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New $11 million institute expands Carolina’s environmental programs

April 02, 2007 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will create a campus-wide institute focused on environmental research, education and engagement. The UNC Institute for the Environment, formed through expansion of the existing Carolina Environmental Program, adds new degree programs, research sites and outreach initiatives throughout North Carolina. The institute will be launched… Read more »

Drs. Mark Sobsey and Gerardo Heiss named Kenan professors

April 02, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Gerardo Heiss Photograph of Dr. Mark Sobsey Drs. Gerardo Heiss and Mark Sobsey have been named Kenan professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, endowed faculty positions awarded to outstanding scholars and teachers. “Dr. Heiss and Dr. Sobsey each have made… Read more »

False-positive mammograms have long-term negative consequences

  April 02, 2007 False-positive mammograms have long-term negative consequences for women, unnecessarily increasing their anxiety, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health study. About half of American women receive a false-positive mammogram at some point in their lives. A false-positive mammogram happens when a women is told… Read more »

Carolina still top public school of public health

March 30, 2007   School remains tied for second place overall Carolina’s School of Public Health again is ranked the leading public school of public health by U.S. News & World Report. Our School tied with Harvard University for #2 in the overall rankings, following the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the… Read more »

UNC-Chapel Hill offers new interdisciplinary graduate program in health communication

March 30, 2007 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin offering a certificate program in interdisciplinary health communication for graduate students in the fall 2007 semester. The program is designed to develop expertise in health communication for use in applied practice, academic and research settings. Certificate recipients are trained to apply what… Read more »

Register now for Global Health and Regional Solutions conference

March 29, 2007 Registration remains open for UNC’s “Navigating the Global American South: Global Health and Regional Solutions,” a conference to be held in Research Triangle Park, April 19-20. The registration rate of $25 for students and $95 for professionals includes a reception, breakfast, lunch and refreshments. For information about registering or details about the… Read more »

Biostatistics faculty, alumni and students active and honored in ENAR

  March 27, 2007 Faculty and students from the School’s Department of Biostatistics turned out in record numbers recently to participate in the 2007 annual meeting of the Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society (IBS). More than 1100 of ENAR’s 1380 members attended this year’s meeting on March 11-14 in Atlanta,… Read more »

Family members most often source of whooping cough in young infants

March 27, 2007 Infants with whooping cough were most likely infected by the people they live with, according to a multi-country study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. The study found that parents were the source of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in 55… Read more »

UNC researchers to test worksite weight loss programs

March 21, 2007 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are recruiting more than 1,200 overweight employees at several North Carolina colleges and universities for a study of workplace weight-loss programs. The project will test four worksite-based weight-loss programs. Researchers hope to uncover cost-effective ways for employers to help employees lose weight… Read more »

High-fruit, low-meat diet reduces colon cancer risk, UNC study finds

March 20, 2007 People who eat a high-fruit, low-meat diet have about half the risk of developing precancerous colon polyps than those who eat a high-meat diet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found.Surprisingly, the study also found that people who eat a high-vegetable, moderate-meat diet have essentially the same risk of… Read more »