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November 09, 2012   Heart disease risk factors are widespread among Hispanic/Latino adults in the United States according to a study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).   Dr. Jianwen Cai The study, titled “Prevalence of Major Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Diseases Among Hispanic/Latino Individuals of Diverse Background in the… Read more »

  Dr. PK Sen Pranab Kumar Sen, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will be the featured speaker at the 23rd Pfizer Colloquium Series at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. The two-day event begins Thursday, Nov. 1. The Pfizer Colloquia by Distinguished Statisticians… Read more »

October 31, 2012 Dr. Amy Herring Amy Herring, ScD, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the prestigious Mortimer Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) statistics section. Herring was recognized Oct. 30 at APHA’s 140th annual meeting and exposition in San Francisco. The award is named… Read more »

October 26, 2012 Boosting calcium intake, especially from supplements, won’t improve bone mass, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (PDF). Dr. John Anderson John J.B. Anderson, PhD, nutrition professor emeritus at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, led the study, which assessed benefits of… Read more »

October 12, 2012 The University of Cambridge and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health will pioneer collaborative research in dementia, obesity, tobacco and alcohol, and disease progression and treatment.   A collaboration to transform public health has been forged between the University of Cambridge and the… Read more »

October 05, 2012 The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has renewed one of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health research and training grants, recognizing the School’s ongoing innovation and leadership. UNC’s program, Biostatistics for Research in Environmental Health, supports 23 doctoral and five postdoctoral scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and… Read more »

September 17, 2012 Dr. Lloyd Edwards Lloyd Edwards, PhD, planted an idea with his R2Beta statistic, and a group of landscape geneticists helped it grow. The results have been harvested and published in the August 2012 issue of the journal Molecular Ecology. The R2Beta statistic helps researchers assess how important any given predictors are in… Read more »

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 »

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 »

  September 10, 2012 Twelve students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been designated as 2012-2013 Gillings Merit Scholars. The scholarships, established in 2010 to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, are made possible through a $50 million gift to the School from Dennis Gillings and Joan… Read more »