School News

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 »

UNC study shows state autism rates in line with national average

February 08, 2007 One of every 154 North Carolina children meet the criteria for autism spectrum disorder, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate among North Carolina children is about the same as the national rate reported by the CDC, according to researchers at the… Read more »

Newborn brains grow vision and movement regions first

February 07, 2007 The regions of the brain that control vision and other sensory information grow dramatically in the first few months following birth, while the area that controls abstract thought experiences very little growth during the same period, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. The researchers discovered that the back… Read more »

Annual reports showcase School’s research and service achievements

February 06, 2007 The School of Public Health’s Office of Research and North Carolina Institute for Public Health have recently released annual reports, showcasing the School’s research and service activities across our state and nation and around the world. The Office of Research report, available as a PDF at, includes several stories that highlight… Read more »

Active Living by Design awarded grant to support Food and Fitness initiative

  February 05, 2007 Active Living by Design, a program of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, was recently awarded a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for more than $660,000. Active Living by Design will use the grant funds to provide technical assistance to the foundation’s new Food and Fitness initiative. Food and… Read more »

Energy and Environment in North Carolina symposium to be held March 9-10

  February 05, 2007 The Carolina Environmental Program will present a symposium on Energy and Environment in North Carolina on March 9-10 at UNC-Chapel Hill’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. The symposium focuses on ways the University of North Carolina and all of its campuses can assist the state of North Carolina… Read more »

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 »