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Biostatistics News

School reaccredited by CEPH for maximum period, seven years

July 06, 2010 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrated more than Independence Day this holiday weekend. On July 2, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced the School’s reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for seven years, the maximum period of renewal. “This is great news!” Rimer said in an email… Read more »

Poll shows growing support in North Carolina to increase state’s tobacco tax

  June 24, 2010 Raising taxes typically is not a popular idea, but the option of increasing cigarette sales tax has been gaining momentum in North Carolina for the past several years. Statewide polls since 2004 have shown a majority of North Carolinians support increasing the sales tax on cigarettes as a means of generating… Read more »

UNC study helps explain why black patients with lung cancer have surgery less often than whites

June 17, 2010 A new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study that follows patients with lung cancer is one of the first to suggest why patients choose not to have life-preserving lung surgery and why such surgery is sought less often by blacks.   Samuel Cykert, MD, associate professor in the UNC School… Read more »

Diverse group of students begins competitive fellowship program

June 09, 2010 Fellows from the UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program stop at the Old Well in the center of campus. Until recently, Whitney Chrisco didn’t even know that the field of public health existed. She studied biological sciences at North Carolina State University for four years and participated in service learning activities as… Read more »

Zeng awarded Fellow status by Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Dr. Donglin Zeng Donglin Zeng, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of this year’s Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) Fellows. He and the other honorees will be recognized at the IMS Presidential Address and Awards session at the 73rd IMS Annual Meeting… Read more »

Zelman and Herring honored for teaching, mentoring

May 10, 2010 Dr. Felicia Mebane (center) recognizes Drs. Zelman and Herring (standing) as recipients of the School’s Larsh and McGavran awards. The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health presented two prestigious faculty awards during the School’s 70th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8. William Zelman, PhD, professor of health policy and management, received… Read more »

Patients with IBS commonly use narcotics, study finds

May 04, 2010 Doctors often unnecessarily treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with narcotics, according to a study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.   “This course of treatment is generally inadvisable because it does not improve functional status and may have adverse long term effects,” said study lead author Spencer D…. Read more »

Preventing HPV might lower risk of HIV infection in men

April 28, 2010 Men infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) are at greater risk of becoming infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) than men who are not HPV positive, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   Preventing HPV infection could be a way to slow the HIV epidemic, the researchers… Read more »

Herring, Preisser, Zhou elected as ASA fellows

April 20, 2010 Dr. Amy Herring Dr. Haibo Zhou Dr. John Preisser Three biostatistics faculty members at UNC Gillings School of Global Health have been elected as fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA).   Amy Herring, ScD, associate professor, John Preisser Jr., PhD, research professor, and Haibo Zhou, PhD, professor, will be inducted in… Read more »

Sen wins prestigious ASA Samuel S. Wilks award for 2010

Dr. Pranab K. Sen Pranab K. Sen, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics and professor of statistics and operations research, is the 2010 winner of the American Statistical Association’s Samuel S. Wilks Award. Sen is the 46th recipient of this award, and the first recipient from UNC Chapel Hill’s Department of Biostatistics. Norman… Read more »