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Ribisl receives American Society of Preventive Oncology award for efforts to reduce tobacco use

March 16, 2017
Dr. Kurt Ribisl was honored on March 13 with the American Society of Preventive Oncology’s 2017 Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award for policy research aimed at limiting use of tobacco products, especially by young people.

Sorenson, former chair of health behavior, dead at 74

March 15, 2017
Dr. James Sorenson, who chaired the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior from 1985 to 1996, died in Pittsboro, N.C., on March 13. He was 74.

ESE student wins toxicology award

March 15, 2017
ESE doctoral student Abhishek Venkatratnam has won the Perry J. Gehring Best Graduate Student Abstract Award for 2017. The award is presented by the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) Risk Assessment Specialty Section.

UNC Gillings School Study: ‘No Fat,’ ‘No Sugar’ no guarantee of nutritional quality

March 15, 2017
Terms such as “no fat” or “no sugar” on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food. These are the findings of a new study led by Dr. Lindsey Taillie and published online March 15 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Biostatistics student finalist for scholarship

March 8, 2017
Ting Wang, biostatistics doctoral student, is one of three finalists for the 2017 Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship for the abstract of his paper, “Auxiliary-variable-enriched Biomarker Stratified Design.” The scholarship is awarded by the Society for Clinical Trials.

Wheeler honored with ASPPH early-career research award

March 8, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Wheeler, associate professor of health policy and management, has received the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Early Career Public Health Research Award, presented to early-career professionals for excellence in teaching, research and mentorship.

Cilenti named interim health director for Orange County

March 2, 2017
Dr. Dorothy Cilenti has been named interim director of the Orange County health department, effective March 1. A clinical associate professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, Cilenti also directs the National Maternal Child Health Workforce Development Center.

MD/PhD students share their skills at a free clinic to benefit patients with diabetes

March 2, 2017
Anna Kahkoska and Nick Brazeau, students in the MD/PhD program, work at the Open Door Clinic, in Burlington, N.C., where a number of patients with diabetes are treated.

Nutrition professors contribute chapters to Eating Disorders and Obesity text

March 2, 2017
Drs. Cynthia Bulik, June Stevens and Deborah Tate wrote chapters in the third edition of Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook, published this year by The Guilford Press.

Study validates a survey tool to assess patient-centered communication in cancer care settings

March 2, 2017
Dr. Bryce Reeve and colleagues at RTI found supporting evidence for the reliability of a survey instrument that assesses patient-centered communication in cancer care settings. Their findings were published Feb. 10 in Patient Education and Counseling.