News Archives

2018

SPH Close Up: Mauricio Sadinle

UW School of Public Health
April 30, 2018
A first-generation college student from the Colombian coffee belt, Mauricio Sadinle deviated from the family business to pursue higher education. With help from an unlikely pen pal, he used statistics to quantify the toll of Colombia’s war with rebels. Now, he uses statistics to improve the quality of data and to unlock data's full potential.
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School of Public Health Researchers Take Part in Largest-Ever Genetic Study of Stroke

SPH News, April 3, 2018
April 3, 2018
Co-authors include UW Biostat researchers Kenneth Rice, Cathy Laurie, Quenna Wong and Tracy Bartz as well as other UW School of Public Health scientists
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Oral Cholera Vaccine May Miss the Mark for Younger Children

SPH News, March 29, 2018
March 29, 2018
An international group of researchers used the trial data to compare vaccine efficacy and cholera risk between three different age groups: children younger than 5 years, 5 to under 15 years, and those 15 years and older. The research team included biostatisticians from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
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Oral Cholera Vaccine Efficacy in Young Children

BMC Infectious Diseases
March 29, 2018
Re-analysis by UW Biostat faculty Youyi Fong and M. Elizabeth Halloran finds oral cholera vaccine efficacy higher when administered to children 5 years and older compared to children under 5.
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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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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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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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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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Mysterious Denisovans interbred with modern humans more than once

CNN
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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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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Modern humans interbred with Denisovans more than once

ars TECHNICA
March 19, 2018
Humans in Asia and Oceania met, mingled, and bred with Denisovans at least twice.
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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

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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