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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.

Boosting Global Health Partnerships for Chinese Universities

China’s role in global health is expanding rapidly due to a confluence of factors, including its role as a major economic force, support from the Chinese Ministry of Health, and growing interest among Chinese university faculty and students.

Seeding Innovation: Global Health Faculty Get a Boost from Global Innovation Fund

This year’s Global Innovation Fund awardees represent a number of disciplines across 29 schools, colleges and programs. The funds are managed by the Office of Global Affairs, who had to choose from a record 95 applications. Only 26 applications were awarded funds, and of those, eight involve Global Health faculty.

Awardees were selected through a highly competitive process managed that awards seed grants to projects in two areas: a) innovation in study abroad and b) innovation in global engagement and partnerships.

Q & A with Student Maria Artunduaga on UW's Health Innovation Challenge

Second year MPH student Maria Artunduaga, MD, competed in the University of Washington’s Health Innovation Challenge in March as part of an interdisciplinary team of students from across campus including business, human centered design, occupational medicine, and health information management. Her team created a business proposal for an app that would help reduce fatal traffic accidents. She was inspired to focus on traffic injuries because of her field work in an emergency ward in Colombia last summer through the Thomas Francis Jr.

In the Media

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.

New York Times: For Some Nonprofits, Changing the World Begins in Seattle

By Kirk Johnson

SEATTLE — Inside the factory buildings at Cascade Designs, just south of downtown Seattle, camping and hiking gear for the rugged outdoor life of the Pacific Northwest has been manufactured since the early 1970s. But turn a corner and something new is coming off the shop floor: a compact, no-frills water purifier designed to bring clean water to struggling populations in rural Africa.

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Scientific American: Paper Diagnostic Tests Could Save Thousands of Lives

By Prachi Patel

...Paul Yager, a biochemist at the University of Washington, meanwhile, has developed a handheld plastic device the size of two stacked card decks that contains strips of patterned paper and wells containing reagents and dyes, and into which a user would insert a fluid sample. The patterns of dots that appear after 20 minutes could be read by a clinician or sent via smartphone camera to a physician elsewhere. Yager says that the box could cost as little as $1 to manufacture in bulk.