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New way to target and kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria found

  July 09, 2007 Putting bacteria on birth control could stop the spread of drug-resistant microbes, and researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found a way to do just that. Image of biophosphonates, bacterial cell and DNA strand The team discovered a key weakness in the enzyme that helps “fertile”… Read more »

Research shows upgraded equipment at child care centers improves health

July 06, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Jonathon Kotch Children and staff at child care centers stay healthier when better equipment is available for diaper-changing, hand-washing and food preparation, according to an article published this week in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Jonathan Kotch, MD, professor of maternal and child health at… Read more »

Eunice Tyler, pioneering health educator at UNC, dies at 98

July 02, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Eunice Tyler The UNC School of Public Health has lost a pioneer in public health education with the passing of Eunice Nickerson (“Pickie”) Tyler, PhD, who died in Asheville, N.C., on June 21, at the age of 98. Dr. Tyler’s distinguished career at the School spanned more than… Read more »

Potenziani named Senior Associate Dean

July 02, 2007 Photograph of Dr. David Potenziani David Potenziani, PhD, has been named Senior Associate Dean for Carolina’s School of Public Health, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced today.Potenziani, formerly the School’s Instructional and Information Systems (IIS) director, has been interim Senior Associate Dean since March. In this position, he plays a key role in strategic… Read more »

Gangi wins national academic advising award

June 27, 2007 Gregory J. Gangi, an academic adviser in environmental sciences at UNC, has received a 2007 certificate of merit from the National Academic Advising Association. He was recognized in the faculty academic advising category. Gangi, a research assistant professor in and associate director of UNC’s Institute for the Environment, advises students in the… Read more »

Labbok stresses importance of breastfeeding in United Nations Radio report

June 25, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Miriam Labbock Giving mother’s milk to infants within the first hour of life protects them against hypothermia and initiates a biological flow that leads to successful, exclusive breastfeeding for the next six months–a practice that can help save millions of lives, said Miriam H. Labbok, MD, MPH, director of… Read more »

UNC Public Health students receive awards at International Conference on Global Health

June 20, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Peggy Bentley (second from left) with winning students HIV transmission risks, including violence, male circumcision and mother-to-child transmission was the focus of research presentations by three University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill public health students during the Global Health Council’s (GHC) 34th Annual International Conference on Global Health…. Read more »

HPV vaccine does not lead adolescent girls to have more sex, study says

June 19, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Noel T. Brewer Adolescent girls who are vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that may cause cervical cancer, are not likely to engage in sex more often than adolescent girls who are not vaccinated, according to a new study led by a researcher from the University… Read more »

Jeno Bratts receives School’s Staff Excellence Award

June 18, 2007 Photograph of Jeno Bratts Jeno Bratts, server systems group manager at the Instructional and Information Systems (IIS) Department, received the School of Public Health’s Staff Excellence Award for 2007. The annual monetary award and recognition is given to employees who exemplify outstanding work as measured by their initiative, leadership skills and willingness… Read more »

Public Health Grand Rounds stresses importance of healthy behaviors for kids

June 11, 2007   Photograph of Grand Rounds poster The importance of establishing healthy behaviors during childhood instead of attempting to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood is the subject of a Friday, June 15, broadcast, a collaboration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease… Read more »