School News

New Zealand researcher to offer global perspective on road safety

February 05, 2007 Dr. Shane Turner, an adjunct senior fellow with the University of Canterbury, will present a lecture on road safety programs in New Zealand at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14 in the auditorium of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building at 301 Pittsboro St. The lecture, titled “Road Safety Trends, Targets and Safety Programs in New… Read more »

N.C. Institute for Public Health instrumental in new effort to improve public health strategies

February 02, 2007 North Carolina is one of 10 states selected to lead a national effort aimed at improving the quality of public health strategies, the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) has announced. Each of the chosen states was awarded a grant of up to $150,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)…. Read more »

Speakers to discuss approaches to public health, here and abroad

January 29, 2007 UNC will host “Navigating the Global American South: Global Health and Regional Solutions,” a conference in the Research Triangle Park, April 19-20.Experts will explore regional approaches to public health and ask what experiences translate between the American South and other world regions. Recovery from Hurricane Katrina; nutrition and obesity; HIV/AIDS and Hispanic… Read more »

UNC School of Public Health collaborates in development of report on burden of asthma in N.C.

January 26, 2007 A new report on asthma among North Carolinians, developed with input from researchers at the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health, has just been published by the North Carolina Asthma Program housed within the North Carolina Division of Public Health. The Burden of Asthma in North Carolina 2006, available online… Read more »

Driver licensing system reduces young drivers’ hospitalizations and medical costs, UNC study finds

January 25, 2007 North Carolina’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) system has reduced hospitalizations and resulting hospital costs by about one-third for the state’s 16-year-old drivers, according to a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers to be published in the February edition of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The study, “The Effects… Read more »

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 »