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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Turpin, Surratt awarded NOAA grant to study exposures to fires, their impact on atmosphere, climate and health

June 22, 2016 Barbara J. Turpin, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will serve as principal investigator for a three-year, $592,448 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Turpin will work with Jason Surratt, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at… Read more »

Sobsey to receive prestigious Clarke Prize

June 21, 2016 The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) is pleased to announce Mark Sobsey, PhD, will be the twenty-third recipient of the NWRI Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. Dr. Sobsey is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of… Read more »

Gillings School students make an impact on global, local health

June 17, 2016 Two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni and one current student recently shared their stories with the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Their education at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center and in the Gillings School’s departments of maternal and child health and environmental sciences and engineering helped… Read more »

Extending municipal water service may reduce GI illness in those who rely on private wells

June 8, 2016 A study co-authored by a researcher at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health provides new evidence that extending regulated community water service to populations currently relying on private wells may decrease the population burden of acute gastrointestinal illness. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at… Read more »

Alice Wang: Solving the puzzle makes public health fun

May 27, 2016 Alice Wang, PhD, has a great elevator speech. “Have you seen the movie Contagion?” she asks. “Kate Winslet’s character was an epidemic intelligence service officer — that’s what I do!” Wang, who graduated from the Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering program in May 2015, began working for the Centers for Disease… Read more »

Flint water crisis confirms need for improved risk management of US drinking water

May 24, 2016 Researchers at The Water Institute at UNC, based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have called for better leadership from utilities, greater engagement by public health officials, and federal-level guidelines and tools in an effort to adopt preventive risk management of the nation’s drinking water sources. Rachel Baum, MSPH,… Read more »

Key sources of air pollution-related deaths differ among world regions

May 19, 2016 The most significant emission source sectors for global air pollution-related deaths differ among world regions, finds a new study. For example, the residential and commercial sector has the most impact on global deaths related to fine particulate matter in the air. For deaths related to ozone, the land transportation sector has the greatest influence globally…. Read more »

Gillings School bachelor’s students graduate as Buckley Scholars

May 10, 2016 Twenty of the 217 seniors who graduated on May 8 as Buckley Public Service Scholars were students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Buckley Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework in… Read more »

Doctoral student aims to improve health of women, children in Cambodia through improved sanitation in health-care facilities

May 10, 2016 Hai-Ryung Sung, MPH, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, pursues water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) initiatives in Cambodia with the help of the Rotary International network that first brought her to Chapel Hill from Seoul, South Korea. Sung, who earned her Master… Read more »

Stewart, Klug and Fizer accept awards at ESE end-of-year gathering

May 9, 2016 Jill Stewart, PhD, associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE), recently received the department’s Newton Underwood Memorial Award for conscientious dedication to students and teaching. The award, which honors former ESE professor Dr. Newton Underwood, was among those presented by Michael… Read more »