Recognitions and Awards
HPM authors win ‘Article of the Year’ award
May 1, 2017
Brystana Kaufman, MSPH, health policy and management student, is first author of an article selected as The Journal of Rural Health’s inaugural Article of the Year for 2016. “The Rising Rate of Rural Hospital Closures,” published in the journal’s winter 2016 print issue, was co-authored by researchers at UNC’s Sheps Center, including Drs. Mark Holmes and George Pink, of the Gillings School.
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.
Ammerman named first Mildred Kaufman Professor of nutrition
April 27, 2017
Dr. Alice Ammerman has been named the inaugural Mildred Kaufman Professor of nutrition. The professorship was announced at the Gillings School’s 49th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 27, pending final university approvals.
Zeisel awarded fellowship in American Society for Nutrition
April 27, 2017
Dr. Steve Zeisel has been inducted into the American Society for Nutrition’s 2017 Class of Fellows. Fellowship is the Society’s highest honor, offered to scientists who have had distinguished careers in the field of nutrition.
Mayer-Davis receives ASN’s Excellence in Nutrition Education Award
April 27, 2017
Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis has been honored with the American Society for Nutrition’s 2017 Excellence in Nutrition Education Award. She was recognized on April 23 during the ASN’s Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology 2017, in Chicago.
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.
Biostatistics students receive travel awards for ASA conference
April 18, 2017
Chong Jin and Rachel Nethery, doctoral students of biostatistics, have been awarded American Statistical Association (ASA) travel awards for their respective work on clonal evolution and social vulnerability.
BIOS students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
April 11, 2017
Elizabeth Chase and Taylor Lagler of the Department of Biostatistics have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
Bentley wins 2017 Triangle Global Health Award
April 4, 2017
Dr. Peggy Bentley has been selected as the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s 2017 Triangle Global Health Champion. Bentley will be honored at a May 2 meeting of the consortium for her life-long commitment to advancing global health around the world and in local North Carolina communities.
Troester named new director of Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
April 1, 2017
Dr. Melissa Troester has been named director of the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS), effective April 1. She succeeds Dr. James Swenberg, who had led CEHS since 2001.