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Hookah smoking seen as emerging public health threat in Kurdish region of Iraq

February 23, 2017
Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Anant Kumar describe hookah smoking in the Kurdish region of Iraq as an emerging public health threat. The ongoing armed conflict, economic distress and easy availability of tobacco contribute to the problem.

Maman, Herndon selected for School’s Greenberg, Barr awards

February 20, 2017
Dr. Suzanne Maman, professor of health behavior, and Sally Herndon, a health behavior alumna, have won, respectively, the Greenberg Award for excellence in teaching, research and service and the Barr Award, for contributions in public health by a Gillings School alumnus/a. Maman and Herndon will be honored at the 2017 Foard Lecture, to be held on April 27.

Breast cancer mortality risk associated with eating smoked or grilled meats

February 12, 2017
A recent study led by Gillings School researchers found that women who survive breast cancer may increase their risk of mortality if they have consumed high levels of grilled, barbecued and smoked meat. Drs. Humberto Parada and Marilie Gammon are co-authors of the study, which was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Ida Friday, UNC’s first lady, dies at 97

February 9, 2017
Ida Howell Friday, MPH, artist, activist and epitome of grace, married for 70 years to the late William Clyde Friday, former president of The University of North Carolina system, died Feb. 6, at the age of 97. Friday earned a master’s degree in health education at the Gillings School in 1948.

Alumnus honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 25, 2017
Dr. Matthew Wheeler, Gillings School alumnus and CDC researcher, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government upon science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. President Barack Obama announced the award for Wheeler and 101 other American scientists on Jan. 9.

Health behavior student featured on ‘Dr. Oz’ describes her wellness-related work with underserved adolescents

Camille McGirt, health behavior master’s student at the Gillings School, was featured on the Emmy Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show” on Nov. 28.

ESE researchers awarded large supercomputing grant from DOE

A team of researchers, including two UNC faculty members and an alumnus, has been awarded a large grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment program, they will receive 115 million core hours of use on the world’s third-fastest supercomputer.

Characklis named Singer Distinguished Professor

Dr. Gregory Characklis, professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management in the UNC Institute for the Environment, has been named the Phillip C. Singer Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering.

Steve Wing, beloved teacher and committed activist, dies at 64

Dr. Steve Wing, activist for environmental justice and advocate for human rights, mentor and friend to many, died peacefully Nov. 9 after a valiant battle with cancer. An associate professor of epidemiology, Wing had been a member of the Gillings School faculty since 1985.

Student-developed app to link refugees with reproductive health services

mAdapt is a new app currently being co-developed by an alumna and two students of the Department of Maternal and Child Health. The mobile app uses cell phone technology to provide refugees with fast answers to questions about pressing reproductive health needs.