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Biostatistics presents Distinguished Alumnus, other department awards

March 29, 2017
Dr. Seunggeun (Shawn) Lee, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, was presented with the 2017 James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumnus Award by the biostatistics department on March 23. Other department award winners also were honored.

Fourth annual GillingsX talks draw record crowd

March 27, 2017
The fourth annual GillingsX event, hosted by the Student Global Health Committee on March 23, highlighted students’ global health research experiences. The format is modeled after the TED talks, which aim to deliver an important idea in a short, interesting presentation.

Epidemiology student wins IntraHealth award for research related to intimate partner violence

March 24, 2017
Josie Caves, epidemiology doctoral student, has won IntraHealth International’s 2017 Raluca Iosif Intimate Partner Violence Research Award. The award will support Caves’ research on factors that determine whether intimate-partner violence manifests as homicide or homicide/suicide.

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

March 24, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols and epidemiology student Chelsea Anderson were co-authors of a study that found women who were diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely – and to babies whose weights were below normal. Their findings were published in JAMA Oncology.

Four from Gillings School win Graduate School’s Impact, Horizon awards for outstanding research

March 24, 2017
Gillings School students Katy Brown, Maggie Reinsvold and Frank Stillo and alumna Dr. Dalia Stern have won The UNC Graduate School’s Impact and Horizon awards for outstanding research that benefits the people of North Carolina and beyond.

ESE student wins toxicology award

March 15, 2017
ESE doctoral student Abhishek Venkatratnam has won the Perry J. Gehring Best Graduate Student Abstract Award for 2017. The award is presented by the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) Risk Assessment Specialty Section.

Biostatistics student finalist for scholarship

March 8, 2017
Ting Wang, biostatistics doctoral student, is one of three finalists for the 2017 Thomas C. Chalmers Student Scholarship for the abstract of his paper, “Auxiliary-variable-enriched Biomarker Stratified Design.” The scholarship is awarded by the Society for Clinical Trials.

MD/PhD students share their skills at a free clinic to benefit patients with diabetes

March 2, 2017
Anna Kahkoska and Nick Brazeau, students in the MD/PhD program, work at the Open Door Clinic, in Burlington, N.C., where a number of patients with diabetes are treated.

Study validates a survey tool to assess patient-centered communication in cancer care settings

March 2, 2017
Dr. Bryce Reeve and colleagues at RTI found supporting evidence for the reliability of a survey instrument that assesses patient-centered communication in cancer care settings. Their findings were published Feb. 10 in Patient Education and Counseling.

Among women, poor blacks in the south bear greatest burden of HIV, study finds

February 23, 2017
Alexander Breskin and Drs. Adaora Adimora and Daniel Westreich are co-authors of a PLOS ONE study that identifies U.S. counties in which the prevalence of HIV is high among women, as compared to men. Black women from poor areas in the South face a disproportionately high burden of HIV.