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Three Faculty Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Three members of the University of Washington School of Public Health are among the 24 new members who will be inducted into the Washington State Academy of Sciences next month for their outstanding record of scientific achievement. (August 27, 2015)

PhD Student Wins Young Investigator Award from International AIDS Society

Graduating PhD student Kristjana Ásbjörnsdóttir received the International AIDS Society (IAS) Lange-Van Tongeren young investigator prize for her research on HIV-infected infants and their response to antiretroviral therapy. (August 27, 2015)

Close Up August 2015: Dennis Stillman

Dennis Stillman became director of Master of Health Administration programs earlier this year. But he's no stranger to the School, having taught aspiring health care leaders here for nearly two decades. Find out what he says about his own career, the challenges posed by the Affordable Care Act, and a hooded witness in a Senate hearing. (August 4, 2015)

Gender Differences Seen in Cancer Patients and Fertility Preservation

Young adult males with cancer were more than twice as likely as female patients to report that they had discussed options to preserve their fertility before treatment, a study in the journal Cancer finds. (August 5, 2015)

Health Services Can 'Tackle Just About Anything,' New Chair Says

Jeffrey Harris, new chair of the School's Department of Health Services, sees tremendous opportunities, including researching the impact of the Afforadable Care Act and improving the health of Latinos. (August 4, 2015)

Public health a 'perfect topic' for UW Upward Bound students

More than 80 Seattle high school students in the UW Upward Bound program were immersed in public health issues during a six-week summer course. Themes included how to overcome the social determinants of health. (July 24, 2015)

Pharmacy Assistant Program Graduates First Batch of Students

The first 50 students have graduated from an innovative pharmacy assistant training program in Malawi that was part of a collaboration involving the UW Global Medicines Program. (July 21, 2015)

Six New Gene Locations Identified for Colorectal Cancer Risk

An international team of researchers has identified six new locations in the human genome where people could be more at risk for colorectal cancer (July 20, 2015)

Close Up July 2015: Judith Wasserheit

Judith Wasserheit, a long-time leader in research on sexually transmitted diseases, chairs the University of Washington's Department of Global Health, a post she has held for nearly a year. Find out where she wants to take the department. (July 2, 2015)

Jeffrey Harris Named New Chair of Health Services

Jeffrey R. Harris has been appointed Chair of the Department of Health Services within the University of Washington School of Public Health, effective Aug. 1. (July 15, 2015)

New Endowed Fellowship Honors Former SPH Dean Patricia Wahl

An endowed fellowship to support outstanding graduate students in Biostatistics has been created in honor of former Dean Patricia Wahl. (June 30, 2015)

SPH Scholarship Roundup

Every year, the School awards student fellowships and scholarships, thanks to the generous support of donations from friends and alumni. (June 30, 2015)

SPH Making an Impact Summer 2015

From crafting national reports on our food systems to raising funds for earthquake survivors in Nepal, our students, alumni and faculty work to create healthier and safer communities. (June 30, 2015)

Healing Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Congo

UW clinical psychologist professor Debra Kaysen teaches a type of therapy that is easing the anguish of rape survivors in war-torn countries. (June 30, 2015)

Easing the Global Burden of Mental Health

Stigma, poor mental health, and substance abuse drive many global health problems, including diabetes, preterm birth, trauma injuries, self-harm and motor vehicle deaths. The UW's Global Mental Health Program are conducting research and training to address gaps in global interventions. (June 30, 2015)

SPH Faculty Member Wins Pumphandle Award

Steven Macdonald, clinical associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, received the Pumphandle Award "for outstanding achievement in the field of applied epidemiology" from the Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists. (July 10, 2015)

Agent Orange Report Leads to Policy Reversal

Professor John Kissel's research on Agent Orange exposure helped convince the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reverse a long-standing policy generally denying disability claims from certain U.S. Air Force reservists. (July 10, 2015)

Lack of Sleep, Frequent Snoring Linked with Poorer Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Women who didn't get enough sleep and snored frequently before being diagnosed with breast cancer had significantly poorer survival rates, according to a new study led by Amanda Phipps, assistant professor of epidemiology. (July 7, 2015)

Biostatisticians Contribute to UW Study Pinpointing Ivory Poaching

Researchers from the School's Department of Biostatistics supported a UW study that used DNA analysis to identify elephant poaching hotspots in Africa. (July 2, 2015)

School-Based Health Centers Overcome Barriers to Providing Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

School-based health centers in Seattle overcame billing, provider training and other barriers to successfully provide long-acting reversible contraception for teens who most likely would not have had access to these methods anywhere else, according to a recent study from the UW School of Public Health. (June 24, 2015)

Close Up June 2015: SPH Omenn Award-Winners

Each year, the School honors two outstanding graduate students – one PhD and one master's – for their academic excellence and commitment to public health. This year's winners of the Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence are Trevor Peckham, who earned dual MS and MPA degrees, and Peter Cherutich, the first graduate of our new PhD program in global health metrics and implementation science. (June 12, 2015)

Study Cites Lack of Support to Turn Nutrition Research into Policy

Everyone agrees science should be at the policy table, researchers say. But little research has been conducted into what works best when it comes to improving the links between policymakers and public health nutrition and obesity investigators. (June 16, 2015)

School Launches New Center for Health and the Global Environment

The UW School of Public Health has opened a new center devoted to developing and promoting innovative approaches to understanding and managing the impact of global environmental change on human health. (June 16, 2015)

SPH Joins Alliance to Spur Healthcare Innovation

The School received a $13,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to become the sixth site for the Center for Health Organization Transformation. (June 15, 2015)

Senior Sanjit Kaur Wins UW's President's Medal

Sanjit Kaur hopes to improve health care delivery by improving health systems. "You get the chance to improve more lives and more communities," the graduating senior says. (June 5, 2015)

