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Gillings School alumnus selected as finalist for Service to America Medal

May 27, 2016 Allen Wilcox, PhD, Gillings School alumnus and a pioneer in reproductive epidemiology, has been selected as a finalist for a 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, a prestigious honor for federal government professionals. The service medals, also known as “Sammies,” are the “Oscars” of government service. Named for the late… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus to serve as Taiwan’s EPA director

May 25, 2016 Ying-Yuan Lee, PhD, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan. Lee previously held a number of government positions in the Republic of China, including member of the National Parliament, Minister of the Council of Labor Affairs, Secretary-General of… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus honored for promoting healthy lifestyles in Native American communities

May 25, 2016 Anthony Fleg, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Health alumnus, was honored recently by the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for his work in promoting healthy lifestyles with Native American families and youth. The President’s Council Community Leadership Award is given annually to no more than 50 individuals… Read more »

Alumna to lead Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

May 24, 2016 Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been chosen as president-elect of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She will serve in that capacity for one year before becoming president of the Society in 2017. Coyne-Beasley is professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the… Read more »

Gammon and colleagues respond to international study on exercise and cancer risk reduction

May 20, 2016 An invited commentary, co-written by two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers and a Gillings School alumna now at Emory University, concurs with the “exciting findings” of a major international study. Those findings “underscore the importance of leisure-time physical activity as a potential risk-reduction strategy to decrease the cancer burden… Read more »

Novant Health Gift Establishes Distinguished Lecturer Fund at UNC Gillings

May 19, 2016 A gift from Novant Health will establish the “Novant Health Distinguished Lecturer Fund” at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Novant Health Distinguished Lecturers will be chosen and presented by UNC Gillings Department of Health Policy and Management. The first of these will occur in the… Read more »

Gillings to present School’s commencement address on May 7

April 18, 2016 Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, will present the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s commencement address on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. in Carmichael Arena. A visionary in the contract research organization industry, Gillings is co-founder and former executive chair of Quintiles Transnational, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical services company. Prior to… Read more »

Gillings School alumna wins University Award for Advancement of Women

April 1, 2016 Mary Shen, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna and currently a medical student in the UNC School of Medicine, has received the UNC General Alumni Association’s University Award for the Advancement of Women. Shen, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in nutrition at the Gillings School… Read more »

Two UNC Gillings students selected as Innovation Next award finalists

March 30, 2016 Two students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the finalists for the 2016 “Innovation Next” project, an award that includes $80,000 in development funds and the opportunity to work the renowned global design company IDEO to refine and execute their proposal. Created by a grant by the U.S…. Read more »

Gillings researchers find link between number of births and heart disease risk factors in Hispanic/Latina population

March 10, 2016 Six researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a recently published article linking the numbers of times Hispanic/Latina women give birth with their likelihood of developing a specific set of risk factors for heart disease. The lead author is Catherine Vladutiu, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of… Read more »