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Biostatistics News

BIOS students honored with Distinguished Paper Award

February 2, 2016 Biostatistics doctoral students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have won two of 20 Distinguished Student Paper Awards, accorded annually by the International Biometric Society’s Eastern North American Region (ENAR). The students, Alex Wong and Jingxiang Chen, were recognized for the “excellent quality and significant contribution to statistical methodology and… Read more »

Gillings School student, alumnus among first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

January 11, 2016 The two UNC recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award both represent the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Larry Han, a senior, and Max Seunik, a 2015 alumnus, have been awarded the elite China-based scholarship, which is modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone… Read more »

Hamer, research professor of biostatistics, passes away

January 6, 2015 Robert M. Hamer, PhD, research professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine, died in his home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Dec. 28, 2015. He was 65 years old. Hamer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology… Read more »

Herring named distinguished professor for achievements in biostatistical, environmental health

December 10, 2015 Amy H. Herring, ScD, faculty member in the biostatistics department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor of Children’s Environmental Health, effective Dec. 1. The professorship was established in 2003 to fund a distinguished teacher and scholar in the field of… Read more »

International Chinese Statistical Association honors Lin

December 10, 2015 Danyu Lin, PhD, Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recently celebrated by the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA). Lin received the organization’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes his overall body of work. “[We are] honored to present the Distinguished Achievement Award… Read more »

Cancer patient symptom surveys linked to reduced ER visits, improved survival and quality of life

December 7, 2015 Systematic collection of cancer patients’ symptoms using computer surveys was linked to less frequent emergency room admissions, longer average chemotherapy adherence, greater quality of life improvements, and improved survival, according to a new randomized, controlled trial spearheaded by a researcher at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The first-in-kind study,… Read more »

Study explores supply-side options to increase access to state psychiatric hospital beds

December 1, 2015 When patients with mental health needs cannot be properly treated through outpatient or general hospital care, state psychiatric hospitals act as the ultimate safety net. These state facilities are specifically designed and staffed to care for people with severe mental illness. Such hospitals can competently see patients through immediate crises as well… Read more »

Study finds older adults consume too much phosphorus, too little calcium

November 24, 2015 A new study has found that high intake of dietary phosphorus, relative to calcium intake, is associated with a lower calcium to phosphorus ratio overall. When this ratio skews low for calcium and high for phosphorus, it potentially has adverse health effects including arterial calcification, bone loss and death. The three co-authors… Read more »

Phi Beta Kappa welcomes ten from Gillings School

November 11, 2015 Ten students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been inducted as new members of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest college honorary society in the United States. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates who meet strict eligibility requirements. Fewer than one percent of all college students qualify…. Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »