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UW Alumna Named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund

UW Epi News, Friday, October 28, 2016

University of Washington School of Public Health alumna Natalia Kanem (MPH 1990, Epidemiology) of Panama, was named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and succeeds Kate Gilmore of Australia.

Epi student receives Distinguished Dissertation Award

UW Epi News, Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Department of Epidemiology PhD student, Kenneth Mugwanya, has received the UW Graduate School's 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Safety of oral tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: prospective studies in HIV-uninfected men and women.” These prestigious awards recognize outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral level. Only one award is given in the Biologic and Life Sciences category across the entire university. Dr. Mugwanya will receive a $1,000 prize with the award.

Two Epi doctoral candidates have won prestigious F31 research fellowship grants from the National Institutes of Health

UW Epi News, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Two doctoral candidates from the Department of Epidemiology have won prestigious F31 research fellowship grants from the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of these pre-doctoral awards is to enable students to obtain funding while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of a variety of NIH Institutes and Centers. 

Professor Joel Kaufman Named Interim Dean of Public Health

UW SPH News, Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Professor Joel Kaufman has been named interim dean of the UW School of Public Health, effective Sept. 24.

A long-time faculty member and researcher at the School, Kaufman is an internationally recognized expert in the relationship between environmental factors and cardiovascular disease, and in the health effects of exposure to ambient air pollutants, such as diesel exhaust.

Vulnerable Groups Can Have Quality Diets Despite Economic Constraints

UW Epi News, Friday, August 12, 2016

For years, issues of taste, cost and convenience helped explain why the highest rates of poor nutrition are found among minorities and the working poor.  Not only are fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains more expensive, they are also less likely to be available in low-income neighborhoods. The idea was: you improve access, you improve nutrition.

Pushing the boundaries: UW Medicine’s ‘most influential’ scientists

UW Medicine, Friday, July 1, 2016

Thomson Reuters, a global information agency, identified the world's “most influential scientific minds” — investigators whose scholarly work was most often cited by their fellow researchers. Bruce Psaty, Department of Epidemiology Professor, is among them. Watch the brief video interview which describes his areas of focus and his motivation.

Dr. Anjum Hajat: The Social Element of Public Health

UW Epi News, Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Originally an International Relations major, it was a social epidemiology course that redirected Dr. Anjum Hajat's focus toward health disparities research domestically. In this interview, she describes her work and the way that social factors are at play in most public health problems.

Can you tell us about a project that you are working on currently, related to health disparities?

Washington Study Urges Schools to Take a More Preventative Approach to Bullying

UW Epi News, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bullying, which has often been dismissed as merely kids being kids, is a “serious public health problem,” according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Zero-tolerance policies, such as automatic suspension or expulsion, are ineffective in combating bullying, the report found. Such policies fail to provide skill training or replacement behaviors for youth that are suspended and may in fact lead to underreporting because the consequences are perceived as too severe.

Epidemiology staff, faculty, and students awarded at the annual School of Public Health Excellence Awards

UW Epi News, Monday, May 16, 2016

On May 13, gathered in the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, five exemplary epidemiology staff, faculty, and students were awarded for their dedication and service to the School at the annual School of Public Health Excellence Awards.

Epidemiology students land competitive internship

UW Epi News, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Emily Begnel (MPH Epidemiology), Megan Suter (MS Epidemiology), and Cameron Haas (MPH Epidemiology), have been selected for the highly competitive Public Health Epi Scholars Program. The national program offers each student a 10-week paid internship in applied epidemiology research at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC). The students were selected from a pool of applicants from fifteen universities.