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Five Questions with Carmina Valle

Carmina Valle sets the pace for local races and cancer prevention. Name: Carmina Valle Position: Research assistant professor, Department of Health Behavior Years at Gillings: Almost ten (I came to UNC in 2007 and completed a doctoral degree in nutrition. Next, I became a postdoc in the Department of Health Behavior’s Cancer Health Disparities Training… Read more »

Five Questions with Michelle Johnson

Michelle Erin Johnson embraces the uncertainty of life. Name: Michelle Erin Johnson Position: Assistant director, Research and Innovation Solutions Years at Gillings: 1.5 years   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): We describe our office as having three goals: promote research, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, and manage programs funded by the… Read more »

Five Questions with Jason Surratt

Jason Surratt sees the forest through the trees. Name: Jason Surratt Position: Associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Years at Gillings: 6.5   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I study how plant emissions (especially from trees) interact with man-made pollution to create smog. Yes, trees can produce pollutants… Read more »

Jani Radhakrishnan receives the Kathryn J. Kerr Memorial Scholarship

Niranjani “Jani” Radhakrishnan is a master’s student enrolled in the dual degree program that combines health behavior with city and regional planning.  She is s a leader, thinker and doer with an impressive record of activism. Radhakrishnan and Marissa Martini, also a health behavior student, co-chaired the 2017 Minority Health Conference. Radhakrishnan has worked with… Read more »

Five Questions with Kathy Anderson

Kathy Anderson doesn’t need a bucket list. Name: Kathy Anderson Position: Associate dean for information technology and project planning, Instructional and Information Systems Years at Gillings: Nine   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): My primary responsibility is to lead the information technology unit, but I like to say, “my job… Read more »

Five Questions with Steve Regan

For Steve Regan, public health brings his life experiences full circle. Name: Steve Regan Position: Assistant dean for human resources, Gillings School Years at Gillings: Three   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I think of myself as someone who assists others in doing well in their roles. I’m more of… Read more »

Five Questions with Jennifer Cole

Jennifer Cole strives to be present in every moment. Name: Jennifer Cole Position: Director of Career Development, Department of Maternal and Child Health Years at Gillings: Eight   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I provide resources, tools and support to our masters and doctoral students, as well as to alumni,… Read more »

Five Questions with Vineet Menachery

Vineet Menachery pushes the limits of the immune system. Name: Vineet Menachery Position: Postdoctoral scholar, Department of Epidemiology Years at Gillings: 7   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I’m interested in immunity, and one of the best ways to learn about it is to really push the immune system to… Read more »

Ida Friday, health behavior alumna and creator of the Lucy Morgan Fellowship dies

Ida Howell Friday, artist, activist and health behavior alumna died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 97. Ida Friday (MPH, 1947) studied in the school during the tenure of Dr. Lucy S. Morgan, founder and first chair of the department then known as the Department of Public Health Education. Ida Friday was married for… Read more »

Five Questions with Judith Winkler

Judith Winkler loves when her work touches on social justice issues. Name: Judith Winkler Position: Communications specialist, Department of Health Behavior Years at Gillings: 1.5   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I do communications work, which includes identifying news stories, writing, managing our website and social media, taking photos and… Read more »