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McCracken, School of Public Health alumnus, tapped for UNC public safety post

July 27, 2007 Lt. Col. Jeff McCracken, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and alumnus of the School of Public Health, has been named the university’s director of public safety and chief of police. McCracken, a law enforcement veteran with more than 15 years’… Read more »

2007 North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card gives mixed results

July 25, 2007 The good news: more women in North Carolina are being screened for cancer and infectious diseases, fewer women are dying from heart disease and stroke and the number of women who smoke has dropped substantially. The bad news: barriers to health care are worsening for poor and minority women. About 16 percent… Read more »

Former PhD student returns as dean of South Korean graduate school

  July 23, 2007 Dr. Young Moon Chae Dr. Young Moon Chae, dean of Yonsei University’s Graduate School of Public Health and a 1982 PhD graduate of UNC’s School of Public Health, visited campus recently with 44 of his students and faculty members. The students included Korean hospital administrators, health insurance officials, cancer center officials… Read more »

New way to target and kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria found

  July 09, 2007 Putting bacteria on birth control could stop the spread of drug-resistant microbes, and researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found a way to do just that. Image of biophosphonates, bacterial cell and DNA strand The team discovered a key weakness in the enzyme that helps “fertile”… Read more »

Research shows upgraded equipment at child care centers improves health

July 06, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Jonathon Kotch Children and staff at child care centers stay healthier when better equipment is available for diaper-changing, hand-washing and food preparation, according to an article published this week in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Jonathan Kotch, MD, professor of maternal and child health at… Read more »

Eunice Tyler, pioneering health educator at UNC, dies at 98

July 02, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Eunice Tyler The UNC School of Public Health has lost a pioneer in public health education with the passing of Eunice Nickerson (“Pickie”) Tyler, PhD, who died in Asheville, N.C., on June 21, at the age of 98. Dr. Tyler’s distinguished career at the School spanned more than… Read more »

Potenziani named Senior Associate Dean

July 02, 2007 Photograph of Dr. David Potenziani David Potenziani, PhD, has been named Senior Associate Dean for Carolina’s School of Public Health, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced today.Potenziani, formerly the School’s Instructional and Information Systems (IIS) director, has been interim Senior Associate Dean since March. In this position, he plays a key role in strategic… Read more »

Gangi wins national academic advising award

June 27, 2007 Gregory J. Gangi, an academic adviser in environmental sciences at UNC, has received a 2007 certificate of merit from the National Academic Advising Association. He was recognized in the faculty academic advising category. Gangi, a research assistant professor in and associate director of UNC’s Institute for the Environment, advises students in the… Read more »

Labbok stresses importance of breastfeeding in United Nations Radio report

June 25, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Miriam Labbock Giving mother’s milk to infants within the first hour of life protects them against hypothermia and initiates a biological flow that leads to successful, exclusive breastfeeding for the next six months–a practice that can help save millions of lives, said Miriam H. Labbok, MD, MPH, director of… Read more »

UNC Public Health students receive awards at International Conference on Global Health

June 20, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Peggy Bentley (second from left) with winning students HIV transmission risks, including violence, male circumcision and mother-to-child transmission was the focus of research presentations by three University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill public health students during the Global Health Council’s (GHC) 34th Annual International Conference on Global Health…. Read more »