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Alumna appointed to PCORI committee

October 7, 2014 Cynthia Girman, DrPH, alumna and Public Health Foundation board member at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)  methodology committee. She is also adjunct associate professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School’s UNC Center for Pharmacoepidemiology. PCORI,… Read more »

MCH alumna wins APHA outstanding student author award

Sept. 26, 2014 Christine Tucker, PhD, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has won the Outstanding Student Author Award, presented by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) maternal and child health section. Tucker, who received a doctorate in maternal and child health from the Gillings School in May, conducted dissertation research with Community Care… Read more »

Hog workers carry drug-resistant bacteria even after leaving the farm

Sept. 9, 2014 A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure. The study was led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD,… Read more »

Gentry leads preparedness training exercise in NC’s Vance County

August 15, 2014 It is a stormy morning in the northern Piedmont [of North Carolina]. A commuter aircraft is having trouble reaching the Raleigh-Durham International airport. The plane crash-lands in Kerr Lake Reservoir, and 25 passengers and crew members must be found and pulled from the lake. This was the day-long preparedness exercise that faced… Read more »

Many older emergency department patients are malnourished, study finds

August 13, 2014 More than half of emergency department patients ages 65 and older who were seen at UNC Hospitals during an eight-week period were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. In addition, more than half of the malnourished patients had not been diagnosed previously, according to a new study by researchers at the… Read more »

Miller named Gillings School’s associate dean for advancement

August 11, 2014 Crystal Hinson Miller, MA, CFRE, has been named associate dean for advancement at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The appointment is effective Sept. 1. Miller currently serves as vice president for children’s programs at The Medical Foundation of North Carolina Inc., part of… Read more »

UNC researchers investigate the unknowns of e-cigarettes

August 8, 2014 In an Aug. 7 article in Endeavors, Susan Hardy asks the question of the hour: To vape or not to vape? Her article, which draws on the work of health behavior professor Kurt Ribisl, PhD, and health behavior postdoctoral fellow Jessica Pepper, PhD, is partially reprinted below and is available in its… Read more »

HIV infections have dropped over last decade, finds JAMA study co-authored by Gillings School alumna

July 29, 2014 A study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the U.S. has decreased by one-third over the past decade, offering hope that the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. may be slowing down. Amy Lansky, PhD, alumna of the… Read more »

‘Gillings Sampler’ offers efficient, portable way to study impact of pollution on lung tissue

July 23, 2014 A team of researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has designed and developed a system that uses electrostatics to study the toxicity of airborne pollutants. William Vizuete PhD, associate professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and his colleagues developed the Gillings Sampler, the workings… Read more »

Silberman honored with NC Hospital Association’s Meritorious Service Award

July 22, 2014 Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH, immediate past president of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and clinical professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the North Carolina Hospital Association’s 2014 Meritorious Service Award. The award is given each year to recognize outstanding… Read more »