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Alumnus Madkour wins APHA award for research about intimate partner homicide in NC

November 10, 2009 Dr. Aubrey Madkour Aubrey Spriggs Madkour, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has received a research award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) epidemiology section. Madkour, who graduated from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Steckler and Eng recognized as Distinguished Fellows, SOPHE’s highest honor

October 09, 2009 Dr. Geni Eng Dr. Allan Steckler Allan B. Steckler, DrPH, and Eugenia (Geni) Eng, DrPH, professors of health behavior and health education at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have received the Society for Public Health Education’s Distinguished Fellow Award for significant and lasting contributions to SOPHE and to the… Read more »

Devlin, alumna and former state health director, joins School as Gillings Visiting Professor

September 22, 2009 Dr. Leah Devlin Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, who until recently was North Carolina’s State Health Director, has been appointed as a Gillings Visiting Professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The position is based in the Department of Health Policy and Management. In her new role, Devlin will… Read more »

UNC study: Color-coded chart improves parents’ understanding of body mass index (BMI)

  September 17, 2009 A new study shows that parents are more likely to understand a body mass index (BMI) chart if it is color-coded, like a traffic light, than the standard charts currently in use. Dr. Eliana Perrin “We think that better communication of BMI from doctor to parent could lead to parents’ earlier… Read more »

Bazán, School alumna, honored at Meredith College event

August 17, 2009 Andrea Bazán Andrea Bazán, MPH, alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was the guest of honor on Aug. 6 at ¡Levantate, North Carolina!, held in Meredith College’s Jones Auditorium. Former N.C. Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. was the keynote speaker, and WRAL-TV anchor Pam Saulsby served as master… Read more »

UNC researchers: Smoking rates significantly higher among homosexual men, women

July 27, 2009 Men and women who are gay or lesbian are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to smoke, according to findings from a review study carried out by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joseph Lee Joseph Lee, social research specialist with the Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program in the UNC… Read more »

Shelp heads new Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

July 23, 2009 Dr. Frank Shelp Frank E. Shelp, MD, MPH, has been named Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) by Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue. Shelp is a 2006 alumnus of the UNC Department of Health Policy and Administration, now the Department of Health Policy and Management at the… Read more »

Mande, School alumnus, named to USDA post

July 16, 2009 Jerold Mande, MPH Jerold R. Mande, MPH, was named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 9. Mande, a 1983 alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Master of Public Health program in nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, will oversee the Food Safety… Read more »

Peters receives Presidential award for early-career scientists

July 16, 2009 Dr. Riki Peters Ulrike (Riki) Peters, PhD, associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., was named by President Obama in July as one of 100 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals… Read more »

UNC study: People who bike or walk to work are more fit, less fat than drivers

July 13, 2009 Trying to get fit, but can’t work it into your daily schedule? Incorporating even relatively short bouts of exercise into a daily commute appears to deliver significant rewards, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen Researchers, led by Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, associate… Read more »