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Alumna selected by Gates Institute as one of ’40 under 40’ advocates for reproductive health

Burcu Bozkurt, 2012 alumna of the Gillings School, is one of 40 people under 40 recognized as a strong advocate 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.

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.

Eng, Stafford will be honored with awards at University Day event

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

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.

A majority of parents would support schools’ requiring HPV vaccinations, as long as there are opt-outs, survey finds

August 25, 2016 A national survey found that parents were more likely to agree that laws requiring students to be vaccinated against HPV for school entry are a “good idea” when there is an opt-out clause. Noel Brewer, PhD, professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of UNC… Read more »

HB alumna presents research at RTI poster exhibit

August 12, 2016 Christin Stewart, MPH, 2016 alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was one of 70 interns from across the U.S. who conducted research at RTI International this summer. Her work, presented in a poster showcase at RTI on Aug. 5, involved making recommendations for the development, implementation and evaluation… Read more »

Review of multiple studies finds graphic cigarette pack warnings linked to reductions in smoking behavior

August 11, 2016 A review of nearly three dozen international studies found cigarette smokers tried to quit more and smoked less overall when countries implemented new policies replacing text warnings with graphic images on cigarette packs or strengthened pack warnings in other ways, report University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. Co-authors of… Read more »

Hyde selected as ESE’s 2016 distinguished alumna

August 5, 2016 Grace Robinson Hyde, MSEE, has been selected to receive the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Environmental Sciences and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award. Hyde, who is chief engineer and general manager of the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD), will accept her award and present a seminar on Oct. 28 at… Read more »

Study finds low-income students and Hispanic students disproportionately exposed to tobacco, fast food near schools

August 1, 2016 A new study finds that low-income students and Hispanic students are disproportionately exposed to both tobacco outlets and fast-food restaurants near their schools. Easy access to tobacco products and fast food may influence youth smoking initiation and contribute to poor dietary intake. These findings are the subject of a new paper from… Read more »

Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

July 14, 2016 In an article published online July 4 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival,  UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examine the complex and disturbing pattern of health-care professionals being targeted in war zones. Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, Gillings School alumnus and research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness… Read more »