SPH Weekly E-News

October 27, 2014


News Posted week of Oct. 20-24


Folt named professor in Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering department
Carol Folt, PhD, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received joint appointments as professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology and in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.


Siega-Riz discusses her life and work as a woman scientist
In the past decade, the percentages of women attaining degrees in engineering and computer sciences have remained stagnant, even as these fields have continued to drive the highest demands in the workforce. To address the gender disparity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, in partnership with the Carolina Women’s Center, facilitated a panel discussion, “Creating an Inclusive Climate for Female Faculty in the Sciences,” on Sept. 23, which focused upon recruitment and retention of female scientists and graduate students at Carolina.


Hilton Goulson, alumnus and former faculty member, dead at 84
Hilton Thomas Goulson, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s school of public health, former faculty member in parasitology and laboratory practice at the School, and longtime donor and friend, passed away on Oct. 21 in the Chapel Hill, N.C., home where had lived for 62 years. He was 84.


Withholding certain foods from children may lead to weight gain, study finds
Many parents believe the best way to prevent their children from becoming obese is to limit their intake of calories or withhold particular types of foods altogether. However, a new study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill challenges this belief. The study supports growing evidence that, in the long term, these tactics actually may produce the opposite effect.


Eng inducted into Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship
Eugenia Eng, DrPH, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was inducted as an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship on Oct. 7, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Events and Deadlines for Oct. 27-Nov. 2


HR announces benefits annual enrollment, Oct. 1–31

The State Health Plan of North Carolina (SHPNC) and NCFlex Plans share a single portal for benefit plan changes and annual enrollment. Faculty/staff should visit http://unc.hrintouch.com to enroll, change and manage all of their NCFlex and State Health Plan benefits. When accessing the site, it will prompt you for your UNC Onyen and password. Once the login credentials are accepted, you will be able to enroll and/or make all necessary changes inside one portal.

For assistance with NCFlex and SHPNC enrollment, contact the Benefitfocus Eligibility and Enrollment Support Center at 1-855-859-0966, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enrollment Website: https://unc.hrintouch.com (Use your UNC Onyen and password)
Enrollment Telephone Assistance: Call 1-855-859-0966
State Health Plan Information: www.shpnc.org
NCFlex Plan Information: www.ncflex.org


Whitaker, MCH chair candidate, to present seminar

Monday, Oct. 27
1-2 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall

Robert C. Whitaker, MD, MPH, will speak as candidate for the chair in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH). Dr. Whitaker is a professor of public health and pediatrics at Temple University where his research focuses on the life-course development of health and well-being. More information is available online (PDF).


NORC to host metabolomics seminar

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

Tracy Shafizadeh, associate director of Lipomics Services, Metabolon, Inc., presents “Clinical Applications of Metabolomics in Nutrition and Obesity.” This event is exclusively for UNC students, faculty and researchers. Lunch will be provided at no charge, followed by an open discussion. Full information is available at www.metabolon.com/events/norc-october.

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


Brown to speak at Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, Oct. 28
12:30-1:30 p.m.
1304 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Laura G Brown, associate director of operations at the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality will share her career experiences at “Lunch and Learn: Quality Improvement in Healthcare.” Brown is an alumna of the health behavior department.

Contact Victoria Lebrun, tori_lebrun@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Odum Institute to host meet and greet, celebration

The Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science invites the UNC community to two events on Tuesday, Oct. 28, to celebrate the Institute’s 90th anniversary:

  • A meet-and-greet, from 3 to 4 p.m., on Davis Library’s 2nd floor. Get to know Institute staff and services, eat cake, play games, win swag!
  • A reception and talk, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Allan Murray, editor of Fortune magazine, former president of Pew Research Center and former UNC Morehead-Cain Scholar, will be guest speaker.

For more information visit odumat90.web.unc.edu.


Polston to speak at ENVR 400 Weekly Lecture Series

Wednesday, Oct. 29
Noon-12:50 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Patsy Polston, doctoral candidate, environmental sciences and engineering, will present “The Adventures of Poo – A Solid Tracking sTOOL.”

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.


Gillings to host Spanish conversation group

Wednesday, Oct. 29
Noon-1 p.m.
3005 Michael Hooker Research Center

Spanish speaking students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in an informal conversation group with other Spanish speakers and language learners. All levels are welcome.

