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Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, MD, dies at 82

February 27, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Al Tyroler Dr. Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, Allumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health, died February 18, 2007. He was 82 years old. Born September 5, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Tyroler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University in 1943, received… Read more »

UNC researchers develop questionnaire for predicting chronic kidney disease

  February 26, 2007 A team led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has developed a simple questionnaire to help identify individuals likely to have chronic kidney disease. The questionnaire, and the study on which it is based, are reported in the Feb. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The… Read more »

Horney and MacDonald publish article on School’s hurricane response

February 26, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Pia MacDonald “Academic Public Health Community Responds to Hurricanes: A History of the North Carolina School of Public Health Response and New Infrastructure, 1999-2006,” authored by Jennifer A. Horney, MA, MPH, and Pia D.M. MacDonald, PhD, MPH, has been published in the March-April 2007 Public Health Reports. The… Read more »

Kupper receives 2007 Distinguished Teaching Award for lifetime achievement

February 22, 2007 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday, Feb. 21, announced recipients of the 2007 distinguished teaching awards, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence.   Photograph of Dr. Lawrence Kupper   Dr. Lawrence Kupper, professor in biostatistics, School of Public Health, received the Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, which… Read more »

Carolina First Campaign exceeds $2 billion goal with $50 million gift from Dennis and Joan Gillings

February 21, 2007 More than $2 billion and counting. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill surged past its $2 billion goal for the Carolina First Campaign Feb. 21 – with more than 10 months to spare and the single largest commitment in university history pushing the drive into its closing months. Photograph of… Read more »

Dennis and Joan Gillings commit $50 million

February 21, 2007 Largest single pledge in UNC history to accelerate innovation at School of Public Health   Photograph of Joan and Dennis Gillings Dr. Dennis Gillings and his wife, Joan Gillings, have committed $50 million to the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC Chancellor James Moeser… Read more »

Results from autism genome scan may lead to improved diagnosis and treatment

February 18, 2007 Preliminary results from the largest genome scan ever attempted in autism research were published online Feb. 18 by the journal Nature Genetics. The results identify new potential pathways involved in autism susceptibility, said Dr. Joseph Piven, professor of psychiatry in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and… Read more »

UNC announces 2006-07 recipients of endowed distinguished professorships

February 13, 2007 In the past year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill named 35 faculty members – three from the School of Public Health – to endowed professorships. These designations, created through gifts to the university, recognize excellence in teaching and research. A key goal of the university’s Carolina First Campaign is… Read more »

Bender shares global service-learning goals with University Gazette

February 12, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Deborah Bender and Jenny Huq Dr. Deborah Bender, professor of health policy and administration, and APPLES Director Jenny Huq recently talked with the University Gazette to share information about the Global Service-Learning program they started in Mexico in 2003 and its recent expansion. Bender is the Global Service-Learning Faculty… Read more »

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 »