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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 »

Children’s movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity

Dec. 10, 2013 Two Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnae, now working in the UNC School of Medicine, have found that many recent popular children’s movies feature content involving some characters who have unhealthy eating behaviors and others who stigmatize them for being overweight or obese. The study, led by Eliana M. Perrin, MD,… Read more »

Screening new inmates for HIV may not reveal many new undetected cases, study shows

Nov. 26, 2013 More than 90 percent of HIV-infected inmates entering prison in North Carolina previously had tested positive for the virus, according to a study published in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  A significant proportion of people with HIV in the United States enter the prison system… Read more »

Alumnus Richards takes new position at CDC, will give keynote at School’s informatics conference

Aug. 27, 2013   Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed director of the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Richards, who earned a Master of Public Health in health policy and administration from the School… Read more »

New director appointed at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Aug. 20, 2013   Norman (“Ned”) Sharpless, MD, will become the third director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds H. Shelton (“Shelley”) Earp, MD, who became deputy director of the cancer center in 1985 and director in 1997.   Sharpless, a Morehead Scholar and honors graduate of UNC… Read more »

Reducing carbon monoxide emissions: a win-win for air quality and climate change

Aug. 1, 2013 Curtailing emissions of a common non-greenhouse gas can improve air quality regionally in the near term and contribute globally to the reduction of two detrimental greenhouse gases. A new study led by Meridith Fry, PhD, recent alumna of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, examines… Read more »

Gillings student, lecturer win dissertation awards

July 18, 2013   Shellie Ellis, MA, and Shelley Golden, PhD, are recipients of the 2013 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 prize to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. Shellie Ellis Ellis, doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Research evaluates overdose death definitions used in statistics, suggests revision

July 09, 2013   According to national statistics, deaths from drug overdose have increased consistently since the early 1990s. New research, however, suggests that those numbers may not be accurate and deserve closer examination.   Dr. Nab Dasgupta Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, 2013 epidemiology alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, worked with colleagues… Read more »