SPH Weekly E-News

February 1, 2016


Recent news and announcements


Health policy and management department caps off 18 months of education achievements
The Master of Healthcare Administration program at the Gillings School has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the CAHME/Cerner Award for Excellence in Healthcare Management Systems Education. The award, co-presented by Cerner and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), is the first national award to acknowledge excellence in graduate healthcare management systems education with a focus on the development of managerial competency in using information for performance improvement.


Gillings School’s breastfeeding training program wins accreditation
The Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, based in the Gillings School’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, has become the first breastfeeding training program to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The residential program is housed in the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), which is the only stand-alone MCH department in the United States.


Gillings epidemiologist explains Zika virus basics
You’ve probably heard of Zika fever in the last few weeks. It’s a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquito bites. Allison Aiello, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Gillings School – and an expert on how viruses travel through populations.


Gillings student Hauser named Churchill Scholar
Blake M. Hauser, a fourth-year student in the Gillings School, has been named a recipient of the Churchill Scholarship. The research-focused award provides funding to American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in England.


National MCH Workforce Development Center meets with agency, community partners to plan improvements in health of NC’s children
More than 300 state and local public agency leaders and community partners gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Jan. 6-7 to plan ways to improve the health of the state’s maternal and child population. The group, hosted by the N.C. Division of Public Health, was co-facilitated by the National Maternal and Child Health Workforce Development Center, which is based in the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health.


Resolve to eat healthier in 2016
So what if you gain a little weight as you get older? A pound a year doesn’t make that much difference, does it? “A pound a year is not good. It cuts the number of healthy years of life,” said Barry Popkin, PhD, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition in the Gillings School. The good news is that eating the right foods and maintaining a healthy weight, in theory, isn’t that difficult. Popkin boils it down to three guidelines.


Nicolet selected as Gillings School’s senior associate dean
Todd A. Nicolet, PhD, associate dean for operations at the UNC School of Government, has been named senior associate dean at the Gillings School. For Nicolet, it’s a homecoming. He worked at the Gillings School from 2001 to 2007, initially providing project management for the “CDC Responds” webcast series and eventually serving as manager of the online instruction group and associate director of Instructional and Information Systems.


Gillings School researchers join US cancer centers in endorsement of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention
UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined 68 other National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers across the country in calling for increasing the rates of vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The President’s Cancer Panel, led by Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School, also has made an urgent call to action to increase HPV vaccination in the United States.


Minority Health Conference to focus on intersection of public health and social justice
“In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice” is the theme of UNC’s 37th annual Minority Health Conference, to be held Friday, Feb. 26 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Gillings School and the School’s Minority Student Caucus will host the event, which in years past has drawn more than 600 people to see its two keynote lectures live and many more to take part in streaming webcasts. Learn more at minorityhealth.web.unc.edu and register online by Friday, Feb. 12.


Folate — friend or foe?
Cereal, pasta, bread, cookies – what do they have in common? The answer is “folic acid,” a synthesized form of a naturally-occurring B vitamin called folate. Now, researchers are conducting in-depth studies to learn more about how this synthesized sibling of folate affects the body. The question no longer is “How much is too little?” but rather “How much is too much?”


Refugee Health Initiative seeks volunteers
The Refugee Health Initiative (RHI) at UNC is seeking volunteers. RHI is a student health organization that matches student volunteers with newly resettled refugees to help them establish a medical care home and provide them with basic health information. Volunteers will be paired in teams of two and will meet consistently with a family for five to eight sessions, covering topics like nutrition, physical activity, health literacy, understanding the American medical system and mental health. Contact refugeehealth@gmail.com to apply.


Summer research assistant position open to all undergraduate students
The Water Institute is recruiting undergraduate research assistants for summer 2016. Students will assist in monitoring and evaluating the sustainability of solar-powered drinking water systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Contact Meghan Miller, millerm1@live.unc.edu, if interested.


Events and deadlines for February 1–7


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


Advocacy 101 event to focus on researchers

Monday, Feb. 1
Noon–4 p.m.
2004 Marsico Hall

Learn why advocacy by researchers on behalf of both basic and translational or applied research is critical to maintaining financial and ideological support for science. Effective advocacy has the power to: improve science literacy in the public; promote stable, robust federal funding; alleviate mistrust of science and much more. Importantly, advocating to the public on behalf of science is not the same as advocating to your funding agency on behalf of your project a different set of skills is needed. Join the Science Policy Advocacy Group (SPAG) to cultivate those skills. Scheduled workshops will enable participants to practice skills such as giving media interviews, conducting meetings with elected representatives, and drafting policy memos and documents. Space is limited, so be sure to learn more and register in advance at the Advocacy 101 website.

