April 28, 2008 In Czech, it’s Dekuji. In Mandarin, it’s Xie Xie. In Turkish, it’s Tesekkur ederim. In English, it’s Thank You.On November 29th, the atrium in the Michael Hooker Research Center was transformed into a magical setting. Each linen-covered table held a “thank you” sign in a different language, reminding guests that their gifts… Read more »

April 28, 2008 September 2007 — April 2008 For more information on these and many other faculty, student, alumni and staff awards, honors and recognitions, visit www.sph.unc.edu/school/recognitions. Faculty Dr. Shrikant Bangdiwala, research professor of biostatistics; Dr. Gerardo Heiss, Kenan Distinguished Professor of epidemiology; and Dr. Jay Kaufman, associate professor of epidemiology, were awarded the title… Read more »

December 11, 2007 Daniel A. Okun , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan professor of environmental engineering, died Monday, December 10, 2007. He was 90. Okun was hailed worldwide for his groundbreaking work in identifying pristine water sources (including Chapel Hill’s Cane Creek Reservoir), water management, water supply, pollution control, water reclamation and… Read more »

April 28, 2008 Craig L. Michalak, administrator of the North Carolina Local Health Agency Accreditation Program managed by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) within the UNC School of Public Health, died on Aug. 20, 2007, after a valiant fight with leukemia. He was 59. Michalak came to UNC in 2005, along with… Read more »

April 28, 2008 Numerous distinguished individuals have made notable presentations at the UNC School of Public Health over the past several months. Below are highlights of a few who have shared their experiences and expertise in special lectures at our School. To hear these lectures online, visit www.sph.unc.edu/media/webcasts.html. Dr. Jonathan B. Oberlander , associate professor… Read more »

April 28, 2008 More than 600 students, educators and health professionals from across the nation attended the 29th Annual Minority Health Conference on Feb. 29, 2008 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. Another 1,000 people participated in the event via satellite downlink and webcast, making it the largest minority health conference… Read more »

April 28, 2008 North Carolina Arms Researchers for the Battle Established by the North Carolina General Assembly last July, the University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF) was created to accelerate the battle against cancer in North Carolina. Well into its first year, the UCRF is shaping a range of cancer initiatives at UNC, many of which… Read more »

November 26, 2007 The School of Public Health’s North Carolina Institute for Public Health has announced a collaboration with the University of the West Indies to create the Caribbean Health Leadership Institute, a five-year, $2 million initiative to enhance health leadership and management capacity in the Caribbean.The program is funded by the Global AIDS Program… Read more »

October 31, 2007 Senior food industry executives and many of the leading international nutrition scientists and medical experts convened Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 to address one of today’s most dangerous global health issues – obesity. The Global Obesity Business Forum is an initiative of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Center (IDOC) at the University of North… Read more »

April 28, 2008 When Thomas Ricketts came back to North Carolina in search of a job in medical journalism, he didn’t know that years later, he would influence government decisions on health policy and administration in the state. “One of the first stories I ever did for a local newspaper in Chapel Hill was about… Read more »