School of Public Health

SER 2017 Alumni Reunion

sail Lake WashingtonThe 50th Anniversary SER 2017 is being held in downtown Seattle and we're throwing a big party to celebrate! Even if you're not planning to attend the conference, we would love to have you join us for a reception to connect with alumni and friends over appetizers, drinks, and live music.

Hope to see you there!

Reconnect with your UW roots while mingling with other Epidemiology alumni, faculty, staff, and students over appetizers, drinks, and live music. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Puget Sound Room
Westin Hotel Downtown Seattle
1900 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

Featured Speaker:
Our brief program will include remarks by

  • Bernard Harlow, Epi Alumnus (PhD '87) and SER outgoing president
  • Andy Olshan, Epi Alumnus (PhD '87) and current SER President-Elect

The event is free. Please RSVP to let us know you are coming

As part of the Epi Alumni Reunion celebration, we are collecting photos to reminisce about our department's history! We would love to see photos from every decade since the Department's inception. So get your photos out and email them to

When you send your photos, please include a caption and the approximate year the photo was taken. 

Please submit your photos by 6/1. 


SER’s 50th Anniversary Meeting will feature 18 Symposium Sessions. UW Epi faculty are participating in the following:

  • "Consequential Epidemiology of Gun Violence: Cutting-Edge Methods and Future Directions"  
    • Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Assistant Professor 
    • Fred Rivara, Adjunct Professor
  • "Epidemiology and the Microbiome: Unique Challenges for Measurement, Analysis and Interpretation of Data from Human Microbiome Studies"  
    • Lisa Manhart, Professor
    • Jen Balkus, Affiliate Instructor 
  • "Epidemiology's Next 50 years through the Lens of the Last 50"
    • Jessica Chubak, ​Affiliate Associate Professor
    • Steve Mooney, Senior Post-doctoral Fellow
  • "Norman Breslow: In Memoriam"
    • ​Noel Weiss, Professor
  • "Whatever happened with...? Reflections on Hot Topics gone Cold From Epidemiology's Past"
    • ​Noel Weiss, Professor
  • "Critical Issues in Veteran Public Health"
    • Jack Goldberg, ​Research Professor
  • "The Central Role of Epidemiology in Transdisciplinary and Translational Team Science"
    • ​Noel Weiss, Professor

Download our full schedule of UW Epi presentations

SER Early Stage Investigator Session on K vs. R Awards

The objective of this early stage investigator session is to present issues that academics should consider when choosing between applying for a K award or an R award from NIH. Department of Epidemiology Chair, Victoria Holt, is a speaker in the session presenting on the pros and cons of K vs. R from an academic chair’s position.

Other Presentations
  • "Do ‘Complete Streets’ policies decrease cyclist fatality risk? An application of the parametric g-formula"
    • Stephen J. Mooney, Senior Post-doctoral Fellow
  • "Cumulative effects of early adolescent depression on marijuana and alcohol use disorder in late adolescence in a community-based cohort"
    • Isaac Rhew, Adjunct Research Assistant Professor
  • "The Effect of Arrest on Intimate Partner Violence Recidivism"
    • Vivian Lyons, PhD Student 
  • "Sleep apnea and subsequent risk for cancer incidence and mortality"
    • Arthur Sillah, PhD Student 
  • "Precipitation and diarrheal disease in Mozambique: is climate change a factor?"
    • Lindsay Horn, MPH Student
Poster Session Presentations
  • "Racial disparities in HIV risk-reducing behavior among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States"
    • ​Christine Khosropour, Acting Assistant Professor
  • "Availability and Cost of Healthy Foods in a Large American Indian Community in the North-Central United States"
    • Amanda Fretts, Assistant Professor
  • "Association between extended-spectrum cephalosporins and infection with common bacterial pathogens"
    • Jessica Williams-Nguyen, ​PhD Candidate
  • "Modeling the potential impact of routine HIV screening in the United States"
    • ​Darcy Rao, ​PhD Candidate
  • "Concordance between case definitions and public health reporting of hemolytic uremic syndrome in Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections"
    • Gillian Tarr, ​PhD Candidate
  • "Urinary cadmium and risk of cardiovascular disease in the Women's Health Initiative Bone Mineral Density study"
    • Jamaica Robinson, ​PhD Student 
  • "Access to a Loaded Gun Without Adult Permission and School-based Bullying; Results of a National Survey"
    • Maayan Simckes, ​PhD Student 
  • "Associations of maternal leisure time walking and yoga with offspring birth size"
    • Sylvia Badon, PhD Candidate
  • "Temporal Variability and Stability of the Gut Microbiome: the Multiethnic Cohort Study"
    • Benjamin Fu, PhD Candidate
  • "Birth Outcomes of Infants Born to Women with Neoplasms during Pregnancy: A Population-based Study"
    • Xin Niu, PhD Student
  • "Analysis of time to completion of fecal immunochemical tests for colorectal cancer screening by patient characteristics in a health maintenance organization setting"
    • Cameron Haas, MPH Student
  • "Proton pump inhibitor use and the risk of fractures in older adults"
    • ​​Barbara Harding, PhD Student
  • "Implementing causal inference methods for estimating bounds on the average causal effect in the presence of non-compliance within a clinical trial setting”
    • Marla Husnik​, PhD Candidate
  • "Concurrency, condomless sex, and evidence of negotiated safety among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) in Peru"
    • ​Angela Ulrich, PhD Candidate
  • "Cross-sectional and longitudinal association of air pollution and biomarkers of stress: cortisol and allostatic load in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis"
    • Anjum Hajat, Research Assistant Professor