One in four Americans receive formal firearm trainings; fewer learn about suicide prevention
The United States does not have a national standard or requirement for firearm safety training prior to purchasing a gun, putting the responsibility on gun owners and those who live with them to find ways to learn firearm safety. Only about three in five U.S. firearm owners have received any formal gun training, according to a new study from the University of Washington.
Bullied students more likely to report access to a loaded gun
School-age adolescents who experience bullying are three times more likely to report access to a loaded gun, according to a new study from the University of Washington.
That could increase their chances of being involved in gun violence, already a leading cause of death and injury among teenagers in the United States, researchers say.
New Initiative Led by SPH Researchers Expands Food Environment Research in Developing Countries
Supermarkets are spreading across parts of Asia, global beverage companies are expanding into once isolated areas in Africa, and processed foods are arriving in towns where people live on $2 a day. These are just a few examples of how food environments are changing around the world.
2017 Epi Graduation Events
Congratulations to our graduating students in the Department of Epidemiology! We are proud of your hard work and excited for your next steps. Both the School of Public Health and the Department of Epidemiology will be hosting several events in honor of its graduating students.
Department staff and students awarded at the annual School of Public Health Excellence Awards
Five outstanding students and staff from the Department of Epidemiology were recognized on Friday, May 12 at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture during the 2017 School of Public Health Excellence Awards for their dedication and service to the School. This year, an epi student won the Gilbert S. Omenn Award, the top award for academic excellence in the School. Congratulations to all award recipients!
Karr Wins Presidential Early Career Award
Catherine Karr, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and adjunct professor of epidemiology, was named a recipient of the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. It’s the highest honor given by the U.S. government to early career scientists and engineers.
Department of Epidemiology Student named 2017-2018 Magnuson Scholar
Erica Lokken, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, was named a 2017-2018 Magnuson Scholar. Each year, the Magnuson Scholars Program recognizes one graduate student in each of the six UW Health Sciences schools who excels both in their academics and in research. Lokken and the five other students will each receive $30,000 toward their education in the 2017-2018 academic school year.
Washington Faculty Named for Two ASTDA Recognition Awards
The American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) has given its 2017 early and mid-career recognition awards to two University of Washington School of Public Health faculty in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Christine Khosropour, acting assistant professor of epidemiology, was named the winner of the ASTDA Young Investigator Award. Dr. Lisa Manhart, professor of epidemiology, won the mid-career Achievement Award.
Biostatistician Helps Highlight Successful Strategy to Curb Future Ebola Outbreaks
In 2014 and 2015, Ebola spread through West Africa like wildfire, affecting nearly 29,000 people and killing more than 11,000. During the course of the epidemic, researchers identified an experimental Ebola vaccine that provided 100 percent protection against the disease.
Katie Curran finds her place between science and service
Katie Curran’s passion for social justice through public health service has taken her all over world, from India and Tanzania to Switzerland and Mozambique. And her story has only just begun.