SPH Weekly E-News

January 26, 2015


News Posted week of Jan. 19-23


Miller named journal’s editor-in-chief
William Miller, MD, PhD, MPH, professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases.


Heisler, former senior associate dean, dies at 67
Jules Heisler, PhD, MBA, senior associate dean at the Gillings School from 2005 to 2007, died on Jan. 18 in Durham, N.C. He was 67.


Sobsey awarded UNC grant to study antimicrobially resistant fecal bacteria in sewage
Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, has received a competitive pilot research grant from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and UNC Program in Nicaragua (ProNica) to evaluate water-borne antimicrobially resistant bacteria (ARB) in León, Nicaragua, and Chapel Hill, N.C.


Yeatts discusses undergraduate public health education in Frontiers in Public Health
A recent article by Karin B. Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, describes the success of an introductory public health course for undergraduates that uses principles of active learning to help students experience public health practice and integrate concepts with their assignments.


UNC Alumni Association honors Earp and Cohen for service
Two of three University of North Carolina faculty members selected for service awards by the UNC General Alumni Association are researchers at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Alumna Koonin appointed acting director of CDC influenza coordination unit
Lisa M. Koonin, DrPH, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed acting director of the Influenza Coordination Unit (ICU) in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Infectious Diseases, effective Jan. 25.


Events and Deadlines for Jan. 26-Feb. 1


Ritterband and Thorndike to present eHealth seminar

Monday, Jan. 26
10-11:15 a.m.
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Drs. Ritterband and Thorndike from the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia will present “Moving Internet-Delivered Interventions from RCT to Real-World Dissemination: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Plans for the Future.”

Contact Sara Vandegrift, sara.vandegrift@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Carolina BEBES meeting

Monday, Jan. 26
11 a.m.-noon
3005 Michael Hooker Research Center

Please join Carolina Breastfeeding Evidence Based Education and Support (BEBES) for their first meeting of the semester where they will plan upcoming events and provide information about birth and breastfeeding in North Carolina and beyond.

Contact UNC BEBES, unc.bebes@gmail.com, if you have any questions.


Allee to present for director of the Health Sciences Library

Monday, Jan. 26
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
411 Koury Case Lecture Hall, Koury Oral Health Sciences Building, UNC School of Dentistry

Nancy Allee is the third and final candidate to present for the position of director of the Health Sciences Library. Ms. Allee is deputy director of the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. She will speak on “The Health Sciences Library as a Center for Health Affairs Collaboration and Interdisciplinary Research in the Twenty-First Century.”

Candidates Teresa Knott and Kristine Alpi made their public presentations last week.


Etiquette luncheon for graduate students

Monday, Jan. 26
Noon-2 p.m.
Carolina Inn
Cost: $10

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars: Gear up for those important job interviews and learn how to effectively eat, converse and conduct yourself in a business setting during a meal.
This luncheon is co-sponsored by the Graduate School, University Career Services and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Register online.


School of Social Work clinical lecture series

Monday, Jan. 26
1-2:30 p.m.
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, UNC School of Social Work

Adam Zolotor, MD, DrPH, interim president of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, will present “Essentials for Childhood: Preliminary Findings From the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force.”

Contact Liz Knight, LKnight@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


ENVR 400: In-house Seminar Series

Wednesday, Jan. 28
12:20-1:10 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Sarah Hatcher, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering, will present “Industrial Livestock Productions and ‘Superbugs': What do we Know and Where do we go From Here?

This and subsequent seminars are designed for doctoral students to gain exposure sharing research interests with the general public. They are open and suitable for all audiences.

Visit the event website, http://www.unc.edu/~weinberg/400/, for more information.

Contact Howard Weinberg, howard_weinberg@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


SPH resume rescue

Jan. 28-30
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center

Bring your resume or CV to be reviewed by recruiters and career services professionals. Advanced sign up and walk-ins available.


Princeton researcher to speak on high-throughput genomic data

Thursday, Jan. 29
3:30-4:30 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Quefeng Li, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, will present “Meta-analysis Based Gene and Pathway Identification for High-throughput Genomic Data.” More information is available online (PDF).

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


Choosing the right postdoc

Thursday, Jan. 29
4-5:30 p.m.
The Graduate Student Center, 211A W. Cameron Ave.

This session will explore different types of postdoctoral opportunities and how you find them, offer suggestions for building your own decision-making criteria, and most importantly, discuss questions to ask a potential mentor–before you commit. Sponsored by The Graduate School, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and University Career Services. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Register online.


