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Jerry Hulka, professor emeritus and friend of the School, dead at 84

December 1, 2014 Jaroslav F. (Jerry) Hulka, MD, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine and of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Nov. 24. He was 84. Born in New York City in 1930, Hulka graduated from Harvard College and earned a… Read more »

Joanne Lee selected for School’s Staff Excellence Award

November 26, 2014 Joanne O. Lee, student services manager for the Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition, has been selected as the 2014 winner of the School’s Staff Excellence Award. Lee accepted the award at a Schoolwide reception on Nov. 13. In her work, Lee oversees admissions, registration for enrolled students, records management, student funding, class… Read more »

Student commentary: NC schools must fight Ebola fears with facts, compassion

November 26, 2014 This commentary, originally published in The News and Observer (Raleigh) on Nov. 19, was written by Dirk Davis, health behavior master’s student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Last week, a Superior Court Judge in Durham ruled that a teenager who had been barred from school for fear that he… Read more »

UNC study finds lower vaccine uptake in states with higher rates of HPV-related cervical cancer

November 26, 2014 This article, written by Christina Izzo, first appeared in Oncology Nursing News on Nov. 12. It is reprinted here with permission. New data have shown that states having higher rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality also have low HPV vaccination rates among young women. The findings were presented at the American… Read more »

Alumna selected as AARP-RWJF Breakthrough Leader in Nursing

November 24, 2014 AnnMarie Walton, MPH, BSN, doctoral candidate in nursing at University of Utah and Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been selected as one of ten nurses nationwide to receive the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award, presented by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP… Read more »

Runyan wins APHA award for distinguished career in injury control

November 19, 2014 Carol Runyan, PhD, adjunct professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and one of the nation’s foremost scholars addressing violence as a public-health problem, was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association’s Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section at… Read more »

Lytle in JAMA commentary: ‘Healthful foods in schools are important tool in fight against obesity’

November 19, 2014 A commentary by Leslie Lytle, PhD, professor and chair of health behavior at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was published online Nov. 17 in JAMA Pediatrics. The article, “Considering the Potential Effect of Federal Policy on Childhood Obesity,” was a response to a paper by Yvonne… Read more »

BSPH students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 19, 2014 Fourteen of the 148 undergraduates admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who… Read more »

Review informs design for smoking cessation interventions for LGBT people

November 18, 2014 Tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. is 68 percent higher than among heterosexuals. Little published work has addressed how to best promote smoking-cessation efforts targeting LGBT people, but unpublished community-led programs have important lessons for designing interventions. Clinical treatments such as counseling and nicotine replacement… Read more »

Sickle cell trait in African-Americans associated with increased kidney disease risk, new research finds

November 14, 2014 African-Americans carrying a genetic sickle cell trait face up to a two-fold risk increase for chronic kidney disease, according to a paper published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Co-authors from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health include epidemiology faculty members Wayne Rosamond, PhD, professor,… Read more »