SPH Weekly E-News

August 25

News Posted week of Aug. 18 – Aug. 22, 2014

Calleson, teacher, friend, courageous pilgrim, dies too soon

Diane Marie Coucoulas Calleson died on August 15, 2014, after eight inspiring years of living with a rare form of ovarian cancer. She was 49 years old. Despite knowing that the cancer was always with her, Diane threw herself into exploring and expressing all the wonders she found in being alive each day. Everyone who knew her felt her exuberance, joy, courage and strength. Read more.

Maternal and child health leadership institute offers essential leadership training

Effective leadership is crucial to successful public health infrastructure, as professionals enrolled in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute have discovered. Read more.

Study provides recommendations to prevent hospital infections through hand hygiene

It seems so simple: To stop spreading infection, health-care workers must wash their hands.

Yet even after 150 years of demonstrated reduction in health-care associated infections through hand hygiene, health-care workers who must wash their hands many times a day sometimes don’t do it. Perhaps there is no sink nearby, or they are too busy, or the continuous washing irritates their skin. Read more.

Events and Deadlines for Aug. 25 – Aug. 31, 2014

Carolina Seminar Series

Tuesday, Aug. 26
3:30 – 4:45 p.m.
261 Davie Hall

Adam Hoffman and Katie Perkins, doctoral students, UNC Department of Psychology, will present “Race Centrality Development in Black Youth and Parents” and “Middle School Teachers’ Ability Perceptions as Predictors of High School Honors Course Enrollment among Black Youth​” as part of the Carolina Seminar Series on behavioral research with ethnic and racial minority populations.

Contact Adam Hoffman, ajhoffma@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

If you are interested in joining the Minority Seminar listserv, email Lori Shamblin at Lori_Shamblin@unc.edu. She will be happy to add you.

Orientation for new clinical research personnel

Wednesday, Aug. 27

1 – 3:30 p.m.
219 Brinkhous-Bullitt Building (TraCS Conference Room)

Orientation for new clinical research personnel will be held on five consecutive Wednesdays from Aug. 27 to Sept. 24. This five-part orientation is strongly recommended for all clinical research personnel who are new to UNC or new to research.

More information, including registration, is available online.

Contact Claudia Christy, cgc@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Duke/UNC Health Informatics Seminar Series

Wednesday, Aug. 27
4 – 5 p.m.
328 Health Sciences Library

Dr. Shelley Hwang, health informatics researcher, Duke University, presents “The Duke Breast Data Repository (DBDR): Adventures in Creating a Disease-based Quality and Research Data Infrastructure.”

More information is available online.

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

This event is sponsored by the Carolina Health Informatics Program.

NSCU Professor to present BIOS Seminar

Thursday, Aug. 28
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Wenbin Lu, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University, will present “On Estimation of Optimal Treatment Regimes for Maximizing t-Year Survival Probability.“

More information is available online (PDF).

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

BCERP to perform pilot test of interactive web-tool

Thursday, Aug. 28
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Europa Center, 100 Europa Drive, Suite 490, Chapel Hill

The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) is conducting a pilot test of its interactive website that informs young African-American women (ages 18 to 50) about breast cancer risk. Parking is free and light refreshments will be served. More information is available online (PDF).

Contact Neasha Graves, neasha_graves@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

SHAC’s Classroom to Community accepting applications

Fall 2014 semester deadline: Friday, Aug. 29

The Student Health Action Coalition’s (SHAC) Classroom to Community, a semester long, hands-on health education professional development and teaching experience, is accepting applications. Apply by this Friday.

Please download the official application (DOCX) for more information. Contact c2c.unc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Registration opens for the 2014 Water and Health Conference

Early bird registration deadline: Friday, Aug. 29
Conference date: Oct. 13 – 17

The 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by The Water Institute at UNC, considers drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. More information is available online.

Stringer to present as MCH chair candidate

Friday, Aug. 29
2 – 3 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall

Jeff Stringer, MD, will present on behalf of his candidacy for the chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health.

Dr. Stringer is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC School of Medicine where he serves as the division head of Global Women’s Health. He also holds the position of associate director for research at UNC’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Stringer received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York.

New Announcements

Welcome-back social

Tuesday, Sept. 2
3 – 4 p.m.
Armfield Atrium

All students, faculty and staff are invited to join us for a welcome-back Social. Enjoy healthy food, meet new people and catch up with friends and colleagues.

Health behavior dissertation defense

Monday, Sept. 8
8 – 9 a.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Ann Gottert, MPH, doctoral candidate in health behavior, will present “Gender Norms, Masculine Gender-role Strain and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Men in Rural South Africa.”

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

SPA Supervisors and Employees: Performance Management Training

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) has revised the SPA Performance Management program and policy, effective July 1, 2014. The goals of this program redesign are to increase accuracy and consistency campus-wide on performance expectations and evaluations.

Separate Training sessions have been designed for SPA Supervisors and the SPA General Employee population.

