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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 »

Two from Gillings School honored for teaching excellence

January 29, 2015 Two faculty members at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were recognized recently for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan Ennett, PhD, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Gillings School’s health behavior department, and Karl Umble,… Read more »

Banks receives ESE’s Distinguished Alumna Award

January 26, 2015 M. Katherine Banks, PhD, vice chancellor for engineering for the Texas A&M University system and dean of the Dwight Look college of Engineering at Texas A&M, received the 2014 Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Distinguished Alumna Award at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Jan. 23. Banks, who received… Read more »

Miller named journal’s editor-in-chief

January 23, 2015 William Miller, MD, PhD, MPH, professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Miller, who is also professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, was appointed to the leadership role by the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association,… Read more »

Heisler, former senior associate dean, dies at 67

January 23, 2015 Jules Heisler, PhD, MBA, senior associate dean at the Gillings School from 2005 to 2007, died on Jan. 18 in Durham, N.C. He was 67. Dr. Heisler had retired after more than 35 years of executive experience in health care and university administration. From 1987 to 2005, he served as the founding… Read more »

Sobsey awarded UNC grant to study antimicrobially resistant fecal bacteria in sewage

January 23, 2015 Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, has received a competitive pilot research grant from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and UNC Program in Nicaragua (ProNica) to evaluate water-borne antimicrobially resistant bacteria (ARB) in León, Nicaragua, and Chapel Hill,… Read more »

Yeatts discusses undergraduate public health education in Frontiers in Public Health

January 22, 2015 A recent article by Karin B. Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, describes the success of an introductory public health course for undergraduates that uses principles of active learning to help students experience public health practice and integrate concepts with their assignments…. Read more »

UNC Alumni Association honors Earp and Cohen for service

January 20, 2015 Two of three University of North Carolina faculty members selected for service awards by the UNC General Alumni Association are researchers at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The UNC Faculty Service Awards were presented to Jo Anne Earp, ScD, professor and former chair of health behavior, and Myron Cohen, MD,… Read more »

Alumna Koonin appointed acting director of CDC influenza coordination unit

January 20, 2015 Lisa M. Koonin, DrPH, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed acting director of the Influenza Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Infectious Diseases, effective Jan. 25. Since 2007, Koonin has served… Read more »

Study calls for new global standard for water and sanitation

January 15, 2015 A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access. The study, “Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag Behind Water?,” highlights that current benchmarks for… Read more »