School News

School of Public Health kicks off new semester with September lecture, webcast

August 27, 2007 Following is a sampling of upcoming School of Public Health events. Events are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Dean’s Lecture Series “Microcredit and Global Health” September 24 4 to 6 p.m. Michael Hooker Research Center, UNC School of Public Health Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Auditorium… Read more »

Friends, colleagues to remember Craig Michalak at Thursday gathering

August 22, 2007 Photograph of Craig Michalak Craig L. Michalak, administrator of the North Carolina Local Health Agency Accreditation Program, managed by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), within the UNC School of Public Health, died on Monday after a valiant fight with leukemia. He was 59. An informal gathering to share memories… Read more »

Estrogen protects pregnant women from choline deficiency

August 17, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Steven Zeisel Young women are less likely than men or post-menopausal women to suffer liver or muscle damage from a deficiency of the nutrient choline, according to a new study led by Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished University professor of nutrition in the UNC School of Public… Read more »

General Assembly establishes University Cancer Research Fund at UNC

August 01, 2007 The North Carolina General Assembly created the state’s first University Cancer Research Fund with the passage of the new state budget. The fund, established to accelerate the battle against cancer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine and its Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will receive $25 million… Read more »

Leatt reappointed as chair of health policy and administration

August 01, 2007 Dr. Peggy Leatt has been reappointed for a second term as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Administration, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced today. A professor in the department since 2002, Leatt began her first term as chair the following year. She also has served as the School’s associate dean… Read more »

Worldwide distribution of cervical cancer virus is consistent with vaccine targets

August 01, 2007 Dr. Jennifer Smith The variety of human papilloma viruses that cause invasive cervical cancer cases worldwide are largely consistent across continents, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This finding means that prophylactic vaccines currently available against these two most prevalent types of human papillomavirus… Read more »

Child abuse, neglect rise dramatically when Army parents deploy to combat

August 01, 2007 Confirmed incidents of child abuse and neglect among Army families increase significantly when a parent is deployed to a combat zone, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. Dr. Sandra Martin and Dr. Lawrence Kupper, professors… Read more »

McCracken, School of Public Health alumnus, tapped for UNC public safety post

July 27, 2007 Lt. Col. Jeff McCracken, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and alumnus of the School of Public Health, has been named the university’s director of public safety and chief of police. McCracken, a law enforcement veteran with more than 15 years’… Read more »

2007 North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card gives mixed results

July 25, 2007 The good news: more women in North Carolina are being screened for cancer and infectious diseases, fewer women are dying from heart disease and stroke and the number of women who smoke has dropped substantially. The bad news: barriers to health care are worsening for poor and minority women. About 16 percent… Read more »

Former PhD student returns as dean of South Korean graduate school

  July 23, 2007 Dr. Young Moon Chae Dr. Young Moon Chae, dean of Yonsei University’s Graduate School of Public Health and a 1982 PhD graduate of UNC’s School of Public Health, visited campus recently with 44 of his students and faculty members. The students included Korean hospital administrators, health insurance officials, cancer center officials… Read more »