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Two with Public Health ties receive honorary UNC degrees Sunday

Heather Munroe_Blum The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will award honorary degrees to five highly accomplished individuals at Sunday’s graduation ceremony, including two with strong ties to the School of Public Health. Heather Munroe-Blum, PhD, principal and vice chancellor of McGill University in Montreal, UNC School of Public Health alumna, and speaker at… Read more »

Building partnerships to stop disease

April 28, 2008 Dr. Victor Cáceres and family Dr. Victor Cceres is a lot of things: board-certified clinician, researcher, and a field epidemiologist who has investigated disease outbreaks. His friend and colleague Dr. Augusto Lopez says “Victor’s participation always opens doors instead of closing them.” A captain in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public… Read more »

Vice president at Amgen, Inc. says connections made at Carolina continue

April 28, 2008 George Williams When George Williams was working as a statistician at the National Institute of Mental Health in the 1960s, he became interested in the application of statistics to public health problems . A “numbers man,” with degrees in both mathematics and statistics, Williams wanted to add a medical component to his… Read more »

“Success is a team effort”

April 28, 2008   Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum Advises first female principal of Montreal’s McGill University When UNC School of Public Health alumna Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum talks about leadership, she speaks of “team effort,” “principles,” and “new possibility.” “Look for people who bring different things to the table than you do,” she advises young leaders. “Bring… Read more »

From puppies to people

April 28, 2008 Weedon understands link between veterinary and public health concerns. Dr. Bob Weedon spent the Christmas holiday of 2006 as he often has over the years, working in his veterinary hospital in Wilmington, N.C. Things are usually slow then, but this year was different. The condition of a puppy admitted to the clinic… Read more »

Putting teeth in in public health

  April 28, 2008 Alum spearheads Arkansas’ water fluoridation efforts; founds PANDA program to train dentists worldwide to recognize and report abuse Dr. Lynn Mouden has been called a communist, fascist and even the minion of the devil. That’s on a good day. As the director of the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health,… Read more »

Competence and charisma

April 28, 2008 Dr. P. LaMont Bryant Dr. P. LaMont Bryant likes making an impact on peopl e’s lives. From dominating the field as captain of the football team at N.C. Central University, to conducting groundbreaking research as a g aduate student work ing at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to being the renowned public… Read more »

Efficient, reliable injury data collection saves lives

  April 28, 2008 Dr. Robert Verhalen Years ago, electric frying pans, coffee pots and other kitchen appliances came with long cords so people could put them anywhere on the counter, no matter where the electric plug was. But long cords were easy for children to grab, pull, and dump hot coffee, grease or other… Read more »

School alum revolutionizes study of occupational epidemiology

  April 28, 2008 Dr. Aaron Blair Dr. Aaron Blair’s first taste of public health came from an unlikely quarter. While wor king as a lecturer in 1973 at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., he was asked to teach a course in human anatomy and physiology. Problem was, Blair’s undergraduate and master’s degrees… Read more »

Assessing what happens in the real world

April 28, 2008 Epidemiologists provide compass for pharmaceutical research. Before pharmaceutical companies decide where to focus research, they want to know what the unmet needs are. They want to know about the diseases – and the patients – they hope to treat. That’s where pharmaceutical epidemiologists like Dr. Alice White come in. White, who has… Read more »