Field Notes

Meet the CID Research puzzle master

The info hub for the hub of global health


WGHA welcomes K. R. Prabha, director of health strategy with Huron Consultants, to its 2018 board of directors. Prabha grew up in India, but she and her husband, Unmesh, have lived in Seattle for 20 years. Can we agree they are Seattleites?

Puzzle master

“Researching how cells behave is a bit like trying to complete a complex jigsaw puzzle with most pieces hidden in sand.” Meet the puzzle master—Shuyi Ma—a tuberculosis researcher with the Center for Infectious Disease Research. When she’s not rocking overalls and a filtered breathing mask in the lab, Shuyi is doing computations or writing. Or giving rock-solid quotes about cell behavior.

Pop quiz

Favorite moments of Global Washington’s 2017 annual conference:

a.      Greeting all those movers and shakers in global health and development.
b.      Watching Alaa Murabit raise her voice for women and girls around the world.
c.      Ana Mari Cauce and Rich Stearns sharing the stage.
d.      Scott Jackson’s book reading and hymn singing.
e.      Finding the Theo chocolate bar in your swag bag.
f.       All of the above.

It’s in the cards

Testing for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is really hard to do in remote or low-resource settings. Enter The Max Foundation and Fred Hutch. Their breakthrough CML test uses dried blood spots on a single card – a big improvement over traditional testing that requires shipping fresh blood vials. The new test lasts longer, costs less, ships easily, and reaches people in remote places.

Playing catch-up

Have you heard the latest buzz from Zambia? It’s great to see other media outlets talking about what Field Notes readers already know: There’s a malaria elimination campaign happening in Zambia. WHO’s new report finds incredible success in malaria control, then warns it may be stalling.


You Can’t Stop Seattle.

Did you know that Delta Air Lines is Sea-Tac’s largest global carrier and has more than tripled its flights at its Seattle hub since 2012? Every Delta flight from Seattlefeatures jet service with Delta One/First Class and Delta Comfort+ seating, free entertainment options via Delta Studio, and Wi-Fi service on nearly every domestic aircraft operating in the contiguous United States. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 323 destinations in 57 countries on six continents.

Weyer you here?

Carina Weyer is here to rebuild Global Impact’s Seattle presence as campaign engagement director, that’s why. Carina previously worked at Concur in global corporate social responsibility and can be seen around town on a spin bike or maybe in a booth at a local Thai establishment.

Sticky stories

You know a bad story when you hear it, but what makes a good one? Scientists and storytellers unite with these six (scientific) secrets to telling stories that are compelling, persuasive, and memorable. Learn more at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center on Tuesday, December 12.

“If you want to do the right thing for Washington, you’ve got to think globally.”

Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington,
speaking at Global Washington’s 9th Annual Conference

From 35,000 feet, Seattle is a city with momentum. A city as close to Tokyo as it is to London. At the center of it all. It’s easy to see why our newest international hub continues to grow with nonstop service to more international destinations than ever before. 

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