Is perceived racism a risk factor for obesity?

November 29, 2010   Dr. Anissa Vines (photo by Linda Kastleman) Does perceived racism contribute to higher rates of obesity among African-Americans? The question is complicated. “Right now, the literature is not at all consistent on the question of whether exposure to racism increases obesity risk,” says Anissa I. Vines, PhD, epidemiology research assistant professor… Read more »

NAP SACC: Helping child care centers improve preschoolers’ health

November 29, 2010   Three-year-old Emily Sandum enjoys a daily visit to the playground. Photo by Jenny Sandum. What would happen if children in child care were served green beans instead of french fries – or took a nature walk instead of sitting in a circle inside?   Then perhaps 26 percent of them wouldn’t… Read more »

Technology enhances communication about the School

  Social media sites provide an easy, and now mainstream, means to share information about research, practice and education opportunities–and a great way to network with colleagues, classmates and others.   UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health offers a variety of ways for students, alumni and friends to stay connected with the School and… Read more »

From the Dean’s desk: Innovation Matters!

April 23, 2010     To him who devotes his life to science, nothing can give more happiness than increasing the number of discoveries, but his cup of joy is full when the results of his studies immediately find practical applications. – Louis Pasteur Dr. Barbara K. Rimer UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp wants Carolina to… Read more »

Career fair provides networking opportunities

April 23, 2010 More than 275 students, alumni and others attended the School’s 2010 Career and Internship Fair on Feb. 4, 2010. Thirty-three companies and agencies sent representatives to meet some of the best trained public health students in the world.   This year, Abt Associates was a “Gold Sponsor” of the event. Abt associates… Read more »

Allison composes song to celebrate School

April 23, 2010   Jack Allison and his wife, Sue Wilson, are shown here with friends in Nsiyaludzu, Malawi. Jack Allison, a 1966 UNC alumnus, has composed “Dedication Song” to honor the UNC public health school’s new name as of September 2008–UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The song celebrates new possibilities for growth… Read more »

Karthik Sundaram: I like to think I’ve helped a little

  September 14, 2009 Karthik Sundaram Karthik Sundaram is a Renaissance man. He plays violin and piano and has performed in Vienna with the Duke Chapel Choir (www.chapel.duke.edu/ choir). He is an athlete — partial to swimming, tennis and crew — and a philanthropist, most recently spearheading a campaign with his sister to purchase books… Read more »

Expendable gifts save the day

  September 14, 2009 Kelly Browning Underwater — an ominous word when applied to towns — or endowments. This winter, in the midst of student admissions, the School found itself with several scholarships and one professorship “underwater.” This is a situation in which market declines cause the value of an endowment to dip below its… Read more »

Annual Fund donations directly aid students

  September 14, 2009 Jillian Casey The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Annual Fund traditionally has been one of the most popular ways to support the School and its public health initiatives. I n 2009, for the first time, a portion of the fund was designated specifically for scholarship assistance to outstanding student… Read more »