SPH Weekly E-News

October 20, 2014


Events and Deadlines for Oct. 20-26


Snyder to speak at data users seminar

Monday, Oct. 20
Noon-1 p.m.
B005 Carolina Population Center (206 West Franklin Street)

Susan Snyder, PhD, MSW, MPA, assistant professor, School of Social Work will present “Do Child Physical Abuse and Adolescent Peer Relationships Influence Typologies of Illegal and Substance-Use Behaviors During Emerging Adulthood?” More information is available online.

Contact Sarah Dean, sarah.dean@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Burns to speak at mental health seminar series

Tuesday, Oct. 21
9-10:30 a.m.
150 Sheps Center (DeFriese Conference Room), 725 MLK Jr. Blvd.

Barbara Burns, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke; director of the Services Effectiveness Research Program, will present “From the Child Guidance Movement to Evidence-based Practice: Evolution, Revolution or Disaster?” at the next UNC-Duke Mental Health Services & Policy Research Seminar Series. More information is available online.

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


Academy of Educators to host Frank Wilson Visiting Professor Series

Tuesday, Oct. 21
12:30-01:30 p.m.
Biomolecular G202, UNC School of Medicine

Elizabeth Gaufberg, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will present an interactive lecture, “Unzipping the Hidden Curriculum.” More information is available online (PDF).

Contact Alison Siler, alison_siler@med.unc.edu, for more information.


School to host live broadcast of national health forum

Oct. 22-24
9 a.m.-noon
230 Rosenau Hall (Mayes Center)

The Gillings School will host a free viewing of the “National Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health: Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health,” broadcast live from Washington, DC. The agenda is available for review on-line at www.populationhealthandhospitals.com.

Contact Angelica Figueroa, amfiguer@email.unc.edu, if you are interested in attending.


Tateishi to speak at CEHS fall seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 22
1:30-2:30 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Dr. Satoshi Tateishi, Kumamoto University (Japan), will present “Novel Roles of Rad18 and Checkpoint Kinase 2 in DNA Damage Tolerance and Tumor Suppression” at the next Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Seminar Series.


Student Government to host hunger lunch

Thursday, Oct. 23
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Armfield Atrium

For only $4, you can purchase a delicious meal of rice, beans and cornbread. Money raised will go towards supporting the efforts of UNC’s Nourish International, a student movement to eradicate global poverty.


Stokes to speak on SAS Statistical Directions

Thursday, Oct. 23
3:30-4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Maura Stokes, DrPH, senior R&D director of the Statistical Applications Department in the Advanced Analytics Division at SAS Institute, will present “SAS Statistical Directions: SAS/STAT 13.1 and SAS/STAT 13.2.“ More information is available online (PDF).

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


Deadline for Staff Excellence Award nominations

Do you know an SPH staff member who has provided outstanding service to the School this year? The nomination deadline for the 2014 Staff Excellence Award is Friday, Oct. 24. Make your nomination using the short online survey form at tinyurl.com/StaffExcellenceSurvey.

The winner of the 2014 Staff Excellence Award will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 13.

More information about the award is available at sph.unc.edu/comm/staff-excellence-award/.


AcademyHealth to host NCHN founder

Friday, Oct. 24
9-10:30 a.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Rose Hoban, founder and journalist, North Carolina Health News (NCHN), will discuss her experience of covering state and national health policy issues.

Contact unc.hpm.ah@gmail.com, if you have any questions.


SPH Student Government announces 2014 Gillings Games

Friday, Oct. 24
2-5 p.m.
Hooker Fields

The Gillings Games is an Olympic-style field day with a series of semi-organized relay and team events, with minimal skill required. Students and staff from all departments, programs and cohorts are invited to participate in coordinating this event to ensure that it is a success. This is a chance for you to build espirit de corps for the Gillings School of Global Public Health and meet new friends from other departments. This year, participating students can enter to win a Fitbit. Registration opens Oct. 10.

RSVP on the 2014 Gillings Games Facebook page.


New Announcements


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


Repeat Announcements


UNC GA requests faculty proposals for research

The UNC General Administration (UNC GA) has issued a request for proposal, inviting applications from faculty to advance research in:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • data sciences
  • defense
  • energy
  • marine science
  • pharmacoengineering

$3 million will be allocated in 2 to 4 awards. Learn more on UNC GA’s website.


Gillings School looking for singers

The School is forming a group of students, faculty and staff to perform at the World of Difference Dinner on Thursday, Nov 6. Anyone interested in serenading the School’s most enthusiastic supporters with “Hark the Sound” and other Carolina songs, please contact jerry.salak@unc.edu.


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.


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.


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 Australian
To burn off a can of Coca-Cola you need to run 6.8km: Scientists
Oct. 17
Would you still drink that bottle of Coca-Cola if you knew it would require a run of nearly seven kilometres to burn off the calories? And scientists from the University of North Carolina have called for the same approach on fast food restaurant menus.


The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Adding soil to east bank levees before armoring could cost $40M-$50M, levee authority told
Oct. 16
Raising New Orleans area east bank earthen hurricane levees by a foot or two before allowing the Army Corps of Engineers to install a combination of geotextile mat and Bermuda grass sod as armoring against erosion caused by overtopping. Authority member Rick Luettich, a civil engineer and professor of marine science at the University of North Carolina, questioned whether existing estimates of how high the levees should be are adequate, given a recent study for the authority that indicated the corps’ storm surge modeling was already outdated.


North Carolina Health News
In search of healthy offerings at the State Fair
Oct. 16
Call me quixotic, but I think it’s possible to eat healthy food at the North Carolina State Fair. “I see people walking around with ears of corn, which is good,” said Sue Havala-Hobbs, a nutritionist who teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill and writes a food and health column for the News & Observer.


The Charlotte Observer
NC Research Campus seeks faster growth after slow start
A billionaire pineapple 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.


USA Today
Language, cultural disconnects fuel Ebola fear
When the Chinese community in New York City developed a sudden and irrational fear of Ebola-carrying salmon last week, New York Hospital Queens fielded the strange calls and quashed the rumor. “The No. 1 challenge for communication is cultural trust,” says Bill Gentry, director of disaster preparedness at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.


The Associated Press
Texas nurse was familiar with risks of Ebola virus
A Texas nurse who caught Ebola from an infected patient was no stranger to the risks of working around one of the world’s most feared viruses. “Even in the best of hospitals following all the protocol, we can minimize the risk to hospital personnel, but we can never eliminate it,” said Dr. David Weber, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina’s hospital.


Health Canal (Health and Medicine Breakthrough News Agency)
Would you eat that doughnut if you knew you had to walk two miles to burn it off?
A new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will examine whether adding the amount of walking it takes to burn off the calories in food items will lead consumers to make healthier choices.


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