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Gillings students translate summer internships into full-time jobs

January 27, 2016
Mackenzie Herzog and Sydney Jones, doctoral students in epidemiology at the Gillings School, translated summer internships into the promise of full-time jobs, with help from The Graduate School’s Richard Bland Fellowship Professional Pathways Program.

JAMA editorial: Geography, income need to be part of effective cancer solutions

January 27, 2017
According to a new study, U.S. cancer mortality rates have decreased — but not uniformly across geographic regions. Successful outcomes often remain dependent upon where patients live and on their economic conditions. Dr. Stephanie Wheeler is co-author of a JAMA editorial that elaborates upon the study.

Aaron Williams, RTI executive, former Peace Corps director, selected as Gillings School’s commencement speaker

January 25, 2017
Aaron Williams will present the Gillings School’s commencement address on May 13 at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena. Williams is executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International and past director of the U.S. Peace Corps.

Alumnus honored with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

January 25, 2017
Dr. Matthew Wheeler, Gillings School alumnus and CDC researcher, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government upon science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. President Barack Obama announced the award for Wheeler and 101 other American scientists on Jan. 9.

ESE student wins AGU’s Outstanding Student Paper Award

January 25, 2017
Rachel Baum, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the American Geophysical Union’s Outstanding Student Paper Award.

Dusetzina named to National Academies report committee

January 12, 2017
Dr. Stacie Dusetzina has been confirmed as a committee member for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) report titled “Ensuring Patient Access to Affordable Drug Therapies.” The committee is charged with recommending policy actions that could address drug price trends, improve patient access to affordable and effective treatments, and encourage innovations that address significant needs in health care.

Doctoral student awarded fellowship to study water purification process

January 12, 2017
Kasia Grzebyk, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering, has received a generous fellowship award from the American Membrane Technology Association. She is one of four national recipients.

Cuba offers example for countries striving to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of syphilis, HIV

Currently, several countries in the Americas are poised to eliminate mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of syphilis. With the Zika virus epidemic, however, low-income countries face unanticipated challenges. Dr. Lola Stamm discusses why it is imperative that the commitment to eliminate MTCT of syphilis be sustained.

Study finds diet as effective and less expensive than drugs in treating esophageal inflammation

Dr. Daniel Erim and colleagues found that a six-food elimination diet was as effective as topical corticosteroids — and less expensive — in treating eosinophilic esophagitis, a condition in which inflamed esophageal tissue leads to a person’s difficulty in swallowing solid foods. Erim is a doctoral student in health policy and management.

Aquagenx compartment bag tests used for water quality monitoring in rural Myanmar

The Aquagenx water quality test kit, which was developed by a researcher at the Gillings School, is being used as part of an assessment of the Accelerating Water and Sanitation for All Program in remote communities in Myanmar.