Awards 2016


Elizabeth Guzy, DEOHS Distinguished Staff Award

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Elizabeth Guzy joined the department in July 2014 from Harvard University. In DEOHS, she manages a large federally funded project, the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health. After only a few months in the job, she was already pulling together a large competing renewal (700+ pages!). Last year, Guzy graciously volunteered to help manage a similarly large research center, the Superfund Research Program and provide key support for the center’s competitive renewal. She has stayed true to her roots growing up in Colorado – she bikes all over Seattle and loves to spend time outdoors with her husband and close friends.

Alexandra Kossik, SPH Outstanding Community Service by Staff Award

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Alexandra Kossik, a research scientist in the department, has a track record for volunteering. She fundraises and recruits athletes for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She visits middle schools, where she talks with students about being a scientist or the importance of vaccines. Alexandra has also been a Girl Scout troop leader the last five years. Owing that she has been involved in the Girl Scouts since the third grade, she serves as an inspiration and role model for young girls. Alexandra finds opportunities to incorporate public health principles into Girl Scout activities, such as food safety while camping and the benefits of home-cooked food.


Megan Cartwright, SPH Communicating Public Health to the Public Award

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Former PhD student and research scientist, Megan Cartwright, wrote a variety of columns for Slate -- including on lead contamination, parasites in swimming pools, and mosquitoes that transmit disease – that directly involve public health, as well pieces about disease, science, and the natural world, all related to public health. Most important, the columns were written in an engaging, non-jargony style, guaranteed to engage everyday readers. Her Twitter feed and blog are other channels that communicate health and science to the public in an accessible way. With PhD in hand, Cartwright has chosen to work in the field of medical and science writing. She is a role model for other researchers in her efforts to communicate public health and science broadly.

Shilpa Gowda, DEOHS Outstanding Master’s Student Award

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Physician Shilpa Gowda will graduate this spring with an MPH in Occupation and Environmental Medicine from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She treats injured workers in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine clinic at Harborview and the Occupational Medicine clinic at Group Health Bellevue. Her care also addresses how to prevent workplace injuries. At the department’s Future of Occupational Health conference, she spoke about the Affordable Care Act and workers’ compensation. Gowda researches the public’s potential environmental exposures from industrial processes. She conducted a large epidemiologic study to examine association between outside air pollution and lung cancer risk.

Jane Pouzou, DEOHS Outstanding PhD Student Award

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Jane Pouzou is a PhD candidate for the Environmental and Occupational Hygiene degree in the department. She studies comparative risk assessment methods, with a focus on how decisions are made in selecting pesticides. She is developing a model that assigns numerical values to the factors that influence pesticide selection and to estimates for different health risks. The model could help the industry better understand tradeoffs in risks to worker health and safety among pesticides. Pouzou was selected for the Environmental Pathology/Toxicology Training Program and for the Russell L. Castner Endowed Student Research Fund award. She earned an MPH from the University of Virginia.

Kristen Slodysko, DEOHS Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

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Kristen Slodysko’s interest in Environmental Health stemmed from a 15-month research and fieldwork experience in Cairo, Egypt while completing a B.A. degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from UW. Seeing the health hazards from agricultural runoff, industrial waste, and sewage inspired Slodysko to shift her career aspirations toward environmental health. She returned to Seattle to work as an environmental educator, joining DEOHS’ undergraduate program as a post-baccalaureate student. While maintaining a 3.96 GPA, Slodysko assisted other researchers on a method to test workers’ exposures to pesticides. She graduated Winter quarter and will start a graduate program at the State University of New York in the Fall.