Recognitions and Awards
LaVange named associate chair of biostatistics and director of UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center
January 14, 2018
Dr. Lisa LaVange, current president of the American Statistical Association and formerly of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, has been named professor and associate chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Biostatistics and director of the department’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC).
Bulik awarded Distinguished Investigator Grant by Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
January 8, 2018
Dr. Cynthia Bulik is one of 17 scientists awarded a Distinguished Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Bulik, professor of nutrition, is founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Her proposal is a large-scale investigation designed to identify genes that contribute to bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
New assistant dean for inclusive excellence selected
December 18, 2017
Dr. Kauline Cipriani will join the Gillings School in February 2018 as the School’s assistant dean for inclusive excellence. Cipriani most recently has been assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Gopal delivers winter commencement address
December 18, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, alumnus and adjunct faculty member in epidemiology, delivered the 2017 winter commencement address on Dec. 17. More than 1,160 students were awarded undergraduate, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees at the mid-year commencement. Photo at left by Jon Gardiner.
Wheeler selected as distinguished alumna by College of Charleston
December 12, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Wheeler, associate professor of health policy and management, was recognized as a distinguished alumna by her undergraduate alma mater, College of Charleston. At left, she poses at the reception with friends and family. Photo courtesy of College of Charleston Alumni Association.
MacDonald Gibson named to NC Science Advisory Board to study emerging chemicals
December 6, 2017
Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson has been named to the North Carolina Science Advisory Board to study emerging chemicals, such as GenX, and advise state leaders about ways to protect the environment and the health of North Carolinians. MacDonald Gibson joins fellow environmental sciences and engineering faculty member Dr. Jamie Bartram, who serves as chair of the state board.
Dilworth-Anderson awarded USC’s Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging
December 5, 2017
Dr. Peggy Dilworth-Anderson was awarded the 2018 Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging by the University of Southern California Roybal Institute on Aging. The award recognizes her outstanding contributions to the field of translational aging research and its import to issues directly relating to older people.
Alumnus Min Yang named Schwarzman Scholar
December 5, 2017
Min Yang, who received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree in health policy and management at the Gillings School, has been selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the Rhodes Scholarship and founded by Blackstone co-founder and chief executive officer Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Bowers named inaugural recipient of Breast Cancer Challenge Award
November 29, 2017
Dr. Laura Wells Bowers, postdoctoral scholar in the Hursting Lab at UNC, has received the TOS-Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Challenge Award for her presentation on obesity-associated chemotherapy resistance at the 2017 Obesity Week in Washington, D.C.
Gillings School alumna selected as Mitchell Scholar
November 20, 2017
Shauna Rust, BSPH, 2016 Gillings School alumna, has been named a recipient of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland. Rust, now a public health analyst in the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, was one of 12 in the U.S. selected for the award.