Awards and recognitions (April, 2010)
|April 23, 2010|
Details of these and other awards are available at Student Resources.FACULTY
Devlin joins School as Gillings Visiting Professor
Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, former N.C. State Health Director, was appointed as a Gillings Visiting Professor in fall 2009. The position is based in the Department of Health Policy and Management.
In her new role, Devlin is connecting the School, including the N.C. Institute for Public Health, with legislators and others working on public health issues in practice. She also is consulting with School leaders to develop approaches to strengthen the school’s capacity as a regional and national leader in public health quality improvement.
Steckler and Eng recognized as Distinguished Fellows, SOPHE’s highest honor
Allan B. Steckler, DrPH, and Eugenia (Geni) Eng, DrPH, professors of health behavior and health education, received the Society for Public Health Education’s Distinguished Fellow Award for significant and lasting contributions to SOPHE and to the profession of health education.
The awards, which are the Society’s highest honor, were presented at the organization’s annual meeting in Philadelphia in November 2009.
SOPHE is an independent, international professional association made up of health education professionals and students.
Herring elected president of ENAR, prestigious biostatistics organization
Amy Herring, ScD, associate professor of biostatistics, was elected president of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society (IBS) for a three-year term, ending in 2013.
IBS is the largest professional organization of biostatisticians and biometricians in the world, drawing its 5,800 members from more than 25 countries. ENAR is the largest subgroup of the organization, incorporating 1,600 members from the United States and Canada.
Our School has a strong history of leadership in the society, with four members of the faculty–including the late Dr. Bernard Greenberg and Drs. Jim Grizzle, Gary Koch and Lisa LaVange–having previously served as president.
Richardson appointed to White House advisory board
David B. Richardson, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, was appointed by President Obama in October 2009 to the White House Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health.
Richardson’s research investigates occupational and environmental causes of disease, with a particular focus on ionizing radiation. He has served in various capacities at the University of North Carolina since 1996 when he began as a postdoctoral researcher.
Dilworth-Anderson leads Gerontological Society, receives Reagan Award for Alzheimer’s research
Peggye Dilworth- Anderson, PhD, professor of health policy and management and interim co-director of UNC’s Institute on Aging, was inducted in November 2009 as the new president of the Gerontological Society of America at GSA’s 62nd annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga.
Dilworth-Anderson is a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Aging and former member of the board of directors of the National Alzheimer’s Association.
Dilworth-Anderson also received the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute on Alzheimer’s Disease Award. She was honored on March 9, 2010, during the seventh annual National Alzheimer’s Gala in Washington, D.C.
Baric elected to American Academy for Microbiology
Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the American Academy for Microbiology. He will be recognized at the Academy Fellows luncheon in San Diego in May 2010.
The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. Baric’s groundbreaking research focuses on coronaviruses, including SARS, and on noroviruses.
Read more about his research on page 10.
Adimora selected as one of top 100 African- American leaders by The Root magazine
Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and clinical professor of epidemiology in the public health school, was selected by The Root magazine as one of the top 100 African- American leaders.
The Root is a daily online magazine that aims to provide thought-provoking news commentary from a variety of black perspectives. “The Root 100″ is a new honor that highlights the leadership and service of African-American men and women whose work impacts their communities and the world.
Adimora was honored for her research in HIV/AIDS.
Pink awarded distinguished professorship in health policy and management
George Pink, PhD, has been appointed Humana Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management.
Established through a grant from the Humana Foundation, the professorship is awarded to a health policy and management faculty member with a national reputation for scholarship in health informatics.
Pink is a fellow at the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and lead investigator in the center’s N.C. rural health research and policy analysis center.
Ammerman appointed to state food advisory council
Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition and director of UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has joined a new state council focused on improving policies and access to local, sustainable food in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council was established by the N.C. General Assembly in August 2009 to study, develop and promote policies that will create jobs, support communities, preserve the natural environment, increase access to fresh and nutritious foods, and provide greater food security for all North Carolinians.
Holliday wins award from N.C. Dietetic Association for contributions to field
Amanda Holliday, MS, RD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition, was named Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year by the Durham-Chapel Hill (N.C.) Dietetic Association and by the North Carolina Dietetic Association. She accepted the statewide award at an awards event in Princeton, N.J., on March 25, 2010.
Graduate School announces 24 merit awards for public health students
Twenty-four UNC public health graduate students received merit awards for study in 2009-2010 and beyond, the UNC Graduate School announced in fall 2009.
The students are Sayan Dasgupta (biostatistics); Jonathan Crocker, Katherine Harrold and Edema Ojomo (environmental sciences and engineering); Jane Der, Katelyn Hausman, Chantel Martin, Melanie Napier, Damon Ogburn and Amitabh Suthar (epidemiology); Andrea Des Marais, Ann Gottert, Jessica Kadis, Elizabeth King and Sarah Lieff (health behavior and health education); Kristin Geonnotti, Elise Lockamy and Sarah Rutstein (health policy and management); Anna Bauer and Anupama Gomez (maternal and child health); and Scott Ickes, Erik Karlsson, Tosha Smith and Rebecca Tkachuk (nutrition).
Health policy and management teams compete in case competitions
Doctoral candidate Long among those honored with UNC teaching awards
King, PHLP master’s student, wins Kuno Research Award
NCIPH’s Place receives leadership award
Alumnus Jenkins presented with APHA’s Lilienfield Award for teaching excellence
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