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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 »

Sobsey selected to participate in NASA’s first LAUNCH event

March 16, 2010 Dr. Mark Sobsey University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill environmental sciences and engineering professor Mark Sobsey, PhD, is one of 10 innovators chosen to participate in the first LAUNCH event, being held March 16-18 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.   Founding partners of LAUNCH include NASA, U.S. Agency for… Read more »

Dilworth-Anderson honored for Alzheimer’s research

March 15, 2010 Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, professor of health policy and management and interim co-director of UNC’s Institute on Aging, has received the 2010 Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award for her contributions to research on Alzheimer’s disease.   She was honored March 9, during the seventh annual National Alzheimer’s Gala… Read more »

Obesity impairs body’s “memory” of how to fight flu

March 15, 2010 Obesity may limit the body’s ability to develop immunity to influenza viruses, particularly secondary infections, by inhibiting the immune system’s ability to “remember” how it fought off previous similar bouts of illness, according to new research from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   The results, published in the March… Read more »

Dean’s letter to Kennedy’s widow foreshadowed career of service

March 11, 2010 Dr. Barbara K. Rimer Now that Barbara K. Rimer thinks about it, earning Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees, the research she did, the period of leadership at the National Cancer Institute and the path that led her to be dean of the Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Higher prices for fast food, soda lead to weight reductions, lower diabetes risk

March 08, 2010 A new study that followed participants for 20 years shows both weight and risk for diabetes decreased for people in communities where fast food prices increased. Dr. Barry Popkin The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study, led by Barry Popkin, PhD, and published in the March 8, 2010, issue of… Read more »

Better physician-patient communication needed after genomic testing, Brewer says

March 08, 2010 One in three early stage breast cancer patients who received genomic testing when deciding about treatment options felt they did not fully understand their discussions with physicians about their test results and their risk of the disease recurring, a new study has found. Dr. Noel Brewer The research, conducted by University of… Read more »

Halpern awarded NICHD grant to study sexual behavior in adolescents

March 05, 2010 Dr. Carolyn Halpern Carolyn Tucker Halpern, PhD, associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, has received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).   Halpern’s study, “Sexual Behavior Trajectories from… Read more »