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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

ESE’s Luettich to serve as principal investigator at new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence

June 29, 2015 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officially launched the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) on June 23, an effort made possible through a five-year, $20 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs. Richard Luettich, ScD, professor of environmental sciences… Read more »

Characklis elected to lead Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors

June 26, 2015 Greg Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). After serving the past year as President-elect, he took office as President at the June 2015 AEESP… Read more »

ESE undergrad wins Class of 1938 fellowship to conduct research in Ghana

May 28, 2015 Emma Kelly, Bachelor of Science in Public Health student in environmental sciences and engineering at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was one of eight UNC-Chapel Hill students awarded the university’s Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Fellowship. Kelly will conduct field research in Ghana with a… Read more »

Water Institute at UNC WaSH report reveals leaders in water, sanitation progress

May 8, 2015 El Salvador, Niger, and Pakistan are performing better in improving water and sanitation for their citizens than industrial giants like Russia and Brazil according to the new WaSH Performance Index developed by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The new… Read more »

Doctoral Candidate, US Army Major works on safer water for troops

When U.S. soldiers are fighting on the battlefield or behind enemy lines, they can encounter a challenge that’s almost as hazardous as enemy fire, air strikes or improvised explosive devices (IEDs): contaminated water. But a U.S. Army major is now enrolled in a PhD program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where… Read more »

Combined sewer systems increase risk of illness after heavy rains, study finds

April 20, 2015 A new study finds that combined sewer systems can contaminate drinking water supplies with bacteria and viruses, causing severe community health impacts. Combined sewer systems collect both sewage and stormwater runoff before reaching treatment facilities. When heavy rains overload the capacity of such systems, untreated contents may be discharged into local bodies… Read more »

Nine BSPH students present work at celebration of undergraduate research

April 16, 2015 Students from four departments represented the Gillings School of Global Public Health yesterday at the 2015 UNC-Chapel Hill Celebration of Undergraduate Research. The Celebration is an annual research symposium held in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Undergraduate students present research and deliver talks in concurrent poster and panel sessions. The Celebration… Read more »

From Vietnam to Pensacola, School alumni connect

April 9, 2015 When Frank Wilkes, PhD, learned that someone was moving into the house two doors down from his home in Pensacola, Fla., he had no idea that he already had a connection with his new neighbor. Wilkes, who graduated from UNC with a Master of Science in Public Health (1964) and a doctorate… Read more »

West recognized as ‘Airkeeper’ for improving air quality

March 25, 2015 Jason West, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, will be recognized by the organization Clean Air Carolina at a special Airkeeper Awards reception this evening in Raleigh. West’s research uses computer models to understand the exposure of… Read more »

Ismail awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia

March 23, 2015 Safiyah Ismail, currently in her senior year in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, will travel to Indonesia later this year as a Fulbright Student. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows graduating seniors, master’s students, doctoral candidates and recent graduates to… Read more »