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Researchers call for transnational perspective to improve migrants’ health

May 23, 2017
In a systematic review of the literature, Gillings School researchers consider whether and how studies of migrants’ health practices and behaviors to date have considered the migrants’ transnationalism as a factor in those practices and behaviors.

Gillings School celebrates 77th commencement

May 13, 2017
Families and friends of 329 new Gillings School alumni gathered on May 13 to celebrate the School’s 77th commencement. Aaron Williams, executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International, delivered the commencement address.

Biostatistics presents Distinguished Alumnus, other department awards

March 29, 2017
Dr. Seunggeun (Shawn) Lee, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, was presented with the 2017 James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumnus Award by the biostatistics department on March 23. Other department award winners also were honored.

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

March 24, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols and epidemiology student Chelsea Anderson were co-authors of a study that found women who were diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely – and to babies whose weights were below normal. Their findings were published in JAMA Oncology.

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.