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ASTHO honors Devlin for leadership and contributions to public health

September 18, 2012 Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, Gillings Professor of the Practice of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, accepted the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) 2012 Alumni Award on Sept. 13 at the association’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas.   Dr. Leah Devlin (center)… Read more »

Davis takes on leadership of CSCC

September 17, 2012 Dr. Sonia Davis Sonia Davis, DrPH, has been appointed director of the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC), part of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Biostatistics. A UNC biostatistics alumna, Davis is now Professor of the Practice in the department.   “We wanted [as CSCC director] a biostatistician… Read more »

James Abernathy, renowned statistician and international demographer, dies Sept. 3

September 12, 2012 Dr. Abernathy James R. Abernathy, PhD, retired professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Sept. 3, 2012. He was 86.   Dr. Abernathy was a well-known international demographer who published dozens of statistical papers. He was a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and North… Read more »

Older overweight children consume fewer calories than do their healthy-weight peers

September 10, 2012 A new study by UNC pediatrics researchers finds a surprising difference in the eating habits of overweight children between ages 9 and 17 years compared to those younger than 9.Younger children who are overweight or obese consume more calories per day than do their healthy- weight peers. Among older overweight children, however,… Read more »

Alumna appointed to state commission

September 09, 2012 Dr. Marva Price Alumna Marva Mizell Price, DrPH, associate professor in Duke University’s School of Nursing, has been appointed by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to the Mining and Energy Commission. Price will serve a four-year term ending in June 2016. The new commission, legislated by the N.C. General Assembly, will develop… Read more »

HB capstone team wins state planning award for work with Department on Aging

September 03, 2012   A team comprised of one student and four recent alumnae has won the Marvin Collins Planning Award for Graduate Student Project Planning, presented by the N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association. Left to right are award-winning capstone team members Phoebe Goldberg, Marcia Perritt, Laura Major, Rebecca Woodruff and Hannah Prentice-Dunn…. Read more »

Alumni Association hosts welcome event for students Sept. 10

August 27, 2012 School’s active alumni association announces new leaders and chapters, hosts Sept. 10 panel discussion It has been a busy year for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association. The 17,000-member group has elected new members, changed its bylaws, established its first regional chapters, announced generous scholarships, and will co-sponsor… Read more »

Alumna honored for outstanding teaching at University of Texas

August 10, 2012   Shine Chang, PhD, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, recently was one of the first recipients of the new Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for University of Texas (UT) health institutions. She also was inducted into the UT Academy of Health Science Educators.   Chang is Distinguished Teaching Professor and… Read more »

Teens’ expectations of early death predict risk-taking behavior in early adulthood

August 02, 2012   Dr. Quynh Nguyen Young people who once reported thinking they had a 50 percent or less chance of surviving to age 35 are more likely to engage in risky behavior later in life than their more hopeful peers, according to a new study from researchers at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

HPV vaccine does not encourage less common HPV strains, study finds

July 26, 2012 Dr. Jennifer S. Smith A new study led by researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strengthens the argument for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in men. The research showed that the vaccine, which targets the two most common strains of the virus (HPV 16 and 18) likely would not cause… Read more »