UNC features new BBL Director, Dr. Patricia Silveyra

This fall, associate professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar Dr. Patricia Silveyra was appointed director of the Biobehavioral Lab. It’s been a busy semester for Dr. Silveyra and her team — they welcomed another new team member, research specialist Dr. Chongben Zhang, and launched a new website for the lab. Silveyra joined the SON from Penn State University, where she started her career as basic and translational science researcher. Silveyra received her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, followed … Continued

Anderson, Lanning Studies Published

Kenan Professor and Associate Dean for Research Ruth Anderson recently had her study “Resident Challenges with pain and Functional Limitations in Chinese Residential Care Facilities” published in The Gerontologist. Associate Professor Rhonda Lanning’s project “Doulas in the Operating Room: An Innovative Approach” was likewise recently published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. Congratulations to you both!

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Mullen Accepted to NCNA Leadership Academy

Assistant Professor Leigh Mullen has been accepted to the 2019 North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Leadership Academy. The Academy is a collaborative leadership development initiative of the NCNA and the NC Foundation for Nursing aimed at preparing nurses to take on new opportunities and influence positive change in their communities. Congratulations, Leigh!

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Yeo Receives NC TraCS Pilot Grant

Hats off to Professor SeonAe Yeo who recently received a $2,000 Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from NC TraCS for a project titled “Validation of ActiGraph and ActivPal in Assessing Sedentary and Light Activities with Obese Pregnant Women” that she is conducting with Assistant Professor Lee Stoner of UNC’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science. A summary of the funded study follows: Few studies report the benefits of light physical activity (LPA) in pregnant women, despite the reported benefits in a high-risk subgroup of women with preeclampsia. This study is … Continued

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Brooks featured on NIMHD Site

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Jada Brooks, PhD, MSPH, RN, whose research on environmental and mental health effects on heart health in women is the feature story on the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities website. Check out the feature here. Way to go, Dr. Brooks!

Former SON Administrator and Professor, Margery Duffey, Dies at 92

Margery Duffey, RN, PhD passed away peacefully at the DuBose Health Center in The Cedars of Chapel Hill on November 29, 2018, at the age of 92. Dr. Duffey served as the Associate Dean for Planning and Development at the UNC School of Nursing from 1980 – 1985. She was an expert in both curriculum development and program evaluation. Dr. Duffey was instrumental in establishing North Carolina’s first PhD in nursing program at Chapel Hill and expertly advised its first graduates. When the school launched the state’s first off-campus RN-to-BSN program, … Continued

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Anderson an MPI on a U01 Grant to Improve Oral Hygiene of People with Mild Dementia

Kenan Professor and Associate Dean for Research Ruth Anderson is a Multiple Principal Investigator (MPI) on a $3.47 million, five-year U01 grant awarded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and National Institute on Aging, both part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Anderson will lead a care partner intervention aimed at improving the oral hygiene of people with mild dementia. Participants will be recruited from North Carolina and New York. The other MPIs include Bei Wu from NYU College of Nursing and Brenda Plassman from Duke … Continued

UNCSON Well Represented NCNA 5th Annual DNP Educational Symposium

Many thanks to UNCSON for being a sponsor of the North Carolina Nurses Association’s 5th Annual DNP Education Symposium with the theme Beyond the DNP Project on Thursday, November 15 in High Point, NC. DNP-prepared RNs gathered from across the state for the annual DNP Council meeting led by its chair, Associate Professor Jean Davison. Participants were able to network and receive educational (6.5) contact hours from NCNA AGENDA; DNP project poster presenters included two UNCSON faculty members – Rhonda Lanning and Christina Leonard.

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Giscombe Keynotes SC Birth Outcomes Initiative Annual Symposium

LeVine Wellness Professor Cheryl Giscombe served as the invited keynote speaker at the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative Annual Symposium on Wednesday, November 14. Approximately 300 physicians, nurses, health care executives and other stakeholders in maternal/child health initiatives were in attendance to hear her talk: “Superwoman Schema: Implications for Stress-Related Adverse Birth Outcomes.” Well done, Cheryl!

Kneipp 2018 Recipient of APHA’s Ruth B. Freeman Award

Hats off to Associate Professor Shawn Kneipp who was honored this week with the Ruth B. Freeman Award at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. The Ruth B. Freeman Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a distinguished career in public health administration, education, policy, practice or research. Congratulations and well deserved, Shawn!