SPH Weekly E-News

Feb. 23, 2015


News Posted week of Feb. 16–20


Darity and Aiello to discuss minority health at UNC’s 36th annual student-led conference
“Reaching for the American Dream: Economic Mobility and Minority Health” is the theme of UNC’s 36th annual UNC Minority Health Conference, to be held Friday, Feb. 27 at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, in Chapel Hill, N.C.


Siega-Riz and other members of 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee release report
Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, professor of nutrition and epidemiology and associate dean for academic affairs at the Gillings School, is a member of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of prestigious national experts that has submitted its recommendations to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, for the purpose of informing the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Recent alum, Pepper, awarded for outstanding research on e-cigarettes
Jessica Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral research associate at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. She will be recognized at a ceremony at the Society’s annual meeting April 22–25 in San Antonio, Texas. Pepper’s dissertation focused on e-cigarette use.


Food to replace water as next two-year, campus-wide theme
“Water in our World,” the pan-campus theme for the academic years 2013 to 2015, comes to an end this spring. UNC’s Global Research Institute has announced that “food” will be the new theme for 2015–2017 academic years.


Chronic narcotic use elevated in children with IBD, study finds
Chronic narcotic use is more than twice as prevalent in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), compared with children without the disease, according to a new study led by a researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study, “Prevalence of Chronic Narcotic Use Among Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” appeared in the February print edition of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.


Four BIOS students win ENAR’s Distinguished Student Paper Award
Four biostatistics students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health were among only 20 selected for the Distinguished Student Paper Award, presented by the Eastern North America Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society. Guanhua Chen, PhD (now assistant professor of biostatistics at Vanderbilt University), Eunjee Lee (also in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences’ statistics department), Lu Mao and Thomas Stewart will be recognized at the annual ENAR spring meeting, to be held March 15–18, in Miami, Fla. Part of the prize is a travel award to support attendance at the conference.


Events and Deadlines for Feb. 23–Mar. 1


Health behavior faculty candidate to present lecture

Monday, Feb. 23
9:30–10:30 a.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

Nisha Gottfredson, PhD, candidate for health behavior faculty, will present “Modeling the Developmental Course of Self-medication: From Onset to Addiction Recovery.”

Contact Helena Mullen, hkm@unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Graber to speak at RTI Speaker Series

Tuesday, Feb. 24
8–9 a.m.
219 Brinkhous-Bullitt Building

Mark Graber, MD, senior fellow of Health Care Quality and Outcomes Program at RTI, will present on “Diagnostic Error in Medicine.” An Adobe Connect meeting will be available online for those who cannot attend in person.

This event is hosted by the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS).

Contact Michelle Maclay, maclay@med.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Health insurance panel discussion

Tuesday, Feb. 24
5–6:30 p.m.
5052 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

The Carolina Health Law Organization hosts a panel discussion with faculty members and UNC Law alumni on the controversial issue of health insurance. The panelists will include Prof. Richard Saver, Dr. Anya Prince of UNC Med School, Alex Chu of Blue Cross Blue Shield and more. Panelists will engage in a moderated conversation and take questions. Food will be provided. More information is available online.

Contact Phil Waters, waters.phillip@yahoo.com, if you have any questions.


ENVR 400: In-house Seminar Series

Wednesday, Feb. 25
12:20–1:10 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

James Sollome, postdoctoral research associate in environmental sciences and engineering, will present “Heavy Metal Bringing You Down!? Low Birth Weight Associated With Toxic Metal Exposure.”

This and subsequent seminars are designed for doctoral students to gain exposure sharing research interests with the general public. They are open and suitable for all audiences.

Visit the event website, http://www.unc.edu/~weinberg/400/, for more information.

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


The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will host a symposium on the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC): Evidence Basis and Key Recommendations on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

The event will be streamed live in the Gillings School’s Mayes Center (230 Rosenau Hall). The full agenda is online (PDF).

Drs. Anna Maria Siega-Riz and Mary Story will present live from Chapel Hill between 4 and 4:45 p.m. All are welcome to attend.


