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Weber, Aelion to be honored at Foard Lecture

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 »

Severe obesity on the rise among children in the U.S.

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 »

NAP SACC program educates care providers and parents; improves children’s health, study finds

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 »

HB alumnus Bernhardt to lead new health communication center at University of Texas

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 »

Gifts from alumni Stangl and Raymond inspire three scholarships for international students

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 »

Gillings alumna Bridger honored as NC health director of the year

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 »

BIOS alumnus Bowman selected to lead Columbia’s biostatistics department

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 »

Gillings alumna leads new venture selected for UNC’s social innovation incubator

Jan. 23, 2014 Camille McGirt, 2013 alumna of the Gillings School’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health program in health policy and management, was selected as one of 10 winners of the 2014 Social Innovation Challenge at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will receive a two-year residency in CUBE, Carolina’s social… Read more »

Water Institute community mourns passing of former student Banerjee

Jan. 14, 2014 Ovik Banerjee, 24, former colleague at the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Water Institute at UNC, died unexpectedly on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas. Mr. Banerjee received a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors in 2012 in environmental science and biology in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. His… Read more »

Nutrition student teaches healthy eating habits to community in Ecuador

Dec. 11, 2013 Watching a student become a teacher is a teacher’s best reward. So says Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP). Ammerman recently heard from Cate Parker, her former student in Nutrition… Read more »