Research seminar: April 17, 2020


Lessons Learned from being at the First Wave of the Covid-19 Epidemic in the US

April 17, 2020

In early March 2020, Seattle was considered to be a “hot spot” for the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States. A month later, Washington was one of the first states to have demonstrated success at “flattening the curve.” This presentation will explore important lessons learned that might be of value to other jurisdictions and what challenges we still face as we transition into the “post peak” phase of the epidemic in the Puget Sound.

Hilary Godwin, PhD
Dean, University of Washington School of Public Health and professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Hilary joined the University of Washington in 2018 as Dean of the School of Public Health. She earned her PhD in chemistry from Stanford University and started her academic career at Northwestern University.

During her tenure at Northwestern University, she was the first woman to be hired into a tenure-track position and was the first woman to be made Chair of the Chemistry Department.

Over her career, Dr. Godwin's research has focused primarily on elucidating the molecular toxicology of engineered nanomaterials and lead.

She has also worked on the impacts of conservation programs and policies on the health of indigenous populations and on community-based approaches to addressing environmental health problems.

Her primary passions are for projects and programs that involve interdisciplinary collaborations that provide a scientific basis for prevention-based approaches to improving health and for training and mentoring the next generation of public health leaders.