News Archives

2019

Multiple lines of mysterious ancient humans interbred with us

National Geographic
April 11, 2019
DNA from a large sampling of living southeast Asians suggests that the ghostly Denisovans may be not one, but three distinct kinds of human, one of which is almost as different from other Denisovans as they are from Neanderthals. Sharon Browning of the University of Washington expresses both excitement and caution about the results and what they might mean. “It’s just one little piece of the story,” she says of the new work. “But every little piece we find helps us really fill it out.”
Read article »

The Denisovans may have been more than a single species

Discover Magazine
April 11, 2019
A new study using genetic data is offering an intriguing new look into the history of the Denisovans, revealing them as a people of far greater diversity, and reach, than ever before. “This is a very interesting article, which presents some new data that helps to round out the picture of archaic admixture in New Guinea and nearby,” says Sharon Browning, a researcher at the University of Washington.
Read article »

Johns Hopkins inducts new members into Society of Scholars

Johns Hopkins University HUB
April 11, 2019
Patrick J. Heagerty, University of Washington Professor and Gilbert S. Omenn Endowed Chair in Biostatistics, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Society of Scholars. The society recognizes former Johns Hopkins students, faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions to their fields since leaving the university. Heagerty earned his PhD at JHU.
Read article »

Our mysterious cousins—the Denisovans—may have mated with modern humans as recently as 15,000 years ago

Science
March 29, 2019
New study adds to findings published last year by UW Biostatistics Research Professor Sharon Browning.
Read article »

New method to assess platelet health could help ER doctors

UW News
March 22, 2019
Tessa Rue (MS ’06), a research scientist with UW Biostat’s Center for Biomedical Statistics, is among the co-authors of research that created a novel system to identify emergency room patients in need of a blood transfusion.
Read article »

GSA Grants 2019 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education to Bruce Weir

Genes to Genomics: a blog from the Genetics Society of America
March 8, 2019
Bruce Weir, PhD, of the University of Washington in Seattle is the recipient of the 2019 Genetics Society of America (GSA) Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education, in recognition of his work training thousands of researchers in the rigorous use of statistical analysis methods for genetic and genomic data.
Read article »

Four CATALyST scholars selected to train as learning health system scientists

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.
March 6, 2019
Biostatistics alum Rebecca Yates Coley (MS ’10, PhD ’14) is among the inaugural class of CATALyST scholars. The new program aims to train promising early-career scientists in the conduct of learning health systems research.
Read article »

Impact of rotavirus vaccine introduction in children less than 2 years of age presenting for medical care with diarrhea in rural Matlab, Bangladesh

Clinical Infectious Diseases
March 5, 2019
M. Elizabeth Halloran, UW professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, is one of the authors of a new-time-series analysis The study provides initial evidence of the population-level impact of rotavirus vaccines in children <2 years of age in Matlab, Bangladesh.
Read article »

Of armchairs and whims: Finding a comfortable intersection between math and biology

The Daily of the University of Washington
March 4, 2019
Daniela Witten gave a talk about her academic journey as part of the department of mathematics lecture series “MathAcrossCampus.”
Read article »

‘More Data, More Problems:’ UW professor draws from experience to explain why big data is so complicated

The Daily of the University of Washington
March 4, 2019
Daniela Witten, a statistics and biostatistics professor at the UW, delivered a lecture March 1 about the unique and modern research problems that stem from big data. Witten drew examples from her own work to illustrate the complicated nature of big data statistics.
Read article »

A Statistician and A Neuroscientist Walk into a BRAIN Grant

Brain Initiative News
February 22, 2019
The Brain Initative Alliance (BIA) met with sisters Daniela and Ilana Witten to talk about their research and how the funding they have received from NIH, NSF, and the Simons Foundation supports research together. (Video)
Read article »

Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says

CNN
February 14, 2019
Glyphosate, an herbicide that remains the world's most ubiquitous weed killer, raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41%, a new analysis says. Senior author Lianne Sheppard, UW professor in biostatistics and environmental and occupational health sciences, said she was "convinced" of the carcinogenic properties of the chemical.
Read article »

Weedkiller chemical increases the risk of cancer 'by up to 41 per cent', study finds after US gardener's £225million lawsuit

Daily Mail
February 13, 2019
Co-author, Professor Lianne Sheppard from the University of Washington, said: 'This paper makes a stronger case than previous meta-analyses that there is evidence of an increased risk of NHL due to glyphosate exposure.
Read article »

Weedkiller 'raises risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41%'

The Guardian
February 13, 2019
Study says evidence ‘supports link’ between exposure to glyphosate and increased risk. “This paper makes a stronger case than previous meta-analyses that there is evidence of an increased risk of NHL due to glyphosate exposure,” said co-author Lianne Sheppard, a professor in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences department at the University of Washington. “From a population health point of view there are some real concerns.”
Read article »

Pages