September 14, 2009 UNC sweeps state in wide-ranging study to find causes of breast cancer in black women Each year in North Carolina, about 8,100 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. And each year, about 1,300 women in the state die from breast cancer. Overall, more white women get breast cancer than do black women,… Read more »

September 14, 2009 UNC tackles cancer as a public health issue, from research to prevention to treatment to survivorship Every family has a cancer story. So does every neighbor, friend, co-worker and employer. That’s why it’s not just a statistic — it’s a human issue. And that’s why it’s not just a disease — it’s… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Alumnus Delton Atkinson is soft-spoken, but his work in the world speaks powerfully and eloquently about his dedication to public health. Now deputy director of the Division of Vital Statistics in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Atkinson earned two Master of Public Health degrees from… Read more »

April 23, 2010 A tradition at the School’s annual World of Difference dinner, held for donors who give at the Rosenau Society* level and higher, makes for a poignant stage picture. When a new endowed professorship is established, both recipient and donor are presented with a UNC captain’s chair to mark the occasion. In November… Read more »

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 »