School News

Dramatic drop in teen smoking due to N.C. Health and Wellness tobacco program

February 12, 2007 Cigarette use by North Carolina high school and middle school students has significantly declined since the state began funding tobacco use prevention and cessation initiatives for teens, according to an independent program evaluation by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers. Cigarette use dropped 25 percent among high school students and… Read more »

UNC study shows state autism rates in line with national average

February 08, 2007 One of every 154 North Carolina children meet the criteria for autism spectrum disorder, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate among North Carolina children is about the same as the national rate reported by the CDC, according to researchers at the… Read more »

Newborn brains grow vision and movement regions first

February 07, 2007 The regions of the brain that control vision and other sensory information grow dramatically in the first few months following birth, while the area that controls abstract thought experiences very little growth during the same period, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. The researchers discovered that the back… Read more »

Annual reports showcase School’s research and service achievements

February 06, 2007 The School of Public Health’s Office of Research and North Carolina Institute for Public Health have recently released annual reports, showcasing the School’s research and service activities across our state and nation and around the world. The Office of Research report, available as a PDF at, includes several stories that highlight… Read more »

Active Living by Design awarded grant to support Food and Fitness initiative

  February 05, 2007 Active Living by Design, a program of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, was recently awarded a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for more than $660,000. Active Living by Design will use the grant funds to provide technical assistance to the foundation’s new Food and Fitness initiative. Food and… Read more »

Energy and Environment in North Carolina symposium to be held March 9-10

  February 05, 2007 The Carolina Environmental Program will present a symposium on Energy and Environment in North Carolina on March 9-10 at UNC-Chapel Hill’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The symposium focuses on ways the University of North Carolina and all of its campuses can assist the state of North Carolina… Read more »

New Zealand researcher to offer global perspective on road safety

February 05, 2007 Dr. Shane Turner, an adjunct senior fellow with the University of Canterbury, will present a lecture on road safety programs in New Zealand at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14 in the auditorium of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building at 301 Pittsboro St. The lecture, titled “Road Safety Trends, Targets and Safety Programs in New… Read more »

N.C. Institute for Public Health instrumental in new effort to improve public health strategies

February 02, 2007 North Carolina is one of 10 states selected to lead a national effort aimed at improving the quality of public health strategies, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has announced. Each of the chosen states was awarded a grant of up to $150,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)…. Read more »

Speakers to discuss approaches to public health, here and abroad

January 29, 2007 UNC will host “Navigating the Global American South: Global Health and Regional Solutions,” a conference in the Research Triangle Park, April 19-20.Experts will explore regional approaches to public health and ask what experiences translate between the American South and other world regions. Recovery from Hurricane Katrina; nutrition and obesity; HIV/AIDS and Hispanic… Read more »

UNC School of Public Health collaborates in development of report on burden of asthma in N.C.

January 26, 2007 A new report on asthma among North Carolinians, developed with input from researchers at the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health, has just been published by the North Carolina Asthma Program housed within the North Carolina Division of Public Health. The Burden of Asthma in North Carolina 2006, available online… Read more »