Seeking a quality life after head or neck cancer (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 Throughout his two decades of studying head and neck cancers, Andrew Olshan, PhD, has uncovered information that has helped physicians treat and possibly prevent the disease. Treatments for these cancers can dramatically affect function and put patients in the distressing position of learning to talk, eat, swallow or even breathe in new... Read more »

Carolina Breast Cancer Study (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 UNC sweeps state in wide-ranging study to find causes of breast cancer in black women Each year in North Carolina, about 8,100 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. And each year, about 1,300 women in the state die from breast cancer. Overall, more white women get breast cancer than do black women,... Read more »

Conquering cancer (Fall, 2009)

September 14, 2009 UNC tackles cancer as a public health issue, from research to prevention to treatment to survivorship Every family has a cancer story. So does every neighbor, friend, co-worker and employer. That’s why it’s not just a statistic — it’s a human issue. And that’s why it’s not just a disease — it’s... Read more »

Delton Atkinson, MPH: Champion of diversity (Spring, 2010)

April 23, 2010 Alumnus Delton Atkinson is soft-spoken, but his work in the world speaks powerfully and eloquently about his dedication to public health. Now deputy director of the Division of Vital Statistics in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Atkinson earned two Master of Public Health degrees from... Read more »

One generous turn inspires another (Spring, 2010)

April 23, 2010 A tradition at the School’s annual World of Difference dinner, held for donors who give at the Rosenau Society* level and higher, makes for a poignant stage picture. When a new endowed professorship is established, both recipient and donor are presented with a UNC captain’s chair to mark the occasion. In November... Read more »

BIOS turns 60! (Spring, 2010)

April 23, 2010 More than 300 alumni and friends of UNC’s biostatistics department came to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Oct. 12, 2009, to celebrate the department’s 60th anniversary. A series of presentations illuminated the department’s distinguished history, and attendees from as far away as Brazil shared remembrances about their experiences in Chapel Hill. The multiple-day... Read more »

Senkomago selected for Tellus Educational Foundation Scholarship (Spring, 2010)

April 23, 2010 Doctoral student Virginia Senkomago, MPH, of Uganda, received a Tellus Educational Foundation scholarship to study infectious disease epidemiology, particularly sexually transmitted diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Senkomago, who also received The Winstanly Scholarship, funded by Derek and Louise Winstanly, currently is a research assistant on a project led by Frieda Behets, PhD, associate... Read more »

New cervical cancer initiative aims to save lives (Spring, 2010)

April 23, 2010 Supported by a $1.5 million gift from Glaxo- SmithKline, two of the School’s researchers are teaming up with N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue and others to “eradicate cervical cancer” in North Carolina– the first step toward ending the disease nationwide. The Cervical Cancer-Free Initiative, led by Noel Brewer, PhD, assistant professor of health... Read more »

Awards and recognitions (Spring, 2010)

April 23, 2010 Details of these and other awards are available at Student Resources. FACULTY Devlin joins School as Gillings Visiting Professor Leah M. Devlin, DDS, MPH, former N.C. State Health Director, was appointed as a Gillings Visiting Professor in fall 2009. The position is based in the Department of Health Policy and Management. In... Read more »