HPV documentary screening and panel discussion

Thursday, Jan. 29
5:30-7:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Join us for a screening of the documentary film “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic,” followed by a panel discussion with Drs. Jennifer Smith, Noel Brewer and Lisa Rahangdale. Smith and Rahangdale were featured experts in the film, which tells stories of struggle, tragedy and triumph related to this complicated and often misunderstood viral infection.


UNC HPM Women in Healthcare Leadership Conference

Friday, Jan. 30
8:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall

The first UNC HPM Women in Healthcare Leadership Conference will feature keynote speaker Winjie Tang Miao, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance. Other breakout sessions will be led by executives from healthcare administration, policy and research. Registration is free. This event is sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation.

Breakout session speakers:

  • Sabrina Olsen, associate VP of finance, divisional CFO, Duke University Hospital
  • Meghan McCann, director, Oncology Nursing Services, UNC Hospitals
  • Panella Washington, CEO, Wake Health Services, Inc.
  • Nicole Dozier, co-director, Health Access Coalition, North Carolina Justice Center
  • Dr. Erin Fraher, assistant professor, Depts. of Surgery and Family Medicine, UNC-CH
  • Dr. Ian Buchanan, VP, Cancer and Children’s Services, UNC Hospitals

A special seminar, “Winning the Meeting and Leveraging your Executive Presence” will be presented by Tim Flood and Alison Fragile, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Register online.

Contact Mary Winters, wintersm@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Booz Allen Hamilton info session

Friday, Jan. 30
3-4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Booz Allen Hamilton seeks public health candidates to fill gaps for their civil health consulting practice. A representative will be available for resume reviews during the School’s resume rescue (Jan. 28-Jan. 30). Advanced sign up is available outside 263 Rosenau Hall.


Order of the Old Well service nomination deadline

Nominations for the Order of the Old Well (OOW) are due Jan. 31. Self nominations are encouraged. The OOW recognizes students, faculty members and staff of high character who have demonstrated outstanding humanitarian service and whose service has gone uncompensated and unrewarded.

Submit nominations online.


New Announcements


Internet Information Services Tech Tip

All faculty and staff UNC emails are considered public records. Devices that access UNC email, such as computers, tablets and phones are subject to public records requests.


School nominees for Triangle Global Health Emerging Leader Award

The Triangle Global Health Emerging Leader Award recognizes the passion and expertise local leaders bring to improving the lives or people around the world. The Gillings School has two deserving nominees in Drs. Kathryn Muessig and Smisha Agarwal. Online voting is now open.


CEO of Cornerstone Health Care to present seminar

Monday, Feb. 2
3-4:30 p.m.
DeFriese Conference Room, Sheps Center for Health Services Research

Grace Terrell, MD, president and CEO, Cornerstone Health Care, has overseen the growth and transformation of Cornerstone as an innovative physician-led medical group throughout central North Carolina. Dr. Terrell paved the way for the launching of Cornerstone Health Enablement Strategic Solutions (CHESS), a company dedicated to helping health systems and other medical groups make the transition to value-based medicine. She works with organizations across the country to improve population-based health care for all patients at a lower cost through integrated clinical and IT infrastructure.

Parking is free and available.

Contact Julie Spero, juliespero@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Second annual Bobby Boyd Leadership Lecture

Tuesday, Feb. 3
5:30 p.m.
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, UNC School of Social Work

Civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. will share his evolving perspectives on the value and urgent need for “freedom-fighting” social workers who can help lead toward a more positive and inclusive social transformation of our nation and world into a better place to live for all people. More information is available online.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the deck of the FedEx Global Education building on the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley Streets.

Contact Michelle Rogers, michrog@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


2015 John C. Cassel Distinguished Lecture

Wednesday, Feb. 4
3:30-4:30 p.m.
136 Tate-Turner-Kuralt, School of Social Work

Moyses Szklo, MD, professor of epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present “Epidemiology for Public Health: Are We Missing the Boat?”

Contact Chandra Caldwell, chandra_caladwell@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


2014-2015 UNC Injury Prevention Seminar Series

Wednesday, Feb. 4
4-5:30 p.m.
109 Fetzer Hall

Cecelia I. Roscigno, RN, PhD, CNRN, will present “Actively Listening to Children and Parents of Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury: Stepping Back to Move Forward.”

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Contact Elizabeth Knight, Elizabeth_Knight@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


2014 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer

Friday, Feb. 6
2-3 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Bruce E. Logan, PhD, MS, Stan and Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, Penn State University, will present “Energy Generation from Water: Just Add Salt.”

Contact Ashley McKinney, amckin@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


UNC ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series

Friday, Feb. 13
1 p.m-2:15 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall

UNC Ethnicity Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO) program hosts Dan Reuland, MD, MPH,
clinical associate professor, School of Medicine. Dr. Reuland will present “Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening in Diverse Vulnerable Populations.” More information is available online.

