Finding those who are forgotten in public health data

UW School of Public Health

In March of 2021, Horacio Chacon Torrico arrived in Seattle to begin his second year of graduate studies at the University of Washington School of Public Health, after having completed the first two quarters remotely from his home in Lima, Peru. Within no more than a week of arriving, he received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But as he scrolled through his Facebook feed, he saw posts from friends in Peru who grieved their lost loved ones from the pandemic. Chacon Torrico felt guilt at having so easily received his vaccine, when so many from his home country were suffering.

Mask Mandates Are Returning to Schools as COVID-19 Cases Surge

Time

On April 11, public schools in Providence, R.I, made face masks optional instead of mandatory for students and teachers—celebrating the move as a “positive milestone” brought about by declining COVID-19 cases among students and community support for a more lenient policy. Brandon Guthrie, Associate Professor of global health, was mentioned. 

The 100 Most Influential People of 2022: Tulio de Oliveira and Sikhulile Moyo

Time

Scientists in Africa have been monitoring and sequencing pathogens since long before the pandemic. The world benefited from this network when scientists including Sikhulile Moyo, laboratory director for the Botswana-­Harvard HIV Reference Laboratory, and Tulio de Oliveira, director of South Africa’s Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation, identified and reported the emergence of the Omicron variant last November.

The most influential people of 2022 - Genome Researchers: Michael Schatz, Karen Miga, Evan Eichler, and Adam Phillippy

Time

Ever since the draft of the human genome became available in 2001, there has been a nagging question about the genome’s “dark matter”—the parts of the map that were missed the first time through, and what they contained. Now, thanks to Adam Phillippy, Karen Miga, Evan Eichler, Michael Schatz, and the entire Telomere-to-Telomere Consortium (T2T) of scientists that they led, we can see the full map of the human genomic landscape—and there’s much to explore.

 

DEI

We Stand in Solidarity with Buffalo

We are horrified and outraged by the racist shooting in Buffalo and mourn the victims once again lost to a radical, hate-filled ideology. We offer our deepest condolences and support and reaffirm our commitment to be anti-racist in our work, our curriculums, and our daily interactions.  

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