UW School of Public Health E-news
August 2009

From the Dean

Dean Pat Wahl
Dean Pat Wahl

We had lots of good feedback on our first issue of SPH E-news, and I hope you were among those who enjoyed our new format. Please join me for news of the School—both happy and sad—in this summer issue.


Riki Peters received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Guess who won the School’s 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award? How about Outstanding Mentor? Read about more awards, a transition in DEOHS, and six new faculty members for the School.


Rick Neitzel, a 2009 Omenn Award winner

Noisy NYC subways—mercury exposure—cleaning up the Duwamish: Our 2009 student award winners are doing wonderful work.


IT specialists clean up at the SPH staff awards.


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Looking for the latest? From Twitter to podcasts to SPH E-news to Facebook, we’ve got you covered. Plus, see who's getting new grants.

Spotlight on Research

Can electronic reminders help healthcare providers? See what one of our students discovered during her alcohol counseling research. You can also read about triple-negative breast cancer research and the special statistics of clinical trial analysis. You’ll see that our students are one more reason we’re the top-rated school of public health on the West Coast.


Frederick Rivara

Our 2009 Distinguished Alumnus, Fred Rivara ('80, M.P.H., Health Services), talks about his travels down the path of public health. Plus, see what your fellow classmates are up to now. Lastly, we’ve lost three vibrant young alumni in recent months; read their obituaries.

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