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BIOS students win first prize for original song and video in ASA’s ‘You’ve Got Talent’ contest

August 11, 2014 Biostatistics graduate students Avner Halevy and Nicolas Ballarini led a Gillings School of Global Public Health production team that tied for first place in the American Statistical Association’s “You’ve Got Talent!” contest. The four finalists performed during the Joint Statistical Meetings Aug. 2-7 in Boston. Halevy, composer, singer and guitarist on the… Read more »

Nezami wins Gillings Dissertation Award

July 9, 2014 Brooke Nezami, doctoral candidate in health behavior, has received the 2014 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize funded through the Gillings gift. Nezami’s dissertation, “Healthy Weight Behaviors and Weight Change in Parents and Children Ages 3-5,” focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity through a family-based approach. Nezami will use an intervention… 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 »

Doctoral students in ESE and nutrition honored with Gillings Dissertation Award

June 19, 2013 Ya-Ru Li Carmen Piernas Sanchez Ya-Ru Li and Carmen Piernas Sanchez, doctoral students at Gillings School of Global Public Health, have received the 2013 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize that will support their research and dissertation writing.   Li, who is advised by Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, assistant professor of environmental… Read more »

Two Gillings entrepreneurs are winners at this year’s Carolina Challenge

April 08, 2013 Two teams of entrepreneurs affiliated with Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the top four Carolina Challenge winners for 2013.   Yang Chen, Camille McGirt and Reena Gupta (l-r) claimed the second-place overall prize for their work with Healthy Girls Save the World. Photo by Patrick Vernon. Liz Morris (left)… Read more »

Twelve receive Gillings Merit Scholarships

  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 »

Water Institute, Hilton Foundation unite to bring safe drinking water to those most in need

August 08, 2012 The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. The institute will use the grant in liaison with the foundation and… Read more »

School plays key role in launch of Lancet series on family planning

  July 10, 2012 Increasing access to family planning will play a central role in achieving United Nations targets for maternal health, eradication of poverty, education, and gender equality, according to a major new Series on Family Planning published July 10 by The Lancet. Dr. Herbert B. Peterson Herbert B. Peterson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor… Read more »

Fight the (tick) bite: Profile of doctoral student Meagan Vaughn

July 03, 2012   This article originally appeared as a UNC “Spotlight” feature.   Ticks. The word itself is enough to give most people the willies.   In what should be a relief to folks who work and play outdoors, a UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral student found out how to almost completely avoid tick bites.  … Read more »

Groves and Paich win Gillings Dissertation Awards

June 15, 2012   Allison Groves Heather Paich Allison Groves and Heather Paich, students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the 2012 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize to support doctoral research and dissertation writing at the School. Groves, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education,* is… Read more »