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Characklis featured in NC Currents magazine

April 12, 2012   Dr. Greg Characklis Greg Characklis, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering, was profiled in the spring 2012 issue of NC Currents, a magazine published by the North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA).   The article, “Greg Characklis: Building capacity for… Read more »

UNC studies, global coalition agree: decreasing short-term greenhouse gases benefits climate, health

April 12, 2012 Recent studies by UNC environmental scientists provide support to undergird a new international effort to reduce emissions of certain climate pollutants.   The effort, called the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, was announced Feb. 16 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and includes the U.S. and… Read more »

Health care and prevention student wins teaching award

April 12, 2012   Berger with his award Alexander Berger, master’s candidate in health care and prevention at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received an undergraduate teaching assistant award April 11 from the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards Committee.   The award recognizes excellence in service, dedication to undergraduate students and… Read more »

Researchers identify Achilles heel of dengue virus, target for future vaccines

April 11, 2012 A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University have pinpointed the region on dengue virus that is neutralized in people who overcome infection with the deadly pathogen. The results challenge the current state of dengue vaccine research, which is based on studies in mice… Read more »

Better lung health may portend better heart health, UNC study suggests

  April 10, 2012 A large population-based study has found that lung function and obstructive airway diseases are strongly and independently associated with heart failure. Importantly, say the investigators, the association was evident in never-smokers and still evident after adjustment for smoking status and cigarette-years of smoking. Dr. Sunil Agarwal The study, published online Feb…. Read more »

Two-decade decline: Rate of heart attack falls among black and white adults

  April 09, 2012   The incidence of heart attack among blacks and whites has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   The study, published online and scheduled to appear in the April 17 issue of Circulation, analyzed nearly 31,000… Read more »

Six public health students receive The Graduate School’s 2012 Impact Awards

April 09, 2012 The loss of farm land, limited HIV resources, stroke evaluation, tick bites, motor-vehicle crashes and postpartum depression comprise the issues researched by six former and current public health graduate students who received Impact Awards from UNC’s Graduate School earlier this month.   The awards recognize students whose research may improve the lives… Read more »

Adolescent expectations of early death predict young adult socioeconomic status

  April 05, 2012 Adolescents’ expectations of an early death can predict their economic futures more than a decade later, according to a new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Individuals who did not expect to live to age 35 had lower levels of educational attainment and lower personal earnings… Read more »

Students show off dance moves in NPHW flash mob

April 05, 2012   Folks hanging out in the Armfield Atrium around lunchtime on April 4 found themselves caught up in the middle of a flash mob as a group of about 40 students kicked and wiggled through some of singer Beyonce’s fancy dance steps and her song, “Move Your Body.”   Staged during National… Read more »

Gene variations linked to intestinal blockage in newborns with cystic fibrosis

April 02, 2012   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers working as part of the International Cystic Fibrosis Consortium have discovered several regions of the genome that may predispose cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to develop an intestinal blockage while still in the uterus.   Dr. Fred Wright Fred Wright, PhD, professor of biostatistics… Read more »