Student News

For the love of microbiology!

January 29, 2009 Dr. Fred Pfaender A well-known and loved professor of the Department of Environmental Engineering (ESE), Dr. Fred Pfaender retired from the School on December 31, 2008. Yet, for the love of microbiology, he is back in the Spring 2009 semester to teach, for his last and 37th time, ENVR 412: Ecological Microbiology. … Read more »

An ode to advising

January 28, 2009 by Chirag Rajpuria Most students see advising as a resource for course selection and keeping up with graduation requirements. However, there can be much more to it in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. If a student is willing to put in the time and effort, a good academic advisor… Read more »

Public health students work to enroll more needy residents in food stamp program

January 23, 2009 (L-R) Evans, McDougal and Baldwin get together in the School’s atrium. Graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have offered advice to the Durham Co. (N.C.) Board of Social Services about ways to increase food aid to eligible residents in the county. The students include Kat McDougal and… Read more »

Study finds loss of sexual desire in postmenopausal women affects health, quality of life

January 21, 2009 Dr. Andrea Biddle Women with low levels of sexual desire, often as a result of menopause, are more likely to be depressed and to suffer physical symptoms such as back pain and memory problems than women who report higher levels of desire, according to a new study by Andrea K. Biddle, PhD,… Read more »

Grant, community activist, to speak at School’s 2009 commencement

January 12, 2009 Gary R. Grant Gary R. Grant, executive director of Concerned Citizens of Tillery (N.C.), will speak at the spring commencement ceremony for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Concerned Citizens of Tillery is a grassroots activist organization formed in the 1990s in response to industrial hog-farming in eastern North… Read more »

Walking throughout adulthood may impact long-term weight gains

December 15, 2008 Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen In a 15-year study of leisure walking patterns, Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, and colleagues have found that regular walking helps counteract age-related weight gain. The study findings are published online in the Dec. 3 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Gordon-Larsen, associate professor of nutrition at the University… Read more »

O’Lenick receives Fulbright award

December 10, 2008 Cassandra O’Lenick Cassandra O’Lenick, an environmental sciences and engineering major in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a 2008-2009 U.S. Student Fulbright Program award.  O’Lenick, a native of Annandale, Va., will travel to Poland and study environmental law, policy and scientific procedure. She also will study Poland’s cooperation with… Read more »

HPAA project educates and inspires creativity

December 08, 2008 Within the Health Policy Management (HPM) department during the Fall 2007 semester, the course “Introduction to Health Policy and Politics” was bustling with renewed excitement. Throughout the course, Professor Felicia Mebane shed light on government institutions, political actors, and the process that defines health policy in the United States. Students in the… Read more »

Opportunities with a side of popcorn

December 08, 2008 Table Setup for Nutrition Coalition: Imitation food was brought to help explain serving sizes The Hooker Atrium was the site of welcoming pandemonium on Thursday August 28, 2008 in honor of the annual Student Information Day. Students meandered through the tables offering diverse opportunities. Thirty-two organizations were represented, from student services, student… Read more »

New UNC student organization offers options and opportunities for student parents

December 08, 2008 Top (left to right): May S. Li Shih and Corrie Piontak; Bottom (left to right): Ashley Fogle and Aimee Krans As a student, there is already a ton of work to do– from attending classes, to meeting with professors and faculty, reading books, researching, and more. Imagine adding on the responsibilities of… Read more »