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Yeatts, Turner receive UNC teaching awards

April 1, 2015 A faculty member and a doctoral student teaching assistant at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health were chosen recently for Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA). Karin Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology, and Kea Turner, a doctoral student in the health policy and management department, received… Read more »

Verhalen, alumnus and friend of the School, dies March 26

March 30, 2015 Robert Verhalen, DrPH, alumnus and emeritus board member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Foundation board, passed away on March 26 in McLean, Va., at the age of 79. Dr. Verhalen earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Iowa State University (1963) and a Master of Public… Read more »

Glyburide associated with higher risk of adverse events in newborns than insulin, study finds

March 30, 2015 The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in the United States has more than doubled during the last 20 years, which has increased the use of the medication glyburide to treat GDM in pregnant women. However, a new study co-authored by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings… Read more »

Researchers explore breast cancer disparities at symposium to honor Millikan

March 26, 2015 A symposium co-sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health brought together leading breast cancer researchers to share findings about the genetic and environmental factors driving disparities in the disease’s incidence and mortality. The event, held last Friday, also honored the scientific contributions of… Read more »

Norovirus vaccine may be on horizon, study finds

March 25, 2015 To anyone who has ever suffered from “the stomach flu,” take cheer – a vaccine may be on the near horizon. Noroviruses produce an estimated 300 million cases a year worldwide of what is typically labeled “stomach flu.” Not only do the infections cause extreme discomfort and misery among their victims, noroviruses… Read more »

West recognized as ‘Airkeeper’ for improving air quality

March 25, 2015 Jason West, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, will be recognized by the organization Clean Air Carolina at a special Airkeeper Awards reception this evening in Raleigh. West’s research uses computer models to understand the exposure of… Read more »

Samuel-Hodge honored for mentoring women of color

March 24, 2015 Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has won a University Award for the Advancement of Women. The Carolina Women’s Center administers the award on behalf of the offices of the chancellor and the executive vice… Read more »

New study indicates laparoscopic hysterectomy with morcellation may be safer than abdominal procedure

March 24, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that abdominal surgery is riskier than laparoscopic hysterectomy with morcellation in premenopausal women undergoing surgery for presumed uterine fibroids. The study was published online March 24 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers examined quality of life, short-… Read more »

Ismail awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia

March 23, 2015 Safiyah Ismail, currently in her senior year in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, will travel to Indonesia later this year as a Fulbright Student. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows graduating seniors, master’s students, doctoral candidates and recent graduates to… Read more »

Health policy and management students design fund-development strategy for local free clinic

March 19, 2015 A team of health policy and management undergraduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently designed a comprehensive fund-development strategy for a local free clinic which is administered and wholly staffed by students from UNC’s professional schools. From August to December 2014, seniors Kelly Reed, Taylor Bogart, Bri… Read more »