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Oberlander NEJM perspective calls for controlling health care costs, not just cutting budgets

September 01, 2011 Share     Dr. Jon Oberlander The new wave of fiscal conservatives voted into Congress during the 2010 elections are resetting the national agenda, and this rise of “austerity politics” has important implications for health policy, says Jon Oberlander, PhD, professor of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina… Read more »

Bentley’s column describes the tragedy of East Africa’s drought

August 30, 2011 Share     Peggy Bentley, PhD, professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School’s associate dean for global health, recently wrote a guest column for the UNC Global newsletter. We reprint her essay here.   It’s late August in Chapel Hill, a very busy time, but… Read more »

Millikan and partners awarded $19.3M by NCI to study breast cancer in African-American women

  August 26, 2011 Share   Robert Millikan, PhD, DVM, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will partner with scientists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Boston University to conduct the most ambitious study to date of breast cancer among younger African-American women. Data… Read more »

Paerl wins Odum Lifetime Achievement Award for ecological studies

August 25, 2011 Share   Hans Paerl, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, N.C., is the 2011 winner of the Odum Award for Lifetime Achievement. Paerl, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the Institute and professor of environmental sciences… Read more »

Excess weight as a young adult predicts an earlier death

  August 24, 2011 Share   Those extra pounds many people carry at age 25 may shorten their lives, even if they slim down when they’re older. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study appearing this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds those who are overweight during young adulthood are likely… Read more »

Enrollment completed for largest nationwide health study of Hispanic community

August 24, 2011 Share   The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), which is collecting health data on Hispanics living in the United States, has completed enrollment. Approximately 16,000 participants completed baseline clinical exams in four field centers located in the Bronx (N.Y.), Chicago, Miami and San Diego. Dr. Lisa LaVange The University of… Read more »

Water Institute at UNC invites photos for international competition

August 24, 2011 Share   The Water Institute at UNC is launching a global photography competition on the subject of water. The contest, called “Reflections,” aims to encourage photographers in the U.S. and around the world to submit powerful, thought-provoking images that illustrate water’s life-giving properties and the essential connections between water and human health… Read more »

ESE alumnus receives Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award

August 22, 2011 Share   Tom Johnson University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnus Tom Johnson, MSEE, a water/wastewater technologist, has been selected by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Board of Trustees as the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Young Water Environment Professional Award. Johnson, who works in the Charlotte, N.C.,… Read more »

Harrington to join NC Institute for Public Health

August 17, 2011 Share     Dennis Harrington Dennis Harrington, MPH, a 30-year public health veteran, will join the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to explore new ways to improve public health delivery throughout the state. Harrington recently stepped down from his role as deputy director of the N.C. Division of Public Health… Read more »

UNC hosts inaugural training institute on dissemination research and implementation science

August 17, 2011 Share     Dr. Alice Ammerman Thirty-four researchers from around the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., Aug. 1-5 to participate in the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, hosted by the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP). The Center is directed by Alice Ammerman, DrPH,… Read more »