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  July 6, 2017

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More than 10 percent of world’s population is obese, study finds - The New York Times; quotes Ashkan Afshin (GH) and Adam Drewnowski (Epi, Nutr)

Kidney-on-a-chip to travel to International Space Station - HS Newsbeat; features research by Edward Kelly and Ken Thummel (both DEOHS)

Billions to face ‘deadly threshold’ of heat extremes by 2100, finds study - Carbon Brief; quotes Kristie Ebi (GH, DEOHS)

City council passes soda tax, exempting diet drinks - The Stranger; quotes James Krieger (HServ)

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exclamation pointElizabeth Kirk (Epi, Nutr) is an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Rugby Team and will travel to Ireland in August for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup. Kirk recently took on a full-time role as senior lecturer and associate director of the Nutritional Sciences Program.

 On the Calendar

July 10, 4-5:30pm
Environmental Justice Studies in the Anthropocene with David Pellow

July 12, 12:30-1:30pm
Kenya Research and Training Center Weekly Seminar with Elisabeth Vodicka

July 13, 8am-5pm
2017 Institutional Review Boards Conference

July 18-19
Essentials for Healthy Housing Practitioners

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photo filler 60x60 Ninety-five percent of the School’s job-seeking graduates are employed soon after graduation, according to a survey of 2014-15 alumni.
photo filler 60x60 UW President Ana Mari Cauce gave a shoutout on Twitter to Daniele Mempin Meñez (PHM), departing ASUW president, for her speech at the 2017 UW Commencement Ceremony.
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Noel Weiss (Epi) gave the prestigious Cassel Lecture at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) last month in Seattle. Also, Anjum Hajat (Epi) won third place in an SER poster session for her research on the association of air pollution and stress.
photo filler 60x60 PhD candidate Ann Nguyen (HServ) received a $40,000 R36 dissertation grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study how physician integration can help hospitals achieve success.
photo filler 60x60 June Spector (DEOHS) was voted onto the board of directors of the Washington Poison Center.
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Eleven UW graduate students, including nine from SPH, received Thomas Francis, Jr. Global Health Fellowships from the Department of Global Health. They will gain practical global health field experience in countries such as South Africa, Cambodia, Peru and India. SPH fellows include Kristina Bajema (Epi), Rebecca Brander (Epi), Caitlin Cassot (GH), Katherine Garcia-Rosales (Epi), Jahn Jaramillo (GH), Michael Light (GH), Shadae Paul (GH), Manahil Siddiqi (HServ) and Carlie Sulpizio (GH).

Making a Difference

baby_foodSPH students are shining a light on the lack of health insurance options for students enrolled at the UW. A recent study conducted by MPH students in HSERV 590 (Public Health Leadership, Planning and Advocacy Skills), with support from Hall Health, showed that 6.6 percent of the 3,284 students surveyed reported not having health insurance or not knowing if they did. The most common reason for lack of coverage? Students can't afford it. Noelia Flores, Sharon Hwee, Darragh Kerr and Bridget Whelan (all HServ) hope their findings will motivate UW administration to design a University-wide student health insurance plan. “At the very least, they need to extend health insurance to undocumented immigrant students because they have no route of getting health insurance at all,” Kerr said.

Around the Water Cooler

photo filler 60x60 The UW’s Population Health Initiative seeks applications from faculty members for population health pilot research grants of up to $50,000 each. Project ideas should address at least one of the UW's grand challenges. Applications are due July 28.
photo filler 60x60 Construction on the new population health building is set to begin in February 2018. Seven to eight stories will house office space and common areas such as classrooms, lounges, bike storage, a fitness room and possibly a childcare facility. See here for building updates.
photo filler 60x60 Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Fred Rivara (both Epi) led an SER panel on cutting-edge gun violence research, featuring experts from academic institutions such as Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania.
photo filler 60x60 Betty Bekemeier's (HServ) career path has taken her from teaching nursing in Papua New Guinea to directing the School's Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. She discusses the future of public health practice in a recent Close Up.
photo filler 60x60 MPH student Gabriel Cortez (COPHP) presented a poster at the 16th Annual Symposium of Native and Indigenous Scholarship at the UW. This year's theme was “Stories of Resistance from Indigenous People.”
photo filler 60x60 PhD candidate Sarah Nelson (IPHG), also a research scientist in the Department of Biostatistics, recently presented her dissertation work at the 4th annual ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Implications) Congress. She also blogs about her research. Check out her piece on direct-to-consumer genetic tests.

Featured by the ASPPH

NWCPHP builds open access online portal for emergency preparedness training material;
 Susan Allan (HServ)
Study finds bullied students more likely to report access to a loaded gun;
 Maayan Simckes (Epi), Megan Moreno (HServ), Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (Epi), Fred Rivara (Epi)
Anti-gay laws hinder HIV prevention efforts, PEPFAR misses ample opportunity;
 Amy Hagopian (HServ, GH), Deepa Rao (GH), Aaron Katz (HServ, GH), Sallie Sanford (HServ), Scott Barnhart (GH)
SPH develops cost effective, fast method to study chemical exposure in zebrafish;
 Evan Gallagher (DEOHS), Margaret Mills (DEOHS)

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