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GlaxoSmithKline Foundation honors maternal and child health project leader

  September 20, 2012   Jacqueline (Jackie) Quirk, RN, BSN, CCHC, project coordinator for the North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center, has received a lifetime achievement award from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. The resource center, based in Raleigh, is a project of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department… Read more »

ASTHO honors Devlin for leadership and contributions to public health

September 18, 2012 Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, Gillings Professor of the Practice of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, accepted the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) 2012 Alumni Award on Sept. 13 at the association’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas.   Dr. Leah Devlin (center)… Read more »

Biostatisticians’ idea has real-world applications

September 17, 2012 Dr. Lloyd Edwards Lloyd Edwards, PhD, planted an idea with his R2Beta statistic, and a group of landscape geneticists helped it grow. The results have been harvested and published in the August 2012 issue of the journal Molecular Ecology. The R2Beta statistic helps researchers assess how important any given predictors are in… Read more »

Davis takes on leadership of CSCC

September 17, 2012 Dr. Sonia Davis Sonia Davis, DrPH, has been appointed director of the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC), part of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Biostatistics. A UNC biostatistics alumna, Davis is now Professor of the Practice in the department.   “We wanted [as CSCC director] a biostatistician… Read more »

NCI-funded study aims to decrease care inequities for African-Americans with cancer

September 17, 2012 A five-year national study now underway in Greensboro, N.C., and Pittsburgh attempts to determine whether technology and other tools can ensure that African-Americans being treated for breast and lung cancer receive the same level of care as their white counterparts.Earlier work by this research team has shown that more white Americans than… Read more »

Pink, Holmes awarded federal grants to conduct research on rural health

  September 12, 2012   The U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) has awarded two multi-year grants, totaling $4 million, to two faculty members who will conduct research and data analysis to inform federal policy about rural health. Dr. Mark Holmes Dr. George Pink Mark Holmes, PhD, assistant professor, and George Pink, PhD, Humana… Read more »

James Abernathy, renowned statistician and international demographer, dies Sept. 3

September 12, 2012 Dr. Abernathy James R. Abernathy, PhD, retired professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Sept. 3, 2012. He was 86.   Dr. Abernathy was a well-known international demographer who published dozens of statistical papers. He was a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and North… Read more »

Twelve receive Gillings Merit Scholarships

  September 10, 2012 Twelve students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been designated as 2012-2013 Gillings Merit Scholars. The scholarships, established in 2010 to help the School recruit graduate students with exceptional promise and potential, are made possible through a $50 million gift to the School from Dennis Gillings and Joan… Read more »

Older overweight children consume fewer calories than do their healthy-weight peers

September 10, 2012 A new study by UNC pediatrics researchers finds a surprising difference in the eating habits of overweight children between ages 9 and 17 years compared to those younger than 9.Younger children who are overweight or obese consume more calories per day than do their healthy- weight peers. Among older overweight children, however,… Read more »

Alumna appointed to state commission

September 09, 2012 Dr. Marva Price Alumna Marva Mizell Price, DrPH, associate professor in Duke University’s School of Nursing, has been appointed by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to the Mining and Energy Commission. Price will serve a four-year term ending in June 2016. The new commission, legislated by the N.C. General Assembly, will develop… Read more »