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2013

Four Rising Stars from China Arrive to Study Global Health

In a groundbreaking project for UW Global Health and China public health, four rising stars from premier Chinese universities will begin MPH and PhD studies this month in the Department of Global Health. Two outstanding faculty members will also come to UW as Faculty Scholars this winter.

(September 24, 2013)

Close Up September 2013: Caleb Banta-Green

Heroin use is on the rise across Washington state, with the most dramatic increase among 18- to 29-year-olds. Caleb Banta-Green tracks these trends and more. Find out what he has to say about heroin, marijuana and the need to change the dialogue around medication use.

(August 27, 2013)

UW Researchers Team Up with Neighborhood Residents to Measure Diesel Pollution in South Seattle

The residents of the Georgetown and South Park neighborhoods in Seattle’s Duwamish Valley now know how much diesel exhaust they are exposed to, thanks to the University of Washington School of Public Health and Puget Sound Sage, a nonprofit coalition in Seattle. A report on findings from the air pollution study are published online today. (September 12, 2013)

Close Up August 2013: Grace John-Stewart

Transmission of HIV from mothers to children has dropped dramatically, thanks to researchers such as Grace John-Stewart. Find out how success in Kenya led John-Stewart to create a UW center that integrates public health approaches for women, children and adolescents. (July 31, 2013)

Service-Learning Project Teaches High School Students about Health Inequities

Students at a Seattle-area high school gained a deeper understanding of public health under a unique program taught by six undergraduates from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (July 19, 2013)

Rogelio Riojas: "I'll be an activist until I die."

As an undergraduate, Rogelio Riojas marched against the Vietnam War, campaigned for Latino causes and lobbied for a community health clinic in his hometown of Othello, WA. After earning an MHA ('77) here, he joined Sea Mar Community Health Centers as its CEO. Today Riojas continues to direct Sea Mar while advocating for better health and human rights. "I'll be an activist until I die," he says. (July 10, 2013)

Stergachis Fellowship Funds Ugandan Grad Student Research

Research is underway to improve mental health care in Uganda, thanks to an endowed fellowship created by Andy Stergachis and his wife, JoAnn. (July 9, 2013)

Close Up July 2013: Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett

Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett was in born in Tasmania and grew up in Salt Lake City, the son of a physician and pioneering engineer of the artificial heart. After working in pediatrics and Public Health – Seattle & King County, and volunteering in a clinic on the Thai-Burma border, he recently became director of the School of Public Health’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. (July 8, 2013)

2013 Francis Fellows

Under the Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship program, School of Public Health and other UW health sciences students are working across the globe to improve people's lives. (June 3, 2013)

Close Up June 2013: Fred Rivara

Fred Rivara and Arthur Kellermann conducted groundbreaking gun violence research in the 1980s and '90s. They found, among other things, that keeping guns in the house raised the risk of homicide and suicide among family members and friends. How did Congress respond? By essentially banning further studies into gun violence. (May 9, 2013)

Close Up May 2013: Mary Selecky

Countless lives were saved through Mary Selecky's public health efforts. During her 14 years as Washington State Secretary of Health, adult smoking rates dropped nearly a third. More children are vaccinated against disease, while the state is better prepared for earthquakes, floods and epidemics. Selecky also promoted patient safety and better partnerships with Canada. "Bugs know no borders," she says. Before retiring in April, she helped Washington become one of the first two state health agencies to receive national accreditation. (May 1, 2013)

Reaffirming the Value of Indigenous Perspectives

Can you patent a gene? Is genetically engineered fish considered food or animal? What does it all mean to indigenous peoples? Rebecca Tsosie posed these provocative questions and others as she explored the legal and ethical implications of treating the genome as a “commons” in which scientists freely explore on their quest for new discoveries. (April 22, 2013)