SPH and CDC Release Mall Walking Guide

The School's Health Promotion Research Center and the CDC have released a guide on the health benefits of mall walking. The guide also features practical strategies for starting mall-walking programs. (June 5, 2015)

2015 Global Healthies

Five outstanding students were awarded "Global Healthies" awards for excellence and achievement in global health on May 11, three of whom were honored for their projects in Nepal. (May 12, 2015)

Hot Humid Days Increase Risk of Hospitalization and Death

In two just-released studies, researchers at the University of Washington show that hot weather in King County (which includes Seattle) is associated with adverse health outcomes, including hospitalization and death. (May 21, 2015)

START Projects Help King County on Early Childhood Initiatives, Recidivism

Two graduate students recently completed five-month research projects to help King County keep people in better health and out of jail. The projects were the first domestic assignments under the newly expanded Strategic Analysis and Research Training program (START). (May 21, 2015)

Washington Authors Produce 'Farm-to-Fork' Report for President's Council

Many things can be done to improve America's complex food systems in ways that align with public health and nutrition goals, according to a new report co-authored by MPH student Jamie Bachaus and Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten. (May 21, 2015)

Close Up May 2015: Sara Mackenzie

Public health has exploded in popularity on college campuses. At the UW, the number of students in the Public Health Major has jumped from 60 in 2012 to more than 400 this year. Find out from Sara Mackenzie what's driving this interest, and how a Frisbee brought her to Seattle. (May 8, 2015)

SPH to Evaluate Farmers' Market Incentives to Promote Healthier Eating

The Center for Public Health Nutrition will help evaluate a program designed to boost consumption of fruits and vegetables among people with low income. (May 8, 2015)

SPH to Coordinate National Healthy Brain Research Network

The Health Promotion Research Center in the Department of Health Services has been named the Coordinating Center of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Brain Research Network. (May 5, 2015)

Nepal Students Mobilize for Earthquake Relief

Relief activities in Nepal will last indefinitely, but after that the real effects of the devastating earthquake will emerge and continue for years, said UW School of Public Health graduate student Biraj Karmacharya, a native of Nepal. (April 30, 2015)

Cameras, Cellphone Blocking Could Reduce Teen Distracted Driving

Blocking cellphones inside of cars and filming teens while they drive could reduce distracted driving, according to research from the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health. (April 29, 2015)

Health Sciences' Students Pushed to Ask Big-Picture Questions in IPE Program

Hundreds of University of Washington Health Sciences students were encouraged to keep asking the "why" question last week during the fourth and final session of a year-long Interprofessional Education (IPE) program. (April 28, 2015)

Reducing Obesity an 'All-Hands' Effort, Expert Says

Obesity rates may have leveled off in the United States, but don't expect a sigh of relief from Shiriki Kumanyika, a pioneering obesity researcher visiting the University of Washington. (April 22, 2015)

Close Up April 2015: Jennifer Otten

Jennifer Otten is part of a UW team studying the impact of the minimum-wage increase in Seattle. She's also an expert on food systems, and one of her greatest passions is food waste – we throw out roughly 25 percent of the food we buy, she says. Otten teaches the popular "Food Studies: Harvest to Health," which has no textbook and no tests, but lots of videos. (April 16, 2015)

Three Epi Students Win NIH Research Fellowships

Three graduate students from the Department of Epidemiology have won prestigious F31 research fellowship grants from the National Institutes of Health. (April 14, 2015)

UW Honors I-TECH Director for Contributions to Lifelong Learning

Ann Downer, a pioneer of distance learning at the University of Washington, has been named winner of the UW's 2015 Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award. (April 9, 2015)

Magnuson Scholar Seeks 'Missing' HIV-Infected Children in Kenya

This year's Magnuson Scholar from the UW School of Public Health is Anjuli Wagner, a PhD candidate in Epidemiology. (April 6, 2015)

An Endowed Professorship Made Possible By Many Donations

More than 125 colleagues and friends of King Holmes, founding chair of the department of Global Health, have contributed above $500,000 to establish an endowed professorship in his name. (March 20, 2015)

SPH Making an Impact

From counting the homeless in Seattle to vaccinating orphaned children in India, our students, alumni and faculty work to create healthier communities. (March 20, 2015)

Biostatistics Alumni In Demand at Innovative Firms

Graduates from our top-ranked Biostastitics Department land good jobs in Big Data. (March 20, 2015)

How Big Data Can Lead to Safer Drugs and Vaccines

Electronic health records have been around for decades, but only recently have more researchers started to recognize their potential for improving public health. (March 20, 2015)

Percentage of Children Eating Fast Food on a Given Day Drops, Study Finds

A lower percentage of children are eating fast food on any given day and calories consumed by children from burger, pizza and chicken fast-food restaurants also has dropped, according to a new study. (March 27, 2015)

UW Center to Use Novel Method to Screen Chemicals’ Toxicity

Tens of thousands of chemicals are currently in use, with more introduced every year. Scientists, however, have discerned the toxicity to human health for only a fraction of these, because the traditional method of testing is time-and cost-prohibitive. Thus, the need for high-capacity in vitro systems to screen chemicals for their potential health impacts is significant. (March 19, 2015)

Researchers Find HIAs Raise Awareness of Public Health

Health Impact Assessments are useful tools to promote public health because they raise awareness of health issues among decision-makers, according to a new paper from the Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington School of Public Health. (March 20, 2015)

Student Group Works to "Undo Racism"

A group of MPH students is working to "undo racism" across the School and community. (March 19, 2015)

Swab Test Holds Promise for Detecting Tuberculosis

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health helped develop a protocol to test for TB in easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving upon existing detection methods. (March 12, 2015)

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