Race and Fairness in America

Across America, college students (and others, of course) are raising questions about what happened in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City. In these communities, two black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, respectively, died at the hands of police. In both cases, grand juries chose not to bring charges against the individuals…

School of Pharmacy gets $100M gift

The Gillings School is next door to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. They’re our neighbors. Dean Bob Blouin is a colleague and a friend. I’ve learned a lot from him, and I was so thrilled for him when it was announced that 1972 alumnus and successful entrepreneur Fred Eshelman was giving the School $100M to create the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.

Life after elections

Celebration of new Pasteur fellowships On Friday night, thanks to a lot of preparation on the part of many people, we gathered to celebrate two new fellowships at the Governor’s Mansion and were hosted by Governor McCrory. These new fellowships are a partnership between the Gillings School of Global Public Health… Read More

Common sense about Ebola

Approaching Ebola with intelligence, not politics Public health used to be something almost no one cared about. With Ebola cases reaching the U.S. it suddenly, it seems that all politicians have become public health experts, creating on the fly policies about an infectious disease about which they know little and… Read More

When a parent dies

My father’s passing Last week, my 93-year-old father, Irving Rimer, (and father of Liz and Sara) died after a brief illness, peacefully, as he had wished, without extraordinary measures. All of us were present, and his ease in passing was possible because of a compassionate medical team at UNC Hospital… Read More