Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

NIH launches largest oil spill health study

March 09, 2011 UNC epidemiologists participate in assessment of 55,000 cleanup workers   A new federal study will look at possible health effects of the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill upon 55,000 cleanup workers and volunteers across the United States, with a particular focus on persons in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. University… Read more »

Margolis featured on website commemorating 50th anniversary of Kennedy presidency

February 23, 2011 Dr. David Margolis David Margolis, MD, MPH, is featured on a new website that explores the legacy of President John F. Kennedy through the core themes of public service, science and innovation, civil rights, domestic affairs, the arts, foreign policy and diplomacy and the environment. Margolis is professor of medicine in the… Read more »

Studying at UNC Public Health: What’s love got to do with it?

  February 13, 2011 Apparently, a good bit.   Around Valentine’s Day, we delight in the stories we’ve heard about couples who met, fell in love and made a lifetime commitment while they were students at Gillings School of Global Public Health. To all our other areas of global expertise – in air, water, infectious… Read more »

Mayer-Davis and Van Horn appointed by President to national public health advisory group

January 28, 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor of nutrition in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Sharon… Read more »

Baker featured on ASPH’s Feb. 1 preparedness education webcast

January 18, 2011 Dr. Ed Baker Ed Baker Jr., MD, MPH, will be one of three speakers featured on a webcast hosted by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Baker, research professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Annual Fund provides support for 16 rising stars

November 29, 2010 In 2009, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for the first time earmarked money from its Annual Fund to provide scholarship assistance to eight of its most outstanding students. This year, thanks to generous donors and friends, the number of scholarship recipients doubled to 16 students, two from each department. Each… Read more »

Awards and recognitions (March – September 2010)

November 29, 2010 Visit our longer list of recognitions March – September 2010  FACULTY Dr. Mark Sobsey Sobsey invited to NASA’s first LAUNCH event Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering, was one of 10 innovators chosen to participate in NASA’s inaugural LAUNCH event, held March 16-18, at the Kennedy Space… Read more »

The world is fat

November 29, 2010 * Our article uses the title of a popular treatise by Dr. Barry Popkin, The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race (New York, Penguin Books, 2008). For more information, see http://tinyurl.com/theworldisfat.   Across North Carolina and around the world, researchers from UNC Gillings… Read more »

Is perceived racism a risk factor for obesity?

November 29, 2010   Dr. Anissa Vines (photo by Linda Kastleman) Does perceived racism contribute to higher rates of obesity among African-Americans? The question is complicated. “Right now, the literature is not at all consistent on the question of whether exposure to racism increases obesity risk,” says Anissa I. Vines, PhD, epidemiology research assistant professor… Read more »