Sophia Teshome: Contributing to Ethiopia's Health

Alumna Sophia Teshoma, MPH 2012, works for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Ethiopia. She has immersed herself in Ethiopia's public health issues. Literally. The Seattle native once climbed into a spring of holy water in the Gondar region of northern Ethiopia. (April 17, 2013)

Magnuson Scholar Seeks Answers on Pesticides, Food and Health

Cynthia Curl is the School's Magnuson Scholar for 2013-14. (April 10, 2013)

CEEH Sponsors Public Forum on the Duwamish River Cleanup

The director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences joins local researchers, government officials, and industry experts at a Public Forum on the health impacts and pollution in the Duwamish, Seattle’s working river. Six short, lively ‘lightning’ presentations will be followed by an open microphone time for questions and discussion. (April 9, 2013)

Close Up April 2013: King Holmes

King Holmes was stationed in Pearl Harbor when he tackled his first major disease as an epidemiologist: incurable gonorrhea in the Navy. Since then, he and his colleagues have worked on 20 STDs and other infectious diseases, helping identify, prevent and devise treatments that have improved the lives of millions of people. The discovery with David Eschenbach, chair of UW’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, that the Dalkon shield IUD caused pelvic inflammatory disease was one such discovery. For his many scientific contributions and “amazing gift of mentorship,” Holmes was recently named the winner of the Gairdner Foundation's 2013 global health award. (April 3, 2013)

Close Up March 2013: Glen Duncan

Glen Duncan found his passion in exercise – the perfect medicine, he says, to prevent a range of health woes. He teaches Physical Activity in Health and Disease, the only course on campus of its kind. And he's conducting potentially groundbreaking research on the links between exercise, the built environment and chronic disease. (March 5, 2013)

Contaminated diet contributes to phthalate and bisphenol A exposure

While water bottles may tout BPA-free labels and personal care products declare phthalates not among their ingredients, these assurances may not be enough. According to a study published February 27 in the Nature Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, we may be exposed to these chemicals in our diet and children may be most vulnerable. (February 27, 2013)

Close Up February 2013: Beti Thompson

Beti Thompson set out to teach at a small liberal arts college, but ended up doing cancer prevention work with underserved communities. Her projects – from eastern Washington's Yakima Valley to New Mexico and Chile – have raised awareness about cancer while inspiring young scientists to go into public health work. (February 7, 2013)

Maternal exposure to outdoor air pollution associated with low birth weights worldwide

Maternal exposure to outdoor air pollution associated with low birth weights worldwide (February 6, 2013)

Sheridan Reiger Honored with MLK Award

Sheridan Reiger, an MPH and MD student, was selected by the School of Public Health to be honored at this year's Martin Luther King Jr tribute. Reiger started his own NGO in Honduras that focuses on chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and asthma. (January 17, 2013)

Close Up January 2013: Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson leads the School's Master of Health Administration program, preparing future healthcare leaders for a rapidly changing world. An associate professor of Health Services, Johnson joined SPH in July 2012 from the School of Rural Public Health at Texas A&M.; (January 11, 2013)

SPH Statistician Named One of Forbes’ Rising Stars

Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics at the UW School of Public Health, was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list for 2012 in the field of science and healthcare. (January 2, 2013)

2012

Commitment from Gil Omenn, Martha Darling for Genetics Research

A new research project fund at the Institute for Public Health Genetics has gotten a kick-start with a $100,000 commitment from former SPH Dean Gil Omenn and his wife Martha Darling. The first project will focus on evaluating potential gene and drug interactions, for example between long-term use of medications and disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. (November 29, 2012)

Close Up December 2012: Evan Gallagher

Evan Gallagher tried a variety jobs after college, including playing guitar for touring rock bands. Then he found a niche in environmental toxicology – studying the effects of environmental chemicals. Now, he has become an expert on cells in the tiny noses of salmon, trying to understand how chemicals affect the ability of salmon to locate predators, prey and migrate home. This work can help determine if Superfund sites really are safe for fish such as salmon after site cleanup, and whether other waterways might pose a hazard. (November 26, 2012)

