School News

Revised public health-focused engineering master’s to be offered in fall 2014

Aug. 13, 2013   The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering has announced the fall 2014 debut of a revised Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEE) degree program, which will focus on engineering practice within the context of public health.   Students will learn principles of public health and epidemiology, as well as environmental… Read more »

ESE’s Rick Luettich helps keep residents safe in coastal NC

  July 19, 2013 Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are helping North Carolinians better prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms through the use of advanced computing technology and collaboration with local and state emergency managers. Dr. Rick Luettich (Photo by Dan Sears) Rick Luettich, ScD, developer of the Advanced Circulation… Read more »

Gillings student, lecturer win dissertation awards

July 18, 2013   Shellie Ellis, MA, and Shelley Golden, PhD, are recipients of the 2013 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 prize to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. Shellie Ellis Ellis, doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Novel biostatistics methodology yields more efficient design and analysis of genomic studies

July 17, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health biostatisticians have developed a novel approach to analyzing genetic traits in large cohorts. The technique allows researchers to correctly evaluate the associations between genetic variants and disease traits when only the subjects with the highest or lowest trait values were selected in a sequencing study, thereby… Read more »

Adair selected for Center for Scientific Review study section

July 16, 2013 Dr. Linda Adair Dr. Linda S. Adair, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to serve as a member of the Center for Scientific Review’s Social Sciences and Population Studies A Study Section. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement… Read more »

Researchers estimate more than two million die each year due to air pollution

July 12, 2013 More than two million deaths occur each year as a direct result of human-caused outdoor air pollution, a new study has found. Although others have suggested that a changing climate may exacerbate effects of air pollution and increase death rates, the study also shows that previous climate change has a minimal effect… Read more »

School mourns loss of PHLP’s Mary Reid

  July 12, 2013 Mary Reid Mary Reid, program coordinator for the Health Care and Prevention concentration in the Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program, died June 30 after a brief illness. She was a woman of “delicate loveliness and serene demeanor,” her co-workers say, “but her gentle appearance belied an iron capacity to organize… Read more »

New statistical tool will improve understanding of cancer genetics

  July 12, 2013 An article published in the July 8 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) describes the development of a new data-mining tool that will improve researchers’ understanding of cancer genetics.   Guanhua Chen Dr. Michael Kosorok The paper, “Biclustering with heterogeneous variance,” is co-authored by Guanhua Chen, biostatistics doctoral student… Read more »

AJPM commentary asks: How much health screening does a person need?

July 09, 2013 A commentary by Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members, published July 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, addresses the controversial question of how much medical screening is enough.   Dr. Russ Harris Dr. Stacey Sheridan Authors of the article, “The Times They (May Be) A-Changin’: Too Much Screening… Read more »

UNC toxicologists present NexGen tools to Canada’s national health agency

July 09, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology conducted a workshop at Health Canada, in Ottawa on June 25, to introduce public health workers to computational toxicology tools for Next Generation (NexGen) environmental risk assessment.Health Canada, similar to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,… Read more »