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Christina Kaululani Sun: Championing health, human security, and data access

UW Epi News, Friday, August 16, 2019

How can we empower Indigenous and minority communities to collect, use, and communicate the results of their own data to improve health outcomes? 

As a Native Hawaiian with mixed Cou ancestry, Christina Kaululani Sun has been reflecting on this question for many years. Her pursuit of the answer has led her to an academic career at the intersection of epidemiology, data science, and climate justice.

Jonathan Mayer: Epidemiologic creativity in the interdisciplinary

UW Epi News, Monday, August 5, 2019

When Jonathan Mayer first heard the words “medical geography”, he felt as though a lightbulb had just been turned on. Mayer, in his early years of graduate school, had been mostly uninspired by his geography doctoral studies, but when he learned the term, he knew “this was it.”

Maayan Simckes Named Finalist for Graduate School Medal

UW Epi News, Monday, July 22, 2019

Maayan Simckes, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, was named a finalist for the Graduate School Medal Award for her interdisciplinary work at the intersection of social justice and public health during her doctoral program here at the University of Washington. 

Paneen Petersen: One step closer to improving the health of Alaska Native people

UW Epi News, Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Paneen Petersen, a tribal member of the Qikiktaġrukmiut, marked her graduation from the University of Washington School of Public Health last month by walking across the commencement stage wearing custom graduation kamiks (boots) and qupak (decoration) on her doctoral hood. The graduation kamiks were a precious gift from friends, family, and colleagues to celebrate her educational achievement and to integrate Iñupiaq culture with UW commencement regalia.

Substance use trends among people living with HIV: New grants support research to improve harm reduction

UW Epi News, Friday, July 5, 2019

Researchers at the University of Washington are interested in the causes and consequences of substance use among people living with HIV (PLWH). 

Professor Mary Kernic receives NIJ grant to study domestic violence protective orders

UW Epi News, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The National Institute of Justice has awarded a four-year grant for more than one million dollars to Mary Kernic to study a potentially widespread national trend in court approaches to issuing temporary and full civil domestic violence protective orders over the last 20 years and its potential impact on repeated intimate partner violence (IPV) and related health outcomes.

Students Present at 38th Annual Super Epi Results Meeting

UW Epi News, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

For the last 38 years, the students enrolled in the Application Of Epidemiologic Methods (EPI 514) course present their final projects to the Department of Epidemiology at the end of the Spring Quarter during the Super Epi 514 Results (SER) Meeting. 

Epi Professor Jen Balkus awarded $2.5 million to identify interventions for Chlamydia trachomatis

UW Epi News, Thursday, May 16, 2019

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded Assistant Professor Jen Balkus her first R01 grant, funding a five-year, $2.5 million study to understand the relationship between bacterial vaginosis (BV) and the risks for developing Chlamydia trachomatis.

Honoring Epi Department Staff and Students at the 2019 School of Public Health Excellence Awards

UW Epi News, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

On Wednesday, May 15, four outstanding students and staff from the Department of Epidemiology will be recognized during the 2019 School of Public Health (SPH) Excellence Awards.

Caislin Firth named 2018 Horowitz Fellow

UW Epi News, Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has named Caislin Firth, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, a 2018 Horowitz Fellow. Caislin is one of 25 fellows selected to receive grants of at least $7,500 to support research on contemporary issues that has an impact on social policy.