School welcomes new faculty members, announces promotions

July 10, 2012
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period from January to June 2012.
Promotions during the period include:

  • Jamie Bartram, PhD, Holzworth Distinguished Professor, environmental sciences and engineering, effective May 1;
  • Marisa Domino, PhD, professor, health policy and management, effective June 1;
  • Kurt Ribisl, PhD, professor, health behavior, effective April 1;
  • Christine Rini, PhD, research associate professor, health behavior, effective June 1;
  • Donglin Zeng, PhD, professor, biostatistics, effective May 1; and
  • Fei Zou, PhD, professor, biostatistics, effective June 1.
  • Associate professor of nutrition Miroslav Styblo, PhD, was awarded tenure, effective March 1.

“Congratulations to these outstanding individuals whose scholarship, teaching and service, together, merited promotion,” said Dean Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH. “We are proud of each of them.”

Rimer also welcomed new faculty members, saying that each of them “brings substantial research and practical field experience to our School.”
New faculty members are:

  • Yvonne Golightly, PT, PhD, research assistant professor, epidemiology, effective March 22. Golightly, a 2010 epidemiology alumna of the UNC public health school, has more than a decade of clinical experience in orthopedics. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC) from September 2010 to March 2012 and is now also a faculty member at TARC.
  • Peter Kolsky, PhD, Professor of the Practice, environmental sciences and engineering, effective June 1. Kolsky, a graduate of the University of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, served at The World Bank from 2000 to 2012, most recently as senior water and sanitation specialist in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
  • Jeffrey Simms, MSPH, clinical assistant professor, health policy and management, effective April 1. Simms had served as director of professional development and alumni relations in the department since 2008.
  • David Singleton, PhD, research assistant professor, environmental sciences and engineering, effective May 1. Singleton, who received his doctorate from the University of Georgia, was a research associate in the department from December 2006 to April 2012.
  • Shucha Zhang, PhD, research assistant professor, nutrition, effective Jan. 1. Zhang received her doctorate from Purdue University and served as staff scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle, from April 2010 to December 2011.


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