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Characklis named Singer Distinguished Professor

Dr. Gregory Characklis, professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management in the UNC Institute for the Environment, has been named the Phillip C. Singer Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering.

Speizer to examine sustainability of family planning program activities in urban Nigeria

Dr. Ilene Speizer, research professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, will lead a two-year, $1.7 million project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Spiezer will examine the sustainability of family planning program activities in Nigeria.

Kosorok elected AAAS fellow

Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Thirteen Gillings School undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted as new members 137 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, 13 of whom study at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Study finds disparities in drinking water quality in Wake County, NC

In Wake County, some predominantly African-American neighborhoods in urban areas completely lack access to nearby municipal water systems. As a result, residents are exposed to notably higher quantities of microbial contaminants via well water.

Giving women HIV self-tests promotes male partner testing

Providing pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa with multiple HIV self-tests can make it more likely their male partners will be tested for HIV, found a study led by Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy of the health policy and management department.

In AJPH editorial, researchers oppose legislation that would threaten food security

The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003) does not live up to its name, say two researchers from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Health policy and management team takes third place in NAHSE case competition

Yamira Maldonado, Emily Tierney and Mark Travis, Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) students in the health policy and management department, won third place in the annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Analysis and Presentation Competition, hosted by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) during the association’s yearly educational conference, held Oct. 11-13 in Las Vegas.

Steve Wing, beloved teacher and committed activist, dies at 64

Dr. Steve Wing, activist for environmental justice and advocate for human rights, mentor and friend to many, died peacefully Nov. 9 after a valiant battle with cancer. An associate professor of epidemiology, Wing had been a member of the Gillings School faculty since 1985.

Figueroa, Ochs and Reilly chosen for Staff Excellence Award

Angelica Figueroa, executive assistant to the dean, Andrew Ochs, instructional web developer in IIS, and Cindy Reilly, student services manager for the Public Health Leadership Program, received the Gillings School’s 2016 Staff Excellence Award on Nov. 3. This year is the first in which there was more than one awardee.