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Dornell Pete: Preventing cancer among Navajo People with support from an NCI award

Aspen Avery | January 12, 2021
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In September 2020, Dornell Pete, doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW), received the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) from the National Institute of Health (NIH). This grant will support Dornell’s dissertation research, assessing gastric cancer risk factors for American Indian adults; and her aspired cancer-focused...

Round 2 of Washington study underway to determine food, economic insecurity during pandemic

UW News | December 8, 2020
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Understanding Washington residents’ access to food and their economic well-being – or lack of it – during the COVID-19 pandemic is vital for state and community partners to identify those needs and allocate resources effectively. To help accomplish this goal, the University of Washington, Washington State University and Tacoma Community College, along with input from...

New faculty spotlight: Kristjana Asbjornsdottir

UW EPI NEWS | September 30, 2020
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When Dr. Kristjana Asbjornsdottir arrived at the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (Epi) in 2009 to start her MPH studies, she did not realize she would begin a near decade-long partnership with the department – from student to faculty member. Now Acting Assistant Professor in the department, Asbjornsdottir reflects on a life dedicated to public health, beginning...

UW Department of Epidemiology eliminates GRE requirement in graduate program admissions

Laura East | September 21, 2020
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The University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (UW Epi) has permanently eliminated the GRE requirement for applicants to its Masters of Public Health, Masters of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Largest analysis of lethal means assessments outlines opportunities for suicide prevention and safety planning

Laura East | July 14, 2020
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A new study published in Archives of Suicide Research provides important insights into individual-level uptake of lethal means assessment.

Caitlin Moe, a Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellow, to study violence in Colombia

Sixtine Gurrey | July 10, 2020
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Caitlin Moe, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, has been awarded the Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship to support her fieldwork in Colombia for her dissertation.

UW Epidemiology members outline steps for inclusivity in epidemiology

Sixtine Gurrey | July 6, 2020
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Members of the University of Washington (UW) Department of Epidemiology have published a letter to the editors of the American Journal of Epidemiology (AJE) outlining steps for the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) to cultivate greater inclusivity in SER and in epidemiologic research.

UW study describes the use of extreme risk protection order laws in Washington state

Alexandra de Leon | June 29, 2020
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Researchers at University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) and the Department of Epidemiology have conducted the first state-wide study of extreme risk protection orders (ERPO) in Washington State since the law’s implementation in late 2016. The study’s findings were published on June 29, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Examining records from...

Noel Weiss on mentorship, music, and epi methods

Laura East | June 25, 2020
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After nearly 50 years as a member of the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology, Professor Noel Weiss’ CV lists nearly 700 epidemiologic articles and books. While Dr. Weiss has published many paramount papers on clinical and cancer epidemiology, and epidemiologic methods, this awesome body of research is truly a testament to Dr. Weiss’ legacy of mentorship to generations of public health researchers and practitioners with whom he’s collaborated.

Students present at 39th Annual EPI 514 Super Epi Results Meeting

Laura East | June 2, 2020
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For nearly forty years, the students enrolled in EPI 514 Application Of Epidemiologic Methods 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 514 gives graduate students in epidemiology the opportunity to gain “hands-on” experience analyzing data to answer a specific research...

Claire Rothschild receives predoctoral fellowship to improve family planning in Kenya

Sixtine Gurrey | May 20, 2020
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The Department of Epidemiology (Epi) congratulates Claire Rothschild for receiving an F31 predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The $89,000 predoctoral research award will support her dissertation research on using mobile technology to improve family planning data and outcomes in Kenya, under the mentorship of Dr. Alison Drake, an...

Anna Larsen to study depression among pregnant Kenyan women

Sixtine Gurrey | May 6, 2020
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Congratulations to Anna Larsen, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, who was awarded an F31 predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar Honored with UW Distinguished Teaching Award

UW EPI NEWS | April 29, 2020
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The Department of Epidemiology is proud to share that the University of Washington (UW) Center for Teaching and Learning has named Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar as the 2020-21 UW Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.  Rowhani-Rahbar is an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, the Bartley Dobb Professor for Study and Prevention of Violence, the Violence Prevention Section Lead...

Haylea Hannah named 2020-21 Warren G. Magnuson Scholar

Sixtine Gurrey | April 9, 2020
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The Department of Epidemiology is proud to announce that Haylea Hannah, a doctoral candidate in our department, has been named the University of Washington School of Public Health’s 2020-2021 Magnuson Scholar.

Meet our Epi academic Human Resources Manager

UW Epi News | February 3, 2020
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Myra Pacleb joined the Department of Epidemiology (Epi) staff as Academic Human Resources (HR) Manager. In this role, Myra oversees faculty affairs and HR processes for over 170 faculty in the Epi Department.

Rural kids carrying handguns is ‘not uncommon’ and starts as early as sixth grade

Jake Ellison | January 24, 2020
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Roughly one-third of young males and 1 in 10 females in rural communities have carrierd a handgun, reports a new University of Washington study. "This is one of the first longitudinal studies of rural adolescent handgun carrying across multiple states in the U.S. It provides evidence that youth handgun carrying in these settings is not uncommon," says lead author Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, a UW associate professor of epidemiology and co-director of Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program at Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.

Blacks, minorities disproportionately impacted by hate crimes

UW EPI NEWS | January 8, 2020
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Hispanic and Black populations have a higher risk of becoming victims of race- or ethnicity- motivated violent hate crimes compared to non-Hispanic Whites (Whites), according to a new study from the University of Washington (UW) that looked at the risk and health impacts of these types of crimes. Model estimates of victimization for Blacks ranged...

Ethiopia maternal and child health: Raising students to be epidemiology leaders

UW EPI NEWS | December 16, 2019
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Maternal and Child Health is close to Dr. Daniel Enquobahrie's heart. "One of my favorite things as a professor is sharing that passion with my students." This passion led Dr. Enquobahrie to develop an innovative study abroad program in Ethiopia to inspire future epidemiology leaders.

Department of Epidemiology welcomes new Assistant to the Chair

UW EPI NEWS | November 14, 2019
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Kathryn Jansen recently joined the Department of Epidemiology staff as Assistant to the Chair (ATC). In this role, Kathryn will provide executive administrative support for the Chair of the Department, Stephen Hawes, and the Epidemiology Leadership Team. Previously, Kathryn served as the Manager of Operations and Assistant to the Chair & Director for the University...

Mailed self-sampling kits helped more women get screened for cervical cancer

UW EPI NEWS | November 6, 2019
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Signaling a potential major change in cervical cancer screening options for American women, a new study found that mailed self-sampling kits that test for HPV — the virus that can cause cervical cancer — helped significantly more women get screened for the cancer. The study involving nearly 20,000 women was conducted by researchers from the University of...