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Flint water crisis confirms need for improved risk management of US drinking water

May 24, 2016 Researchers at The Water Institute at UNC, based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have called for better leadership from utilities, greater engagement by public health officials, and federal-level guidelines and tools in an effort to adopt preventive risk management of the nation’s drinking water sources. Rachel Baum, MSPH,… Read more »

Key sources of air pollution-related deaths differ among world regions

May 19, 2016 The most significant emission source sectors for global air pollution-related deaths differ among world regions, finds a new study. For example, the residential and commercial sector has the most impact on global deaths related to fine particulate matter in the air. For deaths related to ozone, the land transportation sector has the greatest influence globally…. Read more »

Metabolic reprogramming of white blood cells controls inflammation in fat

May 11, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have found that it is possible to control inflammation in fat tissue by manipulating the presence of a specific metabolic protein in a type of white blood cell called a macrophage. This metabolic reprogramming may provide a crucial strategy for weakening the… Read more »

Gillings School bachelor’s students graduate as Buckley Scholars

May 10, 2016 Twenty of the 217 seniors who graduated on May 8 as Buckley Public Service Scholars were students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Buckley Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework in… Read more »

Doctoral student aims to improve health of women, children in Cambodia through improved sanitation in health-care facilities

May 10, 2016 Hai-Ryung Sung, MPH, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, pursues water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) initiatives in Cambodia with the help of the Rotary International network that first brought her to Chapel Hill from Seoul, South Korea. Sung, who earned her Master… Read more »

UNC Gillings School celebrates its graduates; Dr. Dennis Gillings delivers commencement address

May 7, 2016 You – and your parents – will be glad to hear that public health is one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. The major investment in your education will stimulate a rewarding career and improve people’s lives. In 2014, total health care employment was more than 12 million. Undergraduate degrees in… Read more »

Theater-based intervention boosts adolescent knowledge of HIV, study finds

April 27, 2016 The results of a new study show that a theater-based comprehensive sexual health intervention was effective at enhancing HIV awareness among high school students in both North Carolina and California. The intervention, called AMP! (Arts-based, Multiple component, Peer-education), was developed in 2010 as an arts education tool, and has since been redesigned… Read more »

Halpern, Pence to be recognized with Larsh, McGavran faculty awards

April 27, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will present two of its most prestigious faculty awards during the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7. Carolyn T. Halpern, PhD, professor and chair of the maternal and child health department, will receive the John E. Larsh Jr. Award for Mentorship, and Brian… Read more »

Hart, new Burch Fellow, to partner with traditional healers in Tarapoto, Peru

April 22, 2016 For Sarah Hart, it was a confluence of luck and good planning that resulted in her pending trip to Peru. Last December, she saw a posting about an internship working with traditional medicine and community health in the Amazon. For Hart, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in heath policy and management… Read more »

Burch Fellowship enables Senthilnathan to conduct research in Tamil Nadu, India

April 19, 2016 When the Gillings Global Gateway™ invited an administrator from Aravind Eye Care System in Tamil Nadu, India, to present a seminar at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Aditi Senthilnathan was intrigued. The undergraduate student of biostatistics considered her family connections in Tamil Nadu, her fluency in Tamil, and her… Read more »