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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…

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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,…


Health, environmental focused messaging boosts Meatless Monday campaign

April 1, 2022

Messages that emphasize the health and environmental benefits of participating in Meatless Monday are an effective way to encourage people to eat less meat, according to new findings from the UNC Gillings school of Global Public Health. Meatless Monday, launched by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003, is a campaign that…


Attending PAA for the first time? We have tips and tricks for you.

March 30, 2022

Because of the pandemic, many graduate students are attending PAA for the first time this year. We asked the population community on Twitter for tips and tricks for attending your first conference, and have compiled them all here. Have a great time in Atlanta!

CPC at PAA: Presenters and posters, 2022

March 21, 2022

The Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America will be held in Atlanta, GA from April 6-9. Listed below are the sessions presented by CPC affiliates. All times listed are Eastern. The full schedule is here. Faculty Fellow Robert Hummer will be presenting the PAA Presidential Address on Friday April 8, 2022 from 5:30-7:00pm,…

Consensus statement on definition and diagnosis of sarcopenic obesity published

March 7, 2022

A consensus statement on the definition and diagnosis of sarcopenic obesity was released by the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), and simultaneously published in Clinical Nutrition. Faculty Fellow John Batsis, MD was a member of the International Consensus Definition workgroup. He has…

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Remarks from John Batsis on behalf of AGS

March 7, 2022

Faculty Fellow John Batsis MD served as the American Geriatrics Society representative on the Obesity and Equitable Aging Roundtable held by the National Council on Aging Roundtable last October. Last month, the National Council on Aging held a virtual meeting with Dr. Meena Seshamani, the Deputy Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services…

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