Population Health

  • Honoring Sam Dubal's Vision

    A new graduate fellowship in memory of anthropology professor Sam Dubal reflects his commitment to building an anti-racist society. 

    November 2021 Perspectives
  • Rethinking the Ventilator

    Industrial design professor Jason O. Germany was part of a team that designed a low-cost ventilator on short notice during the pandemic. 

    September 2021 Perspectives
  • Treating Cancer Through Math

    What if math could detect, treat, and ultimately prevent cancer? Ivana Bozic, assistant professor of applied mathematics, wants to find out. 

    August 2021 Perspectives
  • How long can a human being live?

    Michael Pearce, a doctoral student in statistics at the UW, talks about his study quantifying how likely it is that someone could live to extreme ages.

    07/12/2021
  • Crushing heat wave in Pacific Northwest and Canada cooked shellfish alive by the millions

    The third and — hopefully — final wave of COVID-19 infections sweeping through the country could be a prolonged affair that stretches into the autumn. And the momentum of the virus means that we end up “overshooting” the herd immunity threshold, experts have said. Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the UW, is quoted.

    The Washington Post
  • Unlearning Poverty

    In the Honors course "Abolishing Poverty," students untangle the interwoven complexities that lead to impoverishment.

    July 2021 Perspectives
  • How to deal with mask dilemmas, social anxiety as Washington reopens from COVID-19 hibernation

    Are we ready to break up with our masks? Or is it hard to let go? Washington is open again (except for indoor events of 10,000-plus people) and mask restrictions have been relaxed, but with coronavirus variants still out there, people are confronting a new set of social and emotional challenges. Jane Simoni, professor of psychology at the UW, is quoted.

    The Seattle Times
  • Heat Waves Are A Local Health Hazard: Firms Should Plant Trees In Poor Neighborhoods

    "Trees can cushion urban areas from heat waves … This also means that trees reduce energy costs for running fans and air conditioners, a crucial issue for poor households that tend to spend a higher share of their household budgets on energy," write the UW's Nives Dolšak, professor of marine and environmental affairs, and Aseem Prakash, professor of political science.

    Forbes
  • Ageing Societies Are Not the End of the World

    “Falling fertility and rising longevity are neither accidents nor the inevitable result of personal choice. They are the signs of the multifactor, multiform advances that reflect the beneficial side of modernization. A good deal of this represents the investment wealthier countries have made in scientific knowledge, its applications to medicine and public health, and over time (and with delays), making this available to the rest of the world,” writes Scott Montgomery, lecturer of international studies at the UW.

    Global Policy Journal
  • The Inequality of the GoFundMe Economy

    Online charity drives help some in need, but don’t expect them to fill the gaps in the social safety net. Mark Igra, a graduate student in sociology at the UW, and Nora Kenworthy, an associate professor of nursing and health studies at UW Bothell, are quoted.

    The New York Times
  • Why nobody will ever agree on whether COVID lockdowns were worth it

    “As an increasingly vaccinated world emerges from lockdowns, lots of people are talking about whether the fight against the pandemic was too strong or too weak. Some people argue restrictions did not go far enough; others maintain the attempted cures have been worse than the disease. One reason for these conflicting views is that the answer depends on both facts and values,” writes the UW’s James Long, associate professor of political science; Mark Smith, professor of political science; and Victor Menaldo, professor of political science.

    The Conversation
  • Treating Cancer through Math

    What if math could detect, treat and ultimately prevent cancer? Applied Mathematics Assistant Professor Ivana Bozic wants to find out. Professor Bozic has been selected as the 2021 mathematics recipient of Johnson & Johnson's WiSTEM2D Scholars Award Program, which will provides $150k over three years to support her research.

    06/18/2021
  • With COVID-19 cases surging, Nepal asks global community for urgent vaccine help

    "As social scientists and public health practitioners familiar with Nepal’s health care delivery and emergency response systems, we recognize that ultimately, the capacity to care for people suffering from COVID-19 in Nepal is severely limited, with roughly 1,500 intensive care beds and just over 800 ventilators in the country. The mountainous terrain throughout much of the country, along with a lack of infrastructure, political marginalization and poverty compound the impacts of infectious disease," write David Citrin, affiliate assistant professor of global health and of anthropology at the UW; Katharine Rankin of the University of Toronto; Galen Murton of James Madison University; and Sienna Craig of Dartmouth College.

    The Conversation
  • Coping with changing mask guidance

    Jane Simoni, professor of psychology at the UW, talks about the sense of security and control people have gotten from wearing masks.

    KUOW-FM
  • Travel Is Back. But How Can We Do It Safely — & Ethically?

    After over a year of masking, social distancing and staying put, many vaccinated Americans are itching to go, well, anywhere. But with COVID-19 cases on the rise worldwide — and a grotesque, preventable disparity in vaccine distribution — what does safe and ethical travel look like? Anu Taranath, a teaching professor of English and Comparative History of Ideas at the UW, is quoted.

    Refinery29