September 15, 2020 UNC Gillings student Nikhil Rao and his team won a recent COVID-19 Policy Hackathon. The team’s winning policy proposal, titled "Need for Care Navigation Program for Inmates within North Carolina Public Carceral Facilities," called for the N.C. Department of Public Safety and Department of Health and Human Services to intervene to alleviate COVID-19 burden on one of the state’s most vulnerable populations.
September 10, 2020 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have been awarded $500,000 by Google’s philanthropy, Google.org, to study how COVID-19 alters gene expression in some people in ways that may be linked to their risk of severe illness and death.
September 8, 2020 Dr. Shelley Golden, associate professor of health behavior at the Gillings School, was named vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Health Behavior. The appointment became effective September 1.
August 11, 2020 The innovative Fast Grants program, designed to fund important research rapidly, provides a combined $280,000 to Drs. Lisa Gralinski and Timothy Sheahan for COVID-19 research.
August 10, 2020 Dr. Elizabeth Christenson-Diver, a postdoctoral research associate at the Gillings School, has been awarded a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her placement is with the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs — specifically, the Office of Canadian Affairs.
August 10, 2020 For 11 years, UNC Gillings students have turned to global health nonprofit IntraHealth International to gain real-world experience and make an international impact while still in school.
Harrison elected board vice president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials
August 4, 2020 The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) elected UNC Gillings School alumna Lisa Macon Harrison as vice president of the organization’s 2020–2021 board of directors. She has served as director of the Granville Vance District Health Department in North Carolina since 2012.
August 3, 2020 In an effort to further our understanding of how COVID-19 is spread, the National Science Foundation has funded a team of researchers at the Gillings School, led by Dr. Barbara Turpin, to study the SARS-CoV-2 virus' potential for aerosol transmission.
July 28, 2020 Dr. Suzanne Maman has been appointed associate dean for global health, the Gillings School’s chief global leader and liaison, responsible for evolving global strategy and global health initiatives. She will begin this role on Sept. 1.
July 22, 2020 The North Carolina Policy Collaboratory funded 85 projects across 14 UNC System schools, including $6.1 million for COVID-19 research at the Gillings School and $1 million allocated to each of the six historically minority-serving institutions.