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Painting of woolly mammoth
Painting of woolly mammoth
Scientists document life of Alaskan wooly mammoth using his tusk
ABC News Times,

Amy Willis was part of the international research team that reconstructed incredible details about the life of a woolly mammoth using isotope and genetic data. 

Photo of section of Denisovan finger
Photo of section of Denisovan finger
Scientists Have Discovered a Hotspot of Denisovan Ancestors
Gizmodo,

Sharon Browning is quoted about new research published in Current Biology that shows the Ayta Magbukun have retained around 5% of their Denisovan ancestry.

Researcher Karen Spaleta prepares a piece of the tusk for the isotopic analyses that revealed the full life history of a woolly mammoth.
Researcher Karen Spaleta prepares a piece of the tusk for the isotopic analyses that revealed the full life history of a woolly mammoth.
Ice Age mammoth’s life story reconstructed in stunning detail
National Geographic,

Story highlights new study examining the tusk of a woolly mammoth that lived about 17,000 years ago. Amy Willis, a core faculty member in UW Biostatistics was a member of the international team that  uncovered details about the animal's activities from birth to death. The team retraced its footsteps across Ice Age Alaska over 28 years, marking the first time scientists have been able to reconstruct a mammoth’s life history in such fine detail.

Woolly mammoth thumb
Woolly mammoth thumb
A Woolly Mammoth's Tusks Reveal a Map of Where it Roamed in Life
The New York Times,

New study co-authored by Biostatistics faculty member Amy Willis is featured, explaining how an international team of scientists used a statistical model to reconstruct the lifetime travel patterns of a woolly mammoth.

Healthcare professional readies a Moderna COVID-19 dose for patient.
Healthcare professional readies a Moderna COVID-19 dose for patient.
Researchers pinpoint 'correlates of protection' for Moderna vaccine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hutch News,

In the race to develop new and better vaccines and boosters to block COVID-19, scientists are eagerly seeking laboratory tests that can measure immune responses to quickly show how well these shots are working, instead of waiting months for results of clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people.

Now, a group of top scientists, including Dr. Peter Gilbert, a biostatistician at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, are reporting that they have defined such measurements — or correlates of protection — for the widely used Moderna mRNA vaccine.

Close up of hand holding bottle of Moderna COVID-19 vaccube
Close up of hand holding bottle of Moderna COVID-19 vaccube
Antibody levels predictive of Moderna's vaccine efficacy -study
Reuters,

Finding a surrogate measure of efficacy should speed regulators' decisions on vaccine approval even without large placebo-controlled studies, which could be impracticable to carry out if vaccines become widely available, said Peter Gilbert, a researcher at Fred Hutchinson and an author of the recent study.

Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert
Study showing antibody levels protecting against COVID-19 could speed creation of new vaccines, boosters
USA Today,

Eagerly anticipated new research pinpoints antibodies scientists can test for to see if a COVID-19 vaccine is effective. These "correlates of protection" could speed the development of new vaccines or boosters without requiring the enormous clinical trials used to create the first COVID-19 vaccines. This is "the Holy Grail" in terms of vaccines, and one that hasn't yet been set for the virus that causes COVID-19, said Peter Gilbert, co-author of the study posted August 10 to medRxiv and a UW research professor of biostatistics.

Man standing on shore looking out at a sailboat on the water
Man standing on shore looking out at a sailboat on the water
Air pollution and dementia study
DEOHS,

Biostatistics faculty Lianne Sheppard, Marco Carone and Adam Szpiro were members of a UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) research team that found Puget Sound residents exposed to higher levels of fine particulate air pollution over a 10-year period had a greater risk of developing dementia.