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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.

Sorenson, former chair of health behavior, dead at 74

March 15, 2017
Dr. James Sorenson, who chaired the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior from 1985 to 1996, died in Pittsboro, N.C., on March 13. He was 74.

Nutrition professors contribute chapters to Eating Disorders and Obesity text

March 2, 2017
Drs. Cynthia Bulik, June Stevens and Deborah Tate wrote chapters in the third edition of Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook, published this year by The Guilford Press.

Maman, Herndon selected for School’s Greenberg, Barr awards

February 20, 2017
Dr. Suzanne Maman, professor of health behavior, and Sally Herndon, a health behavior alumna, have won, respectively, the Greenberg Award for excellence in teaching, research and service and the Barr Award, for contributions in public health by a Gillings School alumnus/a. Maman and Herndon will be honored at the 2017 Foard Lecture, to be held on April 27.

Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding

February 16, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Gillings School was the top public health school at a public university in receiving NIH funding during fiscal year 2016. The School received 107 awards, for a total of $65,454,312 in funding.

Ida Friday, UNC’s first lady, dies at 97

February 9, 2017
Ida Howell Friday, MPH, artist, activist and epitome of grace, married for 70 years to the late William Clyde Friday, former president of The University of North Carolina system, died Feb. 6, at the age of 97. Friday earned a master’s degree in health education at the Gillings School in 1948.

Aaron Williams, RTI executive, former Peace Corps director, selected as Gillings School’s commencement speaker

January 25, 2017
Aaron Williams will present the Gillings School’s commencement address on May 13 at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena. Williams is executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International and past director of the U.S. Peace Corps.

Obesity prevention education has positive impact on college students, study finds

Dr. Leslie Lytle led a weight-gain prevention intervention program for people in their first and second years of college. The results, reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, show that online social networking and support can help prevent weight gain in this group of young adults. Lytle is professor and chair of health behavior at the Gillings School.