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  Aug. 3, 2017

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 SPH in the News

Population Health Initiative provides grants to support interdisciplinary faculty projects - The Daily; mentions the School of Public Health

Water shutoffs causing public health emergency - The Detroit News; quotes Wendy Johnson (GH, HServ)

Does the world’s top weed killer cause cancer? - Bloomberg Businessweek; quotes Lianne Sheppard (DEOHS, Biostat)

NRL scientists find high prevalence of antibiotic resistance in Kenya - Infection Control Today; cites research by Judd Walson (GH, Epi) and Patricia Pavlinac (GH)

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 Who Knew??

exclamation pointNikki Eller (HPRC, MPH ’17, HServ) can play a mean “Stairway to Heaven” on the harp. She's played since age six and has performed with the Seattle Youth Symphony Junior Orchestra and Seattle Rock Orchestra Social Club, among others.

 On the Calendar

Aug. 7-9
TOPMed Analysis Workshop

Aug. 7, 6:30-7:30pm
UW Farm Talk and Tour

Aug. 16 & 17, 7pm
Enlightened Aging Book Reading and Signing

Oct. 5, 3:30-5pm
2017 Norm Breslow Memorial Lecture

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Interim Dean Joel Kaufman (OD, DEOHS, Epi) and Howard Frumkin (DEOHS) are among 13 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Shirley Beresford (OD, Epi, HServ), who was inducted in 2015, was elected to the academy's board.
photo filler 60x60 Gov. Jay Inslee appointed MPH student Peder Digre (GH) as the student representative for the Washington Student Achievement Council.
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Sanjit Kaur and Hannah Modin (both MHA) were chosen to serve as co-president and treasurer, respectively, for the UW Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter for 2017-18.
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photo filler 60x60 Six staff members of the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center, housed in the Department of Epidemiology, presented their research at the 2017 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London last month. See a Facebook photo of Lilah BesserMerilee TeylanFang HanMark BollenbeckDuane Beekly and Kristen Schwabe-Fry with Director Walter Kukull.

Making a Difference

baby_foodThe Department of Biostatistics hosted one of its largest and most diverse batches of participants at this year’s Summer Institutes. More than 900 people from 28 countries and 44 U.S. states and territories converged at the UW in July to learn new skills and strategies to approach big data, statistical genetics, infectious diseases and clinical research. “The connection and collaboration is one of the most impressive things,” said Norma Rodriguez-Malave, a post-doc in the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “It’s great to have a place where the best of the best come together to move science forward in a positive way. It’s what we need right now.” Rodriguez-Malave, originally from Puerto Rico, was among 470 people who received scholarships to attend. See photos from the program. 

Around the Water Cooler

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Jennifer Otten (DEOHS, Nutr) and Daniela Vega (PHM) are featured in a great video about the UW’s inaugural Livable City Year program with the City of Auburn. Otten is co-director of the program and Vega was part of a group that studied potential food rescue programs for the city’s school district.
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A column in NerdWallet citing research by Adam Drewnowski and Anju Aggarwal (both Epi, Nutr) appeared on 235 news sites, including the Huffington Post and USA Today, reaching a potential audience of more than 215 million people. Read about the study.
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Anjuli Wagner (GH, Epi) and Irene Njuguna (Epi) presented exciting research at the 2017 International AIDS Society's Conference on HIV Science in France last month. See Wagner and Njuguna in action.

Featured by the ASPPH

Three in five gun owners receive firearm trainings; Fewer learn about suicide prevention;
 Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (Epi)
Native American casinos linked to lower rates of childhood obesity;
 Jessica Jones-Smith (HServ, Epi, Nutr)
Johns Hopkins, Washington lead effort to create reporting guidelines for One Health epidemiological studies;
 Peter Rabinowitz (DEOHS, GH, Epi)

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