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Study predicts tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Colombia would reduce consumption, boost government revenue

January 4, 2018
Three researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of a new study that estimates what outcomes would likely result if Colombia were to institute a national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Rosamond awarded translational research grant to explore public health use of aerial drones

January 2, 2018
Dr. Wayne Rosamond has been awarded funding to determine the feasibility of having drones deliver automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to locations where they are needed. The NC TraCS/NCSU Collaborative Translational Research Pilot Grant Program awarded the grant.

Dasgupta examines social and economic factors that fuel opioid crisis

December 22, 2017
Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta is author of an American Journal of Public Health commentary that examines the deep social, economic and other societal problems that contribute to the opioid crisis in America.

New assistant dean for inclusive excellence selected

December 18, 2017
Dr. Kauline Cipriani will join the Gillings School in February 2018 as the School’s assistant dean for inclusive excellence. Cipriani most recently has been assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Gopal delivers winter commencement address

December 18, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, alumnus and adjunct faculty member in epidemiology, delivered the 2017 winter commencement address on Dec. 17. More than 1,160 students were awarded undergraduate, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees at the mid-year commencement. Photo at left by Jon Gardiner.

Rimer announces intent to appoint Stürmer as epidemiology chair

December 14, 2017
Dr. Til Stürmer will become chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Epidemiology on March 1, 2018, pending necessary approvals, including from the UNC board of trustees. Dean Barbara K. Rimer expressed confidence in Stürmer’s deep commitment to assuring that the department remains one of the top programs in the world, and thanked outgoing chair, Dr. Andy Olshan, for 11 years of excellent service.

Wheeler selected as distinguished alumna by College of Charleston

December 12, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Wheeler, associate professor of health policy and management, was recognized as a distinguished alumna by her undergraduate alma mater, College of Charleston. At left, she poses at the reception with friends and family. Photo courtesy of College of Charleston Alumni Association.

Dubé researches ethics of HIV cure-related research, including perceptions of people living with HIV in the US

December 8, 2017
About 36.7 million people worldwide currently live with HIV. Two recently published papers co-authored by Dr. Karine Dubé help map the complex ethics of research into an HIV cure. Image of HIV drugs is courtesy of NIAID.

MacDonald Gibson named to NC Science Advisory Board to study emerging chemicals

December 6, 2017
Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson has been named to the North Carolina Science Advisory Board to study emerging chemicals, such as GenX, and advise state leaders about ways to protect the environment and the health of North Carolinians. MacDonald Gibson joins fellow environmental sciences and engineering faculty member Dr. Jamie Bartram, who serves as chair of the state board.

Bilsborrow on UNC team awarded NASA grant to study island ecosystems

December 6, 2017
Biostatistician Dr. Richard Bilsborrow is among researchers who have been awarded a NASA grant to examine the effects of social and ecological factors, particularly human migration and tourism on the environment and on the sustainability of island ecosystems. Photo by ‘Aaron’ on Creative Commons.