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Public health undergrads inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 29, 2014 Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 176 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members. Awardees from the Gillings School of Global Public Health include: Kevin Chu (environmental health sciences) Garrison Gordon (environmental health sciences) Sarayu Kumar (environmental health sciences) Karina… Read more »

BIOS students awarded prestigious NSF fellowship, honorable mentions

April 29, 2014 Erika Helgeson, doctoral student in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Two other biostatistics students, Scott Karl Van Buren and Eric Van Buren, received honorable mentions. The fellowship program recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering… Read more »

Four public health students win Graduate School’s Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina

Graduate School also honors other public health awardees April 22, 2014 Four of the 20 students recognized by UNC’s Graduate School for research that has impact upon the people of North Carolina are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. A fifth student, an advisee of epidemiology professor Ralph Baric, PhD, is affiliated… Read more »

Repellent-treated clothing reduces tick bites by 80 percent, study finds

April 17, 2014 People who work outdoors are at high risk for tick-borne diseases.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers excellent recommendations for people who work outdoors to avoid tick bites – including wearing long sleeves and long pants, tucking pants into boots or socks, spraying your skin and clothing with… Read more »

Do the math: UNC BIOS students win whopping percentages of national paper, poster awards

March 28, 2014 Six students in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics received awards for their research at the International Biometric Society’s Eastern North American Region (ENAR) spring meeting, held March 16-19 in Baltimore. Qian Liu, Xiaoxi Liu, Ai (Andy) Ni, Fang-Shu Ou and Jing Zhou were among the more than… Read more »

Gillings appointed by UK’s prime minister to accelerate diagnosis, treatment, cure for dementia

March 10, 2014 Dennis Gillings, PhD, has been appointed by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to serve as World Dementia Envoy. In that role, Gillings will establish and lead a World Dementia Council to raise funds for research toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Gillings, founder and executive chair of Quintiles,… Read more »

Eight faculty members selected as innovative teachers at ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event

March 3, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Feb. 24 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s third annual Teaching Innovation Awards. Awardees included Steve Cole, PhD  (epidemiology),… Read more »

NHLBI’s newly-released ‘Data Book’ outlines Hispanic, Latino health and lifestyle habits

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… 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 »

BIOS postdoc wins Biometrics’ Paper of the Year award

Jan. 17, 2014 Joshua Warren, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected recently as author of the best paper published in 2011 or 2012 in the journal Biometrics. His work, “Spatial-temporal modeling of the association between air pollution exposure and preterm birth: identifying critical windows of… Read more »