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


Belsky and Aiello to present at Duke-UNC Social and Biological Determinants of Health Collaborative

5-6:30 p.m.
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCEnt)
Duke University, 2420 W. Main Street, Durham, NC

Wednesday, Feb. 18
UNC Alumnus Dan Belsky, assistant research professor, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University, will present “Genetics, Epigenetics and Gene-Environment Interactions for Social and Behavioral Traits”

Tuesday, Apr. 21
Allison Aiello, PhD, professor in the Department of Epidemiology, will present “Sensitive Periods/Plasticity and Resilience”

An informal discussion will follow each presentation.

Parking: NESCent is in the long red brick building (the historic Erwin Mill Building) upstairs in Bay A, closest to W Main Street. There is visitor parking in front of our building.

RSVP at your earliest convenience.


36th Annual Minority Health Conference

Friday, Feb. 27
8 a.m-4:30 p.m.
The William and Ida Friday Center

The Minority Student Caucus proudly presents the 36th Annual Minority Health Conference: “Reaching for the American Dream: Economic Mobility and Minority Health.” The conference will include two keynote lectures, eight breakout sessions, poster presentation sessions, exhibitors and more. Registration closes on February 13. Visit minorityhealth.web.unc.edu for more information.

Contact Minority Student Caucus, mhc.chairs@gmail.com, if you have any questions.


IOM workshop on environmental exposures and obesity

Mar. 2-3
8:30 a.m.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine will host a workshop titled “The Interplay between Environmental Exposures and Obesity.”

The workshop will explore the role of chemical exposures in the development of obesity through sessions focused on a life span view, possible biologic pathways and environmental influences, and effects of food additives and antibiotics. The workshop will be webcast for those who are unable to attend in person.

Please visit the workshop page to register and view the agenda: www.iom.edu/chemicalsandobesity

Contact Ashley McKinney, amckin@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Repeat Announcements


Public health and informatics job & internship expo

Thursday, Feb. 5
Noon-3 p.m.
Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center

Come meet employers that are hiring for full-time positions and internships locally and nationwide in the field of public health. Access Careerolina to view and research participating organizations. Bring multiple copies of your resume. Professional attire is recommended. This event is open to UNC-Chapel Hill students only.


ESE seeks nominations for 2015 Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award

The Awards Committee of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering seeks nominations for its Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award for 2015. Please send names of individuals that you think are worthy of this award to Rhoda Cerny, rhoda_cerny@unc.edu, along with a brief description of his/her professional and/or scholarly achievements no later than Friday, Feb. 20. Please also indicate the nominee’s current position and provide an email address if you have it.


Events scheduled to remember Robert C. Millikan

Friday, March 20
1-5 p.m.
Koury Oral Health Sciences Building, UNC School of Dentistry

“The Science of Breast Cancer Disparities: A Symposium in Honor of the Carolina Breast Cancer Study and Robert Millikan” will honor the scientific contributions of Robert Millikan, PhD, MPH, who studied the causes of breast cancer, especially among African-American women. The symposium will:

  • provide an overview of the Carolina Breast Cancer Study, the landmark study led by Dr. Millikan;
  • provide a perspective on the epidemiology and biology of breast cancer;
  • discuss the role of science and breast cancer advocacy, an area of commitment to Dr. Millikan; and
  • feature presentations by Dr. Millikan’s UNC colleagues and other national leaders in breast cancer research.

More information is available online. Contact Jerry Salak, jerry.salak@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Friday, March 20
8-9 p.m. (talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC Music Department

World premiere of the Millikan Symphony – a new work honoring Bob Millikan. Ann Millikan has composed a symphony written in four movements in honor of her brother, the late Bob Millikan, PhD, MPH, who was the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology. Each movement honors an area of Bob’s work and accomplishment: science, animals, rowing, and violin. Ms. Millikan will provide a talk at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the performance. Learn more at www.millikansymphony.com/.

Saturday, March 21
9 a.m.-noon
Lake Wheeler, Raleigh

UNC Men’s crew team host Millikan Cup Regatta. More information is available online.

Sunday, March. 22
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin Street

Church Service featuring “When You Leave This Earth” – a new anthem composed by Ann Millikan.

Contact Jerry Salak, jerry.salak@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Our School in the News


The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Donald T. Lauria: Lowering EPA standards could lead to dirty air
“Regarding the Jan. 1 Point of View ‘Why N.C. should fight EPA’: This piece was not the ‘point of view’ of an individual but the philosophy of Americans for Prosperity, a political advocacy group.”


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