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UW Biostatistics Earns #1 Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

University of Washington News
March 20, 2018
UW Biostatistics ranks #1 among graduate biostatistics programs and #3 among all statistics programs for 2018, in a three-way tie with Harvard and Johns Hopkins.
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Modern humans interbred with Denisovans more than once

March 19, 2018
Humans in Asia and Oceania met, mingled, and bred with Denisovans at least twice.
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Interbreeding Surprise! More Denisovans in Our Family Tree

Discover Magazine
March 19, 2018
Hey, sex happens. And apparently, whenever our ancestors met up with other members of the genus Homo, it happened a lot.
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Mysterious Denisovans interbred with modern humans more than once

March 19, 2018
Neanderthals, Denisovans and our ancestors were mixing and mingling a long time ago -- and some of our genetics can be traced back to these archaic humans.
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Our ancestors mated with the mystery ‘Denisovan’ people – twice

New Scientist
March 19, 2018
Our ancestors mated with another species of ancient hominins, the Denisovans, on at least two occasions. The discovery suggests that Denisovans were widely across Asia, and apparently co-existed happily with modern humans, to the point of having children with them in two different parts of the ancient world.
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Move over, Neanderthals: Our ancestors mated with Denisovans not once but twice, scientists say

The Los Angeles Times
March 19, 2018
Humans weren't just making babies with Neanderthals back in the day. A new study that compares the genomes of different groups of modern humans has found that our ancestors interbred with another close relative, the Denisovans, more than once.
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Humans bred with this mysterious species more than once, new study shows

The Washington Post
March 19, 2018
Homo sapiens had lots of sex with Homo neanderthalensis. Neanderthal genes supply between 1 percent and 4 percent of the genome in people from homelands on several continents, from Britain to Japan to Colombia.DNA from another human-like primate, the Denisovans, lurks in modern genomes, too.
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ASA Celebration of Women in Statistics Recognizes Two from UW

American Statistical Association
March 9, 2018
The American Statistical Association features UW Grad Xihong Lin, Ph.D., ’94, current chair and Henry Pickering Walcot Professor of the department of biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and UW associate professor of biostatistics and statistics, Daniela Witten, Ph.D., in its article celebrating Women in History Month.
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Mapping Oakland's Air Pollution

UW School of Public Health
March 6, 2018
Adam Szpiro, associate professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a $110,176 grant from the Environmental Defense Fund, Inc. to produce fine-scale maps at an hourly time scale of ambient black carbon levels across West Oakland, California.
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UW Associate Professor Daniela Witten Comments for PBS NOVA

March 1, 2018
Danliela Witten, UW Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, comments on black box machine learning on PBS NOVA (50:24): “These are algorithms that can have a big effect on people’s lives and we have to understand as a society what is going into those algorithms and what they’re based on in order to make sure they’re not perpetuating social problems that we already have.”
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UW Biostat Grad to Lead NHGRI’s Division of Genome Sciences

NIH National Human Genome Research Institute
February 26, 2018
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has appointed Carolyn Hutter, Ph.D., the director of the Division of Genome Sciences - the NHGRI division that leads research aiming to understand the function of the human genome in health and disease, and seeks technologies that facilitate genomic discoveries.
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UW Biostatistics Graduate Named President of Taiwan’s National Health Research Institute

National Health Research Institute - Taiwan
January 30, 2018
Kung-Yee Liang earned his PhD in Biostatistics from UW in 1982. An international leader in biomedical research and education throughout his career, Liang served in several capacities with NHRI before assuming duties as its sixth president
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When cancer screenings are challenged for logic

UW Medicine
January 3, 2018
2018 UW Biostatistics Prentice Professor, Ruth Etzioni, PhD, weighs in about ethical medicine and cancer screenings.
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