Jordan Maly-Preuss

UNC-Chapel Hill Alumna Named Ertegun Scholar

June 23, 2016

Jordan Maly-Preuss, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected for the prestigious Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Program, which funds graduate study in the humanities at England’s University of Oxford. This year, 18 scholarships were granted for one-year and two-year full-time master’s degrees and for three-year doctoral degrees. Ertegun… Read more »


Well Said: The Zika Virus

June 22, 2016

With summer in full swing and the sports world gearing up for the Olympics in Brazil, we’re talking the Zika virus with Blossom Damania, Boshamer Distinguished Professor of microbiology and immunology. The incoming vice dean of research at the UNC School of Medicine, Damania discusses Carolina’s role in Zika research. Learn more about the virus… Read more »

Todd Williams, an assistant professor of orthopaedics and clinical coordinator for the UNC School of Medicine’s new Physician Assistant Program, served in the U.S. Army for 28 years. More than half of his career was in the Special Forces as a Green Beret medic. He notes that despite their vast medical training, Special Forces medics don't have licensure opportunities commensurate with their experiences. The PA Program seeks to solve this problem.

The Quiet Professional

June 21, 2016

Todd Williams’s 28-year military career took him to countries and combat zones around the world: Korea, Haiti, sub-Saharan Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Although the retired Green Beret medic, also known as an 18-Delta, doesn’t share many details about his experiences overseas, he does open up about an invaluable gift given to him by his sister-in-law… Read more »

Osborn Kwena, MPH, credits his education at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center and Gillings School of Global Public Health with preparing him for a career in water, sanitation and hygiene.

Impacting Global & Local Health

June 16, 2016

Growing up in Busia, Kenya, Osborn Kwena, MPH, never saw himself coming to the United States let alone graduating from one of the top American graduate schools for public health. Yet, his first job at Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit research organization that provided water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) interventions in rural areas, opened… Read more »


Two Universities, Two Continents, One Life-Saving Goal

June 16, 2016

Carolina and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, have similar-sounding names, but that’s not the only thing they share. Both institutions are working to save lives through research to unlock the mysteries behind eating disorders. The research is led by Cynthia Bulik, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,… Read more »

Rye Barcott ’01

Carolina for Kibera Co-Founder Barcott Awarded Honorary Degree from Dartmouth University

June 14, 2016

Rye Barcott ’01 has been awarded an honorary degree by Dartmouth University at their June 12, 2016, commencement exercises in Hanover, New Hampshire. While an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Barcott co-founded Carolina for Kibera, a non-governmental organization that seeks to develop leaders, catalyze positive change and alleviate poverty in… Read more »

Jennifer Smith

Smith to Lead Groundbreaking Global Health and Development Research in Brazil

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health announced today that one of its faculty members is a principal investigator for a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Jennifer S. Smith, director of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition at UNC Gillings, associate professor of epidemiology,… Read more »

Aravinda de Silva

De Silva Leads Expert Panel on Zika Research, Response

June 9, 2016

The Zika virus isn’t unprecedented, epidemiologically speaking. What is unprecedented, however, is its associated birth defects, including microcephaly, as well as the fact that it can be sexually transmitted. That’s according to Aravinda de Silva, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, who was part of… Read more »

A Zika virus particle. Illustration by David Goodwill.

UNC Researchers Awarded Pilot Grants for Zika Research

June 9, 2016

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine Office of Research has awarded three Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research (ECBR) grants to UNC medical investigators researching Zika virus. The Zika virus is the focus of all three UNC-led research pilot grants, which are for $50,000 for one year for each team, said… Read more »