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Alumnus Jean Orelien, founder of SciMetrika, rated top entrepreneur

October 21, 2010 Dr. Jean Orelien Jean Orelien, DrPH, president and chief executive officer of SciMetrika LLC in Durham, N.C., and alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, has been selected as one of this year’s “Top 10 Black Entrepreneurs” by Inc. magazine.   The magazine delivers advice, tools… Read more »

Public health alumna, McGill University innovator to speak at University Day

September 14, 2010 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community will celebrate its history as the nation’s first public university during University Day on Oct. 12, 2010.   Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum The theme of this year’s University Day convocation will be innovation and entrepreneurship. The featured speaker, Heather Munroe-Blum, PhD, is a highly… Read more »

School mourns passing of Mary Bobbitt-Cooke

August 20, 2010 Mary Bobbitt-Cooke, MPH, retired director of the N.C. Office of Healthy Carolinians and Health Education, died on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at her home in Hillsborough, N.C. Ms. Mary Bobbitt-Cooke A 1986 graduate of the UNC public health school’s Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, Bobbitt-Cooke served the state through the… Read more »

Browning, Vinroot elected to UNC Board of Visitors

July 21, 2010 Two people affiliated with UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are among 40 elected as new members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Visitors, one of the most active volunteer groups at the University.   Mr. Kelly Browning Dr. Rich Vinroot Jr. Kelly B. Browning, member… Read more »

School researcher, alumnus contribute data on tobacco use among sexual minorities

July 12, 2010 Dr. Cathy Melvin Joseph Lee UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty member Cathy Melvin, PhD, and alumnus Joseph Lee, MPH, CPH, were leaders in providing data used in “Smoking Out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community,” a report recently published by the… Read more »

An Oak Island pirate in Baghdad

July 08, 2010 Cathy Jane Bowes Master of Public Health in health behavior and health education (1988)Cathy Jane Bowes, regaled in a t-shirt with the slogan “To err is human, to aaarrrgh is pirate,” gets up from her circle of friends at the Flying Pig, a coffee shop in Oak Island, N.C., to come to… Read more »

School reaccredited by CEPH for maximum period, seven years

July 06, 2010 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrated more than Independence Day this holiday weekend. On July 2, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced the School’s reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for seven years, the maximum period of renewal. “This is great news!” Rimer said in an email… Read more »

UNC conference to focus on health care reform’s impact on minorities

May 12, 2010 Recently passed health care reform law and its potential impact upon minority health disparities will be the focus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 16th annual Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on Minority Health. The event is scheduled Tuesday, June 8, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in… Read more »

Hebert, school alumnus, honored with VMI’s Daniels Humanitarian Award

May 10, 2010 Dr. Paul Hebert Paul V. Hebert, PhD, alumnus of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received Virginia Military Institute’s distinguished Jonathan Myrick Daniels Humanitarian Award for a career devoted to altruistic work in many countries.   The award was established in 1997 to honor Jonathan M. Daniels (VMI, 1961), who… Read more »

Patients with IBS commonly use narcotics, study finds

May 04, 2010 Doctors often unnecessarily treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with narcotics, according to a study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.   “This course of treatment is generally inadvisable because it does not improve functional status and may have adverse long term effects,” said study lead author Spencer D…. Read more »