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Sullivan elected to US Breastfeeding Committee’s board of directors

July 20, 2016 Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, acting director of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and the Institute’s director of training, has been elected to the board of directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She will begin service on the board at a USBC members’… Read more »

Gordon-Larsen to chair NIH study section on kidney, nutrition, obesity and diabetes

July 18, 2016 Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will become chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD) study section. Gordon-Larsen began her term as chairperson on July 1, and will serve in the role through June 30, 2018…. Read more »

Biostatistics’ Tan wins award for best paper in Canadian statistics journal

July 18, 2016 Xianming Tan, PhD, research associate professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Statistical Society of Canada’s Canadian Journal of Statistics Award for his paper, “Variable selection and inference procedures for marginal analysis of longitudinal data with missing observations and covariate measurement error,” published online… Read more »

NIH awards UNC $23M to help eradicate HIV

July 14, 2016 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive nearly $23 million over the next five years to continue research on their innovative “kick and kill” strategy for eradicating HIV. Worldwide, 37 million people are living with the virus. After a competitive application process, the National Institutes of Health… Read more »

Nutrition student wins NC Dietetic Association’s leadership award

July 14, 2016 Courtney Luecking, doctoral student in nutrition at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has won the North Carolina Dietetics Association’s (NCDA) Emerging Dietetic Leader Award for 2015-2016. The award recognizes the competence and activities of dietitians who have made distinctive contributions early in their careers to the Academy of Nutrition and… Read more »

Race-related factors add to African-American men’s hesitancy to seek help for health problems

July 14, 2016 Men are less likely than women to seek help for health issues because they believe help-seeking is not “masculine,” research has shown. As a result, men in the United States have shorter lives and are more at risk for chronic diseases than are women. African-American men, however, face additional barriers to seeking… Read more »

Armfield, benefactor for Gillings School’s atrium, dies at 81

July 14, 2016 William Johnston Armfield IV, 81, whose generous gift to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health resulted in the naming of its light-filled atrium, died July 11 in Richmond, Va., after a brief illness. Born in Asheboro, N.C., on Nov. 3, 1934, Armfield is survived by his wife, Jane, who also… Read more »

Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

July 14, 2016 In an article published online July 4 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival,  UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examine the complex and disturbing pattern of health-care professionals being targeted in war zones. Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, Gillings School alumnus and research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness… Read more »

Powell selected for Aspen Institute Fellowship, will join entrepreneurial leaders mobilized to improve US health care

July 14, 2016 Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected July 12 to receive one of the Aspen Institute’s second annual Health Innovators Fellowships. The Institute, a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas, is an educational and policy studies organization… Read more »

Holmes appointed director of UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research

July 8, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to announce that George “Mark” Holmes, PhD, has been appointed as the new director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, one of the oldest and largest academic health services research centers in the United States. “With his record… Read more »