The School of Global Public Health Performance Management Training for SPA employees and supervisors has been scheduled as follows:

SPA Supervisors Only:
Tuesday, Sept 2
1 – 3 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall

SPA General Non-Supervisory Employee Population:
Wednesday, Sept. 3
1 – 2:30 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall

Due to the significant updates in the process and forms that will be utilized for future performance reviews, every effort should be made to attend the appropriate session as scheduled.

Alumni to present at Careers in mHealth discussion

Monday, Sept. 22
Noon – 1 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Anyone interested in an mHealth career is welcome to attend the upcoming “Careers in mHealth” discussion. School alumni who utilize mobile health technologies in their work will speak about their experiences. A reception will follow in the Armfield Atrium.

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

This event is sponsored by the Triangle mHealth Consortium and Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association.

Repeat Announcements

MCH’s Bennett to retire this fall

Trude Bennett, DrPH, associate professor of maternal and child health, is retiring on Sept. 12. She joined the Gillings School faculty as assistant professor in 1992. Bennett welcomes students and colleagues to keep in touch by emailing trude_bennett@unc.edu.

A/V Services announces classroom summer upgrades

A number of upgrades will be available for various rooms throughout the School. For more detailed information about each room, including the reservation process, please visit the Rooms and Spaces page.

  • Faster computer performance
  • Hotline phones
  • Conference phone connections
  • Digital connections for laptops
  • Blu-ray players
  • New Collaborative Classroom, 2306 McGavran-Greenberg Hall (under construction)
  • New Command Center (under construction)

Contact A/V Services at (919) 966-6536 if you have any questions.

Gillings online store now open

UNC Student Stores has collaborated with the School to launch a dedicated page for Gillings gear. Until Aug. 31, all online purchases will receive a 20 percent discount by entering “GILLINGS” in the gift certificate box at check out. Visit the store at store.unc.edu/gillings.

Emory to host US Investigators’ Symposium on Global Non-Communicable Diseases Research

September 8 – 9
Emory Conference Center, Emory University (Atlanta)

Join a coalition of U.S. universities and junior and senior investigators whose research focuses on global non-communicable diseases (NCD). This is an opportunity to present your research to U.S. leaders in global NCD research and key stakeholders, including reps from the NIH and CDC.

Abstracts should be submitted to gncd@emory.edu.

More information, including registration, is available online.

Registration opens for TCHC Annual Conference

Sept 14 – 15
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The first annual Triangle Global Health Consortium Conference (TGHC) presents “Innovation in Global Health: Bridging the innovation gap between research and implementation.”

Founded four years ago, the Consortium is a non-profit member organization representing institutions from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, the international health development NGO community and academia.

More information, including registration, is available online.

Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowships now available

Deadline: Friday, September 26

The Institut Pasteur and Office of Research announce the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowships. The program will fund up to two post-doctoral Gillings School students or recent graduates in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health surveillance and global health. More information is available online (PDF).

NPA seeks proposals for 2015 meeting

Deadline: Tuesday, September 30

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is calling for poster session and workshop proposals for their 2015 annual meeting. Proposals should aim to share unique training programs, best practices and success stories from the postdoctoral community. More information is available online.

NC TraCS Team Science Series: Session 3

Tuesday, Sept. 30
10:30 a.m. – noon
219 Brinkhous-Bullitt Building (TraCS Conference Room)

Ronald J. Falk, MD, Allan Brewster Distinguished Professor; director, UNC Kidney Center; director, UNC Center for Transplant Care; chief, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, will speak on “Writing Interdisciplinary Research Proposals: Views from Study Section Members’ Perspectives.” More information is available online.

Contact Karen Demby, Karen_Demby@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Pilot grants request for information

Deadline: Oct. 31

The Duke University Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI) and North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) are interested in promoting inter-institutional collaborations and pilot funds are now available for eligible new investigator teams.

Grants for $25,000 are available for clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. More information is available online (PDF).

To find a Duke counterpart, contact Research and Innovation Solutions: (919) 966-0123

2014 One Medicine Symposium

Dec. 10 – 11
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham, NC

The eleventh annual One Medicine Symposium will feature a broad range of topics related to disasters and emerging and zoonotic diseases. The conference provides professionals from a variety of backgrounds with current information and take-home tools to improve awareness and understanding of the topics from a One Medicine perspective, promote collaboration across professional disciplines, and enhance preparedness for natural or man-made disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and other challenges affecting human and animal health. Registration is required.

More information, including a full agenda, is available online.

Faculty and Staff: Date changed for Dec. meeting

The December Faculty and Staff meeting has been shifted from Dec. 10 to Dec. 16. The updated event details are as follows:

Tuesday, Dec. 16
9 – 10:30 a.m.
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Our School in the News

Yahoo! India News – Teenage sleeplessness may lead to obesity

Teenagers who do not get enough sleep may tend to become obese in course of time, says a new research. Researchers at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health examined the effect of sleeplessness on obesity in teenagers over time. Read article.

Moultrie News (East Cooper, S.C., newspaper) – MUSC, UNC-CH testing diabetes outreach facilitated by iPad technology

The South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are partnering to decrease diabetes prevalence and complications in Bamberg County, S.C. Read article.

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