UW School of Public Health E-news
August 2010

From the Dean

Dean Pat Wahl
Dean Pat Wahl

This issue of E-news, more than most, focuses on celebration and congratulations. Our summer newsletter reports on the outstanding faculty, students and staff who received special recognition at our annual awards ceremony on June 11. And congratulations to our new dean! More...


Polly Newcomb

Guess who won the School’s Outstanding Mentor Award for 2010? Our faculty are honored for their teaching, mentorship, community service and scholarship. Plus, see who's moving on.


Youyi Fong

Our students, both graduate and undergraduate, are big winners—publishing widely, pulling in awards here at the School and elsewhere, winning fellowships and landing terrific jobs. Read all the news.


Norma Dermond

Norma Dermond in the Department of Biostatistics won both her department’s Outstanding Staff Award and the Anderson Award. Read about staff awards in our other departments and the Dean’s Office.

In Memoriam

Peter Breysse

Five former DEOHS faculty members have died in recent months. Read about their work and learn about the Breysse Memorial Lecture Fund, established by family and friends to honor the legacy of Pete Breysse.

Centers & Institutes


Planning a large event? Read about the Northwest Center’s newest—FREE!—online training: Mass Gatherings: Are You Prepared? Plus, news from our Health Promotion Research Center.

News of Note

A big prize for the School's award-winning journal, Northwest Public Health, and major new research awards for Van Belle, Vedal, Conrad and Murray. Check it out.

Spotlight on Research

Alexander Domesle

In this issue we focus on research by three students: Alexander Domesle (DEOHS), Sara Vaezy (Department of Global Health), and Victor Sal y Rosas (Department of Biostatistics).

Alumni News

Chris Elias

Our 2010 Distinguished Alumnus, Chris Elias ('90, M.P.H.) of PATH, spoke at graduation about his route to public health. Read more alumni news—and please don’t forget to keep us posted on your news at our website. We’d love to hear from you!


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Pride Points

The UW ranks 11th among research institutions that produced the most 2009-10 U.S. Fulbright Fellows.

The UW was recently named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

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