Alumni News

Saye Baawo, alumnus and public health leader in Liberia, dies of cancer at 50

July 7, 2016 Saye Dahn Baawo, MD, MSPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and assistant minister for curative services in Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, died June 17 at age 50, after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and children. In 2005, Baawo attended… Read more »

Gillings alumna LaVange elected ASA president

June 28, 2016 Lisa LaVange, PhD, 1983 alumna and former professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected the 113th president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). LaVange, who also served as the former director of the UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center, will serve the ASA as president-elect… Read more »

Replacing just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day with water can prevent weight gain

June 28, 2016 A new study by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that replacing even one daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) such as soda with water could result in a meaningful reduction in caloric intake and associated weight gain. The study co-authors are Jennifer Poti, PhD, research… Read more »

Gillings School students make an impact on global, local health

June 17, 2016 Two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni and one current student recently shared their stories with the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Their education at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center and in the Gillings School’s departments of maternal and child health and environmental sciences and engineering helped… Read more »

AJPH editorial proposes a ‘causal impact’ framework to improve public health decision making

June 13, 2016 In a recently published editorial, researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health departments of epidemiology and biostatistics argue that a “causal impact” framework – one that includes internal and external validation and examines the effects of population-level interventions – could improve public health decision-making. Gillings School co-authors are Daniel… Read more »

Study finds broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales

June 1, 2016 A national survey conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University has found strong support in all regions of the United States for raising the legal age of tobacco sales. Joseph G.L. Lee, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Alice Wang: Solving the puzzle makes public health fun

May 27, 2016 Alice Wang, PhD, has a great elevator speech. “Have you seen the movie Contagion?” she asks. “Kate Winslet’s character was an epidemic intelligence service officer — that’s what I do!” Wang, who graduated from the Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering program in May 2015, began working for the Centers for Disease… Read more »

Manish Kumar: Making a difference at MEASURE Evaluation

May 27, 2016 Manish Kumar, MPH, a native of India, has found a second home at UNC. A seasoned public health professional, Kumar already had 12 years’ experience in project implementation and conducting activities to strengthen health systems at the point when a Rotary Peace Fellowship brought him back to school for a master’s degree…. Read more »

Zachary Kerr: Finding support for himself and his skills at the NCAA

May 27, 2016 Zachary Y. Kerr, PhD, was always picked last for sports teams at school. He finds that funny now that he works in the field of sports injury prevention. Kerr is director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Injury Surveillance Program at the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. “The… Read more »

Kiyah Duffey: Empowering families to make healthful choices

May 27, 2016 Together with Lisa Sutherland, PhD, a fellow alumna of the Gillings School’s nutrition department, Duffey founded a company that aims to promote healthy lifestyles for families. Announcing… Kizingo! The company’s flagship product is a toddler spoon that helps children succeed at self-feeding. The idea for the spoon originated during Duffey’s years at… Read more »