Field Notes, Update

A rapper’s riddle, recommendations for the shortest month of the year, and your next trip to the other Washington

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Here before Nordstrom

Bloodworks Northwest’s Linda Barnes is a fourth-generation Seattleite. The chief operating officer and driving force behind Bloodworks’ Center for Global Impact traces her family’s arrival in Seattle to 1896—a full five years before Johan Wilhelm Nordström opened his first store.

To the max

Hat tip to three new managers in global health branding, engagement, and media. Josué Blanco joins the Max Foundation as senior brand manager, and Cara Bradley and Kathryn Kennedy have been named chief corporate engagement officer and head of media, respectively, at PATH.

Rapper’s riddle

What do you get when you cross a rapper, brain science, and Hamilton? A couple of hints: Catch up on KEXP’s song of the day, download the Hamilton mixtape, or…stay tuned to Field Notes for the best clue yet in our next issue.

Let’s get woohoo!

Look out Black Eyed Peas, Africa CDC is getting things started. Launched officially just this time last year, the organization has identified five strategic pillars and announced funding opportunities for two of them: emergency preparedness and surveillance. Proposals are due February 28.


Balanced structure & grace

Walla Walla’s own Seven Hills Winery was founded in 1988 by fourth-generation farmer Casey McClellan. Our bottles pair well with gruyère cheese or dark chocolate, and they’re a perfect match with good company and global health conversation. Notes of restrained oak and bright acidity blend smoothly to create a variety of flavors that will leave you singing notes of your own. Editor’s note: After serving Seven Hills at our events for years, we can vouch that this isn’t just news through the grapevine.

As a special for Field Notes readers, the first five readers who book their Friday Seven Hills food and wine experience will receive a 15% discount. Click here to uncork the details.

Groundhog Day, Super Bowl … now what?

Need recommendations for the shortest month of the year? Don’t miss UW’s Beth Kolko at next week’s Innovation to Impact presentation at Pacific Science Center (Feb. 13); a networking happy hour with friends of WGHA, Global Washington, and the World Affairs Council (Feb. 22); and epidemiologist Ramanan Laxminarayan’s lecture on antibiotic research at UW Department of Global Health (Feb. 27).

Pressing for progress

Join the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationMedical Teams International, and WGHA for International Women’s Day on March 8. Email Lynn Fleshman to set up a table and share how your organization is pressing for progress for women and girls around the world. Want to go solo? Register here to attend.

The other Washington

Join UNICEF’s Annual Summit in Washington, DC, to meet and greet congressional leaders to advocate for global health equity. Register by February 20 to trade the Puget Sound for the Potomac River. Then get your political celebrity watch on here.

This is an exciting time to be doing science. I believe we are on the verge of making the kinds of scientific breakthroughs that will enable us to treat and prevent infectious diseases that today still kill about 14 million people per year.

–  Dr. John Aitchison, President, Center for Infectious Disease Research, speaking with the Seattle Business Journal.

p.s. Don’t miss John’s take on his first job as a Sear’s salesman.

Vineyard-designated and appellation-driven Bordeaux varietals from the Walla Walla Valley and Red Mountain.


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