HIPRC Faculty News and Notes -- May 2017
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Washington toughens up distracted driving laws

A new Washington state law closes loopholes and raises penalties related to cell phone use while driving, with the end goal of reducing car crashes, injuries and traffic jams. The law was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday and goes into effect in 90 days.

HIPRC Safe & Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., M.Sc., provided expert testimony to legislators as they considered the law, which comes after an intensive three-year advocacy campaign by distracted driving victims’ families, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical professionals and concerned community members.

Read more on the HIPRC blog.

Pediatric TBI webinar offers CNE credit 

Participants in HIPRC’s June 9 webinar on pediatric traumatic brain injury can earn Continuing Nursing Education credit, event organizers have announced. The webinar features a number of HIPRC experts discussing treatment, stabilization, rehabilitation, child abuse, car seats, return to learn, and other topics. The webinar is free, but those wishing to earn CNE credit will be charged a small administrative fee.

Register for the Pediatric TBI webinar online.

Event Calendar


May 17, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: "Packaging data analytical work reproducibly using R (and friends)" with Ben Marwick, Ph.D.

May 22, Monday, 6-7:30 p.m.: iHeal kick-off lecture by Dr. Adil Haider from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Free and open to the public. iHeal RSVP

May 23, Tuesday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: iHeal – Injury and Health Equity Across the Lifespan Symposium, keynoted by Dr. Ana Núñez, associate dean of diversity, equity & inclusion and professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. iHeal RSVP

May 24, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Suicides, Homicides, Accidents, and Undetermined Deaths Among Military Personnel & Veterans” with Mark Reger, Ph.D.

May 31, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Participatory Ergonomics” with Debra Milek, M.D., Ph.D., MPH.

June 2, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club: Safe and Active Transport led by Beth Ebel, M.D.

June 9, (Friday) 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: "Hot Topics and Best Practice in Pediatric TBI," Webinar RSVP

June 12, (Monday) 1 p.m.: INSIGHT Research Program opens summer 2017 session

June 21, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Farewell to departing HIPRC fellows
Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

Click here to see the full calendar. 

SAVIR elects HIPRC faculty member to board of directors

Core faculty member Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., has been elected to the board of directors for the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research. Read more on the blog.

Rowhani-Rahbar’s research focuses on violence epidemiology, and he is currently the principal investigator on a study aimed at improving the health and well-being of gunshot wound victims. The above photo features him, left, speaking at an April event with Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, an organization dedicated to shaping gun policy and gun violence prevention. Photo courtesy of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence.

In the news

  • Associate faculty member Megan Moreno, M.D., MS Ed., (pictured above, far right) offered her expertise on bullying in a “Live Life Forward” episode that aired May 2 on Lifetime. Her research includes work on social media, adolescents and health. View the full episode online.
  • Research by core faculty member Christine MacDonald, Ph.D., was featured in a press release by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Her study finds that concussions can impact service members much longer than previously thought. Read the full release online.

Hand squeezing and earth stress ball. Photo courtesy of Lewis Ronald.

UW course: Stress and disparities

The interdisciplinary course “Embodiment of Risk, Outcome Disparities, and Stress Mechanisms” (SocWI 591) by Paula Nurius, Ph.D. will explore multi-level explores and impacts of stress. Students will gain an overview of theory and research targeting biological and behavioral processes through which lifespan stress and disadvantage contributes to learning, mental and physical health outcomes, with attention to vulnerable populations and inequalities. No biology background is needed.

To learn more, contact the instructor at
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