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Tar Heel Bus Tour marks 10 years of taking new faculty to North Carolina’s people, places

May 02, 2007 School of Public Health participation common How can a new faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, coming from states such as Michigan or California, best teach students from the Tar Heel state? And how can these newcomers get the background they need to conduct research and public… Read more »

Training 911 dispatchers to recognize symptoms

April 02, 2007 Training 911 dispatchers to recognize the symptoms of stroke may improve the chances of getting the right help to victims sooner, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. Researchers from UNC’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine surveyed 85 emergency dispatch centers in North Carolina between 2001 and… Read more »

Drs. Mark Sobsey and Gerardo Heiss named Kenan professors

April 02, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Gerardo Heiss Photograph of Dr. Mark Sobsey Drs. Gerardo Heiss and Mark Sobsey have been named Kenan professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, endowed faculty positions awarded to outstanding scholars and teachers. “Dr. Heiss and Dr. Sobsey each have made… Read more »

Family members most often source of whooping cough in young infants

March 27, 2007 Infants with whooping cough were most likely infected by the people they live with, according to a multi-country study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. The study found that parents were the source of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in 55… Read more »

UNC researchers to test worksite weight loss programs

March 21, 2007 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are recruiting more than 1,200 overweight employees at several North Carolina colleges and universities for a study of workplace weight-loss programs. The project will test four worksite-based weight-loss programs. Researchers hope to uncover cost-effective ways for employers to help employees lose weight… Read more »

High-fruit, low-meat diet reduces colon cancer risk, UNC study finds

March 20, 2007 People who eat a high-fruit, low-meat diet have about half the risk of developing precancerous colon polyps than those who eat a high-meat diet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. Surprisingly, the study also found that people who eat a high-vegetable, moderate-meat diet have essentially the same risk… Read more »

Rye Barcott to be School of Public Health May commencement speaker

March 20, 2007 Photograph of Rye Barcott Rye Barcott, founder and president of Carolina for Kibera, will speak at the commencement ceremony for the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, the School announced today. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Barcott, 27, currently is… Read more »

University honors 10 teachers with distinguished professorships; two from School of Public Health

March 09, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Gerardo Heiss Photograph of Dr. Mark Sobsey The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced the latest recipients of its 2007 distinguished professorships, which are among the highest campus-wide recognitions of excellence. Drs. Gerardo Heiss and Mark Sobsey from the School of Public Health are two of… Read more »

Teenagers with retail, service jobs at risk of injury, robberies, sleep deprivation

March 05, 2007 Despite federal regulations intended to protect them, many teenagers in the U.S. use dangerous equipment or work long hours during the school week, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. The national study was based on telephone surveys of 928 teenaged workers, 14 to 18 years old. The… Read more »

Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, MD, dies at 82

February 27, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Al Tyroler Dr. Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, Allumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health, died February 18, 2007. He was 82 years old. Born September 5, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Tyroler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University in 1943, received… Read more »