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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.

Washington Faculty Named for Two ASTDA Recognition Awards

UW Epi News, Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

UW SPH News, Friday, March 24, 2017

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

UW Epi News, Thursday, March 16, 2017

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.

Cooking at Home Tonight? It's Most Likely Cheaper and Healthier, UW Study Finds

UW SPH News, Friday, March 10, 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health have been peeking into kitchens – via interviews – for years now and they’ve just published results showing people who cook at home more often are likely to eat a healthier overall diet. Just in time for National Nutrition Month – but they don’t want you to feel guilty.

Washington Researchers Suggest Link between Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease More Pronounced Among Disadvantaged

UW Epi News, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Air pollution has routinely been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but some groups are more affected than others, according to research from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Studies examining the association between air pollution and cardiovascular disease commonly include individual-level socioeconomic status (SES) measures, such as education or income, but few incorporate neighborhood-level socioeconomic status (NSES) measures. 

Dr. Ichiro Kawachi Connects Social Capital and Health

UW Epi News, Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Income inequality has grown steadily in America for the past 40 years. As income becomes increasingly concentrated in fewer hands, the impact of that disparity can be seen in the health of a community. 

Department of Epidemiology Staff Nominated for UW’s Highest Staff Honor

UW Epi News, Thursday, February 23, 2017

Department of Epidemiology staff member, Angie Marie Buck, was nominated for the UW Distinguished Staff Award. The awards program, established in 1997, honors outstanding staff based on their extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to their departments and the University.

Kenyan Doctor Finds Her Calling in Public Health

UW Epi News, Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kenya native Irene Njuguna finished medical school with enthusiasm, on track to becoming a great physician. As a medical student, intern, and medical officer in hospital wards and outpatient clinics, she was eager to dedicate her heart to the honorable profession, rescuing children and families from the agonies of childhood disease. Eager, that is, until the heartbreaking reality of clinical life in Kenya became apparent.