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UNC researchers identify seventh and eighth bases of DNA

August 09, 2011 Share   For decades, scientists have known that DNA consists of four basic units – adenine, guanine, thymine and cytosine. Those four bases have been taught in science textbooks and have formed the basis of the growing knowledge regarding how genes code for life. Yet in recent history, scientists have expanded that… Read more »

Doctoral students receive fellowships in global health economics

August 09, 2011 Representatives from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and its health policy and management department have announced recipients of a new fellowship program in global health economics and outcomes research, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb.   Diana Chirovsky Ching-Ching (Claire) Lin Awardees Diana Chirovsky, MS, and Ching-Ching (Claire) Lin, MHS, health policy… Read more »

Aitken and Olshan reappointed as department chairs

August 09, 2011 Two members of the public health faculty have been reappointed to lead their departments in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Dean Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, has announced. The five-year reappointments follow upon highly favorable reviews of their first terms as chairs. Dr. Mike Aitken Dr. Andy Olshan Michael Aitken,… Read more »

UNC, NC community colleges partner to prevent cancer

August 04, 2011 As many as half of all cancer deaths can be prevented by not smoking, reducing exposure to smoke, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active; and researchers have identified specific programs, also known as evidence-based interventions (EBIs), that help people change these health behaviors.Public health researchers are working with all 58… Read more »

Goldberg selected as APHA student fellow

August 03, 2011 Shoshana Goldberg Shoshana Goldberg, second-year Master of Public Health student in maternal and child health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as an American Public Health Association (APHA) student fellow for 2011-2012.   Goldberg is one of 12 students from across the country who will serve as… Read more »

School helps provide relief during period of extreme heat

August 01, 2011 There’s more than one kind of Carolina fan.Over the last couple weeks, the fans being collected on the Carolina campus are those that blow cooling, maybe even life-saving, air on people struggling in the state’s record-breaking heat. Bill Gentry (left) presents donated fans to Orange County (N.C.) Emergency Services director, Col. Frank… Read more »

Fasting may not be needed for children’s cholesterol tests

August 01, 2011 Physicians usually ask children to fast overnight before a cholesterol test. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that this may not always be necessary. Dr. Asheley Skinner Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Jordan, alumna and adjunct faculty member, receives award for distinguished service to rural life

August 01, 2011 Dr. Joanne Jordan Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the 2011 Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award from the Rural Sociological Society (RSS).   Jordan also is director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Thurston… Read more »

Male circumcision lowers prevalence of penile precancerous lesions among African men, study finds

July 29, 2011 An international study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that among Kenyan men, circumcision is associated with a lower prevalence of human papillomavirus-associated precancerous lesions of the penis. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that plays an important role in genital cancers in… Read more »

Popkin honored with Obesity Society’s lifetime achievement award

July 29, 2011 Dr. Barry Popkin Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Obesity Society’s 2011 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of obesity through scholarship, mentorship and… Read more »