SPH Weekly E-News

September 15


News Posted week of Sept. 8 – Sept. 12, 2014


Study considers how to increase health care enrollment for NC’s immigrants
Sixty-one percent of immigrants in North Carolina have no health insurance coverage, yet the average monthly premium for insurance available through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace is within the price range many immigrants thought would be affordable for themselves or their families.


UNC partners with CDC to reduce violent deaths, injuries nationwide
The CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control has announced a continuation of funding for the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), one of 10 injury centers across the country currently supported by the CDC.


UNC researchers study resistance to common anti-malaria drug in sub-Saharan Africa
The spread of drug-resistant parasites in Southeast Asia could undermine artemisinin-based antimalarial therapies and imperil global malaria control.


Song awarded $1.9M PCORI grant to study new model of health delivery
A research team that includes investigators from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded $1.9 million over three years to study a new model of health delivery.


Ribisl co-authors American Heart Association policy statement on e-cigarettes
A policy statement newly released by the American Heart Association (AHA) says that electronic cigarettes, although safer than conventional cigarettes, pose a number of risks.


Holmes wins Hettleman Prize for outstanding achievement
Mark Holmes, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School, is one of four UNC faculty members selected to receive the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.


Cai elected ENAR president
Jianwen Cai, PhD, professor and vice chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, has been elected to lead the International Biometric Society’s (IBS) Eastern North American Region (ENAR), the international biostatistics professional organization.


Hog workers carry drug-resistant bacteria even after leaving the farm
A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure.


Events and Deadlines for Sept. 15 – Sept. 21, 2014


UNC to host events for National Postdoc Week

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (Sept. 15-19) is an initiative held in conjunction with the National Postdoc Association. A full listing of this week’s schedule is available online (PDF).


ENVR 400 Weekly Lecture Series

Wednesday, Sept. 17
Noon-12:50 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Maya Nadimpalli, doctoral candidate, environmental sciences and engineering, will present “Meat, Antibiotics, and Infectious Disease.”

The full abstract is available online (PDF). Visit the Seminar page for this and future events.

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


Orientation for new clinical research personnel

Wednesday, Sept. 17
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, Sept. 17
4-5 p.m.
328 Health Sciences Library

Shannon D. Schlueter, PhD, UNC-Charlotte, will present “Disruptive Technologies in Data Science and Predictive Analytics” at the next Duke/UNC Health Informatics Seminar Series.

More information is available online (PDF).

This event is sponsored by the Carolina Health Informatics Program.

Contact April Chang, ac@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy seminar

Thursday, Sept. 18
2:30-4 p.m.
DeFriese Conference Room, Sheps Center

Wanda Jaskiewicz, senior team leader for Global Leadership and Health Workforce Effectiveness at IntraHealth International, will present “Increasing Access to Health Workers in Rural Areas: Case Studies from Laos and Uganda.”

The event is free and open to the public. To attend, RSVP Julie Spero, juliespero@unc.edu, by noon on Sept. 16.


Cancer Outcomes Seminar Series

Thursday, Sept. 18
3-4 p.m.
00-002 Pagano Conference Room, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

David Cella, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, will present “PROMIS Update and Emerging Opportunities for Patient Reported Outcomes in Oncology.” Dr. David Cella’s talk will focus on the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS), which was established 10 years ago by NIH to define questions and assess patient treatment outcomes beyond the scope of lab tests and x-rays.

Contact Christa Martens, christa_martens@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Duke professor to present BIOS seminar

Thursday, Sept. 18
3:30-4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Michael Pencina, professor, Duke University, will present “Interpreting Incremental Value of Biomarkers: Is there a Universe Beyond Sensitivity and Specificity?“ More information is available online (PDF).

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


Celebrate Dr. Diane Calleson

A service to celebrate the life of Dr. Diane Calleson will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, beginning at 2 p.m., at St.Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough. After a time of sharing and remembrance, the service will move next door, to the Ruffin House, where attendees may casually socialize with others. At 4 p.m., attendees are invited to the Ayr Mount estate, to walk a celebratory loop around Diane’s beloved Poet’s Walk (about a mile). Please feel free to come for any part of the service, and please dress comfortably.

St. Matthew’s is located at 210 St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough. Parking is available in the small lot behind the church, adjacent to Board of Education parking lot. Other parking areas include the Board of Education parking lot, at the end of E. King St.; adjacent to Cameron Park School, along the gravel road; and in the Cameron Park School parking lot.


New Announcements


Water Institute to offer online course

The Water Institute is offering an online course on monitoring and evaluation for WaSH programs. Registration is now open for the third module of the course on evaluation design. Visit washmel.org or contact waterinstituteteaching@unc.edu.


Join MSC for a coffee break

The Minority Student Caucus (MSC) will hold its first general body meeting of the 2014/2015 academic year on Monday, Sept. 22 at noon in 2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall. Coffee, tea and other light refreshments will be served as MSC introduces officers and discusses ongoing and developing initiatives. The event is open to everyone.


Minnesota professor to present BIOS Seminar

Thursday, Sept. 25
3:30-4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Wei Pan, PhD, professor in the Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, will present “A Powerful and Adaptive Association Test for Rare Variants with Application to Neuroimaging Data.“ More information is available online (PDF).

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


Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 1
3:30-4:30 p.m.
136 Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building (Auditorium, School of Social Work)

Kathryn M. Magruder, MPH, PhD, professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; director, Office of Research Integrity, Medical University of South Carolina, is the 2013 Herman A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. The award recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of graduates of the epidemiology department. Dr. Magruder’s strong leadership and impressive research as a psychiatric epidemiologist has earned her national and international standing as a respected expert.

