SPH Weekly E-News

April 27, 2015


Recent news


Orphaned boys in low- and middle-income countries as vulnerable to abuse as girls, study finds
Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research by Christine L. Gray, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the Gillings School, shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls.


HPM students rack up two more case competition wins
There is no stopping our health policy and management students! During the weekend of April 18-19, the Gillings School’s Department of Health Policy and Management, which has fielded a number of winning case management teams over the last decade, did it again – twice.


Han, biostatistics undergraduate, named 2015 Goldwater Scholar
Larry Han, a junior in the biostatistics department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship.


Weinberger wins UNC Award for Advising Excellence
“Dr. Weinberger has been the single greatest part of my experience at the Gillings School,” read one of six undergraduate nomination letters which resulted in Morris Weinberger, PhD, Distinguished Professor of health policy and management (HPM) and director of the HPM doctoral program at the Gillings School, receiving the Class of 1996 Award for Advising Excellence.


Smith receives NCI funding to study use of HPV self-collection in cervical cancer screening
Jennifer Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School, has been awarded a large RO1 grant, “Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women,” from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).


In-hospital cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012, study finds
A new study led by Monica Schmidt, a doctoral candidate in health policy and management at the Gillings School, has found dramatic improvements in the survival of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure. Study findings support improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections.


Mitchell awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for biostatistics
Shaina Mitchell is one of twelve statistics students in the United States to win a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in 2015.


4 billion at risk from substandard meds; researchers tackle the challenge
Counterfeit and low-quality medicines represent a public health pandemic, but – until recently – not many researchers were discussing solutions to the challenge. That changed April 20, with the online publication of “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” a 17-article supplement of The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The Gillings School hosted a live webinar to accompany the supplement launch.


Three Gillings faculty awarded Global Health grants
Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology, Christina Shay, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition, and Lindsey Smith, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition, all at the Gillings School, have been awarded Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants to study norovirus, diabetes and obesity.


Pasteur Gillings Day: a celebration of visionary philanthropy
The Institut Pasteur, in Paris, hosted Dennis and Mireille Gillings for “Pasteur Gillings Day,” a special event with activities including scientific presentations and tours of the Pasteur Museum, the Global Health Center and other important facilities.


Doctoral candidate, US Army major works on safer water for troops
Jay Reyes, an active-duty U.S. Army major and doctoral candidate in environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, hopes to create a powerful new weapon to combat the threat of contaminated water for the military and others.


Combined sewer systems increase risk of illness after heavy rains, study finds
A new study, co-authored by Gillings School doctoral student Kyle Messier and adjunct assistant professor Timothy Wade, PhD, finds that combined sewer systems can contaminate drinking water supplies with bacteria and viruses, causing severe community health impacts.


Barr, Greenberg awards presented at 47th Foard Lecture
The Gillings School has announced the winners of two highly prized annual awards. Janice V. Bowie, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is the 2015 recipient of the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award. Sandra L. Martin, PhD, professor and associate chair for research in the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health and the School’s associate dean for research, is this year’s winner of the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award. The awards were presented preceding the Foard Lecture by Marion Nestle, PhD, titled “Eat, Drink, Vote: The Politics of Food.”


Events and deadlines for Apr. 27–May 3

The SPH Events Calendar is now available for iCal, Google Calendar and other apps.


World Immunization Week 2015 and Vaccination Week in the Americas

This week brings together two related public health campaigns. World Immunization Week 2015 (April 24-30) calls for renewed efforts to progress toward global vaccination targets for 2015. Currently, one in five children still miss out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. Vaccination Week in the Americas (April 25-May 2) promotes the slogan, “Boost your power! Get vaccinated!” One goal of this campaign is to spread the information that vaccines boost the power of the immune system to fight off more than 20 different vaccine-preventable diseases.


HSL exhibit commemorates Gillings School’s 75th anniversary

Artifacts from the School’s history are now on display in the entrance of the Health Sciences Library. The exhibit marks the 75th anniversary of the Gillings School of Global Public Health and includes highlights such as photos of all the deans, class notes from former students and even the marker for Trailer 39, where Dr. Dennis Gillings began his career. Read more on the Health Sciences Library website.


Spanish conversation group on pause until next semester

Spanish conversation group has ended for the semester. If you are interested in leading a Spanish conversation group next year or over the summer, please contact Marielle Matthews at matthem@live.unc.edu.


NC Public Health Association announces call for submissions

The NC Public Health Association is now accepting abstracts for the 2015 Fall Educational Conference to be held September 1618 in Winston-Salem. Public health students are encouraged to submit; there will be a prize for best student presentation. Submissions will be taken through April 27. Find more information and the submission form at the NCPHA website.

Contact Rachel Wilfert, rachel.wilfert@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


‘Expectations and Satisfaction’ talk to examine breast reconstruction following mastectomy

Tuesday, Apr. 28
1–2 p.m.
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Nancy Avis, PhD, professor of public health sciences at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, is a health psychologist and epidemiologist whose primary research interests include psychosocial aspects of breast and ovarian cancer, cancer survivorship, health-related quality of life, menopause and mid-aged women’s health, sexual functioning and health communications. Avis served as director of the Cancer Control Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University until earlier this year.

Contact Dawn Bergmire, bergmire@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


22nd annual Hochbaum Distinguished Lecture to explore science of behavior change

Tuesday, Apr. 28
2:30–3:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Susan Michie, DPhil, professor of health psychology at University College London (UCL), director of UCL’s Health Psychology Research Group, deputy director of the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness and co-director of the NHS Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, will present the 22nd annual Hochbaum Distinguished Lecture on “Building the Science of Behavior Change.”

