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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 »

Dellon, adjunct in epidemiology, honored with Hettleman Prize

September 07, 2012 Dr. Evan Dellon Evan S. Dellon, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology in UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded the University’s Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.   Dellon applied… Read more »

Pesci named School’s communications director

September 06, 2012 David Pesci, director of media and public relations at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., has been named director of communications at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. David Pesci During his 11 years at Wesleyan, Pesci participated in a wide variety of communications initiatives involving external media, the university’s website and… Read more »

Baric receives $21.4M from NIAID to study life-threatening viral infections

September 06, 2012   Scientists at UNC’s schools of public health and medicine will lead a five-year, $21.4 million research study that could result in more effective treatments for life-threatening viral infections of the lungs and central nervous system, such as SARS, influenza and West Nile virus, which is causing considerable disease in the south… Read more »

Bentley receives funding for high-risk pediatric obesity intervention trial

September 03, 2012 Dr. Peggy Bentley Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a 5-year award, valued at nearly $3 million, from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the National Institutes… Read more »

HB capstone team wins state planning award for work with Department on Aging

September 03, 2012   A team comprised of one student and four recent alumnae has won the Marvin Collins Planning Award for Graduate Student Project Planning, presented by the N.C. chapter of the American Planning Association. Left to right are award-winning capstone team members Phoebe Goldberg, Marcia Perritt, Laura Major, Rebecca Woodruff and Hannah Prentice-Dunn…. Read more »

West receives EPA grant for research to improve air quality

August 30, 2012 Dr. Jason West Jason West, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a $250,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to examine innovative ways to improve air quality.   Collaborators on West’s project, “Dynamic electricity generation for addressing daily air quality… Read more »