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Four BIOS students win ENAR’s Distinguished Student Paper Award

February 16, 2015 Four biostatistics students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health were among only 20 selected for the Distinguished Student Paper Award, presented by the Eastern North America Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. Guanhua Chen, PhD (now assistant professor of biostatistics at Vanderbilt University), Eunjee Lee (also in the UNC… Read more »

Herrington, astronaut and educator, to speak at Gillings School commencement

February 15, 2015 Astronaut and education advocate John B. Herrington, PhD, Commander in the U.S. Navy (retired), will provide the commencement address to graduates of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The ceremony will be held at Carmichael Arena on Saturday, May 9 at 1 p.m. Herrington,… Read more »

Largest-ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthens genetic links to obesity

February 12, 2015 There are many reasons why two people with the same diets and exercise regimens can gain different amounts of weight and why fat becomes stored in different parts of their bodies. Now, an international collaboration of scientists, including several from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine, has… Read more »

HPM undergraduate team recognized by Clinton Global Initiative University

February 3, 2015 A team of health policy and management undergraduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was recognized recently by the Clinton Global Initiative University for providing an innovative solution to a pressing public health challenge. In fall 2014, the team – Randi Towns, Ashley Jones, Yasamin Sanii and Emily… Read more »

Yeatts discusses undergraduate public health education in Frontiers in Public Health

January 22, 2015 A recent article by Karin B. Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, describes the success of an introductory public health course for undergraduates that uses principles of active learning to help students experience public health practice and integrate concepts with their assignments…. Read more »

King joins student affairs office as admissions officer

January 7, 2015 W. Johnston King, MA, has joined the Gillings School’s Office of Student Affairs as admissions coordinator, effective Jan. 5. In that newly-created role, King, in collaboration with student services managers in the School’s academic units, will coordinate Schoolwide prospective student events, manage the Gillings Program Search (GPS) and serve as the School’s… Read more »

Burning synthetic fireplace logs may increase breast cancer risk

December 17, 2014 ’Tis the season to be burning synthetic fire logs, but a new study from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health reports that using these prepackaged fireplace staples also could increase the chances of developing breast cancer. Alexandra White, MSPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the Gillings School, is first author of the… Read more »

Compact development reduces air pollution but may harm health, study finds

December 11, 2014 An analysis by a team of North Carolina-based environmental and planning researchers concludes that densely populated regions with compact urban development that discourages commuting by car—widely touted as a way to increase public exercise and reduce harmful automobile emissions—may only slightly lower average regional particulate matter (PM) concentrations in air. However, such… Read more »

HB doctoral candidate adds expertise to special journal supplement on adolescent sexual health

December 15, 2014 This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health launched a special edition containing six review papers related to progress made in the last 20 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. The special edition was coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Women’s Health… Read more »

Tobacco control strategies may aid in preventing skin cancers caused by indoor tanning

December 8, 2014 Indoor tanning booths were once the domain of college-age and working women who toasted their pale skins in late winter, before donning a new strapless dress or the first bikini of the season. Today, however, the authors of a new study call the indoor tanning craze “a present and emerging public health… Read more »