November 29, 2010 In 2009, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for the first time earmarked money from its Annual Fund to provide scholarship assistance to eight of its most outstanding students. This year, thanks to generous donors and friends, the number of scholarship recipients doubled to 16 students, two from each department. Each… Read more »

November 29, 2010 ChildFund International, a 72-year-old charity based in Virginia, has forged a partnership with UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to improve the lives and health of vulnerable, excluded and deprived children from birth to age two. The Commissioned Innovation Lab will develop and test an evidence-based program in two countries, which… Read more »

November 29, 2010 Alumna Mabel Smith Johansson passed away on Nov. 13, 2009. She is missed by all who knew her gentle spirit. Johansson, who received her Master of Public Health in public health nursing here in 1961, made annual gifts to the School and established a charitable gift annuity toward a scholarship she created…. Read more »

November 29, 2010 Nearly 40 years ago, William T. Small Jr., MSPH , was a recent alumnus of the UNC master’s program in environmental sciences and engineering. He was working for the North Carolina State Board of Health when an exciting career opportunity arose. Black students in the UNC public health school were expressing concerns… Read more »

November 29, 2010 The Mathile Institute – UNC Global Nutrition Scholars Program currently supports Yanire Estrada, a UNC-trained master’s student from Puerto Rico, in her doctoral work at UNC.Estrada’s scholarship is an outgrowth of research conducted in Intibucá, Honduras, by Peggy Bentley, PhD, nutrition professor and associate dean for global health at UNC Gillings School… Read more »

November 29, 2010 Mike Kafrissen and Bert Peterson have been friends and colleagues for more than a quarter-century. As obstetrics and gynecology physicians, members of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and faculty members at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, they have worked in concert to improve the… Read more »

November 29, 2010 As young people grow up and settle into their adult lives, many are at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases if they become overweight or obese. Researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health want to know how adults can manage their weight and stay healthy…. Read more »

November 29, 2010 Can we blame extra pounds on our genes? Several researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are identifying which genes may have an impact on body weight and investigating precisely how that impact occurs. Kari North, PhD, epidemiology associate professor, studies risk factors for cardiovascular disease – and obesity is… Read more »

November 29, 2010 Getting preteens to eat healthy foods and increase their physical activity can be a daunting task in today’s fast-food, multimedia world, but nutrition researcher and School alumna May May Leung, PhD, RD, has developed an innovative strategy to capture their attention – manga comics. Dominating book sales in China and pumping nearly… Read more »

November 29, 2010 Adolescence is a time of dramatic physical and emotional upheaval. It’s also a time when many young people gain weight as their exercise levels and appetites change. “It’s essential to understand that adolescence is a crucial period for weight gain,” says Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, UNC nutrition associate professor. In her wideranging research… Read more »