SPH Stories

Featured stories about SPH people, research and impact.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nearly 3,500 people gathered at the Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday, June 10, to celebrate the graduating class of the University of Washington School of Public Health. Speaker Benjamin Danielson, a distinguished pediatrician and social justice activist, praised the public health perspective as a superpower and called graduates “equity’s greatest hope.”

(See photos from the biggest School-wide event of the year.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Higher concentrations of carbon dioxide are associated with reductions in protein and multiple key nutrients in rice, according to a new field study by an international team that included scientists from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Kenneth Rice, an associate professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s pre-eminent professional statistical society.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dr. Benjamin Danielson delivered a speech about the importance of a public health perspective to graduates of the UW School of Public Health on June 10, 2018.

Monday, June 4, 2018

An SPH study found that 63 percent of firearm-owning households in Washington state do not store their firearms locked and unloaded. The research received widespread local media coverage and was highlighted by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in a legislative proposal to the Seattle City Council to require safe storage of guns.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The UW broke ground this spring on a new population health facility that will house much of the School of Public Health, including the Department of Global Health.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Associate Professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (PhD, Epidemiology ’09) was selected for the Bartley Dobb Professorship for the Study and Prevention of Violence, effective July 1. The endowment funds an appointed UW faculty member for five years to study the prevention of violence through resolution of conflict.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

In founding our School of Public Health in 1970, Emeritus Dean Dr. J. Thomas Grayston laid the foundation for more than 40 years of leadership, building a towering legacy in public health education and research.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Kung-Yee Liang (PhD, Biostatistics ’82) is the new president of Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes (a blend of the CDC and NIH). One of the world’s preeminent biostatisticians, he pioneered statistical methods that have yielded new insights into disease risk factors and genetic epidemiology. He also led the country’s first medical university.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Hilary Godwin

Hilary Godwin, PhD, has been named the next dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health, effective July 15. She will succeed Joel Kaufman, who has served as interim dean since September 2016. Godwin is professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for academic programs at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Grayston-Day awards seek to increase the number of health professionals from diverse communities by funding the education of underrepresented students in the public health field.

 

Ali N’Simbo

Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
Hometown: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thursday, May 31, 2018

When Gabriel Cortez was planning for graduate school, he considered attending the University of Washington School of Public Health, but the expense loomed like a mountain to climb. The School was far from his small hometown of Aztec, New Mexico, and Seattle was a pricey place to live.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Victoria Gardner, EdD, MEd, was hired as the School’s inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Gardner, who will also use the title of Chief Diversity Officer, comes to SPH with nearly three decades of experience at the UW School of Medicine, where she served as director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Janet Baseman

Interim Dean Joel Kaufman appointed Janet Baseman (PhD, Epidemiology ’05) as acting associate dean for public health practice.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

After eight years at the National Institute of Mental Health, Pamela Collins joined the UW in January to lead its global mental health program, a joint effort of the Departments of Global Health and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

On World No Tobacco Day, May 31, we take a look at some of the work done by student researchers to understand tobacco prevention and cessation.

Believe it or not, some cities and counties cannot pass local tobacco control laws that are stronger than those at the state level.

This is due to a relatively unknown rule, called preemption, which keeps local governments in Washington state from effectively regulating menthol and flavored tobacco products or from raising the tobacco-buying age to 21.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Emily Williams, associate professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a two-year, $456,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study alcohol use among transgender adults.

The grant will also allow Williams and her colleagues to investigate whether evidence-based interventions to reduce unhealthy drinking behavior are received equitably in the population.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Higher concentrations of carbon dioxide are associated with reductions in protein and multiple key nutrients in rice, according to a new field study by an international team that included scientists from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sisters of the UW's Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega pass the baton in more ways than one.

A dozen current sorority members were inspired by sisters before them to pursue their undergraduate studies in public and environmental health.

"We place an emphasis on mentorship within our sorority, and the upperclassmen do a great job inspiring the underclassmen to explore public health," says senior Sydney Russell, of the public health major. “Our members are passionate about making a difference in Seattle and around the world.”

Friday, May 11, 2018

The fatal crash rate tends to increase when drivers turn 65 – but there are few validated tools available for predicting when an individual driver’s risk may start to increase. A new study from researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health and School of Medicine, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, explored whether cognitive test scores can be linked to higher crash risk.