Recognitions and Awards
Figueroa, Ochs and Reilly chosen for Staff Excellence Award
Angelica Figueroa, executive assistant to the dean, Andrew Ochs, instructional web developer in IIS, and Cindy Reilly, student services manager for the Public Health Leadership Program, received the Gillings School’s 2016 Staff Excellence Award on Nov. 3. This year is the first in which there was more than one awardee.
Ward, Tate honored by The Obesity Society
Drs. Dianne Ward and Deborah Tate, nutrition professors, received prestigious awards from The Obesity Society for their career-long contributions to research that aims to prevent and treat obesity. Ward received the Bar-Or Award for pediatric obesity research, and Tate won the Pioneer Award, for demonstrating excellence in advancing technologies that prevent and treat obesity.
UNC-led, multicenter study to examine Metformin’s impact on infant health
Dr. Sonia Davis of the Department of Biostatistics will co-lead a five-year, multicenter clinical trial titled Medical Optimization and Management of Pregnancies with Overt Type 2 Diabetes (MOMPOD). MOMPOD will examine the impact of combined Metformin and insulin therapy on infant outcomes with mothers experiencing Type 2 diabetes in pregnancy.
Schoenbach honored with APHA’s Lilienfeld Award for excellence in teaching epidemiology
Dr. Victor Schoenbach, associate professor of epidemiology, was selected for the Abraham Lilienfeld Award, given by the American Public Health Association’s epidemiology section. Schoenbach accepts the award on Oct. 31, during the APHA’s annual meeting, held in Denver. The award recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology over the course of a career.
Leos to accept Outstanding Student Paper Award from APHA Latino Caucus
Cristina Leos, a student of health behavior, will receive an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association for her work around the educational experiences of Latino immigrant young men.
Eng, Stafford, Cole and Darity honored at University Day event
Dr. Eugenia Eng and Paula Brown Stafford were honored at UNC’s University Day ceremony on Oct. 11. Eng, professor of health behavior, accepted the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award. Stafford, a biostatistics alumna, was named one of UNC’s five distinguished alumni.
Sullivan appointed director of Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Catherine Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, has been named director of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). She succeeds the late Dr. Miriam Labbok, CGBI’s founding director. CGBI was established in 2006, through the gift of an anonymous donor, to increase quality of care for women and children and to promote breastfeeding and breastfeeding research.
Linnan recognized as HERO for leadership in workplace health
Dr. Laura Linnan, professor of health behavior and associate dean for academic and student affairs at the UNC Gillings School, was honored Sept. 26 with a 2016 Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) research award for her leadership in the field of workplace health and well-being.
Two alumni selected by Gates Institute as ’40 under 40′ advocates for reproductive health
Burcu Bozkurt and Lucy Wilson, alumni of the UNC Gillings School, are among the 40 people under 40 recognized as strong advocates for sexual and reproductive health rights by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Bozkurt is co-founder of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning; Wilson is a technical adviser at FHI 360.
UNC Gillings researcher to co-lead high-profile NIH grant to investigate environmental influences on child health
Dr. Rebecca Fry of the Gillings School was named co-principal investigator on the UNC ECHO grant, for which UNC was awarded $5 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how exposure to environmental factors in early development can influence the health of children and adolescents.