SPH Students Write Coastal Water Resolution for American Public Health Association

The American Public Health Association, at its annual meeting in San Francisco this week, voted to adopt a comprehensive approach to protecting coastal water quality by modernizing the nation's Clean Water Act, which is 40 years old this year. The resolution was written by six University of Washington public health graduate students. (November 7, 2012)

Close Up November 2012: Abraham Flaxman

While working at Microsoft as a postdoctoral fellow, Abraham Flaxman learned that he loved analyzing big sets of data. Now he uses that passion at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), where he works to fill in the huge holes missing from global health data. His innovations – including the creation of a computer model estimating the prevalence of more than 200 diseases – earned him one of MIT Technology Review's "35 Innovators Under 35" awards. That put him in the same company as the founders of Google and Facebook. (November 1, 2012)

Three SPH Faculty Elected to Institute of Medicine

Three faculty members from the University of Washington School of Public Health were elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. (October 12, 2012)

Close Up October 2012: Lorelei Walker

Preparation and opportunity sometimes come together. Lorelei Walker was "forged in stress," the daughter of performing artists who lived paycheck to paycheck. She decided early to follow stability and become a scientist. Now, Walker studies how stress can affect the health of future generations. She’s part of an emerging field known as epigenetics. (October 9, 2012)

School Awards Pilot Grants To Meet Challenges of 21st Century

How does Twitter affect obesity? How can we engage diverse groups on the issue of climate change and health? These are some of the research studies funded by five innovative pilot grants just awarded by the School. (September 26, 2012)

Keyboards, Desks can be Hazardous to Your Health

Flip over your keyboard and you'll see a warning: "Some experts believe that the use of any keyboard may cause serious injury to hands, wrists, arms, neck and back." Yes, a keyboard can be hazardous to your health. So can a mouse. Even the design of a desk could affect the way you work. Peter Johnson and his colleagues are testing new designs for computer devices and desks that could keep workers healthier and more productive. Hewlett-Packard and Steelcase are supporting some of this research. (September 19, 2012)

Arthur Kellermann: I've saved more lives with public health work than in the emergency room

Arthur Kellermann (Health Services ’85) has a flair for the dramatic and a knack for telling compelling public health stories. He’s taken on some of the nation’s toughest issues, from firearm injuries to soaring health-care costs. “More than ever, what people have to understand, beyond basic concepts of leadership, is the power of being a communicator,” Kellermann says. “Going forward, the smartphone and other mobile apps are the next generation enabler of public health.” (September 19, 2012)

'Mobile Moms' to Boost Health of Women in Timor-Leste

A mobile phone project will use text messages to improve the health of expectant mothers in one of the world’s poorest countries. (August 28, 2012)

Close Up September 2012: Hendrika Meischke

Seconds count during a heart attack. But many people don’t recognize the symptoms or they wait too long to call 911. Even cultural issues can get in the way. Hendrika Meischke and her colleagues at the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice have been working with dispatchers, emergency responders and the public to change that, and save more lives. (August 28, 2012)

Undergrads Gain Research Experience, Edge for Grad Schools

A select group of undergraduates will have an advantage when applying for graduate schools, thanks to a School of Public Health summer program that gives them a chance to work in cutting-edge laboratories. (August 9, 2012)

Close Up August 2012: Lurdes Inoue

Lurdes Inoue's grandparents left Japan to seek a better life in Brazil. She grew up with a mix of cultures, and pursued an early love of math. Now she uses her skills to answer pressing questions about some of the world's most common cancers. (August 6, 2012)

Yakima Valley Students Explore Careers in Health Care

High school students from the Yakima Valley got a close-up view of careers in health care on a recent trip to the University of Washington. They were taking part in a program designed to develop culturally responsive healthcare professionals who will return to their communities once they've finished their higher education. (July 24, 2012)

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