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Elevated arsenic in Mexico’s drinking water poses health risks for pregnant women, infants

October 27, 2014 Millions of people around the world drink water with levels of inorganic arsenic that exceed standards set by the World Health Organization. A new Gillings School of Global Public Health study highlights that certain populations, including pregnant women and newborn children, are especially vulnerable when exposed to increased levels of arsenic. In… Read more »

School receives $7M gift for professorship, breastfeeding institute

October 27, 2014 An anonymous donor has committed $7 million to The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The gift directly benefits UNC Gillings’ Department of Maternal and Child Health, UNC Gillings’ Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), and the department’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual… Read more »

School’s Breastfeeding Institute to promote Baby-friendly Hospitals through new CDC project

October 27, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), in collaboration with Abt Associates, and the Center for Public Health Quality (CPHQ), is central to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effort to help hospitals become more “baby-friendly,” that is, more supportive of breastfeeding. Abt… Read more »

HPM students take first prize in NAHSE case competition

October 27, 2014 A three-person team of health policy and management graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were first-prize winners in the 19th annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition, hosted by the National Association of Healthcare Services Executives (NAHSE) at its annual educational conference, held Oct. 14-17 in Detroit…. Read more »

Folt named professor in Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering department

October 24, 2014 Carol Folt, PhD, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received joint appointments as professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology and in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. “We are very pleased to welcome Chancellor Folt… Read more »

Siega-Riz discusses her life and work as a woman scientist

October 24, 2014 In the past decade, the percentages of women attaining degrees in engineering and computer sciences have remained stagnant, even as these fields have continued to drive the highest demands in the workforce. To address the gender disparity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs,… Read more »

Hilton Goulson, alumnus and former faculty member, dead at 84

Oct. 23, 2014 Hilton Thomas Goulson, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s school of public health, former faculty member in parasitology and laboratory practice at the School, and longtime donor and friend, passed away on Oct. 21 in the Chapel Hill, N.C., home where had lived for 62 years. He was 84. Dr. Goulson, who spearheaded the… Read more »

Withholding certain foods from children may lead to weight gain, study finds

Oct. 22, 2014 Many parents believe the best way to prevent their children from becoming obese is to limit their intake of calories or withhold particular types of foods altogether. However, a new study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill challenges this belief. The study supports growing evidence that, in the long… Read more »

Eng inducted into Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

October 20, 2014 Eugenia Eng, DrPH, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was inducted as an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship on Oct. 7, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Eng’s community-based participatory research (CBPR) work is recognized nationally and internationally. Contributions include relevance and measurement of… Read more »

Edema Ojomo: Doctoral student will present at The Water Institute’s fall conference

Oct. 10, 2014 The annual Water and Health Conference, held this year Oct. 13-17 at UNC’s Friday Center for Continuing Education, will host about 500 participants interested in drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds. For more information, see whconference.unc.edu. Edema Ojomo, an environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »