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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Elevated arsenic in Mexico’s drinking water poses health risks for pregnant women, infants

October 27, 2014 Millions of people around the world drink water with levels of inorganic arsenic that exceed standards set by the World Health Organization. A new Gillings School of Global Public Health study highlights that certain populations, including pregnant women and newborn children, are especially vulnerable when exposed to increased levels of arsenic. In… Read more »

Folt named professor in Gillings School’s environmental sciences and engineering department

October 24, 2014 Carol Folt, PhD, chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received joint appointments as professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology and in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. “We are very pleased to welcome Chancellor Folt… Read more »

Edema Ojomo: Doctoral student will present at The Water Institute’s fall conference

Oct. 10, 2014 The annual Water and Health Conference, held this year Oct. 13-17 at UNC’s Friday Center for Continuing Education, will host about 500 participants interested in drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds. For more information, see whconference.unc.edu. Edema Ojomo, an environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »

High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

Study finds reducing cadmium exposure during pregnancy may improve birth outcomes

Oct. 6, 2014 Reducing women’s exposure to cadmium during pregnancy likely would cut down on adverse outcomes such as preterm labor, low birth weight and early pregnancy loss, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study has found. In an article published July 30 online in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental… Read more »

ESE student awarded fellowship to study membrane technology related to water

Oct. 6, 2014 Ariel Atkinson, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, has received a fellowship from the National Water Research Institute and American Membrane Technology Association to support her research. The competitive fellowship is given annually to two outstanding graduate students in the U.S. who are conducting original and promising… Read more »

Hog workers carry drug-resistant bacteria even after leaving the farm

Sept. 9, 2014 A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure. The study was led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD,… Read more »

Characklis to lead new NSF-USDA grant

August 8, 2014 Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will lead a team that has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The interdisciplinary, multi-institution project, “Designing Robust… Read more »

‘Gillings Sampler’ offers efficient, portable way to study impact of pollution on lung tissue

July 23, 2014 A team of researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has designed and developed a system that uses electrostatics to study the toxicity of airborne pollutants. William Vizuete PhD, associate professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and his colleagues developed the Gillings Sampler, the workings… Read more »

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »