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February 20, 2024

Summer 2024 Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship applications due March 29

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative is again partnering with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, CoMotion and the Evans School for Public Policy & Governance to offer its summer Social Entrepreneurship Fellows Program. Applications are due by the end of day, March 29, 2024. The program offers each graduate or professional student $10,000 each…


February 15, 2024

Fostering connections in AI and health event for UW researchers set for March 5

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative is co-hosting a winter quarter Open Space-style event, “Fostering Connections in AI and Health,” on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 in the HUB, room 145. The goal of this gathering is to help facilitate new collaborations between UW faculty researchers who are interested in applying generative AI and large…


February 13, 2024

Applications now being accepted for 2024 summer applied research fellowships

The Population Health Initiative is partnering with the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology for the sixth consecutive summer to offer the Population Health Applied Research Fellowship program. Applications for this summer’s cohort will be accepted until March 29, 2024 from undergraduate and graduate students across all UW schools and colleges…


February 7, 2024

Event to explore data ecosystem for public health emergency preparedness, response

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative and the new UW Center for Disaster Resilient Communities are hosting a lunch-and-learn event regarding development of a regional data ecosystem model for public health emergency preparedness and response on Monday, February 26, 2024 from 12 – 1 p.m. Pacific in the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health,…


January 31, 2024

New UW research finds that menthol cigarette taxes more effective than statewide bans

The popularity of menthol-flavored cigarettes is increasing, with menthol-flavored cigarettes now accounting for more than a third of cigarettes sold in the U.S. despite numerous city, county and state bans. Now, new research from the University of Washington discovered that a menthol tax is a more effective measure than dispersed statewide bans. The project uncovered…


January 25, 2024

Spring course to focus on efforts to realize the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Population Health Initiative and the Office of Global Affairs are partnering again to offer a one-credit General Studies course, “United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Global Goals, Local Actions” (GEN ST 297A), on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. during spring quarter 2024 in Condon Hall 139. This one-credit (graded as credit/no-credit) course will introduce…


January 23, 2024

Untangling abortion misinformation and its impacts on healthcare providers

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. With federal protections gone, states became free to determine whether to restrict or protect abortion access, which has led to a number of new laws and regulations. At the same…


January 17, 2024

UW researchers create biodegradable plastics from cyanobacteria

A team of researchers at the University of Washington has developed new bioplastics made exclusively out of powdered spirulina, a blue-green cyanobacteria. Unlike the majority of current bio-based plastics, which only decompose in commercial composting facilities, the spirulina-based material breaks down easily and can be composted in backyard bins. The new bioplastics share the same…


January 10, 2024

Powering electric vehicles while finding a win-win scenario for all

A team of students in the Master of Science in Business Analytics Program at the University of Washington Foster School of Business recently partnered with General Motors to conduct research surrounding energy demands and electric vehicles (EVs). Their project used telemetry data from California to determine EV charging patterns. This data was then used to…


January 3, 2024

Spring 2023 Tier 1 pilot awardees report project progress on funded projects

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative awarded nine Tier 1 pilot grants in spring 2023 to interdisciplinary teams completing exploratory research in areas ranging from disaster planning to mental health to workforce development. These teams represented 10 of the UW’s schools and colleges. Each project has now reached its respective midpoint and are reporting…



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