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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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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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Washington: Genetic Variants Found to Raise Infection Risk Among HIV-Exposed People

December 7, 2017
A new study published earlier this month in PLOS Pathogens has pinpointed genetic variants that markedly increase HIV infection risk among people exposed to the virus. Mary Emond, co-senior author and primary analyst of the study and research associate professor of biostatistics in the UW Department of Biostatistics is quoted.
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Washington's World AIDS Day Highlights

November 30, 2017
Dr. Thomas Fleming, a UW faculty member in biostatistics, is involved in two large clinical trials engaging more than 6,000 people at high risk for acquiring HIV infection. The trials are aimed at determining whether an injectable medication, given only about every eight weeks, has effectiveness in reducing the risk of HIV infection that is similar or superior to that of a daily antiretroviral pill known as Truvada.
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UW biostatisticians take part in clinical trials of injectable drug to protect against HIV

UW School of Public Health
December 4, 2017
How are UW faculty in biostatistics working to prevent the spread of HIV? This article highlights Thomas Fleming's role in two new large-scale trials of a long-acting injectable drug for HIV prevention, and illuminates the integral role the biostatistician plays on a research team. Other UW faculty members in biostatistics actively involved in leading research for preventing the spread of HIV are also highlighted including: James Hughes, Peter Gilbert, Barbra Richardson and Ying Chen.
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UW Biostatisticians Studying HIV and Prevention

UW School of Public Health
December 1, 2017
Several faculty members of the School's Department of Biostatistics are actively involved in leading the research for preventing the spread of HIV, including James Hughes, Peter Gilbert and Barbra Richardson.
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