Cornell professor to present on complex engineered systems

Thursday, Feb. 26
3:30–4:30 p.m.
2301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Dr. Patrick M. Reed, professor of civil and environmental engineering, Cornell University, will present “Discovering Tradeoffs, Vulnerabilities and Stakeholder Dependencies in Complex Environmental Systems.” Dr. Reed’s research focuses on developing innovative management modeling approaches for complex engineered systems, particularly water resources systems.

Contact Ashley McKinney, amckin@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Harvard researcher to speak on predicting prognosis in cancer research

Thursday, Feb 26
3:30–4:30 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Jennifer A. Sinnott, research associate in the Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will present “Statistical Learning Methods for Risk Prediction.” More information is available online (PDF).

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


36th Annual Minority Health Conference

Friday, Feb. 27
8 a.m.–6 p.m.
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The Minority Student Caucus proudly presents the 36th Annual Minority Health Conference: “Reaching for the American Dream: Economic Mobility and Minority Health.” The conference will include two keynote lectures by Drs. Allison Aiello and Sandy Darity Jr., eight breakout sessions, poster presentation sessions, exhibitors and more.

Visit minorityhealth.web.unc.edu for more information.

Anyone unable to attend can access the William T. Small Keynote Webcast free of charge. More information is available online.

Contact Minority Student Caucus, mhc.chairs@gmail.com, if you have any questions.


Upcoming Events and Deadlines


UC Berkeley professor to speak on childhood health

Monday, Mar. 2
Noon–1 p.m.
G411 Koury Oral Health Sciences Building

Karen Sokal-Gutierrez, MD, MPH, clinical professor, UC Berkeley/UCSF, will speak on “Feeding a Hungry World.”

Dr. Sokal-Gutierrez is a physician trained in pediatrics, preventive medicine, and public health, with a focus on maternal-child health. She has worked in global health for over 30 years, including the last 10 years leading a family of studies on children’s oral health and nutrition in El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal and India.

Contact Taylor Christensen, tchrist@live.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


IOM workshop on environmental exposures and obesity

Mar. 2–3
8:30 a.m.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine will host a workshop titled “The Interplay between Environmental Exposures and Obesity.”

The workshop will explore the role of chemical exposures in the development of obesity through sessions focused on a life span view, possible biologic pathways and environmental influences, and effects of food additives and antibiotics. The workshop will be webcast for those who are unable to attend in person.

Please visit the workshop page to register and view the agenda: www.iom.edu/chemicalsandobesity

Contact Ashley McKinney, amckin@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


UNC’s ISSG to host first annual spring seminar

Tuesday, Mar. 3
Noon–1:30 p.m.
0001 Michael Hooker Research Center (Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium)

UNC’s Implementation Science Student Group (ISSG) and Consortium for Implementation Science hosts the first annual spring seminar. This year’s presenter, Dean Fixsen, PhD, senior scientist at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, will present “Implementation for the Masses: The Past, Present and Future of Implementation Science.” The lecture will be followed by a Q-and-A.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served prior to the presentation, starting at noon. More information is available online.

Contact Monica Perez Jolles, mjolles@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions.


Knight to present at March epidemiology departmental seminar

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

Rob Knight, PhD, professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering, University of California at San Diego, will serve as the guest speaker for the Department of Epidemiology’s monthly seminar series. Dr. Knight will present “Microbes and their Role in Obesity and Malnutrition.”

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


BU professor to speak on modeling genome-wide association studies (GWAS)

Thursday, Mar.5
3:30–4:30 p.m.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Luis Carvalho, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University, will present “A Hierarchical Statistical Model and Computational Methods for Genome-wide Association Studies.” More information is available online (PDF).

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


10th Annual Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference

Mar. 19–20
8 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
Chapel Hill Sheraton

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) and the UNCG Center for Women’s Health and Wellness will host the 10th Annual Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference. This year’s theme will be “Breastfeeding, Social Justice and Equity: Reflecting, Reclaiming, Re-visioning.”

The conference will feature over 70 presentations, panel discussions, 30-minute concurrent discussion sessions, 60-minute concurrent discussion sessions, poster presentations and a reception. Miriam H. Labbok, director, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, will speak.

