SPH Weekly E-News

December 15, 2014

Please note: The weekly news will not run on Dec. 22 or Dec. 29. Any event submitted for these weeks will be added to the events calendar.


News Posted week of Dec. 8-12


HPM alumna appointed Hawaii’s DHS director
Gillings School alumna Rachael Wong, DrPH, has been appointed director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Her appointment was announced Dec. 3 by Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige.


Oberlander’s NEJM commentary: Supreme Court holds power to undo Affordable Care Act
Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, professor of health policy and management, wrote a “Perspective” commentary in The New England Journal of Medicine on Obamacare facing another round in the Supreme Court.


Adjunct professor Rosenberg killed in plane crash
Michael Rosenberg, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health, died Dec. 8 when his small plane crashed near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md.


Tobacco control strategies may aid in preventing skin cancers caused by indoor tanning
In an article published online Nov. 6 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, lead author Andrew B. Seidenberg, MPH, health behavior doctoral student, and colleagues propose to combat the use of indoor tanning by teens, employing strategies already successfully used in campaigns to stop teen tobacco use.


Events and Deadlines for Dec. 15-21


NRI/NORC funding opportunities deadline

UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), in collaboration with the Nutrition Research Obesity Research Center (NORC), will fund 10 projects up to $100,000 each to stimulate research collaborations leading to grants. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 15. More information is available online.


New Announcements


EPID offers spring class on vaccinology

Vaccines are one of the biggest public health achievements of the 21st century. Students are invited to register for an exciting new course this spring, and learn more!

The Gillings School’s Department of Epidemiology will offer a course on vaccinology in spring 2015 (EPID 799C/002). The 3-credit class, held on Mondays from 3:35 p.m. to 6:35 p.m., will include a combination of didactic lectures by experts, in-depth discussions on selected publications and a final course project. Content will include an overview of vaccinology principles, mechanisms of action, cancer and malaria vaccines, herd protection, safety and the future of vaccines. Students will obtain in-depth understanding of how vaccines are produced by industry, undergo preclinical evaluation and are evaluated for efficacy in clinical trials. For public health programs, the global implementation of immunization programs also will be covered.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Smith (jennifers@unc.edu) as soon as possible.


Duke to host talk on children’s cognitive development

Tuesday, Jan. 13
3-4:30 p.m.
Sanford Building, Rhodes Conference Room, 201 Science Dr., Duke University

David Figlio, PhD, director of Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, will speak on “How Early Health Affects Children’s Life Chances.”

This talk is part of the Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the talk.
Parking for this event is available for a fee in the Bryan Center parking deck or the Science Drive visitor’s lot. Register online.


CEFS 8-week summer internship program

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) seeks highly-motivated undergraduate students from a variety of different backgrounds with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, to participate in a unique 8-week summer internship.

Summer interns will learn about the concepts and practices of various aspects of sustainable agriculture from expert faculty and staff at CEFS and through hands-on farm work, lectures and discussions, community engagement and field trips to local farms and markets. In addition, a highlight of this program is that interns will gain hands-on sustainable agriculture research knowledge through working with a diverse of CEFS Faculty Researchers from various disciplines. More information is available online at www.cefs.ncsu.edu.


Repeat Announcements


Save the Date: NC Conference on Heroin

Thursday, Feb. 12
9 a.m.-noon
Legislative Auditorium, 16 West Jones St., Raleigh, NC

Students and faculty are invited to attend the NC Conference on Heroin. The conference will bring the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition Capstone Team, state legislators, members of the medical community and law enforcement to discuss legislative solutions to heroin use and heroin-related drug overdoses in the state. More information, including registration, is online.

Contact Hyun Namkoong, namkoong@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


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