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Lambrew receives White House appointment in the Office of Health Reform

December 17, 2008 Dr. Jeanne Lambrew Jeanne M. Lambrew, PhD, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been appointed by President- elect Barack Obama to be deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform. In that position, she will work with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Daschle.Lambrew, who co-authored a book… Read more »

New training program to improve quality of cancer care

December 17, 2008 A new two-year training program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will provide multidisciplinary training for pre- and postdoctoral researchers interested in the quality of care for cancer patients. The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management manages the program. Dr. Peggy Leatt… Read more »

Leone recognized for service to HIV/STD care in North Carolina

December 16, 2008 <p”> Dr. Peter Leone Peter A. Leone, MD, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the 2008 Marty Prairie Award from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch. The award… Read more »

Behets receives Glaser Foundation grant for AIDS work in DRC

December 15, 2008 Frieda Behets, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a grant from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to study best practices in the fight against pediatric AIDS. Behets will work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to increase the efficacy of… Read more »

Walking throughout adulthood may impact long-term weight gains

December 15, 2008 Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen In a 15-year study of leisure walking patterns, Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, and colleagues have found that regular walking helps counteract age-related weight gain. The study findings are published online in the Dec. 3 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Gordon-Larsen, associate professor of nutrition at the University… Read more »

O’Lenick receives Fulbright award

December 10, 2008 Cassandra O’Lenick Cassandra O’Lenick, an environmental sciences and engineering major in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a 2008-2009 U.S. Student Fulbright Program award.  O’Lenick, a native of Annandale, Va., will travel to Poland and study environmental law, policy and scientific procedure. She also will study Poland’s cooperation with… Read more »

Four from School inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

December 05, 2008 Jacob Mader Four students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Health were inducted Nov. 24 into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored of all college honorary societies.  The students are:  Jacob Aaron Mader, a senior majoring in psychology and in management and society with a minor in environmental… Read more »

Birnbaum appointed NIEHS director

  December 04, 2008   Dr. Linda Birnbaum Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, has been appointed as director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), effective January 2009. As director, she will oversee a $730 million budget that funds multidisciplinary biomedical research programs and… Read more »

N.C. Institute for Public Health’s Active Living By Design to manage new RWJF awards

December 03, 2008 Families bicycle together in an urban setting Nine communities across the United States have been awarded up to $400,000 each by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to lead an ambitious effort to reverse the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. The program, part of a $44 million initiative, is managed by the University… Read more »

Webcast examines role of public health in declining economy

December 01, 2008 <p”> The Public Health Leadership Institute and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will produce a series of webcasts, beginning Dec. 15, that describe how public health leaders, practitioners and those in government and public health… Read more »