School News

HPV vaccine does not lead adolescent girls to have more sex, study says

June 19, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Noel T. Brewer Adolescent girls who are vaccinated against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that may cause cervical cancer, are not likely to engage in sex more often than adolescent girls who are not vaccinated, according to a new study led by a researcher from the University… Read more »

Jeno Bratts receives School’s Staff Excellence Award

June 18, 2007 Photograph of Jeno Bratts Jeno Bratts, server systems group manager at the Instructional and Information Systems (IIS) Department, received the School of Public Health’s Staff Excellence Award for 2007. The annual monetary award and recognition is given to employees who exemplify outstanding work as measured by their initiative, leadership skills and willingness… Read more »

Public Health Grand Rounds stresses importance of healthy behaviors for kids

June 11, 2007   Photograph of Grand Rounds poster The importance of establishing healthy behaviors during childhood instead of attempting to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood is the subject of a Friday, June 15, broadcast, a collaboration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease… Read more »

CDC research director to speak at health professions forum

  June 11, 2007 Dr. Camara P. Jones, research director on social determinants of health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be the featured speaker at an upcoming health professions forum to be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The free forum will be held from 8 a.m…. Read more »

Racism’s role in disease focus of minority health video conference

June 07, 2007 “Does racism make us sick?” is the question addressed by the 13th annual Summer Public Health Research Video Conference on Minority Health, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health’s Minority Health Project and the university’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The interactive conference will… Read more »

External Affairs welcomes two new staff

June 07, 2007 The Office of External Affairs at the School of Public Health has announced the arrival of two new staff members, effective June 1. Stephen P. Couch has been named an associate director of development, and Cutler W. Andrews will serve as director of alumni affairs, annual giving and special projects. Peggy Dean… Read more »

Taking folic acid does not reduce risk of precancerous colon tumors

June 05, 2007 Taking folic acid supplements does not reduce the risk of developing precancerous tumors in the colon and may even increase the risk, a new study has found. Photograph of Dr. Robert Sandler “We had great hope that folic acid would be a very cheap and effective agent to prevent large bowel adenomas…. Read more »

Sun exposure early in life linked to specific skin cancer gene mutation

May 30, 2007 Skin cancers often contain different gene mutations, but just how these mutations contribute to the cause of melanomas has been a mystery. A new clue comes from scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Their research indicates that early life sun exposure, from… Read more »

UNC receives Lance Armstrong Foundation grant to study head and neck cancer survivors

May 29, 2007 Treatment for head and neck cancer is particularly aggressive, affecting speech, swallowing, breathing and communication. A grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will fund research on the experiences of head and neck cancer survivors, so that health professionals can effectively manage the impact… Read more »

Jeffries receives honorary doctorate from Florida college

May 28, 2007 photograph, Dr. Harvey Jeffries Eckerd College, in St. Petersburg, Fla., has conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree upon Harvey E. Jeffries, PhD, leading atmospheric chemist and professor of environmental sciences and engineering in the School of Public Health. Jeffries graduated from Eckerd, then called Florida Presbyterian College, in 1964 with a… Read more »