November 2017 — April 2018 Awards and Recognitions
May 5, 2016
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ESE Environmental Sciences and Engineering
HB Health Behavior
HPM Health Policy and Management
MCH Maternal and Child Health
PHLP Public Health Leadership Program
Selected awards and recognitions
Liz Chen and Cristina Leos, HB doctoral students, were selected for Forbes magazine’s ‘30 under 30’ list of young entrepreneurs in November 2017.
Oluoma Chukwu, Lauren Jordan and Jessica Broadus, HPM master’s students, took first prize at the 22nd annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition, held Oct. 17–20, 2017, in San Antonio. Each was awarded a $4,000 scholarship.
Alyssa Cozzo, doctoral student in NUTR, received the 2017 Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award. Cozzo studies how breast tissue in obese people affects cancer risk and outcomes.
Leah Everist, senior BSPH student in HPM, was selected as a 2018 Luce Scholar, one of 18 undergraduates in the U.S. chosen for this prestigious internship program in Asia.
Tyler Malone, HPM doctoral student, was named a 2018 Future Faculty Fellow by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Faculty Excellence.
Frank Stillo, MSPH, ESE doctoral student, was named one of three “Students Who Rocked Public Health in 2017” by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Stillo studies disparities in drinking water quality in African-American communities.
Burcu Bozkurt, HPM doctoral student, was awarded a 2018 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The fellowship honors the contributions of immigrants and their children. Bozkurt left her native Turkey at age seven to come with her parents to the U.S.
Four Gillings School professors were named by Clarivate Analytics as being among 2017’s most highly cited researchers. They are Ralph Baric, PhD (EPI), Noel Brewer, PhD (HB), Hans Paerl, PhD (ESE) and Barry Popkin, PhD (NUTR).
Jamie Bartram, PhD, Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of ESE, and Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, ESE associate professor, were named to the N.C. Science Advisory Board to study emerging chemicals. Bartram was named to chair the board.
Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, HPM professor, was awarded the 2018 Pearmain Prize for Excellence in Research on Aging by the University of Southern California’s Roybal Institute on Aging. In April, she also received the UNC Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s 2018 University Diversity Award.
Diego Garza, MD, MPH, alumnus and adjunct PHLP faculty member, won the Triangle Business Journal 2018 Health Care Heroes Award.
William Gray, PhD, ESE professor, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer, for theoretical work to develop approaches for modeling flow and transport phenomena in porous media systems, such as those beneath the earth’s surface. The theory also has biomedical applications, such as for tumor growth and treatment.
Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of NUTR, was invited by the American Heart Association’s Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council to present the David Kritchevsky Memorial Lecture in New Orleans on March 22.
Raza Shaikh, PhD, associate professor of NUTR, received the American Society for Nutrition’s 2018 Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award.
Barbara Turpin, PhD, professor and chair of ESE, won the American Chemical Society’s 2018 Creative Advances in Environmental Sciences and Technology Award.
On April 18, eight faculty members were presented with the Gillings School’s 2018 Teaching Innovation Award. They are Carolyn Crump, PhD, HB associate professor, Amanda Holliday, PhD, NUTR assistant professor, Whitney Robinson, PhD, associate professor of EPI, Kathy Roggenkamp, MA, BIOS instructor, Meghan Shanahan, PhD, assistant professor of HPM, Jason Surratt, PhD, ESE associate professor, Justin Trogdon, PhD, HPM associate professor, and Vaughn Upshaw, DrPH, EdD, PHLP professor.
Three Gillings School faculty members were honored at commencement as winners of the School’s most prestigious awards for teaching, research, mentoring and service. They are Amanda Holliday, MS, NUTR assistant professor, winner of the Greenberg Award; Jeffrey Simms, MSPH, MDiv, assistant professor of HPM, winner of the Larsh Award; and Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, NUTR assistant professor, winner of the Barr Award.
Alice Ammerman, DrPH, Mildred Kaufman Distinguished Professor of NUTR, was honored April 9 with the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award. The award recognizes extraordinary public service and engaged scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ammerman, who also is director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, was recognized for engaged research for the Heart Healthy Lenoir project (hearthealthylenoir.com).
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, associate professor of HPM, was awarded UNC’s Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty in September 2017. On May 1, she presented the Hettleman Lecture, “How Wealth, Race and Place Affect Cancer Outcomes.” Wheeler also was recognized in November 2017 as a distinguished alumna of her undergraduate alma mater, College of Charleston.
Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH, associate professor of EPI, was selected for the Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Disease Research in Women’s Health by the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean of the Gillings School, was appointed to the N.C. Governor’s Commission on Inclusion. She will work with Gov. Roy Cooper and commission members to leverage diversity and foster inclusion in the state.
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