The Gillings School
May 5, 2014
There is always something to do at Gillings! The program offers a wide variety of courses and hands-on field experiences. As an international student, I benefitted from seminars with public health leaders and other visitors to the School and received faculty mentoring that exposed me to the breadth and significance of public health as a career option. Academic and extracurricular activities offered the right blend of learning.
—Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, MPH (MCH, 2014)
Our annual Word of Difference dinner, held each fall, celebrates our most generous donors.
- In January, nearly two dozen leaders from the N.C. Senate and House of Representatives visited the School to learn about faculty members’ research.
- In February, the School hosted Her Excellency Tebelelo Seretse, Botswana’s ambassador to the U.S., who spoke to students and faculty members about Botswana’s history and its quarter-century experience with HIV/AIDS.
- The Feb. 10 Global Aging and Technology Summit brought together guest speakers from Cambridge, U.K., and Cambridge, Mass. (MIT’s AgeLab), to discover ways technology can ease public health problems related to aging.
The 35th annual Minority Health Conference was a great success, with about 500 people attending and nearly that many participating online. Co-chairs Charla Hodges and Maryka Lier selected keynote speaker Dr. Gail C. Christopher, vice president for program strategy at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, who gave a stirring talk about innovative approaches to youth health.
New members of UNC’s Board of Governors toured the School in March, learning about environmental sciences and engineering’s smog chamber and other research being conducted at the School.
In April, alumnus Dr. Greg Allgood, advocate for clean drinking water globally, presented the 2014 Foard Lecture. Learn more at www.sph.unc.edu/foard.
The Water Institute at UNC hosted three impressive international conferences in 2013-2014. The fourth annual fall conference, Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy, held Oct. 14-18, 2013, and attended by more than 500 people, was followed by Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy (March 5-8, 2014) and Water Microbiology (May 5-7, 2014). The fall 2014 Water and Health conference is scheduled for Oct. 13-17. Learn more at whconference.unc.edu.
To the left, Drs. Mike Kafrissen (l) and Joe Coughlin, from MIT AgeLab, at the Aging and Technology Conference. To the right, Liz Morris tells UNC Board of Visitors about the Dungaroo.
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