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Five Questions with Heather Wasser

With infant nutrition, Heather Wasser wants to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Name: Heather Wasser Position: Research assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Time at the Gillings School: I’ve been in my current role for 1.5 years, but I first came to the School in 2002 to get my Master of Public Health degree…. Read more »

Five Questions with Carmen Samuel-Hodge

Carmen Samuel-Hodge is looking for her ‘next right answer.’ Name: Carmen Samuel-Hodge Position: Research assistant professor, Department of Nutrition Time at UNC Gillings: I came here in 1992 as a student, and I’ve been on the faculty since 2003.   What I do at the Gillings School (and what I like about it): Essentially, I… Read more »

Five Questions with Tom Laney

Tom Laney needs more travel and less yard work. Name: Tom Laney Position: Classroom media specialist, AV Services Time at the Gillings School: About 17 years   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): My main job duties include coordinating the AV Services office, providing special event and classroom technology support,… Read more »

Five Questions with Pat the Penguin

Winter Break is the Pat the Penguin’s favorite time of year. Name: Pat (the Public Health!) Penguin Position: I’m a visiting guest expert from the South Pole. (OK, fine… So, I actually live about 750 miles north of the South Pole… That’s not nearly as poetic, though. I’d like to see you survive winters at… Read more »

Five Questions with Katie Thornsvard

Katie Thornsvard loves numbers, analysis and… dogs. Name: Katie Thornsvard Position: Assistant dean for finance, Finance Office Time at the Gillings School: Almost nine   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): You could consider me the chief financial officer for the School. I oversee Schoolwide financial reporting and act as… Read more »

Five Questions with Avia Mainor

Avia Mainor’s family calls her “Miss UNC.” Name: Avia Mainor Position: Workforce development associate, North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) Time at UNC: Fifteen years as an employee, but really more because I was an undergraduate here. (After an internship, my first job was with UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Carmen… Read more »

Five Questions with Matt Simon

Matt Simon makes maps that explain public health. Name: Matt Simon Position: Research associate and GIS analyst, North Carolina Institute for Public Health Time at the Gillings School: I started part-time in 2009.   What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): Primarily, I offer technical assistance to health departments, hospitals and… Read more »

Five Questions with Jason Surratt

Jason Surratt sees the forest through the trees. Name: Jason Surratt Position: Associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Years at Gillings: 6.5   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): I study how plant emissions (especially from trees) interact with man-made pollution to create smog. Yes, trees can produce pollutants… Read more »

Jani Radhakrishnan receives the Kathryn J. Kerr Memorial Scholarship

Niranjani “Jani” Radhakrishnan is a master’s student enrolled in the dual degree program that combines health behavior with city and regional planning.  She is s a leader, thinker and doer with an impressive record of activism. Radhakrishnan and Marissa Martini, also a health behavior student, co-chaired the 2017 Minority Health Conference. Radhakrishnan has worked with… Read more »

Five Questions with Kathy Anderson

Kathy Anderson doesn’t need a bucket list. Name: Kathy Anderson Position: Associate dean for information technology and project planning, Instructional and Information Systems Years at Gillings: Nine   What I do at Gillings (and why I love it): My primary responsibility is to lead the information technology unit, but I like to say, “my job… Read more »