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Stewart, Klug and Fizer accept awards at ESE end-of-year gathering

May 9, 2016 Jill Stewart, PhD, associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE), recently received the department’s Newton Underwood Memorial Award for conscientious dedication to students and teaching. The award, which honors former ESE professor Dr. Newton Underwood, was among those presented by Michael… 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 »

Distributing self-test kits to women can promote HIV testing among men in Kenya, study finds

April 18, 2016 Self-testing is emerging as a promising approach to increasing HIV testing rates among men in sub-Saharan Africa. In a new study led by Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, researchers analyzed whether providing multiple self-testing kits to women who are at high risk of HIV acquisition… Read more »

PHLP students plan, present public health exhibits at the UNC Science Expo

April 18, 2016 Where can you find healthy vegetable and beverage recipes, learn how to lift a box without injuring your back and figure out how vaccinations work? Why, at the annual North Carolina Science Festival’s UNC Science Expo, of course! For four years, Lori Evarts, MPH, clinical assistant professor in the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Two studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

April 7, 2016 Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer. Basal-like breast cancer (BBC) is a highly aggressive type of tumor that often strikes young and African-American… Read more »

How collaborations are advancing gender-based violence research and training at UNC

April 5, 2016 An article by Jessica Porter, published April 5 in Endeavors, describes the involvement of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers in the UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group. Stephanie DeLong, doctoral student in epidemiology, and Sandra Martin, PhD, associate dean for research and professor of maternal and child health, are leaders… Read more »