School News

Satia Appointed Special Assistant to the Dean for Diversity

December 28, 2005 Dr. Jessie Satia Jessie Satia, PhD, MPH, will return to the School of Public Health on Jan. 1, 2006, as Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Special Assistant to the Dean for Diversity. Dr. Satia served on the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty from January 2002 to April 2004 as Assistant Professor of… Read more »

Researchers: more women physicians likely to choose pediatric subspecialties

December 12, 2005 Concerns among health care analysts that the majority of pediatricians in training are now women and that that might cause shortages in the future in pediatric subspecialties appear to be almost entirely unfounded, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study concludes.Unlike in the past, women pediatricians are increasingly likely… Read more »

Percentage of North Carolinians lacking health insurance rises, UNC study shows

December 07, 2005 The proportion of North Carolinians under age 65 who lacked health insurance for at least a year rose from 15.3 percent in 2000 to 17.5 percent in 2004, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.Percentages of non-elderly residents without health insurance varied widely across the state, from… Read more »

Debilitating jaw and neck pain targeted through $19 million NIH support, multidisciplinary center

  December 06, 2005 One of the most stubborn and debilitating pain syndromes will come under intense and unprecedented scrutiny over the next seven years as researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill fulfill a new $19 million cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Collaborating in the… Read more »

Research suggests making exercise more fun might boost fitness levels of U.S. adolescents

December 06, 2005 By now, most Americans probably realize that U.S. teens exercise too little. The natural result is a growing population of physically unfit and overweight youth more prone to various serious illnesses later in life.Experts agree that that’s a national public health threat that will not disappear anytime soon. Now, a new small-scale… Read more »

Strunk named national program director of Active Living by Design

December 02, 2005 Photograph of Sarah Strunk Sarah Strunk has been named national program director of Active Living by Design, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health. Strunk, a clinical instructor of health policy and administration at the UNC School of Public Health, has served as the… Read more »

Dean’s Lecture Series webcast, featuring Bob Greczyn, available online now

December 02, 2005 Photograph of Robert J. Greczyn Bob Greczyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, presented a lecture on Thursday, January 19, at 4 p.m. VIEW THE WEBCAST HERE! The Dean’s Lecture Series, Public Health Transformation for the 21st Century, is the distinguished speaker series of… Read more »

Loomis Named Interim Epi Chair

December 01, 2005 Photograph of Dana Loomis, MS, MSPH, PhD Dana Loomis, MS, MSPH, PhD, has been named interim chair of the UNC-CH School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology. “I am delighted that Dr. Loomis agreed to serve as interim chair,” said Dean Barbara K. Rimer. “We have one of the top two epidemiology… Read more »

Mia Hamm, Jennie Finch and Vince Carter Challenge Five Million Children

December 01, 2005 National Program Helps Children Reach Goal of 60 Minutes of Physical Activity Each Day. Photograph of children with soccer balls Mia Hamm, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and World Cup soccer star, Jennie Finch, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Chicago Bandits softball star, and Vince Carter, U.S. Olympic gold medalist, NBA All-Star, and… Read more »

Mebane named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

November 23, 2005 Felicia Mebane, Ph.D., was named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, effective Dec. 1, 2005.Dr. Mebane joined the School in July 2001 as an assistant professor of Health Policy and Administration. Her research focuses on how journalists report on health policy issues. Currently, she teaches two graduate-level courses and will continue to teach… Read more »