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Researchers Shed Light on Common Childhood Disease

A new study by UNC Charlotte scholars is shedding light on the connection between diet and a common childhood disease.

Using national health data, the researchers determined children who ate certain types of food or dealt with food insecurity may be more likely to contract the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). EBV is a common virus that often causes no symptoms on its own; it’s better known as a cause of infectious mononucleosis and having a connection to some cancers.

Ahmed Arif, an associate professor in the College of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health Sciences, co-authored the new study, which considered EBV infection among U.S. children ages 6 to 15 using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Click here to learn more about the study.

Professor Receives Award from Charlotte Chamber

Victor Chen, assistant professor of international management in the Belk College of Business, has received the 2015 Young Professional (YP) Educator Award from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals (YPs).

Chen received the YP Educator Award, which recognizes an individual who is a dedicated teacher, professor or administrator who has made a tremendous impact in the educational institution and community in which they serve. Nominees not only contribute to the academic success of their students but help to prepare students for a successful life as productive citizens in society.

At UNC Charlotte, he teaches both undergraduate and M.B.A. international business courses. His M.B.A. teaching adopts an engaged model, in which he advises his students to provide free consulting reports to major international business players in Charlotte. "As an educator in Charlotte’s urban research business school, my core mission is to make positive change in the business community through my teaching and research. My work helps to identify the gap between the knowledge and practice of international business and find solutions to business dilemmas faced every day," Chen said.