Contact Marielle, matthem@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


ECU professor to speak at health informatics seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 29
4-5 p.m.
328 Health Sciences Library

Samuel F. Sears, Jr., professor at East Carolina University, presents “Beyond the Device: Comprehensive Care of the ICD Patient” at the next Duke/UNC Health Informatics Seminar Series.

More information is available at chip.unc.edu/duke-unc-health-informatics-seminar-series.

This event is sponsored by the Carolina Health Informatics Program.

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


Finch to speak on lower limb injury prevention

Wednesday, Oct. 29
4-5:30 p.m.
106 Fetzer Hall

Caroline Finch, PhD, head of Centre for Healthy and Safe Sport (CHASS) at Federation University (Ballarat, Victoria), will present “The Processes Behind Developing an Implementable Exercise Training Program for Lower Limb Injury Prevention.”

This event is co-sponsored by the Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), UNC’s Human Movement Science Curriculum, the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

Contact Johna Register-Mihalik, johnakay@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Stephens to speak on statistical methods in genomics

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

Matthew Stephens, PhD, professor in the Department of Human Genetics and Department of Statistics at The University of Chicago, will present “False Discovery Rates – a new deal.“ More information is available online (PDF).


Kenan-Flagler to host 13th annual Careers in Sustainability Forum

Friday, Oct. 31
8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
McColl Bldg., UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

The Careers in Sustainability Forum exposes students to the possible opportunities in impact vocations. Through career-oriented panels, guest professionals engage with students in candid conversations about their current roles while providing advice on pursuing a sustainability-related career. Students from UNC, Duke, NC State and other schools around the Triangle area are welcome to attend. Register online at cisf-unc-2014.eventbrite.com. Download the PDF.

Contact Whitnie Low, Whitnie_Low@kenan-flagler.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


New Announcements


NCIPH releases annual report

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) announces the release of their 2013-2014 annual report, “Improving the Practice of Public Health: The Year in Numbers.” The report highlights NCIPH’s accomplishments in NC and beyond and their funding sources and publications.


TuftScope accepting submissions for fall 2014 issue

TuftScope: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Health, Ethics, & Policy, based out of Tufts University, is currently accepting submissions from undergraduates, graduate students and other individuals who wish to submit work for the fall 2014 issue.

Visit tuftscope.blogspot.com for more details.

Contact Rohan Rao, Rohan.Rao@tufts.edu, for submission information.


NC-ACE to host seminar on teen court and restorative justice program

Tuesday, Nov.4
Noon-11:30 p.m.
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium, School of Social Work

The North Carolina Academic Center for Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention (NC-ACE) will host “Creating, Implementing, and Evaluating Teen Court in Robeson County: How to Foster Community Partnerships to Develop Restorative Justice Programming for Rural Youth.”

Speakers will present information on the Roberson County Teen Court program, community collaborations to sustain implementation of Teen Court and the effectiveness of restorative justice programs.

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


Russell, MCH chair candidate, to present seminar

Tuesday, Nov. 4
1-2 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall

Stephen T. Russell, PhD, will speak as candidate for the chair in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH). Dr. Russell serves as the interim director of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences; Distinguished Professor and Fitch Nesbitt Endowed Chair in Family and Consumer Sciences; and director of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families at The University of Arizona. More information is available online (PDF).


Fuentes to speak on climate model performance

Thursday, Nov. 6
3:30-4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Montserrat Fuentes, PhD, department head and professor of statistics at North Carolina State University, will present “Impact of Climate Change on Mortality in the Southeastern United States. “ More information is available online (PDF).


GRITS seminar series to explore growing up in the South

2-3:50 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 12
133 Rosenau Hall (Rosenau Auditorium)

Eugenia Eng, Lynn Blanchard, Danny Bell, Linda Riggins, and others will present at the panel discussion “Southern Voices: Diverse Perspectives on Growing up in the South.” UNC’s Graduate Research and Intervention in the South (GRITS), a seminar series on community-based health promotion in the American South, will host the community panel discussion on Southern history, traditions, cultural practices and community relationships.

Contact UNC GRITS, grits@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


BEBES to host film screening

Wednesday, Nov. 12
4:45-6 p.m.
133 Rosenau Hall (Rosenau Auditorium)

Carolina Breastfeeding Evidence Based Education and Support (BEBES) and the Student Global Health Committee (SGHC) will host Brenda Davis’ documentary “Sister.” The film explores the difficult working conditions of health workers from Ethiopia, Cambodia and Haiti, and ultimately reveals maternal and newborn death as a human rights issue.


