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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 »

Study calls for new global standard for water and sanitation

January 15, 2015 A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access. The study, “Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag Behind Water?,” highlights that current benchmarks for… Read more »

HPM alumna appointed Hawaii’s DHS director

December 11, 2014 Gillings School alumna Rachael Wong, DrPH, has been appointed director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Her appointment was announced Dec. 3 by Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige. Wong most recently has served as vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, where she leads… Read more »

Alumna selected as AARP-RWJF Breakthrough Leader in Nursing

November 24, 2014 AnnMarie Walton, MPH, BSN, doctoral candidate in nursing at University of Utah and Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as one of ten nurses nationwide to receive the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award, presented by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP… Read more »

HB alumna to lead CDC training and development team

Nov. 7, 2014 Rhondette L. Jones, MPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as the new leader for the training and development team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, effective Nov. 30. Jones has been a health education specialist in CDC’s capacity-building branch for… Read more »