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April 17, 2014 Kelly Weidenbach, DrPH, is the new executive director of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department in Casper, Wyo. A 2013 alumna of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Weidenbach returned to her native state to “give back” to her community. She oversees the health department’s budgets and its several programs, from family… Read more »

April 17, 2014 Scott Zimmerman, DrPH, alumnus of what is now the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recently appointed director of the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) in Raleigh, N.C. NCSLPH provides certain medical and environmental laboratory services, including testing, consultation and training, to public and private health provider organizations… Read more »

April 17, 2014 Daniel Westreich, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Society of Epidemiologic Research’s Early Career Award. The award is offered in recognition of early-career epidemiologists who already have made substantial contributions to the field and who are… Read more »

April 8, 2014 Prestigious awards established at the Gillings School to honor outstanding alumni and faculty members will be presented on April 10 to C. Marjorie Aelion, PhD, and David Weber, MD. The presentation will precede the 46th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture, delivered this year by drinking water expert and advocate Gregory… Read more »

April 7, 2014 A new University of North Carolina finds little to cheer about in the fight against childhood obesity, despite a recent report to the contrary. The study, published online April 7 in JAMA Pediatrics, found that all classes of obesity in U.S. children have increased over the last 14 years. Perhaps most troubling,… Read more »

April 7, 2014 Educating parents and child-care providers about nutrition and physical activity can reap benefits for obese preschoolers, according to a study conducted by a research team that included Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, research professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  The article was published online… Read more »

March 20, 2014 Jay M. Bernhardt, PhD, former director of the National Center for Health Marketing at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and alumnus of UNC’s public health school, has been named founding director of The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication’s new Center for Health Communication, effective July… Read more »

March 5, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced the awarding of three new scholarships to current international students Nnaemeka (Emeka) Modebe, Nigerian master’s student in health policy and management; Charles Muiruri, Kenyan doctoral student in health policy and management; and Melchior Kashamuka (Kash) Mwandagalirwa, Congolese doctoral student in epidemiology. An initial… Read more »

Feb. 5, 2014 Colleen Bridger, PhD, Orange County (N.C.) health director, received the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors’ Health Director of the Year award on Jan. 22. The recognition is given to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in public health in the state and for leadership and involvement in local community and… Read more »

Jan. 29, 2014 DuBois Bowman, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s public health school, has been named professor and chair of the biostatistics department at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1. Bowman, who received a doctorate in biostatistics at UNC in 2000, served on the biostatistics and bioinformatics faculty in Emory University’s Rollins… Read more »