conversation on race, equity and inclusion from 2-3:30pm, May 25 in T-439. Consultants will present results of their fact-finding at SPH and make recommendations to advance racial equity and inclusion.


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Heather Fowler
Irene Njuguna
This year's winners of the Omenn Awards for Academic Excellence are PhD student Heather Fowler (DEOHS) and MPH student Irene Njuguna (Epi). Fowler's research focuses on the risk of infectious disease transmission between humans and animals, as well as the occupational risks faced by veterinary workers. Njuguna is a research scientist in Kenya, studying incentives to increase pediatric HIV testing and treatment.
Mary Saucier Mary Saucier (DEOHS) received the Anderson O'Connell Award for Outstanding Staff Service for her 13 years of expert grant coordination and support of academic instruction.
Pirie Hart 1 Pirie Hart (GH) received this year's Staff Community Service Award for his volunteer firefighting (including inspections and safety education) for Snohomish County Fire District 1. See a complete list of this year's SPH Awards of Excellence winners.
Anne Lund Anne Lund (Nutr, Epi) won the 2017 Washington State Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award. Three others affiliated with the Nutritional Sciences Program also won awards: Ben Atkinson, Katie Farver and Judy Simon.
UW boundless logo Eight SPH students were among the 13 inaugural Graduate Student Conference Travel Award winners announced by the UW Population Health Initiative: Laura Chambers (Epi), Yu-Chi "Rachel" Chang (DEOHS), Anqi Cheng (Biostat), Flavia Kapos (Epi), Hana Mohamed (GH), Elizabeth Oestreich (IPHG), Kathryn Peebles (Epi) and Keshet Ronen (Epi).

Making a Difference

Sepideh Dibay Community Service AwardSepideh Dibay, a 4th-year PhD student (Nutr), won this year's SPHA Student Community Service Award. Her service efforts started with a humanitarian trip to Iraq in 2011 to aid orphans. They continued here with agencies such as Solid Ground and the International Rescue Committee, where she helped ensure refugees had access to healthy nutrition. Dibay has worked on policy proposals to decrease sugar consumption and has held leadership roles in the Nutritional Sciences Program, SPH and the Student Public Health Association.

Around the Water Cooler

Ana Mari Cauce The new population health facility will be located at the western entrance to campus, demonstrating "the centrality of this initiative to our University," UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. Cauce also shared reflections on the Population Health Initiative to mark its one-year anniversary.
David Grossman

David Grossman (HServ) was appointed chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. He's also a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.
Jennifer Otten The UW will partner with the City of Tacoma for next year's Livable City Year program, an effort co-led by Jennifer Otten (DEOHS, Nutr). Last year, the UW and SPH teamed with the City of Auburn.
Elizar Mercado Elizar Mercado (OD) is our new multimedia content specialist. He joins us from Seattle University, where he studied film and did outreach for the Campus Ministry. Check out his first SPH video on the MPH Practicum Symposium, featuring Sara Marquis (HServ), Kali Turner (DEOHS) and Kelsey McGuire (HServ).
Bill Daniell COPHP faculty member Bill Daniell (DEOHS) took part in the recent actions at Chase Bank to protest investments in climate-changing enterprises.

Featured by the ASPPH

Air pollution may lower levels of 'good' cholesterol, increase risk of heart disease;
 Griffith Bell (PhD '16 Epi), Joel Kaufman (OD, DEOHS, Epi)
Researcher highlights importance of antibiotic for preventing spread of malaria;
 Grace John-Stewart (Epi, GH)

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