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Research by UNC’s Ribisl impacts newly adopted federal tobacco legislation

March 31, 2010 President Barack Obama has signed into law the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, which aims to prevent tobacco sales to minors and curtail the growing sales of low-cost cigarettes and other tobacco products over the Internet and through the mail.   Dr. Kurt Ribisl and Dr. Rebecca Williams Research efforts by… Read more »

ESE professor Luettich receives Science and Technology Impact Award

March 23, 2010 Dr. Rick Luettich Natural hazards and disaster expert Rick Luettich, PhD, has received a Science and Technology Impact Award from the Department of Homeland Security. Luettich, director and lead principal investigator of the department’s UNC-based Center of Excellence for Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management, also directs the UNC Institute of… Read more »

Holliday receives Dietetic Association’s Educator of the Year Award

March 23, 2010 Amanda Holliday Amanda Holliday, MS, RD, clinical assistant professor of nutrition, has been named Outstanding Dietetic Educator by the Durham-Chapel Hill (N.C.) Dietetic Association and the North Carolina Dietetic Association. She will be honored at a regional association luncheon in Princeton, N.J., on March 25.   The award recognizes teaching, mentoring and… Read more »

Meyer, adjunct professor, awarded for lifetime efforts to prevent birth defects

March 23, 2010 Dr. Robert Meyer Robert E. Meyer, PhD, adjunct professor of maternal and child health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, recently received the National Birth Defects Prevention Network’s 2009 Godfrey P. Oakley Jr. Award.   The annual award, which recognizes an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the… Read more »

Weight Wise program helps low-income women improve health

March 22, 2010 Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge A project at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) has found that a weight loss program based in local health departments can lead to significant weight loss and improved health status for low-income, overweight women. Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at UNC… Read more »

Health policy faculty assess Congressional action on health care reform

March 22, 2010 These faculty members from the Department of Health Policy and Management applaud passage of health care reform legislation, but caution that while it is a step in the right direction, it is only a step. Now comes the work of implementation and training public health officials to deliver on the promise of… Read more »

Geiger chosen to present School’s commencement address

  March 19, 2010 Dr. H. Jack Geiger The man credited with founding the nation’s first rural community health center – and inspiring a generation of public health leaders – will address the 2010 graduates of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Human rights activist, physician and epidemiologist H. Jack Geiger will… Read more »

Marks, national public health leader, to present April 9 Dean’s Lecture

March 18, 2010 Dr. James Marks James S. Marks, MD, MPH, senior vice president and director of the health group at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will present a lecture on April 9 at 1 p.m. in the Rosenau Hall auditorium at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The talk is part of the… Read more »

Lambrew, expert on health care reform, to present School’s Foard Lecture

March 17, 2010 Dr. Jeanne Lambrew Jeanne Lambrew, PhD, will present the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s 42nd annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, N.C. Lambrew, an alumna of the School, is… Read more »

Dean’s Lecture Series features Dan Ariely on March 26

March 17, 2010 Why does a five-cent aspirin not ease a headache when a 50-cent aspirin will?   That is one of many questions Dan Ariely, PhD, addresses with humor and insight in his 2009 book, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions.   Dr. Dan Ariely Ariely will bring his wit and… Read more »