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Rimer announces intent to appoint Stürmer as epidemiology chair

December 14, 2017
Dr. Til Stürmer will become chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Epidemiology on March 1, 2018, pending necessary approvals, including from the UNC board of trustees. Dean Barbara K. Rimer expressed confidence in Stürmer’s deep commitment to assuring that the department remains one of the top programs in the world, and thanked outgoing chair, Dr. Andy Olshan, for 11 years of excellent service.

Gillings School hosts delegation from Cuba

November 30, 2017
On Nov. 17, the Gillings School welcomed First Secretary Miguel Fraga from the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, D.C. Among those who met with him were Julie MacMillan and Drs. Peggy Bentley and Clare Barrington.

Chen, Leos recognized as outstanding social entrepreneurs with Forbes ’30 under 30’ award

November 15, 2017
Health behavior doctoral students Liz Chen and Cristina Leos were selected by Forbes magazine’s ’30 Under 30′ program as outstanding social entrepreneurs. They are two of the three co-founders of MyHealthEd, a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based nonprofit organization that uses technology to make health education more accessible for teens. Photo by Brian Strickland.

Ramaswamy, others at Gillings School part of award-winning evaluation team

November 15, 2017
Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy was a key member of a team that won the American Evaluation Association’s 2017 Outstanding Evaluation Award, announced by the Association on Nov. 3.

Examples from Puerto Rico: Why the federal government must stay involved in Medicaid services

November 14, 2017
Dr. Jonathan Oberlander and colleagues assess the negative consequences of caps on Medicaid funding in an article published online Nov. 8 in the American Journal of Public Health.

2017 UNC-IntraHealth fellows explored wide range of health topics in summer program

October 15, 2017
Graduates of the eighth annual UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program spent 10 weeks working with global health professionals at IntraHealth International, taking part in projects that focused on HIV-related stigma, sexual discrimination at work, and other public health topics. Graduates of the program are Saja Al-Falahi, Alex Dest, Yutaka Endo and Kati Jackson.

Lansky selected as UNC Distinguished Alumna

October 13, 2017
Dr. Amy Lansky, Gillings School alumna, was selected as one of five 2017 recipients of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Awards. She and other winners were recognized Oct. 12, during UNC’s University Day ceremony.

‘Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS’ initiative helps students succeed in graduate school

October 12, 2017
Gillings School students Yesenia Merino, Leslie Adams and Samuel Baxter share their experiences as the first in their families to attend graduate school. The article originally appeared in The Graduate School publication, Carolina Chronicle.

Doctoral student selected as RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar

September 26, 2017
Mya Roberson, epidemiology doctoral student, was one of 40 graduate students selected from across the U.S. to participate in the Health Policy Research Scholars program. The program, led by George Washington University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, prepares the next generation of public health leaders to tackle persistent health challenges by creating innovative solutions through their research.

Gillings Merit Scholars and Gillings Dissertation Awards announced

August 29, 2017
Seventeen students were selected as recipients of Gillings Merit Scholarships or Gillings Dissertation Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year. The award funds, established in 2010 to help the Gillings School recruit and support graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, were made possible through the $50 million Gillings gift and are administered through the Gillings School’s Research, Innovation and Global Solutions office.