Food for Thought

Fall 2017 Schedule

All “Food for Thought” dinners are held Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in Graham Memorial 011 (Basement Level), unless otherwise noted.

Professor John Paul, Department of Health and Policy Management

Wednesday, September 13

John Paul is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Paul teaches extensively in the department’s residential and distance (Executive) Master’s degree programs. Courses include:  Leadership Management in Healthcare Organizations; Strategic Management; Business Planning for Health Care Organizations; and Health Care Program Evaluation.

He is chair of the HPM Committee on Educational Excellence and Innovation which has the goal of strengthening the department’s teaching approaches and use of technology in the classroom.

Prior to joining UNC-CH, Dr. Paul was a Vice President at RTI Health Solutions, a pharmaceutical industry consulting firm. He also served as U.S. Director, Global Health Outcomes, at GlaxoWellcome plc, and was Director of Clinical Economics for the GlaxoWellcome Care Management Division. As a Senior Health Services Researcher at RTI International, Dr. Paul led Patient Outcome Research Team (PORT) studies, as well as both Federal and state Medicare and Medicaid capitation studies.

In addition to his experience in the U.S. public and private sectors, Dr. Paul has extensive experience with health care issues faced by resource-constrained countries in Africa and Asia, initially as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and subsequently through projects such as the USAID-funded Water and Sanitation for Health (WASH) project. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of World Health & Population for eight years.

Professor Michael Dunn, Department of Sociology

Wednesday, September 27

Michael Dunn specializes in Sociology, and his research focuses on social issues arising from new technologies in work, as well as the role of education on labor market outcomes. With degrees from both the University of Washington and the University of California-Irvine, he is currently working on a book manuscript that discusses the impact of online platforms on workers. He is known for the constant enthusiasm that he brings to his class, and inspiring students to become engaged and invested in social issues.

Professor Anna Bardone-Cone, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Wednesday, October 11

Anna Bardone-Cone, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the studies conducted within the Bardone-Cone Lab. Her primary research interests lie in the sphere of eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image. She and her lab have several lines of research including: 1) defining eating disorder recovery and remission; 2) identifying and testing pathways to bulimic symptoms with particular interest in the role played by psychosocial variables (e.g., perfectionism, self-efficacy, social comparison, stress) and how these variables interact; and 3) examining cultural, familial, and media factors related to disordered eating and body image. Dr. Bardone-Cone is a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society and a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and has led an active program of eating disorder research since 1999. With her past and ongoing research studies, Dr. Bardone-Cone has sought to identify contributing factors to disordered eating and body image in order to better understand pathways to eating patterns and body image, including risk and resilience factors, and pathways to recovery.

Professor Gary Bishop, Department of Computer Science

Tuesday, November 7

Gary Bishop specializes in Computer Science, and his research focuses on developing accessible, free software for individuals with disabilities and special needs to aid their learning, literacy, and fun. Some of his projects include creating sound-based web games for children with visual impairments and designing an application that allows individuals who are unable to write due to motor impairments to write through an “alternative pencil.” With his PhD from UNC-CH, he has been named a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar, and continues connecting his work and teachings to the needs of the community.


Past Speakers

  • Professor Eleonora Magomedova, Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Professor John Brackett, Department of Music
  • Professor Kris Jordan, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Emil Kang, Department of Music
  • Professor Diane Pozefsky, Department of Computer Science
  • Professor Karin Yeatts, Department of Epidemiology
  • Professor Carol Hee, Kenan-Flagler Business School