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Linnan chosen as new associate dean for academic and student affairs

January 15, 2016 Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named UNC Gillings’ new associate dean for academic and student affairs. “I am excited to have this excellent opportunity to work with the many dedicated faculty and staff members, students and alumni at the Gillings… Read more »

In African cities, encouraging community discussions may reduce myths, increase contraceptive use

January 13, 2016 In Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal, the most common family planning myths consistently include, “people who use contraceptives end up with health problems” and “contraceptives are dangerous to women’s health.” Ilene Speizer, PhD, research professor, and Chinelo Okigbo, doctoral student, are both researchers with the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the… Read more »

Food Systems Leadership Institute named into top 10 for continuing education

January 13, 2016 The Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an organization that works to develop leadership competencies around holistic approaches to complex food systems, has been named into the top 10 continuing education programs with a strong leadership focus by the organization Leadership Excellence. FSLI is a flagship leadership program of the Association of Land… Read more »

Study finds gaps in patients’ knowledge of breast reconstruction surgery and complications

January 12, 2016 A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and their collaborators has called for the provision of better information about the pros and cons of breast reconstructive surgery to breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy. In a study published in the journal Annals… Read more »

Paerl honored for contributions to Earth and space sciences

January 11, 2016 Hans Paerl, PhD, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and of marine sciences at UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, N.C., was honored Dec. 16, 2015, for his election to the American Geophysical Union (AGU), one… Read more »

Gillings School student, alumnus among first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

January 11, 2016 The two UNC recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award both represent the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Larry Han, a senior, and Max Seunik, a 2015 alumnus, have been awarded the elite China-based scholarship, which is modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone… Read more »

MCH faculty members to lead $4.5M grant for evaluation of family planning in Africa

January 11, 2016 Two faculty members in maternal and child health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will lead a project funded by a three-year, $4.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sian Curtis, PhD, research associate professor, will serve as principal investigator,… Read more »

Croffut to join future public health leaders at CDC summit

January 11, 2016 Samantha Croffut, a graduate student of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as a delegate to the 2016 Millennial Health Leaders Summit. The event, which will be hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., March 31 – April 1,… Read more »

Epidemiology student selected for Forbes ’30 under 30′ list of rising stars

January 11, 2016 Mugdha Gokhale, MS, doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” people to watch in health care. Magazine representatives screened more than 15,000 entrepreneurs, creative leaders and bright stars younger than 30, and selected 600 winners… Read more »

Study reveals impacts of Mexico’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax after one year

January 6, 2016 A new study co-led by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is the first comprehensive, peer-reviewed study to examine the immediate effects of Mexico’s tax on all non-alcoholic beverages containing added sugar. The full study, titled “Beverage purchases from stores under the Mexican sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax: A… Read more »