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Five Questions with Andrew Herrera

Andrew Herrera believes we should all be doing something to make the world better. Name: Andrew Herrera Position: Graduate student, Public Health Leadership Program Time at UNC Gillings: One year (I will graduate in August.)   What I do at the Gillings School (and why I love it): I’m focused on epidemiology. I’m getting this… Read more »

Five Questions with Amanda Holliday

Amanda Holliday has a heart for small-town N.C. Name: Amanda Holliday Position: Clinical assistant professor and director of the Practice, Advancement & Continuing Education Division, Department of Nutrition Time at UNC Gillings: Almost 10 years   What I do at the Gillings School (and why I love it): I teach classes on medical nutrition therapy,… Read more »

Five Questions with Wake Harper

Wake Harper’s interests range from cricket to a spectacular 15-hour opera. Name: Wake Harper Position: Student services assistant, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Time at UNC Gillings: More than four years   What I do at the Gillings School: I work with students throughout their time here. I administer the admissions process, help them… 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 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 Aiya Williams

Aiya Williams is terrible at sitting still. Name: Aiya Williams Position: Instructional technology manager, Instructional and Information Systems Time at the Gillings School: Nine months, but I’ve been at UNC for about two years. I worked in the Center for Faculty Excellence / ITS Teaching and Learning before coming to Gillings.   What I do… Read more »

Five Questions with Heather Wasser

With infant nutrition, Heather Wasser wants to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Name: Heather Wasser Position: Research assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Time at the Gillings School: I’ve been in my current role for 1.5 years, but I first came to the School in 2002 to get my Master of Public Health degree…. Read more »

Five Questions with Katie Thornsvard

Katie Thornsvard loves numbers, analysis and… dogs. Name: Katie Thornsvard Position: Assistant dean for finance, Finance Office Time at the Gillings School: Almost nine   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): You could consider me the chief financial officer for the School. I oversee Schoolwide financial reporting and act as… Read more »

Five Questions with Tim Sheahan

Tim Sheahan likes science and music for the same reason. Name: Tim Sheahan Position: Research assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology Time at the Gillings School: 1.5 (I’m also a UNC alumnus. I earned my PhD from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine.)   What I do at UNC Gillings (and… 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 »