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Verhalen, alumnus and friend of the School, dies March 26

March 30, 2015 Robert Verhalen, DrPH, alumnus and emeritus board member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Foundation board, passed away on March 26 in McLean, Va., at the age of 79. Dr. Verhalen earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Iowa State University (1963) and a Master of Public… Read more »

US News ranks UNC Gillings #2 overall, #1 public

March 10, 2015 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has been ranked the number two school of public health overall – and the number one public school of public health – by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings were released March 10. This marks the second consecutive rankings period… Read more »

Heiss wins American Heart Association’s epidemiology mentoring award

March 7, 2015 Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded the American Heart Association’s 2015 Epidemiology and Prevention Mentoring Award on March 5. Heiss accepted the award at the Association’s annual Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions, held in Baltimore March… Read more »

Doctoral student receives award to advance her work in aging research

February 27, 2015 Heather Altman, MPH, has been named student recipient of the UNC Institute on Aging’s Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Award. Altman, a 1999 health behavior alumna of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is currently a student in the School’s executive Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program. She… Read more »

Parks, PHLP alumnus, receives Ron Levine Award for service to North Carolina

February 24, 2015 Jerry Parks, MPH, health director for Albemarle (N.C.) Regional Health Services and alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded the 2015 Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award at the annual State Health Director’s meeting on Jan. 22 in Raleigh, N.C. Named for former North Carolina State Health Director Dr…. Read more »

Recent alum, Pepper, awarded for outstanding research on e-cigarettes

February 19, 2015 Jessica Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral research associate at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. She will be recognized at a ceremony at the Society’s annual meeting April 22-25 in San Antonio, Texas. “Jessica is… Read more »

Four BIOS students win ENAR’s Distinguished Student Paper Award

February 16, 2015 Four biostatistics students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health were among only 20 selected for the Distinguished Student Paper Award, presented by the Eastern North America Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. Guanhua Chen, PhD (now assistant professor of biostatistics at Vanderbilt University), Eunjee Lee (also in the UNC… Read more »

Faculty members recognized for innovative teaching at annual ‘Celebration Teaching!’ event

February 12, 2015 Eight members of the faculty at the Gillings School of Global Public Health – one from each academic unit at the School – were honored at a ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event on Feb. 11 and presented with the School’s fourth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The awardees are Lori Evarts, MPH, clinical assistant professor… Read more »

Banks receives ESE’s Distinguished Alumna Award

January 26, 2015 M. Katherine Banks, PhD, vice chancellor for engineering for the Texas A&M University system and dean of the Dwight Look college of Engineering at Texas A&M, received the 2014 Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Distinguished Alumna Award at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Jan. 23. Banks, who received… Read more »

Alumna Koonin appointed acting director of CDC influenza coordination unit

January 20, 2015 Lisa M. Koonin, DrPH, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed acting director of the Influenza Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Infectious Diseases, effective Jan. 25. Since 2007, Koonin has served… Read more »