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Recognitions and Awards

Surratt wins AAAR’s outstanding dissertation award

Oct. 3, 2013   Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE), has won the prestigious Sheldon K. Friedlander Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). Surratt was recognized Oct. 2 at the AAAR’s 32nd annual conference in Portland, Ore.   The award, which recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation in… Read more »

Mayer-Davis receives $7M grant for her ‘FL3X’ program

Oct. 1, 2013   Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and interim chair of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $7 million grant to fund a full-scale trial to test the effectiveness of her Flexible Lifestyles (FL3X) program. The program is designed to… Read more »

Rusyn named to NRC committee on safer chemical substitutions

Sept. 26, 2013   Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named to the National Research Council’s committee, “Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutions – A Framework to Inform Government and Industry Decisions.” The Council is under the auspices of… Read more »

Gordon-Larsen elected to lead The Obesity Society

Sept. 24, 2013   Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected vice president of The Obesity Society, the leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity. Her four-year position will include service in subsequent years as president-elect, president and immediate past president. Established in… Read more »

FDA, NIH award $20M grant to create UNC Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communications

Sept. 19, 2013   Although cigarette use has declined among Americans, regulators face the challenge of communicating the dangers of new tobacco products along with reaching smokers in diverse communities who may not respond to traditional forms of anti-tobacco communication. To address these issues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes… Read more »

Eight students receive Class of 2013 scholarships

Sept. 18, 2013   The Gillings School of Global Public Health’s class of 2013 presented eight scholarships to current students at an alumni event at the School on Sept. 11.   More than $10,000 was collected for the scholarships through a fundraising campaign managed by the class, including a $3,000 contribution from the School’s Alumni… Read more »

Cohen’s Fogarty grant will help train Chinese health workers to prevent, treat STDs

 Sept. 11, 2013   Myron Cohen, MD, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center to train medical personnel in southern China to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases, including hepatitis B and C.   Cohen is Yeargan-Bate Eminent Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology in UNC’s… Read more »

Baric to lead $10 million NIH grant

Sept. 9, 2013   A team of researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin has received a National Institutes of Health grant for more than $10 million to study the pathogenic activity of viruses including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Ebola, highly… Read more »

NIH-funded project will investigate genetic susceptibilities in minority populations

Sept. 9, 2013 Kari North, PhD, has received a four-year, $3.1 million National Institutes of Health grant that aims to uncover connections between genetic variants and some of the complex diseases that affect Hispanics and African-Americans. North is associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The grant program, CALICO II,… Read more »

New director appointed at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Aug. 20, 2013   Norman (“Ned”) Sharpless, MD, will become the third director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, effective Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds H. Shelton (“Shelley”) Earp, MD, who became deputy director of the cancer center in 1985 and director in 1997.   Sharpless, a Morehead Scholar and honors graduate of UNC… Read more »