Posts Categorized: School News

Repellent-treated clothing reduces tick bites by 80 percent, study finds

April 17, 2014 People who work outdoors are at high risk for tick-borne diseases.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers excellent recommendations for people who work outdoors to avoid tick bites – including wearing long sleeves and long pants, tucking pants into boots or socks, spraying your skin and clothing with… Read more »

Water Microbiology Conference scheduled for May 5-7

April 17, 2014 The Water Institute at UNC, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will present the 2014 Water Microbiology Conference: Microbial Contaminants from Watersheds to Human Exposure, May 5-7 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event, a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on the intersection of microbiology and public health, will… Read more »

Westreich receives SER’s Early Career Award

April 17, 2014 Daniel Westreich, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Society of Epidemiologic Research’s Early Career Award. The award is offered in recognition of early-career epidemiologists who already have made substantial contributions to the field and who are… Read more »

Hard times could be coming for breastfeeding, maternal and child health expert says

April 11, 2014 The resignation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could mean hard times for advancing policies about breastfeeding, says Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH. Labbok is Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the… Read more »

Bentley elected to Consortium of Universities for Global Health board

April 9, 2014 Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of nutrition and associate dean for global health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. “Peggy’s election to the board is a testament to the very… Read more »

Weber, Aelion to be honored at Foard Lecture

April 8, 2014 Prestigious awards established at the Gillings School to honor outstanding alumni and faculty members will be presented on April 10 to C. Marjorie Aelion, PhD, and David Weber, MD. The presentation will precede the 46th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture, delivered this year by drinking water expert and advocate Gregory… Read more »

Severe obesity on the rise among children in the U.S.

April 7, 2014 A new University of North Carolina finds little to cheer about in the fight against childhood obesity, despite a recent report to the contrary. The study, published online April 7 in JAMA Pediatrics, found that all classes of obesity in U.S. children have increased over the last 14 years. Perhaps most troubling,… Read more »

Study links prenatal exposure to arsenic to disease susceptibility later in life

April 7, 2014 Protein changes associated with prenatal exposure to arsenic may hold the key to understanding the workings of adult-onset diseases tied to arsenic in the environment, a study at UNC has found. In an article published online March 27 in Toxicological Sciences by the Oxford Journals, Rebecca C. Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

NAP SACC program educates care providers and parents; improves children’s health, study finds

April 7, 2014 Educating parents and child-care providers about nutrition and physical activity can reap benefits for obese preschoolers, according to a study conducted by a research team that included Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, research professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  The article was published online… Read more »

Gentry honored with Ned Brooks Award for Public Service

April 2, 2014 Bill Gentry, MPA, director of certificate programs in health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service at UNC’s annual Public Service Awards celebration on April 2. The award, presented by the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS), recognizes a UNC… Read more »