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Waru Gichane studies sexual and reproductive health and structural level factors that impact health globally

Where are you from? This is always a hard question for me to answer. I moved a lot as a child so there isn’t one place I call home. I was born in Kenya, but left the country when I was about 3 years old. I spent most of my childhood and adolescence in a… 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 Camille Mason

Camille Mason tells students ‘a career is like a winding road.’ Name: Camille Mason Position: Career services coordinator, Office of Student Affairs Time at the Gillings School: Two months   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I work with our students to identify which careers are right for them. I… Read more »

Five Questions with Jessa Nelson

Jessa Nelson shares her memories of growing up in the Philippines. Name: Jessa Nelson Position: Assistant director of alumni giving and engagement, Advancement Office Time at the Gillings School: Ten months   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I have the awesome job of connecting our alumni with our current… 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 Dianne Stanton Ward

Dianne Stanton Ward enjoys simple pleasures. Name: Dianne Stanton Ward Position: Professor, Department of Nutrition Time at the Gillings School: 19 years   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I work on obesity prevention with children and families. I design and test interventions, and one of my more enduring successes… 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 Tom Laney

Tom Laney needs more travel and less yard work. Name: Tom Laney Position: Classroom media specialist, AV Services Time at the Gillings School: About 17 years   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): My main job duties include coordinating the AV Services office, providing special event and classroom technology support,… Read more »