School News

Weatherly, former parasitology professor, dies at 83

July 17, 2015 Dr. Norman Fred Weatherly, professor emeritus of parasitology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died July 13 in Durham, N.C. He was 83. Dr. Weatherly arrived in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1962, planning on a one-year postdoctoral appointment, but never left the University of North Carolina’s public health school…. Read more »

NCIPH’s Wilfert part of interdisciplinary team to examine health-care education

July 17, 2015 Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, training and technical assistance manager at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s N.C. Institute for Public Health, is a member of an interdisciplinary faculty team that has been awarded three years of funding as a Carolina Seminar on the topic, “Closing the Gap in Health-care Education.”… Read more »

UNC evidence review finds excess tobacco marketing in neighborhoods with more low-income and more African-American residents

July 17, 2015 Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sought to identify evidence of excess tobacco marketing being associated with the characteristics of who lives in a given neighborhood. Tobacco marketing in retail stores is one of the most common ways the tobacco industry reaches youth and adults. Joseph G.L. Lee,… Read more »

EPID postdoc wins National Institute on Aging’s Pathway to Independence Award

July 16, 2015 Vineet Menachery, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected recently for a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The five-year award, designed as career transition support for “highly motivated, advanced postdoctoral research scientists,” will support Menachery’s research project,… Read more »

Differences in colon cancer chemotherapy treatment among African-American and white patients

July 14, 2015 Although the incidence and mortality of colon cancer in the United States has declined over the past two decades, African-Americans still suffer worse outcomes than whites. Variations in treatment may contribute to the differences in mortality rate. Caitlin Murphy, MPH, CPH, predoctoral fellow with the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill… Read more »

Popkin honored with Chinese Nutrition Society award for contributions to nutrition in China

July 13, 2015 Barry Popkin, PhD, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was presented this spring with the Chinese government’s inaugural award for significant foreign contributions to nutrition. The award, announced May 16 on the occasion of the Chinese Nutrition Society’s 70th anniversary, honored Popkin’s… Read more »

Fixsen and Peterson elected to board of Global Implementation Initiative

July 13, 2015 Two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members were elected recently as officers on the international board of directors of the Global Implementation Initiative. Dean L. Fixsen, PhD, and Herbert B. Peterson, MD, were chosen to serve as the board’s president and treasurer, respectively, during the third Global Implementation Conference… Read more »

New study cautions about nutritional status for women taking antiretroviral drugs

July 8, 2015 A new study led by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health highlights the nutritional impacts of antiretroviral therapy on HIV-infected breastfeeding women. The World Health Organization currently recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding HIV-infected women initiate lifelong therapy for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, but little is known about… Read more »

Stephenson receives junior researcher poster award at Bayesian nonparametrics conference

July 7, 2015 On June 25, UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health student Briana Stephenson took home one of only three junior researcher poster awards presented at the 10th Conference on Bayesian Nonparametrics. Stephenson is a doctoral student in the Department of Biostatistics at the Gillings School. She shared her poster, which explored… Read more »

Gillings School students, alumni take front and center at international epidemiology conference

July 7, 2015 UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health was well represented at the recent 48th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).  Held in Denver June 16-19, the international professional conference, sponsored by the largest general epidemiology society, was attended by 79 people associated with the School’s Department of Epidemiology, including… Read more »