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Public health students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 02, 2013 Seven public health undergraduates at Gillings School of Global Public Health were inducted this spring into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.The inducted students are Savan Kothadia, Thomas C. Lowrey and Madhulika Vulimiri, in health policy and management; Kevin K. Chu and Samantha Tulenko, in environmental… Read more »

Genetics might determine which smokers get hooked

  March 28, 2013   A team of researchers from the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand has identified genetic risk factors that may accelerate a teen’s progression toward becoming a lifelong heavy smoker. Dr. Dan Belsky Dan Belsky, PhD, alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina… Read more »

Sandra Greene appointed interim chair of health policy and management

March 28, 2013   Dr. Sandra Greene Professor of the Practice Sandra Greene, DrPH, has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Greene brings extensive leadership and management experience to the interim chair position. She served as an… Read more »

Daily self-weighing helps study participants lose weight

  March 26, 2013 Collaboration by researchers at Gillings School of Global Public Health and Duke University’s Global Health Institute has yielded good news about yet another tool in the weight-loss toolbox. Dr. Dori Steinberg Dori M. Steinberg, PhD, RD, and colleagues found, in a study conducted at UNC, that a weight-loss approach including daily… Read more »

US children, adults still favor sugary beverages, but low-calorie drinks gaining ground

  March 26, 2013   Sugary, higher-calorie beverages still rule among American consumers, but low-calorie drinks are quickly closing the gap in households with and without children.Those are the findings of a new study titled, “Trends in purchases and intake of foods and beverages containing caloric and low-calorie sweeteners over the last decade in the… Read more »

May, NRI researcher, awarded $5.3 million by NIAAA to study fetal alcohol disorders

March 24, 2013 The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis, N.C., has received a $5.3 million grant to study fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in South Africa. The funds were awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), one of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Philip May The study will… Read more »

ESE doctoral students win first-place PARTNER awards

  March 22, 2013   Matt Woody and Pradeepa Vennam, doctoral students in environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at Gillings School of Global Public Health, both won first prize recently for individual research papers submitted to the ninth annual Hartman student paper competition, sponsored by the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER)…. Read more »

Why are some kids picky eaters? It may be in their genes.

March 21, 2013 No matter how much parents plead, cajole or entice, some children just won’t try new foods. However, researchers now have found that the reason for the push-back may have more to do with what’s in the children’s genes than what’s on their plates. Dr. Myles Faith A recent study led by Myles… Read more »

Statewide reporting system effective in addressing prescription drug overdose epidemic

March 20, 2013 A statewide system designed to curb the number of deaths resulting from prescription drug overdose is underused but effective, according to a new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The findings, released during National Poisoning Prevention Week (March 18-23), have prompted discussion on how to promote the system’s… Read more »

Two student groups win Gillings Student Organization Service Project Awards

  March 16, 2013   Two student endeavors focused on environmental sciences initiatives have won the Gillings School of Global Public Health 2013 Gillings Student Organization Service Project Award. The projects were spearheaded by the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Student Organization (ENVRSO) and A Drink for Tomorrow. Each group will be awarded $1,500 to help… Read more »