Public health change-maker

David Eaton

Professor, UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Proudest achievement:

His election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2011.

Joined DEOHS faculty:


“My advice for new faculty is to stay focused early in your career. It is harder today to get grants compared to when I started, so don’t spread yourself too thin.”

- David Eaton

A deep dive into environmental health

Our Environmental Health Seminar series for winter quarter is now under way.

Join us Thursdays at 12:30 pm through March 14 to hear from speakers on the latest scientific insights into environmental and workplace health. The series includes 10 lectures by experts from a variety of local and national institutions.

These 50-minute seminars are free and open to the public. They are held each Thursday at 12:30 pm in the Magnuson Health Sciences Center, Room T-435, on the University of Washington campus.

Mapping Washington’s environmental health disparities

It was at the height of California’s worst drought on record that Esther Min saw for herself the power of data to help low-income families.

“People’s water bills were skyrocketing, wells were drying up, families were driving miles away to buy bottled water,” said Min, who was working on a water-access study in the Salinas Valley in 2014.

“I saw how we could partner with communities to gather data they could use to get the attention of policymakers,” said Min, now a PhD student in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).

Co-piloting a program to launch careers

[Reprinted with permission from the fall 2018 edition of Northwest Public Health magazine.]

Jenna Buchanan is on a mission to improve the culture of safety at Boeing. She seeks to learn lessons not only from accidents but also from close calls.

Buchanan is a 2007 graduate of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) in the School of Public Health. She recalls how a reporting system and quick action at Boeing helped to protect an aircraft mechanic from a potentially fatal fall.

Go play outside

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health watched 225 Seattle residents during their visits to public parks—through GPS devices, activity trackers and travel diaries—and found that they were active for longer at parks that had a greater variety of recreational facilities.

The study, published online Sept. 19 in the Journal of Urban Health, suggests that adding facilities to existing parks could be a cost-effective way to increase bouts of physical activity that occur there.

Innovation on tap

Nearly 100 students, faculty and staff in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) got a crash course in community-based research this week during our fall kick-off event featuring research partnerships from every corner of Washington state.