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What We're Doing to Combat the Zika Virus

More than 2.7 billion people live in areas where the Zika Virus may soon spread, with potentially devastating effects for infants born in those areas. In response, faculty from across the University of Washington are working to stop the spread and effects of the Zika virus using a variety of approaches and disciplines. Here are some examples of their work, some of which is funded and some of which has not yet been funded.

UW President Launches University-wide Initiative to Improve Health around the World

On May 3, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce invited the University community and our partners to join in the development of an ambitious 25-year vision to advance the health and well-being of people around the world by leveraging capabilities and opportunities at the UW and beyond.

Excellence Awards to Recognize Global Health Students on May 13

The School of Public Health Excellence Awards Ceremony will take place Friday, May 13 from 3-6 p.m. at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Please join us as we recognize these global health students:

  • Farah Mohamed, Omenn award, Masters level
  • Laura Martinez, Outstanding Student, PhD
  • Alexandra (Allie) Wollum, Outstanding Student, Masters

Please join us for this special event. All are welcome!

Alum Paul Nevin Wins Regional Mark of Excellence Award for Photography

A recent graduate's striking photography was honored with a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards. Paul Nevin (MPH ’15) was awarded first place prize for feature photography in Region 10 for his photography that documents maternal health issues in Kenya. A 2014 Pulitzer Center student fellow from the University of Washington and recent Master in Public Health graduate, he will continue as a finalist for the national award.

In the Media

Puget Sound Business Journal: UW President: Place of Birth or Ethnicity Should Not Determine Your Health

By Coral Garnick

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce is challenging the people and companies in the Puget Sound area to come up with solutions to improve the health of people in the region and across the country.

She announced Tuesday she is creating a population health leadership council. The group will be charged with developing a 25-year vision for making the UW and the Puget Sound region a global hub for improving population health.

NBC: New Map Finds 2 Billion People at Risk of Zika Virus

By Maggie Fox

A new global map calculating when and where Zika virus is likely to spread shows 2 billion people could be in the Zika zone.

Nearly 300 million people in the Americas live in areas where the mosquitoes that spread Zika thrive, and more than 5 million babies a year are born to women living in these areas, the team at the University of Washington, Oxford University and elsewhere report in the journal ELife.

Co.Design: How Designers are Helping HIV Researchers Find a Vaccine

Rethinking how scientists share data -- especially the inconclusive results -- may be the key.

By Mark Wilson

The Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery (CAVD) consists of a group of labs across the world, all pooling their data with one goal in mind: to create an AIDS vaccine as fast as possible. But the theory of sharing vast amounts of data is easier than the practice.