Wheeler to present at health disparities seminar series

Friday, Nov.14
1-2:15 p.m.
101 Rosenau Hall

Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, assistant professor, health policy and management, will present “Disparities in Breast Cancer Care Quality and Outcomes” at the UNC Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO) Health Disparities Seminar Series. Visit sph.unc.edu/echo/echo-ethnicity-culture-and-health-outcomes for more details.

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


Repeat Announcements


November about to become Mo-vember

The faculty and staff of the Department of Urology would like to invite all SPH faculty, staff and students to join the 2014 UNC Movember campaign. Visit www.UNCMOVEMBER.com for more details.

Contact Matt Nielsen, mnielsen@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions. Dr. Nielsen is director of Urologic Oncology and adjunct faculty in epidemiology and health policy and management at the Gillings School.


Wildenschild to present as 2014 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer

Monday, Nov. 3
Begins at noon
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Dorthe Wildenschild, PhD, associate professor, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University, will present “What Happens in the Pore, No Longer Stays in the Pore: Opportunities and Limitations for Porous Media Characterization and Process Quantification Using X-ray Tomography” at the 2014 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture in Ground Water Science. This event is free and open to the public.


Parker to speak at mental health seminar series

Tuesday, Nov. 4
9-10:30 a.m.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Suite 22, Brightleaf Sq., 905 W. Main St., Durham, NC

George Parker, MD, director of forensic psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine; medical director, Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction, presents “The Evolution of the Use of Indiana’s Firearm Seizure Law in Indianapolis from 2007 to 2013.” More information is available online.

Contact Marisa Domino, domino@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


IAAR to host talk on racism and mental health

Thursday, Nov. 6
3:30-5 p.m.
Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

Dr. Enrique Neblett, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Institute of African-American Research (IAAR) Faculty Fellow, will present “Racism and Mental Health: A Study of African American College Students During the Transition to Young Adulthood.”

Contact Lisa Quarles, equarles@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Save the date for the 2014 Fall Social

Thursday, Nov. 13
3-4 p.m.
Armfield Atrium

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the School’s 2014 Fall Social. Catch up with colleagues and friends and celebrate the 2014 Staff Excellence Award.


Rimer to speak at APHA reception

Monday, Nov. 17
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The National WWII Museum, New Orleans

Dean Barbara K. Rimer and members of the School’s faculty, staff, alumni and friends invite you to celebrate the School’s 75th anniversary in New Orleans. More information is available on the alumni page.

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


Kenan-Flagler’s Net Impact Club to host FoodCon

Friday, Nov. 21
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (Room TBD)

FoodCon: Food Sustainability Conference is an exciting daylong event that features leaders in food sustainability. Topics include food security and entrepreneurship in NC, food policy and health, land and resource management, financing and many others.

Agenda and ticket information is available at http://mbafoodcon.com.

Contact Brianne Abramowicz, Brianne_Abramowicz@kenan-flagler.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Carolina Cares, Carolina Shares campaign returns

Give to your favorite organization from Sept. 17-Dec.4. The 2014 theme, “Your gift, your passion,” represents a variety of topics in research, conservation, education, animal welfare, veteran support, arts and many more. Visit http://carolinacares.unc.edu for more information.

Contact a.fig@unc.edu if you have any questions.


Our School in the News


The Associated Press
Clinics recommend hospitals for Ebola testing
Oct. 20
When a Dallas County sheriff’s deputy who had entered the apartment of the first patient to die from Ebola in the U.S. started feeling ill himself, he didn’t rush to the nearest hospital. He chose an urgent care clinic. “That would be an even less controlled situation,” said Dr. David Weber, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina’s hospital.


The Charlotte Observer
NC Research Campus seeks faster growth after slow start
Oct. 19
A billionaire pineapple and produce company owner’s vision for the future of nutrition science rises next to Main Street in this former mill town. UNC-Chapel Hill’s Nutrition Research Institute studies the genetic basis for differences in metabolic diseases.


Business Insider
Family dinner-table dynamics linked to childhood obesity
Oct. 19
Families who express more warmth, group enjoyment and positive reinforcement at family meals have children with reduced risk of obesity, according to a new study. Observing twins helps to partially rule out the possibility that heavier children are genetically predisposed to have poorer eating self-regulation, or that they were shaped by their environment, since twins have the same genes and environment, said senior author Myles S. Faith from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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