SPH Weekly E-News

September 29


News Posted week of Sept. 22 – Sept. 26, 2014


School to host American Mock World Health Organization
The Gillings School will host the inaugural American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) on Oct. 3-5 in 133 Rosenau Hall. More than 120 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. – and from Canada and France – will participate.


MCH alumna wins APHA outstanding student author award
Christine Tucker, PhD, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has won the Outstanding Student Author Award, presented by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) maternal and child health section.


NCIPH’s Moore receives NCPHA distinguished service award
Hazel Moore, MSN, RN, received the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) Distinguished Service award at the association’s annual conference on Sept. 18 in Wilmington, N.C.


UNC’s Hobbs leads effort to establish DrPH degree program in Africa
Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, will lead a Rockefeller Foundation project to develop the first doctoral program in health leadership based in Africa.


Perreira to receive Graham Faculty Service Award on University Day
Krista Perreira, PhD, will accept the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award at a ceremony on University Day, Oct. 12.


Ammerman receives NCPHA academic researcher award
Alice Ammerman, DrPH, was honored with an award at the North Carolina Public Health Association’s annual fall educational conference, held Sept. 17-19 in Wilmington, N.C.


NIH funds project to examine whether texts, games, Web portals can increase HPV vaccination rates
A team of researchers from several disciplines at UNC and the Duke University Medical Center received a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to use and evaluate methods like texts, games and Web portals for getting out the word about HPV and the vaccination to prevent it.


Events and Deadlines for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2014


UNC Health Care announces database change

UNC’s subscription to Micromedex, a drug information database available on mobile devices, will change Sept. 29. While many parts of the database and the mobile applications will still be available to students, faculty, library users and UNC Health Care employees, a few sections will be replaced by other library resources. More information is available at http://guides.lib.unc.edu/micromedex_alternatives and at Ask a Librarian.


NORC to host seminar on food security in Peru

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

Hilary M. Creed-Kanashiro, BSc, MPH, senior researcher at 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.


Falk to speak on writing research proposals

Tuesday, Sept. 30
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
219 Brinkhous-Bullitt

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.


NC TraCS Institute to host open house

Wednesday, Oct. 1
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
NC TraCS Institute (Brinkhous-Bullitt Building, 2nd Floor)

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop at anytime and learn about the research services and resources available to clinical and translational research teams. Presentations will run throughout the day, and service experts will be on hand to share information about all of the CTSA resources NC TraCS provides. A reception begins at 4 p.m. More information is available at the event page.

Contact Beatrice Moss, bemoss@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


FUND UNC Day to raise awareness of private givingcomm_fundunc

Wednesday, Oct. 1
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Armfield Atrium

FUND UNC Day represents the day that classes would end at UNC if we relied only on tuition. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the Atrium to learn more about the impact of private giving at UNC and the Gillings School. Snacks and prizes will be available.

This event also raises awareness of giving to the Annual Fund at the Gillings School. Gifts of any size make a difference and you can make your gift to the School or your department. UNC-Chapel Hill seniors who make a gift of $20.15 will be invited to a lunch with the Chancellor in the Blue Zone in the spring. Make a gift today by visiting the Invest in Carolina page.

Like Fund UNC on Facebook and follow on Twitter with #FUNDGILLINGS and #FUNDUNC.


Allaire to speak at ENVR 400 Weekly Lecture Series

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Noon-12:50 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Maura Allaire, doctoral candidate, environmental sciences and engineering, will present “Shelter from the Storm: A Field Experiment to Encourage Flood Mitigation.”

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.


Magruder named 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.


NCI investigator to present BIOS Seminar

Thursday, Oct. 2
3:30-4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Mitchell Gail, MD, PhD, senior investigator, National Cancer Institute, will present “Risk Models, Risk-Benefit, and Personalized Medicine.“ More information is available online (PDF).

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


Kirby to speak at health informatics seminar

Wednesday, Oct. 1
4-5 p.m.
328 Health Sciences Library

J. David Kirby, MS, CISSP, CHPS, consultant at Kirby IMC, presents “NC TeleHealth Network: Enabling Strategic Use of Networked Health Applications” 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.


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.


New Announcements


Deadline nears for Carolina Global Photography Competition

The 15th annual amateur Carolina Global Photography Competition is open until Sept. 30. All students, faculty, alumni and staff of UNC-Chapel Hill are encouraged to submit photos that represent any world region. More information is available at cgi.unc.edu/programs/photocontest.


Information Technology Awards open for nominations

If you have ever received excellent customer service from an individual or a team in IT, consider nominating these folks for a campus IT award. Submit your nomination at https://itawards.unc.edu/. Awards will be announced on Oct. 27.


Health disparities certificate now available

The UNC Interdisciplinary Certificate in Health Disparities program provides a unique residential training opportunity for UNC System Affiliate graduate or professional learners interested in the science of disparity reduction. The application deadline is Oct. 10. For more information visit the Certificate page.


Stanford researched to present BIOS seminar

Thursday, Oct. 9
3:30-4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Sanmi Koyejo, PhD, research associate in the Poldrack Lab at Stanford University, will present “Constrained Inference for Structured Variables.” More information is available online (PDF).

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


Women in Science to host Chancellor Folt

Monday, Oct. 13
1-2 p.m.
Kirkland Auditorium, Koury Oral Health Sciences Building

Chancellor Folt will present “Stepping Up, not Stepping Aside” at the next Women in Science (WinS) group meeting. Attendees will learn about her journey from a woman in science to UNC’s first female chancellor and will have the opportunity to ask her questions during a Q&A session following the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is available online.

This event is co-sponsored by UNC Women in Science, TIBBS, the Office of Graduate Education, the Graduate School, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Barbara K. Rimer, dean and Alumni Distinguished Chair of the Gilllings School.

Contact the WinS committee, wins@unc.edu, for more information.


Repeat Announcements


comm-carolinasharesCarolina 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.


Ibrahim, former dean, to speak

Thursday, Oct. 9
5:15-6:30 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Michel A. Ibrahim, MD, PhD, former Dean and Professor Emeritus at the Gillings School, presents “Ethical, Legal and Policy Aspects of Epidemiologic Investigations.” Dr. Ibrahim currently serves as professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Stanford researched to present BIOS seminar

Thursday, Oct. 9
3:30-4:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Sanmi Koyejo, PhD, research associate in the Poldrack Lab at Stanford University, will present “Constrained inference for structured variables “ on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in 0001 Michael Hooker Research Center.

Contact Christine Kantner, ckantner@email.unc.edu for more information.


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.


Agenda available for 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


comm-foodconKenan-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. Student tickets will be $10 through Sept. 30.

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

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


Our School in the News


The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Experts to debate ACA in Raleigh
Three health care experts will debate the Affordable Care Act in Raleigh and offer their own solutions, including a total repeal of the law and an expansion to socialized medicine. Jonathan Kotch, a research professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will make a case for a single-payer system, a version of which is used in Canada and the United Kingdom. Kotch is president of Health Care for All North Carolina, a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.


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