In April 2013, Jo Anne Earp, ScD, former chair and longtime professor of health behavior at the Gillings School, drew more than 200 current and former students, colleagues and friends to events celebrating her 40-year career in public health. Earp’s career has included 1960s activism, educating and mentoring hundreds of students, researching and advocating for women’s health, civil rights, and improved health… Read more »

Linda West Little Breaking gender barriers, paving the way for student success Linda West Little is no stranger to barricades – or scrambling over them. The first woman to receive a doctorate (in 1968) from the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE), she became the department’s first woman faculty member in 1970. In the decade following, she conducted… Read more »

Deniese Chaney Providing students with a great place to collaborate Deniese Chaney, MPH, is one of the many Gillings School alumni who steps forward whenever she’s needed. A principal in Accenture’s Health and Public Service Operating Group (, Chaney serves on the School’s Public Health Foundation board and is program committee chair for the School’s 75th anniversary campaign. Several years ago,… Read more »

Fred and Laura Brown Their endowed scholarship honors family while helping heroes The Brendle brothers, born in Statesville, N.C., served their country proudly. During World War II, Clell was an Army staff sergeant, and Paul was a Navy chief petty officer. Jim, the youngest, was an Army sergeant during the Korean conflict. Years later, their sister’s son, Fred Brown, followed in their footsteps, first… Read more »

A Message from our Associate Dean for Research Sandra L. Martin, PhD Those of us at the Gillings School of Global Public Health are proud to call North Carolina home. Our faculty, staff members and students conduct meaningful research in our state and around the world. This year, faculty members were awarded 414 grants and contracts totaling more than $154.3 million. During… Read more »

Each summer, our students seek internships and field practica that take them to communities across North Carolina. They provide public health services, conduct research and educate people about public health issues. In return, they receive training, practical experience and a wider appreciation for the people, places and public health challenges in North Carolina. Enjoy these snapshots! They describe only a few of our students’… Read more »

Sandra Cianciolo, MPH, won the 2013 Innovation + Inspiration Staff Award, sponsored by the School’s Research and Innovation Solutions office. Cianciolo is project coordinator for the National Training Institute for Child Care Consultants, a project led by Jonathan Kotch, MD, Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor of MCH. Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, NUTR professor, was elected vice-president of The Obesity Society, the leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of… Read more »

read more at Selected Publications John J.B. Anderson, PhD, professor emeritus of NUTR, found a relationship between calcium levels and the presence of white-matter lesions in the brain, particularly in men and in people with depression, in a study published June 18 in Nutrients. Ralph Baric, PhD, EPID professor, examined the genetic make-up of a dangerous new coronavirus, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV),… Read more »

The people of North Carolina are more likely to live in poverty, die due to preventable conditions and have higher rates of obesity and tobacco use than people in most other states. Therefore, it is no surprise that when comparing health indicators among the 50 states, our state historically has ranked in the bottom third. In this context, some of… Read more »

Bill Gentry’s preparedness skills are legendary. From his college days as an emergency medical services technician in Wilmington, N.C., Gentry has valued an organized, collaborative approach to getting the job done – especially when the job at hand is preserving health or saving the lives of humans and animals. His emergency management work led him to UNC in 2005, where he now directs… Read more »