UW School of Public Health E-news
November 2009

From the Dean

Dean Pat Wahl
Dean Pat Wahl

Timing is everything, it’s said. And this summer I decided the time was right, for our School as well as for me personally, to step down as dean. I plan to do that…” More...



Cindy Watts

Cindy Watts takes the reins of the School’s Extended MPH Degree Program. Healthcare reform, H1N1 flu, and MRSA on the beaches—our faculty know whereof they speak. Also, read about  our six new faculty members and our honorees and grant winners.

Centers & Institutes

IHME logo

Where in the world are Chris Murray (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) and Elaine Faustman (Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication) these days? Find out and read about other centers.


Food Group @ UW logo

Yum! Cherry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake. Sound good? The Food Group @ UW puts out a quarterly newsletter chock full of news and recipes. Check them out and read about the amazing work done by the Thomas Francis Global Health Fellows.


Dr. Ngoze Oleru, Director of Environmental Public Health Services of Public Health-Seattle & King County, speaks to new students at 2009 Orientation (Photo by Holly Weese)

Dr. Ngoze Oleru helped bring the real world of public health to new students at our 2009 Orientation. Plus, stay up-to-date with the School on Twitter, Facebook and more. And, SPH faculty give and receive.

Spotlight on Research

Tingting Li
Grace John-Stewart

About those dental fillings: Tingting Li writes about why some people may be more susceptible to mercury toxicity than others. We also hear from Grace John-Stewart on mother-to-child transmission of AIDS.


Save the date for these upcoming events.


Andy Mirkovich

Oktoberfest! Nutritional Sciences alumni gathered in support of the Undergraduate Nutritional Sciences Program. View the Oktoberfest slide show, then see what other alums are doing.

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Pride Points

ScienceWatch.com recently ranked the UW fourth in a listing of the most-cited academic institutions by published journals.

The UW ranks second on the Sierra Club's "cool school" list of most eco-enlightened American universities.

Upcoming Events

UW Alumni Association

This newsletter is produced in partnership with the UW Alumni Association to support the School of Public Health and keep you connected to the UW alumni community. UWAA members enjoy great benefits and discounts, career services and more. See what we can offer you.

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