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Neanderthals and Denisovans Shared a Siberian Cave for Thousands of Years, New Research Suggests

January 30, 2019
UW Biostatistics Research Professor Sharon Browning is quoted in reference to two papers published today that present an updated timeline for the occupation of Denisova cave by Neanderthals and Denisovans.
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Visitor Log Chronicled for the Denisovan Family Home

January 30, 2019
“You could say it was a Denisovan cave, and the Neanderthals just visited for a while,” says Sharon Browning, a biostatistician at the University of Washington, Seattle, who has worked on Denisovan remains but wasn’t involved with either new study. “Though the Neanderthal occupation appears to have extended for tens of thousands of years, so it was a long visit.”
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US cancer death rate has declined for at least 25 years

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center News
January 10, 2019
Fred Hutch researchers Ruth Etzioni, last year’s Prentice Professor and current affiliate professor of biostatistics and health services, and UW graduate Joseph Unger (MS Biostat ‘93, PhD Health Services ‘13) weigh in on a milestone report from the American Cancer Society.
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Five Amazing Things We Learned About History From Ancient DNA In 2018

December 28, 2018
Biostatistics professor Sharon Browning’s study is listed as one of the findings that contributed to “a major theme of human evolutionary studies this year: an emphasis on understanding the biological consequences of genetic variants that we inherited from our Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestors.”
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Biostatistics student recognized for leadership, community service by Seattle's ARCS Foundation

UW School of Public Health
December 6, 2018
Kelsey Grinde, a doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, is a recipient of the inaugural Dorothy L. Simpson Leadership Award, presented by the Seattle Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation.
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Biostatistician to advise the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation

UW School of Public Health
November 14, 2018
Jonathan Wakefield, professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was invited to be a member of the technical advisory group to the United Nations (UN) Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation.
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Sanctuary From Stress

Northwest Public Health Magazine
October 29, 2018
Associate Biostatistics Professor Gary Chan, who is also an associate professor of health services, is a co-investigator for Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma (ALMA), a mindfulness project that helps Latina immigrant women build coping skills to combat depression and anxiety.
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Faculty support that fosters collaboration

UW School of Public Health
October 22, 2018
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Ross Prentice Endowed Professorship for Biostatistical Collaboration.
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How to identify almost anyone in a Consumer Gene Database

Scientific American
October 11, 2018
“Should I be worried that by uploading my data, I make my relatives subject to being found by law enforcement?” quotes UW Biostat’s professor Bruce Weir in this article about new techniques that dig more deeply into genetic databases that my soon make the anonymity of their customers’ DNA impossible to safeguard.
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Washington Biostatistician Contributes to Study Linking Illegal Ivory to Three Major Cartels in Africa

ASPPH Connect
October 4, 2018
An international team led by scientists at the University of Washington have used DNA to identify three major networks responsible for smuggling large shipments of ivory out of Africa.
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