Please contact Julia Dunn, jkmalik@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


GRITS to host panel on connection between health, housing

Monday, Feb. 1
1–2 p.m.
2305 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Join UNC GRITS (Graduate Research and Intervention in the South) for a panel discussion on affordable housing and health in North Carolina. The program will feature guest speakers from academic, public sector and community perspectives.

Please contact Christina Galardi, cgalardi@live.unc.edu, you have any questions.


Free yoga and mindful relaxation classes offered at Gillings

Mindful Relaxation:
Monday, Feb. 1 (and every Monday)

2–2:30 p.m.

Yoga:
Tuesday, Feb. 2 (and every Tuesday except April 5)

2–2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 4 (and every Thursday except March 31)
2:15–2:45 p.m.

All classes will take place in 0003 Michael Hooker Research Center.

Throughout the spring semester, the Culture of Health team will offer three weekly classes in yoga and mindful relaxation. Make use of your lunch hour or combine your two daily 15-minute work breaks to fit some exercise, stretching and meditation into your schedule.

Please contact Penny Slade-Sawyer, mps3@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Deadline approaches for Burroughs Wellcome Collaborative Research Travel Grants

The Burroughs Wellcome Collaborative Research Travel Grants (CRTG) program provides up to $15,000 for domestic or international travel to support academic scientists, postdocs or fellows learning new research techniques or beginning/continuing a collaboration. The deadline for the application is Feb. 1. To learn more about the CRTG program, please visit their website.


Biostatistics seminar to explain Gaussian process models

Tuesday, Feb. 2
3:30–4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross and Blue Shield Auditorium)

Abhirup Datta, MS, doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, will present a seminar titled, “Hierarchical Nearest Neighbor Gaussian Process Models for Massive Spacial and Spatio-temporal Data.” View the event flyer (PDF) for more information.

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


Seminar to review water resource management along the Mississippi River

Wednesday, Feb. 3
12:20–1:10 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Benjamin Foster, doctoral student of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, will present, “The Adventures of sHuck Finn: A tale about corn, the Mississippi River, and drought.” Learn more about the semester-long seminar series at www.unc.edu/~weinberg/400/.
Please contact Howard Weinberg, howard_weinberg@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

NCSU students to discuss prosthetic design for fatigue

Wednesday, Feb. 3
1–2:30 p.m.
230 Rosenau Hall

Melissa White, doctoral student, and Olivia Morejon, graduate student, both from North Carolina State University (NCSU), will present a talk titled, “Current Research in Healthcare and Rehabilitation Ergonomics: Usable EMR Design and Prosthetic Design for Fatigue.” This lecture is part of the NORA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series and will be webcast.

Please contact Susan Randolph, susan.randolph@unc.edu, you have any questions.


Seminar to discuss pragmatic research: Does going fishing lead to drinking and driving?

Wednesday, Feb. 3
4–5 p.m.
227 Health Sciences Library

Russ Waitman, PhD, will present, “Building Informatics Capacity for Clinical/Translational and Pragmatic Research: Does Going Fishing Lead to Drinking and Driving?” This talk is part of a series that explores key areas in health informatics and includes research results, overviews of programs of research, basic, applied and evaluative projects as well as research from varied epistemological stances. For more information about the seminar, visit chip.unc.edu.

Please contact Larisa Rodgers, chipinfo@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


NYU professor to present on chromosomal interactions

Thursday, Feb. 4
3:30–4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross and Blue Shield Auditorium)

Ming Hu, PhD, assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine, will present a talk titled, “A hidden Markov random field-based Bayesian method for the detection of long-range chromosomal interactions in Hi-C data.” For more information, please view the event flyer (PDF).

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


Screening of ‘Salam Neighbor’ to feature directors, producers

Thursday, Feb. 4
5–7 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall

The Student Global Health Committee and the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center will host a screening of the film “Salam Neighbor.” The two directors/producers of the film, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, will lead a post-film Q&A session with refreshments and a raffle.


