May 27, 2011 Marc Serre, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC-BME (Bayesian Maximum Entropy) lab, was captivated by the Black Death pandemic that killed half of the people in Europe during the Middle Ages. To learn from history, he applied… Read more »

May 27, 2011 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers aren’t just holding their breath when it comes to protecting our atmosphere. Jason West, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE), studies how methane, nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide and black carbon – particulates formed through the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels… Read more »

May 27, 2011               Jamie Bartram, PhD, knows it’s important to understand the impacts of droughts, floods and increasingly variable precipitation patterns. But the director of The Water Institute at UNC knows that’s not enough. “We also need to understand how to adapt and cope with such change,” he… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Mapping food deserts and tobacco hotspots School researchers use a geographic information system to map neighborhoods in three counties that lack availability of fresh food and places to exercise, as well as those that have clusters of tobacco retailers. The information can help cities and towns make policies that promote health. “Zoning… Read more »

May 27, 2011 This has been a very successful year for members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty, despite a weak economy that has resulted in shrinking pools of grant money and greater competition for the funds that are available. Our faculty received more than $142 million in research awards in… Read more »

May 27, 2011 When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters much. Just ask any of the 22 million Americans — 7 percent of us — who suffer from the illness, caused by chronic inflammation of the air passages. For more than a decade, Karin Yeatts, PhD, epidemiology assistant professor at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

May 27, 2011 One caregiver in an education and training group led by the research team of Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, thought her mother’s memory loss was the result of worrying too much. “We just thought maybe it was the stress of the job and some family issues.” Another said of her father, “He’s getting older…. Read more »

May 27, 2011 Between half and two-thirds of people use the Internet to find health information, studies show. Quicker and more finely tuned analysis of those searches can provide meaningful information for public health surveillance, policy and delivery of services. Kurt Ribisl, PhD, and colleagues from Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities, use Google searches as… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Like the flowers and blooming trees that herald spring, an unwelcome pest also reappears after the long winter — the tick. Tick-borne illnesses — including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever — are prevalent in many parts of the U.S. and the world. Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology at… Read more »

May 27, 2011 More than 5 million American veterans receive health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Thanks to collaborations between the VA and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers, as many as 300,000 of them may be losing weight and better managing pain. Deborah Tate, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »