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Student-led program to fight childhood obesity wins $50K grant

April 28, 2017
Master’s student Camille McGirt has been awarded $50,000 from the Kenan Charitable Trust to advance her organization, Healthy Girls Save the World. The nonprofit aims to improve health outcomes for middle-school-age girls through the promotion of healthy minds, bodies and relationships.

Heath behavior students claim prize for health equity

April 26, 2017
MyHealthEd, Inc., a nonprofit organization co-led by two students in the health behavior department, has won the $25,000 Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation.

Study finds small, mostly-male schools are less likely to have sexual assault policies

April 20, 2017
A new research paper highlights the wide variation in definitions of consent at universities across the United States.

Gillings School authors study online sex education intervention

April 19, 2017
A recent study assessed high school students’ and health teachers’ perceptions of an online sexuality education intervention – and found the tool a valuable resource that provided high-quality health education while improving student engagement, privacy and comfort. Doctoral student Liz Chen and Dr. Clare Barrington are study co-authors.

Valle awarded NCI grant to help young adult cancer survivors become more physically active

April 6, 2017
Dr. Carmina Valle was awarded a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, titled “Promoting physical activity in young adult cancer survivors using mHealth and adaptive tailored feedback strategies.”

Fourth annual GillingsX talks draw record crowd

March 27, 2017
The fourth annual GillingsX event, hosted by the Student Global Health Committee on March 23, highlighted students’ global health research experiences. The format is modeled after the TED talks, which aim to deliver an important idea in a short, interesting presentation.

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

March 24, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols and epidemiology student Chelsea Anderson were co-authors of a study that found women who were diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely – and to babies whose weights were below normal. Their findings were published in JAMA Oncology.

Eight faculty members selected as 2017 ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ awardees

March 24, 2017
Eight faculty members were selected by their students to receive the 2017 “Celebrate Teaching!” Award. The annual award honors those “who have inspired students; enhanced student learning through creative, engaging and innovative teaching methods; and supported students’ academic success and professional development.”

New survey will determine whether and how Zika affects Americans’ travel

March 16, 2017
Dr. Jim Herrington is collaborating with RTI International to survey Americans about whether the threat of contracting Zika virus is affecting their spring and summer travel plans.

Ribisl receives American Society of Preventive Oncology award for efforts to reduce tobacco use

March 16, 2017
Dr. Kurt Ribisl was honored on March 13 with the American Society of Preventive Oncology’s 2017 Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award for policy research aimed at limiting use of tobacco products, especially by young people.