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NIH environmental health research grant renewed for eighth time, continues legacy begun in 1971

October 05, 2012 The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has renewed one of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health research and training grants, recognizing the School’s ongoing innovation and leadership. UNC’s program, Biostatistics for Research in Environmental Health, supports 23 doctoral and five postdoctoral scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and… Read more »

Men’s tendency to eat meat driven by link to masculinity, study finds

  October 04, 2012 A new study published in the October issue of the Journal of Consumer Research, reveals a strong association between eating meat and masculinity across Western cultures. The findings suggest what men choose to consume – or not consume – may be shaped by metaphors and deeper beliefs about what certain foods… Read more »

LGBT health may be compromised by underreporting of tobacco use, study finds

October 02, 2012 Research by a health behavior doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health demonstrates that an influential 2011 report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health under-reported evidence of tobacco disparities for LGBT people compared to heterosexuals.   Joseph Lee According to a new report co-authored by Joseph G.L…. Read more »

Parents think allowing children to taste alcohol discourages later use, study finds

September 28, 2012 A new study by researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International finds a surprising number of parents believe that allowing children as young as 9 years old to take sips of alcohol at home may help curb their interest later. The study, published online in the Archives… Read more »

Characklis elected to AEESP board

September 28, 2012 Dr. Greg Characklis Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Center for Watershed Science and Management, has been elected to the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) board of directors for… Read more »

Maman awarded NIMH grant to expand HIV and partner violence prevention efforts in Tanzania

September 27, 2012   A new HIV prevention study led by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher has received more than $2.6 million in funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health.   Dr. Suzanne Maman The five-year study, led by Suzanne Maman, PhD,… Read more »

Paerl to lead drinking water project in China

  September 27, 2012 Dr. Hans Paerl Hans Paerl, PhD, has been awarded two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, totaling $2.5 million, to lead an international team of researchers working to resolve the ecosystem balance in Lake Taihu, located in the southern part of China’s Yangtze River delta. The scientists’ work could help safeguard America’s… Read more »

Caregiver input helps asthmatic children stick to their medicine regimens

September 27, 2012 Asthmatic children do a better job of taking their medications if their caregivers are included in decision-making, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   Dr. Karin Yeatts Karin Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is… Read more »

Bartram to speak at University Day Oct. 12

September 26, 2012 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community will celebrate its history as the nation’s first public university on University Day, Friday, Oct. 12, Carolina’s 219th birthday.   Dr. Jamie Bartram Jamie Bartram, PhD, director of the Water Institute at UNC, will give the keynote speech for the convocation, which begins… Read more »

Postdoctoral student receives grant for patient-reported outcomes research

September 25, 2012 Ashley Leak, PhD, RN, Cancer Care Quality Training postdoctoral fellow in health policy and management, was awarded $25,000 by the not-for-profit organization Health Assessment Laboratory (HAL) to support her work on patient-reported outcomes research.   Dr. Ashley Leak Leak, who is also adjunct assistant professor in the UNC School of Nursing, works… Read more »