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Harmful algae taking advantage of global warming

April 03, 2008 photograph, Dr. Hans Paerl You know that green scum creeping across the surface of your local public water reservoir? Or maybe it’s choking out a favorite fishing spot or livestock watering hole. It’s probably cyanobacteria – blue-green algae – and, according to a paper in the April 4 issue of the journal… Read more »

Okun honored by Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders, USA, officially has changed the name of its UNC chapter to “The Daniel A. Okun Chapter of EWB-USA.” The name change honors the late Dr. Okun, Kenan University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, who passed away on Dec. 10, 2007. More information about Engineers Without Borders and the UNC chapter is available online.  … Read more »

Homeland Security funds UNC center to study natural disasters in coastal areas

February 27, 2008 Richard Luettich, D.Sc. When storms threaten America’s coastlines, emergency managers will have the latest scientific information to prepare and protect our coastlines and citizens, thanks to a multi-million dollar grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Rick Luettich, D.Sc., professor of… Read more »

Conference to explore impact of poverty, environment on minority health

February 25, 2008 The impact of poverty, culture and environment on minority health is the topic of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 29th annual Minority Health Conference, which will be held Friday, Feb. 29 at the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center. Photo, Dr. Nancy Krieger As a highlight of the… Read more »

Kotch to spend semester in Edinburgh on Kenan research leave

January 29, 2008   Photograph, Dr. Jonathan Kotch Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor of maternal and child health at the School of Public Health, is spending the next six months in Edinburgh, Scotland, having received 2007-2008 competitive Kenan research leave. There, he will help implement a comprehensive injury prevention plan for Scottish children and youth…. Read more »

School celebrates 10-year collaboration with University of Chile School of Public Health

January 23, 2008 Bangdiwala and LaVange (right) with University of Chile colleagues In 1998, a mid-winter trip to the southern hemisphere seemed like a hot idea to Shrikant Bangdiwala, PhD, research professor of biostatistics, and so he accepted an invitation to help organize and teach in a summer school at the University of Chile at… Read more »

Chinese, Carolina doctors to examine health-care challenges

January 17, 2008 Cardiac care, smoking, HIV/AIDS and health-care policies in the United States and China will be among topics of a free public forum Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Experts at Peking University and other institutions in China and their UNC research colleagues will present… Read more »

Kibera faces ethnic violence in response to presidential election results in Kenya

January 04, 2008 Rye Barcott, CFK president and founder Many in the School of Public Health community are familiar with the efforts of Carolina for Kibera (CFK), established in 2001 as an international, nongovernmental organization based in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. CFK leaders are alumni of the School, and the organization is an… Read more »

Munroe-Blum to speak at 2008 School of Public Health commencement

December 20, 2007   Photo, Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum Heather Munroe-Blum, principal and vice chancellor of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Carolina School of Public Health alumna, will give the commencement address for the School’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at 5 pm. in Memorial Hall on the UNC campus. Born in Montreal,… Read more »

School of Public Health supports UNC Smoke-Free Policy, effective Jan. 1, 2008

December 12, 2007 Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it can be done. So begins a message distributed recently by the American Cancer Society. UNC Smoke-free on Jan. 1! It is a message well-timed for faculty, staff and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The University is promoting a new policy requiring… Read more »