May 08, 2009 Locally grown produce good for economy, environment, health Alice Ammerman believes so strongly in the health and economic benefits of eating fresh produce grown by local farmers that she even served cabbage at a middle-school fundraiser. “More and more, we’re trying to choose what’s available locally,” she says. “I bought a whole… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Dr. Jonathan Kotch speaks out for the most vulnerable When Dr. Jonathan Kotch sees things he doesn’t like, he takes action. He protested the Vietnam War. He spearheaded nonconfrontational sit-ins while in college, spurring discussions of issues. When his sons’ baseball team was within hours of folding because there was no coach,… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Not all of the projects taken on by the Daniel A. Okun Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) require its members to travel to far-flung places to make a difference. Chris Heaney, a postdoctoral fellow in biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is leading a project just outside… Read more »

May 08, 2009 Students volunteer time, expertise to provide water near and far By Ryan Kingsbury President, Daniel A. Okun Chapter Engineers Without Borders For more than five years, a dedicated group of students from the Daniel A. Okun chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has doggedly pursued contacts, funding and logistical support for projects… Read more »

September 14, 2009 FACULTY Halpern receives Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring Carolyn Halpern, PhD, associate professor of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the UNC Graduate School’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring at the 2009 doctoral hooding ceremony on May 9.    … Read more »

June 10, 2009 It’s June, the month when many couples promise to stay together “in sickness and in health.”But research shows both men and women tend to gain weight right after marriage – so, as brides and grooms-to-be prepare to tie the knot this summer, nutrition experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

September 14, 2009 A team of UNC health policy and management graduate students helped convince the Mississippi state legislature to require communities around the state to fluoridate their water. The students include Lauren Brown, Kim Hammersmith, DDS, Ashley Kranz, Presha Patel and Bhav Shukla, as well as Nick Mosca, Mississippi State Dental Director and student… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Adverse reactions to drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. However, there may be a way to predict which people are most likely to suffer a toxic side effect from a drug before they have even taken it. A study published in the online journal Genome… Read more »

September 14, 2009 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center has received $4.8 million in renewed funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The UNC center is one of 11 Injury Control and Research Centers (ICRC) addressing injury prevention in the U.S. With the help of… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Genes play a role in determining who is obese, has hypertension or goes through puberty earlier than peers, according to three studies published recently by researchers in the School’s epidemiology department. Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH, research assistant professor of epidemiology, and Kari E. North, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, were lead authors… Read more »