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UNC injury research center receives $4.8 million award from CDC

July 23, 2009 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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 (CDC). Dr. Carol Runyan Carol Runyan, PhD, professor of health behavior and health… Read more »

Shelp heads new Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

July 23, 2009 Dr. Frank Shelp Frank E. Shelp, MD, MPH, has been named Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) by Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue. Shelp is a 2006 alumnus of the UNC Department of Health Policy and Administration, now the Department of Health Policy and Management at the… Read more »

UNC study: Nursing home interventions improve quality of care, reduce staff turnover

July 23, 2009 A study recently released by the UNC Institute on Aging has identified three workplace interventions that are improving quality of care and reducing staff turnover in North Carolina’s nursing homes. Thomas R. Konrad, PhD, research professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a… Read more »

Mande, School alumnus, named to USDA post

July 16, 2009 Jerold Mande, MPH Jerold R. Mande, MPH, was named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on July 9. Mande, a 1983 alumnus of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Master of Public Health program in nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, will oversee the Food Safety… Read more »

Peters receives Presidential award for early-career scientists

July 16, 2009 Dr. Riki Peters Ulrike (Riki) Peters, PhD, associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., was named by President Obama in July as one of 100 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals… Read more »

UNC study: People who bike or walk to work are more fit, less fat than drivers

July 13, 2009 Trying to get fit, but can’t work it into your daily schedule? Incorporating even relatively short bouts of exercise into a daily commute appears to deliver significant rewards, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen Researchers, led by Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, associate… Read more »

Bartram joins public health faculty

July 09, 2009 Dr. Jamie Bartram Jamie Bartram, PhD, formerly Coordinator for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, has joined the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty as a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Bartram’s 30-year career has focused upon diverse… Read more »

Rosen publishes research on HIV infection in N.C. prisons

July 09, 2009 A UNC study led by David Rosen, PhD, has found that 3.4 percent of inmates evaluated in North Carolina prisons test positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and as many as 61 percent of HIV cases in prison settings may remain undetected. Those at highest risk for HIV infection include men… Read more »

UNC Study: Digging in beach sand increases risk of gastrointestinal illness

July 09, 2009 Photo: P. Buhro Children and adults who build castles and dig in the sand at the beach are at greater risk of developing gastrointestinal diseases and diarrhea than people who only walk on the shore or swim in the surf, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Read more »

“Environmental Heroes,” UNC-TV documentary, features work of UNC public health students

June 30, 2009 Associate producer Jim Sander interviews former hog farmer Don Webb (left) and environmental hero Gary Grant on Grant’s porch in Tillery, N.C. “Environmental Heroes,” a documentary developed through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication science documentary television course, airs July 4 at 11 p.m…. Read more »