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


Gostin to speak at UNC Health & Human Rights Lecture

Friday, Oct. 3
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center

Lawrence O. Gostin, professor, Georgetown University, presents “Imagining Global Health with Justice.” This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

More information is available online.

Contact the Gillings Global Gateway, globalgateway@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


UNC ECHO Health Disparities Seminar Series

Friday, Oct. 10
1-2:15 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall

Angela Thrasher, PhD, assistant professor, health behavior, will present “African American HIV/AIDS Disparities: What’s Stress Got to Do With It?”

More information is available online.

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


Water and Health Conference announces schedule

The verbal and poster presentation schedules for the 2014 Water and Health Conference are now available. This year’s Conference takes place Oct. 13-17 in Chapel Hill. For more information, or to register, visit whconference.unc.edu.


Apply for NORC grants

The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) is currently accepting pre-proposal applications for 1-year grants of approximately $20,000 for Pilot & Feasibility research projects in nutrition or obesity. The application deadline is Oct. 15. More information is available online.


2014 Employee Appreciation Day

Friday, Oct. 17
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Student Union and The Pit

Join your colleagues for the following activities at the 2014 Employee Appreciation Day:

  • Lunch from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • UNC Department Fair in the Great Hall of the Student Union
  • 25 percent discount at Student Stores (includes Bulls Head books, school supplies, clothing, medical apparel and gifts; excludes textbooks, electronics and RAM Shop)
  • Live musical performances in The Pit, from noon-2 p.m.
  • Walk-in flu shot clinic in 2518 Student Union
  • Employee Appreciation Day is a work-time event with advance approval from your supervisor. In case of rain, outdoor events will be moved to the Underground Lounge in the Student Union.

A special thanks goes to the following sponsors: FPG Student Union, UNC Student Stores and Pepsi


Goen to present scientific writing seminar

Monday, Nov. 3
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
G100 Bondurant Hall

Dr. George Gopen, Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric and Senior Lecturing Fellow, Department of English and the School of Law, Duke University, will present “Scientific Writing from the Reader’s Perspective.” The two-day seminar will be held Nov. 3 and 10. Registrants must be able to commit two full days, as each session builds upon the previous one. For more information, visit tracs.unc.edu/scientific-writing-2014.

Contact Carly Lamb, clamb1@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Apply for Gates Foundation grants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting proposals for $100k grants until Nov. 12 on the following topics: Vector Control; Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission; Pneumonia; Mobile Money Payments; Brain Development; and Community-Based Interventions. For more information, visit www.grandchallenges.org/explorations.


Repeat Announcements


Nexus 2015 announces call for abstracts

The Nexus 2015 Conference is accepting abstract submissions for verbal and poster presentations. The Water Institute is hosting the conference on March 15 – 17, 2015, to focus on how the nexus approach can be used on local and international levels. More information is available online.


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. Register online.

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.


Senior study director of Metabolon to present on metabolomics

Tuesday, Sept. 23
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Kirk Pappan, PhD, senior study director, Metabolon, Inc., will present “Applying Metabolomics in Rodent Models to Complete the Picture in Genetic, Nutrition, and Obesity Studies.” Lunch will be provided at no charge, followed by the discussion on how to successfully design and implement robust metabolomics studies to meet specific research goals. Seating is limited.

More information, including registration, is available online.

This event is sponsored by the UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

Contact Michelle Collins, mcc@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


NORC to host presentation on food security in Peru

Monday, Sept. 29
Noon-1 p.m.
2308 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Hilary M. Creed-Kanashiro, BSc, MPhil, senior researcher, Instituto de Investigación Nutricional, will present “Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security in Peru.”

More information is available online.

Contact Meg Mangan, mangan@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Associate director of Metabolon to present on metabolomics

Tuesday, Oct. 28
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Tracy Shafizadeh, PhD, associate director of Lipomics Services, Metabolon, Inc., will present “Clinical Applications of Metabolomics in Nutrition and Obesity.” Lunch will be provided at no charge, followed by the discussion on how to successfully design and implement robust metabolomics studies to meet specific research goals. Seating is limited.

More information, including registration, is available online.

This event is sponsored by the UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

Contact Michelle Collins, mcc@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


CHAI to host eInterventions interactive workshop

Friday, Oct. 31
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
North Carolina Botanical Gardens in the Reeves Auditorium North

The Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core invites researchers to participate in an interactive workshop for building effective eHealth interventions. Attendees will hear from experts about current trends and future directions in the field, and learn about evidence-based strategies and technologies for behavior change. The event will include time to network with fellow researchers on these strategies.

More information is available online.

This event is sponsored by the Nutrition Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI) Core.

Contact Randall Teal, rteal@schsr.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Our School in the News


The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Winning against AIDS
In the decade or so after the first cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) were reported in the United States in the summer of 1981, the disease had devastating effects. Dr. Myron Cohen, chief of the UNC School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases, was matter-of-fact about the hopeful point we have reached.


The New York Times
In the emergency room, a hidden ailment
Many seniors who seek care in emergency departments may be malnourished, a small study by researchers at the University of North Carolina suggests. The study is among the first to attempt to document the extent of this problem.


Science Newsline (Science and Technology News)
Hog workers carry drug-resistant bacteria even after they leave the farm
A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure.


The Southland Times (New Zealand)
Counting calories: women’s greatest threat?
In a 2008 survey by SELF magazine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 75 percent of women reported disordered eating patterns, 37 percent regularly skipped meals to lose weight, and 26 percent cut out entire food groups.


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