Alumni News

UNC Study: Digging in beach sand increases risk of gastrointestinal illness

July 09, 2009 Photo: P. Buhro Children and adults who build castles and dig in the sand at the beach are at greater risk of developing gastrointestinal diseases and diarrhea than people who only walk on the shore or swim in the surf, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Read more »

“Environmental Heroes,” UNC-TV documentary, features work of UNC public health students

June 30, 2009 Associate producer Jim Sander interviews former hog farmer Don Webb (left) and environmental hero Gary Grant on Grant’s porch in Tillery, N.C. “Environmental Heroes,” a documentary developed through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication science documentary television course, airs July 4 at 11 p.m…. Read more »

Lambrew, School alumna, selected to direct national Office of Health Reform

May 15, 2009 Dr. Jeanne Lambrew Jeanne Lambrew, PhD, will direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ newly established Office of Health Reform, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced May 11. Lambrew had been appointed deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform in December 2008. She will… Read more »

We have a connection with — and responsibility to — all other living beings

May 08, 2009 Katherine (Kat) Turner Senior training and services adviser, Ipas Peace Corps volunteer, Togo, 1991-1993 UNC master’s student, health behavior and health education, 1994-1996 Katherine Turner graduated from Duke University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a certificate in women’s studies. She had been trained as an American Red Cross… Read more »

Deserving partners in the community’s success

May 08, 2009 Eugenia (Geni) Eng, MPH, DrPH Professor, health behavior and health education; on UNC faculty since 1984 Peace Corps volunteer, Togo (1970-1974); International trainer (1974-1976) Alumna, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health — MPH (1978), DrPH (1983) In 1969, Geni Eng was a French major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a… Read more »

A family history of reaching out to those facing adversity

May 08, 2009 Lucy Siegel Director of Research Resource Development, Family Health International, Research Triangle Park, N.C. ( Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal, 1978-1981 UNC master of public health student, health behavior and health education, 1982-1984 Lucy Siegel “It may sound a little sappy,” Lucy Siegel says, “but I’ve wanted to join the Peace Corps since… Read more »

Every day was amazing

May 08, 2009 Chris Deery Master’s student, maternal and child health, 2007-2009 Peace Corps volunteer, Niger, 2003-2005 Chris Deery joined the Peace Corps a year after completing his undergraduate degree in American studies. “Some people talk about how hard it was for them to adjust to a new culture,” he says. “But it was the… Read more »

Collecting rainwater in Panama and Cambodia

May 08, 2009 Reed Palmer Employed by Hazen and Sawyer, a water treatment and water supply planning consulting firm in Raleigh, N.C. Peace Corps volunteer, Panama, 2000-2003 Master’s student, environmental sciences and engineering, 2004-2006 Engineers Without Borders, Cambodia, 2006 Reed Palmer (right) butters bricks in Panama. Reed Palmer graduated from the University of Virginia in… Read more »

Service begets service: the beginning of legacy volunteers

May 08, 2009 John E. Paul, PhD Clinical associate professor, health policy and management Peace Corps volunteer, Nepal, 1969-1971 The only thing John Paul might like as much as talking about his experience in the Peace Corps is talking about his son’s experience in the Peace Corps. How does such a family tradition evolve? “My… Read more »

Oh, you haven’t seen the world, honey

May 08, 2009 Mia Chabot, MPH Clinical dietitian, Duke University Medical Center pediatric clinics Peace Corps volunteer, Niger, 2003-2005 Master of Public Health (Nutrition), 2006-2008 As an undergraduate at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., Mia Chabot didn’t envision herself in Africa. She was majoring in biology, assuming that she would teach math or science after… Read more »