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Website will help women learn about risk factors for breast cancer

October 7, 2014 The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) has announced the official launch of myBCrisk.org, an interactive website designed to increase knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, especially among young African-American women. Melissa Troester, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Liza Makowski,… Read more »

Study finds reducing cadmium exposure during pregnancy may improve birth outcomes

Oct. 6, 2014 Reducing women’s exposure to cadmium during pregnancy likely would cut down on adverse outcomes such as preterm labor, low birth weight and early pregnancy loss, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study has found. In an article published July 30 online in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental… Read more »

ESE student awarded fellowship to study membrane technology related to water

Oct. 6, 2014 Ariel Atkinson, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, has received a fellowship from the National Water Research Institute and American Membrane Technology Association to support her research. The competitive fellowship is given annually to two outstanding graduate students in the U.S. who are conducting original and promising… Read more »

School to host American Mock World Health Organization

Sept. 27, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will host the inaugural American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) on Oct. 3-5 in 133 Rosenau Hall. More than 120 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. – and from Canada and France – will participate. The event will provide students with an… Read more »

MCH alumna wins APHA outstanding student author award

Sept. 26, 2014 Christine Tucker, PhD, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has won the Outstanding Student Author Award, presented by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) maternal and child health section. Tucker, who received a doctorate in maternal and child health from the Gillings School in May, conducted dissertation research with Community Care… Read more »

NCIPH’s Moore receives NCPHA distinguished service award

Sept. 26, 2014 Hazel Moore, MSN, RN, retired workforce development associate with the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), received the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) Distinguished Service award at the association’s annual conference on Sept. 18 in Wilmington, N.C. NCPHA established the Distinguished Service Award in… Read more »

UNC’s Hobbs leads effort to establish DrPH degree program in Africa

Sept. 26, 2014 A UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health health policy and management faculty member and School alumna will lead a Rockefeller Foundation project to develop the first doctoral program in health leadership based in Africa. Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, clinical professor of health policy and management and nutrition at the Gillings School,… Read more »

Perreira to receive Graham Faculty Service Award on University Day

Sept. 26, 2014 Krista Perreira, PhD, adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s departments of maternal and child health and health behavior, will accept the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award at a ceremony on University Day, Oct. 12. The Edward Kidder Graham Award recognizes… Read more »

Ammerman receives NCPHA academic researcher award

Sept. 25, 2014 Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, was honored with an award at the North Carolina Public Health Association’s annual fall educational conference, held Sept. 17-19 in Wilmington, N.C. Ammerman received the Public Health… Read more »

NIH funds project to examine whether texts, games, Web portals can increase HPV vaccination rates

Sept. 24, 2014 Human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., is known to cause various forms of cancer. Yet most HPV-associated cancers could be prevented with a vaccine that has been available since 2006. Why, then, are parents not eager to immunize their preteens – as they do for measles… Read more »