Field Notes, Update

Music, the Movement, and Mosquito brains

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Happy birthday, Field Notes

This month Field Notes turns two. But unlike the terrible twos, Field Notes is always in good spirits, in large part because we get to write stories about you.

Summer has finally reached the Pacific Northwest, and we’re taking August off. We know better than to try and compete with your camping plans.

We’ll be back in September. Share Field Notes with a friend, and we’ll see you both then.

Music makes the world go round

Meet two published music writers who are also impressive global health leaders. Dean Owen, a senior manager at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, explored why Hamburg (not Liverpool) made the Beatles what they became. Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, critiqued the Music Genome Project, the core tech behind Pandora. Did the Beatles make your top Pandora list?

As Megan Rapinoe was saying …

According to the WHO, women make up 70% of the world’s health workforce but hold only 25% of senior roles. Women in Global Health (WGH) Seattle is doing something about that. Eleven women were selected by their peers to guide the WGH Seattle movement and promote more gender-balanced leadership. Meet the advisors and join the movement.

How far can you smell?

Female yellow mosquitoes have a keen sense of smell—they can track you from 100 feet away. Exhale, and you’ll trigger a flight response in their brains to zone in. But how? Researchers at the University of Washington are using a tiny flight simulator and are cutting into mosquito brains to figure it out. The answers could reveal new ways to control or even eradicate mosquito-borne diseases like yellow fever, dengue fever, and West Nile and Zika viruses.


I have a plan for that! … Grab the mic, steal the stage and tell Global to Local.

G2L is looking for new global health solutions that can improve local health problems. That’s where you and your plan come in.

Help them take the best ideas from the field and apply them at home by sharing your global health solutions in this quick survey.

Dx to Rx

Some diagnostic devices can help primary health care workers better identify severe diseases like pneumonia. PATH, Unitaid, and ALIMA are teaming up to retool these diagnostics for low-resource settings and put them in the hands of frontline health workers so they can quickly connect sick children to care

Around town

  • August 10: Bike, walk, run, or volunteer at Fred Hutch’s Obliteride to raise money for lifesaving cancer research.
  • August 13: Learn about Nursing Now with the UW School of Nursing at the Pacific Science Center’s next Science in the City event.
  • August 18: Join Nothing But Nets and the Seattle Storm to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria.
  • August 28: Meet local organizations, assemble literary kits, and explore the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center during After Hours @DiscoverGates.
  • September 18: If you’re a new hire at a WGHA member organization, register for Launch and join a cohort of 40 newbies for an overview of Washington’s global health ecosystem, lessons from a senior leader, and structured networking.
  • September 25: If you’re a scientist or practitioner, STEM Global public engagement training is for you. Register today to learn the secrets of talking to the public about your work.

“Follow your passion, with integrity. You will always make it. And if you don’t make it, you will make the way easier for others.”

– Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity

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