Contact Helena Mullen, hkm@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


NC TraCS spring research open house to offer presentations, networking

Wednesday, Apr. 29
2–4:30 p.m.
219 Brinkhous-Bullitt Building

The 2015 spring research open house will be the first in a series of N.C. TraCS open house events. Sessions will cover valuable information about N.C. TraCS’ many activities; there will also be an opportunity to talk with experts and learn how they can support student research.

2–2:30 p.m.
Andy Johns, PhD, associate vice chancellor for research at UNC-Chapel Hill, will present REACH NC, the web portal that enables users to search, browse and find collaborators at UNC and throughout North Carolina.
2:30–3 p.m.
David Carroll, PhD, NC TraCS’ director of research funding development, will give a presentation titled, “Making Your Grant User-Friendly: Do’s and Don’ts.”
3–4:30 p.m.
Meet NC TraCS faculty and staff experts at one of 19 service/resource/initiative poster boards to find out what they offer.

Contact Sharyn Lyles, sharyn_lyles@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Save the date for spring faculty and staff meeting

Wednesday, Apr. 29
10–11:30 a.m.
2306 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

The spring faculty and staff meeting is happening this week. More information is available online.

Contact the Dean’s Office, (919) 966-3215, if you have any questions.


Candidate for HPM Chair to present ‘The Best is Yet to Come’

Thursday, Apr. 30
2–3 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall

Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee, PhD, is a candidate for chair of the health policy and management department at the Gillings School. He is currently a professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Lee also holds an adjunct appointment at the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan.  From 2006 to 2010, he was an associate professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School. He will present a talk titled, “The Best is Yet to Come.”

Contact Linda Mitchell, lgmitche@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


4th annual Summer Public Health Symposium for high school students

Session I: Sunday, June 28 – Tuesday, June 30
Session II: Sunday, July 12 – Tuesday, July 14

Gillings School of Global Public Health

This symposium is designed to expose rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to the field of public health while also enabling them to explore individual leadership styles. Students will gain an understanding of what it means to be a leader in public health by participating in specialized developmental exercises. In addition to exploring their individual leadership styles, students will learn to apply those skills to various issues of public health that directly impact their communities and schools. Interested students can find more information at the symposium website and can apply online. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 30.

Contact Trinnette Cooper, coopert@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz Journal seeks submissions for summer edition

The Heinz Journal, Carnegie Mellon University’s student-run policy journal, invites graduate and doctoral students to submit articles for publication. The journal features pieces that advance the policy debate and call for innovative solutions to the most challenging social, economic and political issues today. The journal accepts submissions year-round on a rolling basis; the deadline to be considered for the summer edition is May 1. Submit an article for review via email: heinz-journal@andrew.cmu.edu.

For more information on submission requirements, guidelines and the selection process, please visit the journal’s website.


Upcoming events and deadlines


Gates Foundation accepting applications for four grant programs

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for four grant programs. Deadlines vary by program, ranging from April–May 2015. For more information, visit the Grand Challenges website.

Contact Josh Lucas, jllucas@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


ECHO announces certificate application deadline

The deadline to apply for the UNC Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities program is May 8. Learn more at the program website.

Contact Herleesha Anderson, handerson@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Water Institute to launch WaSH Performance Index

Friday, May 8
10–11 a.m.
230 Rosenau Hall

The Water Institute at the Gillings School will host a special launch event for the WaSH Performance Index. The launch will feature a special guest speaker followed by open discussion, both locally and via webcast. The webcast will take place at this link.

Contact Katie Hall, mchall@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Murphy to speak at 2015 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series

Monday, May 11, 10–11 a.m. and 2–3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12, 10–11 a.m.

0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Susan Murphy, PhD, H.E. Robbins Distinguished University Professor of statistics and professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, is this year’s speaker and award recipient. She will present two lectures on Monday and one lecture on Tuesday. Additional information is available at the event website.

Contact Christine Kantner, ckantner@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


ISNN congress to expand the evidence base for genome-directed personal nutrition

May 17–19
The Carolina Inn

The 9th Congress of the International Society of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics (ISNN) presents “Expanding the Evidence Base for Genome-directed Personal Nutrition.” Plenary sessions will focus on gene-based nutrition guidance, legal, ethical and policy considerations, interpretation of research and the use of nutrigenomics in everyday practice. Interactive workshops will address practice algorithms for tailoring essential fatty acid intake, genotype-directed weight management and individual folate requirements. Learn more at http://isnn2015.org/.

Contact Martin Kohlmeier, mkohlmeier@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


2015 Water Microbiology Conference to address current concerns, emerging technologies

May 18–21
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The Water Institute at UNC will host the 2015 Water Microbiology Conference, a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on microbiology and public health issues to come together around the intersection of the two. The program will blend interactive workshops with scientific symposia and poster socials. The focus will be on water microbiology from watershed to human exposure, including current concerns in recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, emerging technologies and quantitative tools. Ronald Atlas, PhD, a leading voice of the One Health approach, will deliver this year’s keynote address.

Visit the Water Institute for more information.


Funding available for pilot projects related to tobacco regulatory science

The Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication is pleased to announce the availability of funding for pilot projects that are responsive to the FDA’s research priorities related to tobacco regulatory science. Find more information at the Lineberger Center website and see the request for applications here (PDF). Applications are due by June 15.