Register and preview the conference agenda at breastfeedingandfeminism.org.

Contact Melanie Pringle, m_pringl@uncg.edu, if you have any questions.


Events scheduled to remember Robert C. Millikan

Friday, March 20
1–5 p.m.
Koury Oral Health Sciences Building, UNC School of Dentistry

“The Science of Breast Cancer Disparities: A Symposium in Honor of the Carolina Breast Cancer Study and Robert Millikan” will honor the scientific contributions of Robert Millikan, PhD, MPH, who studied the causes of breast cancer, especially among African-American women. The symposium will:

  • provide an overview of the Carolina Breast Cancer Study, the landmark study led by Dr. Millikan;
  • provide a perspective on the epidemiology and biology of breast cancer;
  • discuss the role of science and breast cancer advocacy, an area of commitment to Dr. Millikan; and
  • feature presentations by Dr. Millikan’s UNC colleagues and other national leaders in breast cancer research.

More information is available online. Contact Jerry Salak, jerry.salak@unc.edu, if you have any questions.

Friday, March 20
8–9 p.m. (talk begins at 7 p.m.)
Hill Hall Auditorium, UNC Music Department

World premiere of the Millikan Symphony – a new work honoring Bob Millikan. Ann Millikan has composed a symphony written in four movements in honor of her brother, the late Bob Millikan, PhD, MPH, who was the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology. Each movement honors an area of Bob’s work and accomplishment: science, animals, rowing, and violin. Ms. Millikan will provide a talk at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the performance. Learn more at www.millikansymphony.com/.

Saturday, March 21
9 a.m.–noon
Lake Wheeler, Raleigh

UNC Men’s crew team host Millikan Cup Regatta. More information is available online.

Sunday, March. 22
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin Street

Church Service featuring “When You Leave This Earth” – a new anthem composed by Ann Millikan.

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


Marci K. Campbell Dissertation Award accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Marci K. Campbell Dissertation Award. This $5,000 cash award recognizes excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. The application deadline is March 31.

More information is available at unclineberger.org/campbell-award-2015.


2015 Gender-Based Violence Research Conference

Wednesday, Apr. 1
Noon–3 p.m.
Armfield Atrium

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the UNC Gender-based Violence Research Group (GBVRG) will be kicking off SAAM with an intramurally-focused conference. Key events will include a poster fair, a panel discussion and a keynote lecture contributing to a wider conversation of gender-based violence on university campuses in North Carolina and the world at large. The UNC GBVRG is now accepting abstracts for poster presentations on all aspects of gender-based violence including practice, research and policy analysis. Abstracts presented at prior conferences are welcome.

Please submit your abstracts online at http://goo.gl/forms/TA5Xqy022O.

If your poster is accepted, please plan on manning it from 2–3 p.m.

Important dates:

  • March 2: Deadline for submitting abstracts to organizers
  • March 9: Authors are notified via email of abstract status
  • March 16: Deadline for accepting/declining invitation to present at poster fair
  • March 30: Deadline for submitting electronic version of poster
  • April 1: Poster fair at the Armfield Atrium, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

The UNC Gender-based Violence Research Group (GBVRG) is an assembly of graduate students, faculty, researchers and practitioners in and around the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focused on fostering a better understanding of, and an end to, all forms of violence associated with a person’s gender.


2015 Gordon H. DeFriese Lecture on Health Services Research

Wednesday, Apr. 1
3–5 p.m.
The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research hosts Thomas C. Ricketts, III, PhD, MPH, deputy director for policy analysis at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Management and Social Medicine. Dr. Ricketts will present “So Make Me!… Translating Research Into Action.” This is a free public event.

Contact Lindsay McCall, lmccall@email.unc.edu, if you have any questions


47th Annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture

Thursday, Apr. 16
Lecture begins at 6 p.m., followed by a reception at 7 p.m.
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

This year’s Foard lecturer will be Dr. Marion Nestle. There will be several departmental events beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the Foard Lecture page.


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