April 23, 2010 More than 300 alumni and friends of UNC’s biostatistics department came to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Oct. 12, 2009, to celebrate the department’s 60th anniversary. A series of presentations illuminated the department’s distinguished history, and attendees from as far away as Brazil shared remembrances about their experiences in Chapel Hill. The multiple-day… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Pharmaceutical company sanofi-aventis is sponsoring a new Department of Nutrition scholarship program that will help bring top international doctoral students to UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Through the sanofi-aventis – UNC Global Nutrition Scholars Program, the company will fund half the cost of a five-year doctoral program for three international… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Doctoral student Virginia Senkomago, MPH, of Uganda, received a Tellus Educational Foundation scholarship to study infectious disease epidemiology, particularly sexually transmitted diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Senkomago, who also received The Winstanly Scholarship, funded by Derek and Louise Winstanly, currently is a research assistant on a project led by Frieda Behets, PhD, associate… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Supported by a $1.5 million gift from Glaxo- SmithKline, two of the School’s researchers are teaming up with N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue and others to “eradicate cervical cancer” in North Carolina– the first step toward ending the disease nationwide. The Cervical Cancer-Free Initiative, led by Noel Brewer, PhD, assistant professor of health… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Details of these and other awards are available at Student Resources. FACULTY Devlin joins School as Gillings Visiting Professor Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, former N.C. State Health Director, was appointed as a Gillings Visiting Professor in fall 2009. The position is based in the Department of Health Policy and Management. In… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Jessie Satia (1971-2010) Jessie Satia, PhD, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology and special assistant to the School’s dean for diversity, died in her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 4, 2010, after a long illness. During her career, Satia published more than 65 papers and authored two book chapters. Her… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Numerous distinguished guests have made presentations at the School over the past several months. Dean’s Lecture Series CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH, spoke on Oct. 9, 2009, about the ways public health training “bridges the implementation gap.” More than 400 people packed the School’s atrium to hear Frieden discuss Centers for… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Two new programs to support students have been funded through Carolina Public Health Solutions, the group administering the $50 million gift to the School from Dennis and Joan Gillings. As many as two dissertation awards will be granted to current doctoral candidates whose work has strong potential for public health impact. The… Read more »

April 23, 2010 The School now offers two new online learning programs for students not seeking degrees. The Public Health Leadership Program’s online certificate in global health confers academic certification in global health competencies, focusing on global health issues, ethics, epidemiology and monitoring evaluation. Apply by June 1, 2010. Learn more at www.sph.unc.edu/phlp/globalhealth. The Certificate… Read more »

April 23, 2010 The 31st annual Minority Health Conference, “Building Community in the Age of Information: Fighting Health Inequality in the Modern World,” was held Feb. 26, 2010, at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event was planned and hosted by the School’s Minority Student Caucus. Columbia… Read more »