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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

ESE doctoral student receives NIEHS Superfund Research Program award

Elizabeth Martin, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering and trainee in the UNC Superfund Research Program, has been named recipient of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award.

ESE researchers awarded large supercomputing grant from DOE

A team of researchers, including two UNC faculty members and an alumnus, has been awarded a large grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment program, they will receive 115 million core hours of use on the world’s third-fastest supercomputer.

Characklis named Singer Distinguished Professor

Dr. Gregory Characklis, professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management in the UNC Institute for the Environment, has been named the Phillip C. Singer Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering.

Thirteen Gillings School undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted as new members 137 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, 13 of whom study at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Study finds disparities in drinking water quality in Wake County, NC

In Wake County, some predominantly African-American neighborhoods in urban areas completely lack access to nearby municipal water systems. As a result, residents are exposed to notably higher quantities of microbial contaminants via well water.

Pollution emitted near equator has biggest impact on global ozone

Research led by Dr. Jason West confirms that the location of air pollutants has a big impact upon ozone levels. Because the interplay of pollutants with higher temperatures speeds up the chemical reactions that form ozone, the worst effects of pollution are seen near the equator. West suggests that effects of current pollution levels could be difficult to remedy without strategic policy planning.

Prevalence of drug-resistant staph may be higher in young children of hog workers, study finds

In one rural North Carolina county, young children residing with adults who work in large industrial hog farming operations had a higher prevalence of two types of antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria in their nasal passages than children living with adults who do not work in such operations.

Researchers identify new methodology for examining changes in lung cells after pollution exposure

Hang Nguyen, MS, doctoral student of environmental science and engineering in the Gillings School, is first author of a recent study that provided the initial test of a new methodology for examining the genomic response of lung cells to real-world mixtures of air pollutants.

UNC Gillings’ Water Institute, World Vision partnership will improve clean water access in 10 African nations

A six-year grant from World Vision to The Water Institute at UNC will create a partnership to improve water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in several low- and middle-income countries, with a long-term goal of helping to solve the global water and sanitation crisis by 2030.

UNC Gillings researcher to co-lead high-profile NIH grant to investigate environmental influences on child health

Dr. Rebecca Fry of the Gillings School was named co-principal investigator on the UNC ECHO grant, for which UNC was awarded $5 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate how exposure to environmental factors in early development can influence the health of children and adolescents.