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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.

Schoenbach honored with APHA’s Lilienfeld Award for excellence in teaching epidemiology

Dr. Victor Schoenbach, associate professor of epidemiology, was selected for the Abraham Lilienfeld Award, given by the American Public Health Association’s epidemiology section. Schoenbach accepts the award on Oct. 31, during the APHA’s annual meeting, held in Denver. The award recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology over the course of a career.

Eng, Stafford, Cole and Darity honored at University Day event

Dr. Eugenia Eng and Paula Brown Stafford were honored at UNC’s University Day ceremony on Oct. 11. Eng, professor of health behavior, accepted the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award. Stafford, a biostatistics alumna, was named one of UNC’s five distinguished alumni.

Two alumni selected by Gates Institute as ’40 under 40′ advocates for reproductive health

Burcu Bozkurt and Lucy Wilson, alumni of the UNC Gillings School, are among the 40 people under 40 recognized as strong advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bozkurt is co-founder of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning; Wilson is a technical adviser at FHI 360.

Alumnus selected as distinguished professor at University of Alabama

Health policy and management alumnus Dr. Bob Hernandez has been appointed Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. Hernandez earned a Doctor of Public Health degree at the Gillings School in 1981.

Health behavior students awarded record $325K to teach health education through technology

Elizabeth Chen, MPH, and Cristina Leos, MSPH, health behavior doctoral students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have won a $325,000 award from Innovation Next, a program of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The award is the largest ever made to a student or a student group at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.