UW Today

April 8, 2013

News Digest: Police department open house, Magnuson scholars named, ethics of health care ‘migration’

Brown dog sits on sidewalkPolice department open house April 17
The University of Washington Police Department annual open house – with such things as guided public tours, bomb dog demonstrations with K9 Kali and a Beer Goggle Obstacle Course ­– will be 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Bryants Building, 1117 N.E. Boat Street.

It’s a chance to meet police officers and other police department employees and learn about community policing initiatives. This year the department will recognize Eric Godfrey, vice president and vice provost for Student Life, for his leadership and support at 2 p.m.

2013 Magnuson Scholars named
Six students, one from each UW health sciences school, have been named 2013 Magnuson Scholars and will receive $30,000 scholarships for the coming academic year. The award program commemorates the late Sen. Warren G. Magnuson. They are:

  • Dentistry: Emily Chu, a dentistry/doctoral oral biology student, is exploring the causes, treatment and prevention of craniofacial disorders, especially cleft lip and palate.
  • Medicine: Alan Kwan, a fourth-year medical student, conducts research to influence evidence-based medical practice and healthcare economics in the areas of heart and blood vessel disease, diabetes and obesity.
  • Nursing: Sunniva Zaratkiewicz, a third-year doctoral student and wound program coordinator at Harborview Medical Center, studies pressure ulcers and wound healing in patients with diabetes.
  • Pharmacy: William Canestaro, a doctoral student in the pharmaceutical outcomes research and policy program, performs comparative-effectiveness assessments of molecular diagnostics, genome technologies and personalized medicines
  • Public Health: Cynthia Curl, a doctoral student in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, studies the health effects of dietary exposures to pesticides and the influence of organic food consumption on those exposures.
  • Social Work: Charles Hoy-Ellis is a doctoral student who is addressing the health and aging needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered adults.

Medicine on the move: Bioethicists to discuss ethics of health care ‘migration’
What ethical problems does globalization bring to health care and medical education? What inequalities is it creating in medical expertise and care?

Three scholars of medicine and bioethics will discuss such questions in a daylong symposium April 19 at the UW titled “Whose Medicine, Whose Care? Troubling Inequalities in the Migration of Health Care” sponsored by the UW Department of Philosophy‘s Program on Values in Society.

“We live in a world of globalized medicine on the move,” said Sara Goering, UW associate professor of philosophy and a co-organizer of the event, adding that this has brought both advantages and daunting ethical problems. “Such ‘medicine on the move’ contains huge imbalances of power in terms of how medical labor is valued, who is doing what medical labor, and who gets to define what counts as ‘medicine.’”

Those interested may RSVP online. For more information, contact Amy Reed-Sandoval at 503-913-9201 or amyjota@uw.edu.