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Fast-food labeling that ties eating to exercise may be a weapon against childhood obesity, study finds

February 9, 2015 A new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that parents ordering fast-food meals for their children were more likely to order meals with fewer calories and encourage exercise when product labeling tied calorie intake to the amount of exercise needed to burn those calories. The… Read more »

HPM undergraduate team recognized by Clinton Global Initiative University

February 3, 2015 A team of health policy and management undergraduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was recognized recently by the Clinton Global Initiative University for providing an innovative solution to a pressing public health challenge. In fall 2014, the team – Randi Towns, Ashley Jones, Yasamin Sanii and Emily… Read more »

Mireille Gillings appointed to Pasteur Foundation board

February 3, 2015 Mireille Gillings, PhD, who with her husband Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE, is a major benefactor of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed to the U.S. corporate board of directors of the Pasteur Foundation. The Foundation, U.S. affiliate of the Paris-based Institut Pasteur, supports American scientific exchange through postdoctoral… Read more »

Children’s oral health video wins national contest

February 3, 2015 A video highlighting early childhood oral health research funded by the National Institutes of Health and conducted by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has won first place in the 2014 Power of Oral Health Research Video Contest, sponsored by Friends of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research… Read more »

New Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 2, 2015 Four new projects – two designed to improve chronic disease care, one aimed at increasing access to cervical cancer screening, and another to track land-applied biosolids – are the most recent Gillings Innovation Labs. Established in 2007 as part of the $50 million Gillings gift, Gillings Innovation Laboratories (GILs) are designed to… Read more »

Two from Gillings School honored for teaching excellence

January 29, 2015 Two faculty members at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were recognized recently for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan Ennett, PhD, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Gillings School’s health behavior department, and Karl Umble,… Read more »

Banks receives ESE’s Distinguished Alumna Award

January 26, 2015 M. Katherine Banks, PhD, vice chancellor for engineering for the Texas A&M University system and dean of the Dwight Look college of Engineering at Texas A&M, received the 2014 Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Distinguished Alumna Award at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Jan. 23. Banks, who received… Read more »

Miller named journal’s editor-in-chief

January 23, 2015 William Miller, MD, PhD, MPH, professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Miller, who is also professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, was appointed to the leadership role by the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association,… Read more »

Heisler, former senior associate dean, dies at 67

January 23, 2015 Jules Heisler, PhD, MBA, senior associate dean at the Gillings School from 2005 to 2007, died on Jan. 18 in Durham, N.C. He was 67. Dr. Heisler had retired after more than 35 years of executive experience in health care and university administration. From 1987 to 2005, he served as the founding… Read more »

Sobsey awarded UNC grant to study antimicrobially resistant fecal bacteria in sewage

January 23, 2015 Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, has received a competitive pilot research grant from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and UNC Program in Nicaragua (ProNica) to evaluate water-borne antimicrobially resistant bacteria (ARB) in León, Nicaragua, and Chapel Hill,… Read more »