Posts Categorized: School News

An unconventional spring break

Public health students, others at UNC, help with Community Health Assessment in Tyrrell CountyMarch 24, 2014 For some, the words “spring break” may elicit images of white beaches, bathing suits and tropical paradise, but not so for a group of students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During the week of March… Read more »

Halpern proposed as interim chair of maternal and child health

March 21, 2014 Pending university approvals, Carolyn Halpern, PhD, will be appointed interim chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, effective July 1. Halpern, professor and currently vice-chair of the department, will replace Herbert Peterson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor and current chair. Peterson is stepping down after… Read more »

Olshan named Hulka Distinguished Professor

March 17, 2014 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, has been named the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, effective March 1. Olshan also has served in significant leadership roles at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Most recently, in 2012, he… Read more »

Many parents’ infant-feeding, TV and activity practices increase obesity risk

March 17, 2014 Most parents included in a new study reported some infant feeding and activity behaviors that are believed to increase a child’s risk for obesity later in life. Asheley C. Skinner, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is a co-author of… Read more »

Previous physical activity may have impact upon success of in vitro fertilization

March 17, 2014 Women who are more physically active in the year before in vitro fertilization increase their chances to have a successful pregnancy, according to a study led by Kelly R. Evenson, PhD, research professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Evenson and a team of co-researchers presented the… Read more »

McCullough, Epidemiology postdoctoral fellow, receives Best Poster Award

March 12, 2014 Lauren McCullough, PhD, 2013 alumna of the Gillings School of Global Public Health and postdoctoral fellow in the Cancer Control Education Program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, received a Best Poster award March 10 for research presented at the American Society of Preventive Oncology.  McCullough’s study found that obesity may be… Read more »

ESE master’s student develops chemical risk assessment interface

March 13, 2014 The following article, by Sara Mishamandani, is reprinted from the March 2014 issue of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ newsletter, Environmental Factor. The NIEHS article contains additional information, including a recording of Shapiro’s webinar tutorial. Andy Shapiro, a Master of Science in Public Health student in environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »

Data from MapMyFitness app place physical activity into neighborhood context

March 12, 2014 As an increasing number of Americans turn to technology in order to monitor and manage their health, researchers have discovered an innovative way to use one of these tools for evaluating public policy and improving access to physical activity. In “Emerging Technologies to Promote and Evaluate Physical Activity,” Kelly R. Evenson, PhD,… Read more »

HPM student receives Fogarty global health fellowship

March 12, 2014 Kei Alegria-Flores, MPH, doctoral student in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, has been selected as a Fogarty global health fellow for 2014-2015. Alegria-Flores’ 11-month appointment is based in Lima, Peru, where she will collaborate with experts from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Herdia, Johns Hopkins… Read more »

Study measures toxic metal levels in children residing in Vietnamese smelting village

March 12, 2014 Recycling car batteries by smelting them into lead ingots may recharge a community’s economy, but a study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health indicates that the resulting exposure to toxic metals can affect children who live near the smelters. The research team included Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor,… Read more »