Planting More Trees In Cities Could Slash Summer Heat Deaths, Study Finds

Forbes

Planting more trees in cities could cut the number of people dying from high temperatures in summer, according to a study published in the Lancet medical journal on Tuesday, a strategy that could help mitigate the effects of climate change as it continues to drive temperatures upwards.

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

Do Rapid Tests Still Work?

The New York Times

Experts say that rapid home tests are still a helpful tool for stopping the spread of COVID-19, but they’re not foolproof. Here are a few explanations for why you might get a false negative result — and how to increase your chances of accuracy next time.

Dr. Paul Drain, associate professor of global health and of medicine in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted.

How a series of questions helped Kenneth Mugwanya fight the HIV epidemic

UW School of Public Health

Kenneth Mugwanya’s first question — how to prevent people from getting infected with HIV — led him to leave his first job and join the infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere University in Uganda as a research study physician, where he began working with UW researchers who were also asking this question.  

Dr. Kenneth Mugwanya, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.

Alumna Highlight: Veronica Davé, PhD - Pathobiology

What year did you graduate:

2020

Favorite part about grad school:

The community of students in Pathobiology, and being a part of the larger science and global health community in Seattle. I loved how interdisciplinary the training was in Pathobiology. I felt like I learned how to listen to and present to colleagues across a wide spectrum of specialties within infectious disease and global health research.

Favorite Pathobiology memory:

Why Rapid COVID-19 Test Results Are Getting More Confusing

Time

Experts say ambiguous results on at-home tests may be more common now — but not because rapid tests aren’t working. In fact, these confusing results could actually be a good thing, at least as far as your immune system goes.

Dr. Paul Drain, associate professor of global health and of medicine in the UW School of Medicine, is quoted.

Meet the 2022-2023 DGH Research Assistants and Fellows

Each year the UW Department of Global Health is able to provide partial to full funding to recruit top applicants. In addition to financial support, some recipients also receive mentorship and real-world experience through research assistant positions. For the 2022-2023 academic year, 14 outstanding graduate students received funding to support their studies. Learn more about this impressive cohort, including their journeys to arrive at UW and the impact they hope to have on the field of global health.  

Current Student Highlight: Crystal Chhan, Pathobiology PhD Program

When did you join the program:

I joined Pathobiology in 2021. My permanent lab is the McGuire Lab at the Fred Hutch where we study protective antibody responses against viral infections to design effective vaccines.

Favorite part about grad school:

I really enjoy how collaborative and helpful students and faculty are at UW! Cool science with cool people.

Favorite grad school memory:

Can Climate Labels on Menus Turn People Off Cheeseburgers?

Bloomberg

Climate labels on fast-food menus can help steer people in the U.S. away from ordering beef — the food with the worst impact on the climate — and toward meals that are better for the planet, according to new research.

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

Is COVID a Common Cold Yet?

The Atlantic

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the worst things about SARS-CoV-2 was that it was so new: The world lacked immunity, treatments and vaccines. A strange new virus was colliding with people’s bodies in such unusual ways that it couldn’t help but stand out. Now, nearly three years into the crisis, the virus is more familiar, and its symptoms are too.

Dr. Patricia García, affiliate professor of global health at the UW, is quoted.

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