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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

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 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… Read more »

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

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 index was released… 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 »

Nine from public health receive Graduate School’s Impact Award; other awards also presented to Gillings scholars

March 19, 2015 Students from the Gillings School of Global Public Health earned more than one-third of the 2015 Impact Awards presented by the UNC Graduate School. The awards, made possible by the Graduate Education Advancement Board, recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions to the state of North Carolina. The nine public health 2015 Impact… Read more »

Report reveals alarming lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities; outlines way forward

March 18, 2015 A new World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF report, released March 17, calls for immediate action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in health-care facilities in low- and middle-income countries and outlines a way forward. Ryan Cronk and Dr. Jamie Bartram of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina… Read more »