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Remembering Dr. Fredric Wolf

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dr. Fredric Wolf, whose highly cited meta-analysis work had an immeasurable impact on physician practices and patient outcomes, died July 23 at the age of 71. He had been battling two cancers for over a decade.

Wolf had a long career in both medical education and biomedical informatics. After six years in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, he returned to the U.S. with the intent of getting an MS in education and then returning to Costa Rica as a teacher. However, his plans changed after he discovered a passion for medical education and quantitative research.

Native American casinos linked to lower childhood obesity rates

UW SPH News, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Study of Native American casinos in California finds an increase in slot machines linked to lower rates of childhood obesity

Obesity, like other chronic diseases, disproportionately affects lower income Americans. But demonstrating whether and how income levels might cause obesity remains a challenge for public health researchers.

One in four Americans receive formal firearm trainings; fewer learn about suicide prevention

UW Epi News, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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. 

Mothers' Lifestyle During Pregnancy May Impact Risk of Diabetes, Obesity

UW SPH News, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It isn’t enough to just quit smoking during pregnancy, say researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Expecting mothers should consider the impact several lifestyle behaviors have on their health and the well-being of their child.

A new study from the School found that pregnant women who maintain total healthy lifestyles – they eat well, stay physically active, have low stress and don’t smoke – are nearly four and a half times less likely to have gestational diabetes.

Bullied students more likely to report access to a loaded gun

UW Epi News, Saturday, June 24, 2017

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

UW SPH News, Friday, June 9, 2017

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

UW Epi News, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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

UW Epi News, Monday, May 15, 2017

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

UW SPH News, Monday, April 10, 2017

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

UW Epi News, Monday, April 3, 2017

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.