School News

Researchers study impact of laws requiring minimum nurse staffing

January 17, 2007 The UNC School of Nursing will lead a team investigating the impact of California’s minimum nurse staffing law on nurse-to-patient ratios, hospital financial performance, quality of care and nurse wages. The $1.2 million study is funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to Dr. Barbara Mark, Sarah… Read more »

Popkin named Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition

January 11, 2007   Photograph of Barry M. Popkin, PhD Barry M. Popkin, PhD , has been named the first Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, effective Jan. 1, 2007. The professorship was endowed by the late Carl M. Smith to… Read more »

UNC ranks 1st on Kiplinger’s list of best academic values for 6th straight time

  January 08, 2007 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks number one on the list of best values among the nation’s top 100 public universities, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.That marks the sixth consecutive time UNC-Chapel Hill has topped the magazine’s list since it began publishing its periodic analysis in 1998…. Read more »

Aitken joins ranks of prestigious American Academy of Environmental Engineers

January 05, 2007   Photograph of Michael Aitken, PhD Michael Aitken, PhD , chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, has been selected as a Board-certified member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers® (AAEE). Dr. Aitken joins Dr. Phil Singer and Dr. Francis DiGiano, also professors in the department, as recipients of… Read more »

Higher occurrence of Parkinson’s linked to low LDL cholesterol

December 18, 2006 People with low levels of LDL cholesterol are more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than people with high LDL levels, according to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; low levels of LDL cholesterol are considered an indicator of good cardiovascular health. Earlier studies have found… Read more »

School of Public Health is academic partner for America’s Health Rankings

December 07, 2006 The UNC School of Public Health is the academic partner to the annual review, “America’s Health Rankings: A Call to Action for People and Their Communities,” released this week by United Health Foundation. The 2006 review revealed that while American’s overall health improved slightly from last year, the rate of improvement has… Read more »

Pediatric specialists often far from home

December 04, 2006 Taking your child to a pediatric subspecialist may mean a big-time travel commitment, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health have found. Although about half the children in the United States live within 10 miles of most pediatric specialists, almost one in three must travel… Read more »

UNC chancellor, delegation to visit Beijing for health care forum with Peking University

December 04, 2006 Photograph of Bruce Fried, PhD Photograph of Dean M. Harris, JD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser will lead a delegation visiting Beijing and Shanghai this month to help develop recommendations for health-care reform in China. Bruce Fried, PhD, and Dean M. Harris, JD, from the School of… Read more »

Glenn tapped to head External Affairs

  December 01, 2006   Photograph of Peggy Dean Glenn Peggy Dean Glenn joins the UNC School of Public Health as Associate Dean for External Affairs, beginning Dec. 1. Ms. Glenn brings more than 20 years’ development experience to UNC. She has been an Associate Dean at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment for the… Read more »

Carolina sends associate professor of epidemiology to Chile on Fulbright Scholarship

November 22, 2006 Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty – an epidemiologist studying adverse birth outcomes and a scholar of American cultural engagement with Islam – have been named 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholars. Photograph of Dr. Jay Kaufman Dr. Jay Kaufman and Dr. Timothy Marr will travel to Chile and Cyprus, respectively, to… Read more »