Biostatistics News

Study finds no evidence that phthalates are responsible for increased childhood obesity

April 6, 2016 Jessie Buckley, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was featured in the “Science Selection” section of Environmental Health Perspectives for her recent research on phthalates and obesity in children. The research findings show no evidence of a connection between phthalates –… Read more »

Lane awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for biostatistics

March 31, 2016 Andrea Lane is one of 19 statistics students in the country to win a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in 2016. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program… Read more »

Gillings researchers find link between number of births and heart disease risk factors in Hispanic/Latina population

March 10, 2016 Six researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a recently published article linking the numbers of times Hispanic/Latina women give birth with their likelihood of developing a specific set of risk factors for heart disease. The lead author is Catherine Vladutiu, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of… Read more »

Four new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 29, 2016 Four teams of researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs), beginning this spring. The GIL awards offer faculty members support to advance their innovative research and more quickly translate scientific findings into workable solutions in local and global communities…. Read more »

Gillings School recognizes outstanding teachers with Innovation Awards

February 23, 2016 The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in Armfield Atrium on Feb. 22 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit – who were presented with UNC Gillings’ fifth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The 2016 awardees are Geni Eng, DrPH, professor of health… Read more »

Gillings student Han named 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholar

February 17, 2016 Fourth-year UNC undergraduate Larry Han is among the 35 Americans awarded scholarships in 2016 to pursue full-time graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. Han, who studies biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of two UNC scholars chosen for the honor. The other recipient is… Read more »

BIOS students win travel awards for ASA conference

February 23, 2016 Lu Mao and Jingxiang (Sean) Chen, doctoral students in biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been accorded American Statistical Association (ASA) travel awards. The awards will support their presenting research at the 2016 ASA Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Chicago, to be held July 30–Aug. 4. Mao,… Read more »

Former US Assistant Surgeon General guides the Gillings School toward a ‘culture of health’

February 13, 2016 “Every day, you should take your dog for a long walk – even if you don’t have a dog!” says Penny Slade-Sawyer, with a grin. Slade-Sawyer, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, former assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former director… Read more »

Law firm honors Dennis Gillings with additional support for Gillings School

February 10, 2016 In support of the work of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and in honor of Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, the partners of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP, have established the Dennis Gillings Leadership Endowment Fund. Smith Anderson’s gift was made in honor of Gillings’ recent retirement… Read more »

Two biostatistics 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 their papers’ “excellent quality and significant contributions to statistical methodology… Read more »