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Distance of more than 50 miles to abortion facilities can be insurmountable barrier to access

May 13, 2022

At the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling that will overturn Roe v. Wade, the Court’s 1973 landmark decision which ruled that the Constitution protects a pregnant individual’s liberty to choose to have an abortion. The decision will create a patchwork of abortion laws in the US, with…


Recent publications related to abortion

May 5, 2022

The May 2 publication of the leaked draft of the Supreme Court majority decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization indicates that the Supreme Court plans to explicitly overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. While the draft opinion is not yet final 26 states are likely or certain to ban abortion…


Kate Brandt receives Boka W. Hadzija Award

May 2, 2022

Trainee Kate Brandt, a doctoral student in geography, is the 2022 recipient of the Boka W. Hadzija Award for Distinguished University Service by a Graduate or Professional Student. Brandt’s many nominations noted her persistent advocacy on behalf of graduate and professional students. As a vice president with Graduate and Professional Student Government, she has served…

Lessler publishes new study in Science Advances

May 2, 2022

Faculty Fellow Justin Lessler, PhD is co-author of a new study published in Science Advances on “In-person schooling and associated COVID-19 risk in the United States over spring semester 2021.” Because of the importance of schools to childhood development, the relationship between in-person schooling and COVID-19 risk has been one of the most important questions…

Justin Lessler

Caitlin Lowery receives poster award at UNC’s Graduate Research and Policy Expo

April 18, 2022

Caitlin Lowery, a doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill and a researcher at the Global Food Research Program, won first prize in the Graduate Research and Policy Expo (GRaPE), organized by UNC’s policy group (SPAG).Lowery's poster was entitled "Was a short-term COVID-relief fruit and vegetable subsidy program associated with changes in…

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UNC’s New Vice Chancellor, Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen

April 6, 2022

Professor Penny Gordon-Larsen was appointed interim vice chancellor for research on March 14, 2022. She previously served as the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Healthʼs associate dean for research, a position she held since September 2018. In that role, she provided intellectual and strategic leadership and vision for the schoolʼs research programs and activities,…