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Herrington, astronaut and educator, to speak at Gillings School commencement

February 15, 2015 Astronaut and education advocate John B. Herrington, PhD, Commander in the U.S. Navy (retired), will provide the commencement address to graduates of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The ceremony will be held at Carmichael Arena on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. Herrington,… Read more »

ESE’s Coronell and Noble receive $1.68M in UNC system grants related to water

Feb. 13, 2015 The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to support game-changing faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each of the funded projects involves partners from two or more UNC campuses. Orlando Coronell, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »

Largest-ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthens genetic links to obesity

February 12, 2015 There are many reasons why two people with the same diets and exercise regimens can gain different amounts of weight and why fat becomes stored in different parts of their bodies. Now, an international collaboration of scientists, including several from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine, has… Read more »

Faculty members recognized for innovative teaching at annual ‘Celebration Teaching!’ event

February 12, 2015 Eight members of the faculty at the Gillings School of Global Public Health – one from each academic unit at the School – were honored at a ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event on Feb. 11 and presented with the School’s fourth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The awardees are Lori Evarts, MPH, clinical assistant professor… Read more »

CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC

February 9, 2015 Researchers from six research universities across the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 5 and 6 to launch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) and conduct health research focused on the work environment, where the majority of Americans spend most of their time. The… Read more »

Fast-food labeling that ties eating to exercise may be a weapon against childhood obesity, study finds

February 9, 2015 A new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that parents ordering fast-food meals for their children were more likely to order meals with fewer calories and encourage exercise when product labeling tied calorie intake to the amount of exercise needed to burn those calories. The… Read more »

HPM undergraduate team recognized by Clinton Global Initiative University

February 3, 2015 A team of health policy and management undergraduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was recognized recently by the Clinton Global Initiative University for providing an innovative solution to a pressing public health challenge. In fall 2014, the team – Randi Towns, Ashley Jones, Yasamin Sanii and Emily… Read more »

Mireille Gillings appointed to Pasteur Foundation board

February 3, 2015 Mireille Gillings, PhD, who with her husband Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, is a major benefactor of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed to the U.S. corporate board of directors of the Pasteur Foundation. The Foundation, U.S. affiliate of the Paris-based Institut Pasteur, supports American scientific exchange through postdoctoral… Read more »

Children’s oral health video wins national contest

February 3, 2015 A video highlighting early childhood oral health research funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has won first place in the 2014 Power of Oral Health Research Video Contest, sponsored by Friends of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research… Read more »

New Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 2, 2015 Four new projects – two designed to improve chronic disease care, one aimed at increasing access to cervical cancer screening, and another to track land-applied biosolids – are the most recent Gillings Innovation Labs. Established in 2007 as part of the $50 million Gillings gift, Gillings Innovation Laboratories (GILs) are designed to… Read more »