Carrillo to present on sexuality, health of Latina/o immigrants

Thursday, Feb. 4
5:15–6:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross and Blue Shield Auditorium)

Hector Carrillo, PhD, associate professor at Northwestern University, will present a talk titled, “The Transnational Lives of Latina/o Immigrants: Implications for Studying Gender, Sexuality and Health.” Dr. Carrillo will introduce the audience to the literature on transnationalism, an important theoretical approach to understanding the lives of migrants and the implications of studying migrants’ health. This lecture will be sponsored by the Department of Health Behavior and the Working Group on Migration, Gender and Health.

Please contact Laura Villa, villal@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Lunch and Learn event to discuss the patient experience

Friday, Feb. 5
Noon–1 p.m.
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Carol Gaich, PharmD, is senior health outcomes research scientist at Eli Lilly. She will join the Lunch and Learn via video conference to talk about her career working in a global health economics and outcomes research team as well as her experiences as a health outcomes liaison. She will discuss how the work of health outcomes research scientists is influenced by the patient experience and how results are disseminated to patient groups.

Please contact Caroleen Quach, cquach@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Jean Mills Health Symposium to focus on keeping teens healthy

Friday, Feb. 5
East Carolina Heart Institute, East Carolina University

The 12th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium will build synergies between community residents, community organizations, and faculty and students focused on teen health. Participants will be challenged to address teen health through interactive workshops and keynote presentations addressing substance use and abuse, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, violence in minority communities, promoting positive teen behaviors and addressing eating disorders. To learn more, visit the event website.


Registration deadline nears for Minority Health Conference

The 37th annual Minority Health Conference, “In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice,” will be held 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Dr. Crystallee Crain and Miriam Zoila Pérez. Registration will close on Feb. 5; register for the event online.


Upcoming events and deadlines


Carolina Center for Public Service now accepting applications from graduate, undergraduate students

The Carolina Center for Public Service is now accepting applications for multiple awards, including the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award and the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship. The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award offers up to $3,000 to undergraduate or graduate students to develop local or international community-based projects during the summer of 2016. Applications for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award are due by Feb. 8 at 11:59 p.m.

The Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship provides $1,250 to support undergraduate or graduate field study and engaged research in environmental areas at field sites, preferably abroad. Preference will be given to students in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program majoring in business, environmental or economics disciplines. Applications for the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship are due by Feb. 8 at 11:59 p.m.

Apply for each award online at unc.edu/ccps/portal/. For questions, contact ccps@unc.edu.


Guest speaker to discuss prevention of military sexual assault

Tuesday, Feb. 9
12:30–1:30 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall

The next meeting of the Gender-based Violence Research Group will feature Olivia Silber Ashley, DrPH, senior research scientist and director of RTI International’s Risk Behavior and Family Research Program. She will present on, “Military Sexual Assault – A Developmentally Strategic Approach to Prevention.”

Please contact Cara J. Person, cjperson@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Registration deadline nears for Minority Health Conference

The 37th annual Minority Health Conference, “In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice,” will be held 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. on February 26 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Dr. Crystallee Crain and Miriam Zoila Pérez. Registration will close on Friday, Feb. 12; register for the event online.


NCHICA annual conference calls for abstract submissions

The North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) is accepting abstracts until Friday, Feb. 12 for its annual conference, “The New Healthcare Ecosystem.” The conference will be held August 29-31 at the Omni Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville, N.C. NCHICA is seeking abstracts on the following topics: population health management; connected health; technology for transformation; privacy and security and health care in 2016. To submit an abstract or for more information, see the event flyer (PDF).


Conference to bolster diversity, inclusion in STEM fields

Friday, Feb. 19
8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Kenan Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School

The Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference will be an all-day experience featuring nationally recognized diversity in STEM leaders from the University of California in Los Angeles and Berkeley, Brown University and Northwestern University. All STEM administrative and teaching staff are welcome. Students interested in attending should contact Richard Watkins, PhD, richard_watkins@med.unc.edu. Space is limited, register online as soon as possible. Learn more at diversity.unc.edu/stem.


Guest speaker to share current state of implementation science

Friday, Feb. 19
12:30–2 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Listen, ask questions and engage in a dialogue with Anne Sales, PhD, RN, as she explores the current state of implementation science. This event is sponsored by the Consortium for Implementation Science, a joint endeavor of the Gillings School and RTI International. Register online at bit.ly/ASalesFeb19.

