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Gentry leads preparedness training exercise in NC’s Vance County

August 15, 2014 It is a stormy morning in the northern Piedmont [of North Carolina]. A commuter aircraft is having trouble reaching the Raleigh-Durham International airport. The plane crash-lands in Kerr Lake Reservoir, and 25 passengers and crew members must be found and pulled from the lake. This was the day-long preparedness exercise that faced… Read more »

UNC and MUSC collaborate to test diabetes outreach program

August 14, 2014 The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) are partnering to decrease diabetes prevalence and complications in Bamberg County, SC. The Bamberg Diabetes… Read more »

Many older emergency department patients are malnourished, study finds

August 13, 2014 More than half of emergency department patients ages 65 and older who were seen at UNC Hospitals during an eight-week period were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. In addition, more than half of the malnourished patients had not been diagnosed previously, according to a new study by researchers at the… Read more »

Miller named Gillings School’s associate dean for advancement

August 11, 2014 Crystal Hinson Miller, MA, CFRE, has been named associate dean for advancement at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The appointment is effective Sept. 1. Miller currently serves as vice president for children’s programs at The Medical Foundation of North Carolina Inc., part of… Read more »

BIOS students win first prize for original song and video in ASA’s ‘You’ve Got Talent’ contest

August 11, 2014 Biostatistics graduate students Avner Halevy and Nicolas Ballarini led a Gillings School of Global Public Health production team that tied for first place in the American Statistical Association’s “You’ve Got Talent!” contest. The four finalists performed during the Joint Statistical Meetings Aug. 2-7 in Boston. Halevy, composer, singer and guitarist on the… Read more »

Treating depression improves quality of life for those with HIV, study finds

August 11, 2014 Antiretroviral treatment has transformed HIV from a death sentence to a chronic condition, enabling infected adults to pay more attention to their quality of life. Yet quality of life is affected strongly by depression, which plagues HIV-infected adults at a higher rate than the general population. A new study by Brian Pence,… Read more »

Characklis to lead new NSF-USDA grant

August 8, 2014 Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will lead a team that has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The interdisciplinary, multi-institution project, “Designing Robust… Read more »

UNC researchers investigate the unknowns of e-cigarettes

August 8, 2014 In an Aug. 7 article in Endeavors, Susan Hardy asks the question of the hour: To vape or not to vape? Her article, which draws on the work of health behavior professor Kurt Ribisl, PhD, and health behavior postdoctoral fellow Jessica Pepper, PhD, is partially reprinted below and is available in its… Read more »

Koch wins ASA’s Peace Award for outstanding contributions

Aug. 3, 2014 Gary G. Koch, PhD, professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named recipient of the American Statistical Society’s 2014 Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society. First presented in 2012, the Peace Award recognizes statisticians who have made substantial contributions… Read more »

HIV infections have dropped over last decade, finds JAMA study co-authored by Gillings School alumna

July 29, 2014 A study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the U.S. has decreased by one-third over the past decade, offering hope that the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. may be slowing down. Amy Lansky, PhD, alumna of the… Read more »