Please contact Jennifer Scott, jennifer_scott@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Training sessions to teach faculty, staff, students how to help survivors of violence

Join HAVEN (Helping Advocates for Violence Ending Now) in helping to make UNC a safer and more supportive community for survivors of violence. HAVEN is offering a series of spring training sessions that will provide students, faculty and staff with tools to be an ally to someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking. The training emphasizes the importance of listening, responding compassionately and connecting survivors to resources on campus and in the community. Registration is required for all training sessions and can be completed at safe.unc.edu.

Student training sessions will be held 6–9 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on:

Monday, Feb. 22 and March 21
Wednesday, April 6
Thursday, April 14

Staff/faculty training sessions will be held 9 a.m.–noon in various locations on:

Friday, Feb. 12
Wednesday, March 16

Please contact haven@unc.edu if you have any questions.


Duke professor to share ‘honest truth about dishonesty’

Thursday, Feb. 25
12:45–1:45 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Dan Ariely, PhD, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, will discuss his book, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves. Ariely has written two other books: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions and The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home.

Please contact Rachel Dolin, rdolin@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Abstract submissions now open for Add Health Users Conference

The Add Health Users Conference, which will be held June 20-21 in Bethesda, MD, is now collecting abstract submissions. Travel stipends will be awarded based on eligibility and scientific merit. The deadline to submit an abstract paper is Feb. 29. Any papers using Add Health data are welcome. For more information, visit www.cpc.unc.edu/projects.

Contact addhealth_conference@unc.edu for any questions.


Training/mentoring program to support under-represented researchers

The Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (PRIDE-CVD) at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center is a funded research program that addresses the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and negotiating through academic ranks. The primary outcome of this program is to increase the number of scientists and research-oriented faculty from ethnic groups currently under-represented in sciences, and those with disabilities, who successfully compete for external funding for scientific research. The Summer Institute will take place July 17-30.

Interested participants must complete a pre-application form before receiving the full PRIDE application form. The deadline for the full application is March 1, with priority consideration granted to early applicants. For more information, please visit www.downstate.edu/pride.


UAB seeks nominations for Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award

Each year, the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health recognizes an outstanding contributor to public health through the Lou Wooster Public Health Hero Award.  Unlike most public health hero awards, the Wooster Award is given to an individual, group or organization that has made a significant contribution to public health with the nominees’ profession or life’s work falling outside traditional public health or health care. Nominations for the 2016 award are due on March 4. See the full call for nominations and the nomination form for more information.


Japan Studies Institute extends application deadline to March

The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) offers faculty members without prior experience in Japanese studies an opportunity to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japan, both past and present. The two-week institute (June 6-19), located on the campus of San Diego State university, encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating Japanese studies into courses on their campuses. Most of the costs of the JSI are covered by a grant from the JSI endowment. The application deadline has been extended to March 4; apply online.


UNC Lineberger developmental grants now available

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Developmental Funding Program is intended to support the development of cancer research programs led by UNC faculty and to stimulate new applications for extramural funding. For spring 2016, there will be three tiers of awards offered, including Tier 1 (Pilot), Tier 2 (Stimulus) and Tier 3 (Multi-Project) awards. Two targeted RFAs have been released for these awards: one for research related to imaging and one for biomedical engineering projects conducted in collaboration with faculty from North Carolina State University. More information can be found at unclineberger.org/research. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15.

Please contact Anne Menkens, amenkens@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Guest artists and scholars to ‘tell stories of home’

March 31–April 2
Sonja Haynes Stone Center

The Gillings School is a co-sponsor of the “Telling Our Stories of Home” series, which will celebrate women artists from Africa and the African diaspora. The artists will be in residence at UNC for three days and will participate in a series of panels, presentations, round tables and celebrations open to the campus community. See the event brochure, with a tentative schedule of events, here (PDF).


Registration open for workshop on physical activity, cancer survivorship

Registration for Physical Activity and Cancer Survivorship: A Workshop for Researchers, which will be held at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 14, is now open. This full-day workshop will be hosted jointly by the Duke University and Wake Forest University cancer centers and will feature keynote speaker Kerry Courneya, PhD, professor and Canada Research Chair in physical activity and cancer at the University of Alberta. The primary workshop goal is to stimulate research collaborations, meaning the target audience includes those who can lead or collaborate on future grants. Graduate students and research staff are also welcome. Space is limited; register online at unclineberger.org/events.


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