Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

ESE led team takes prize in finals of social business competition

November 01, 2012 Sanitation Creations, an entrepreneurial venture founded and led by Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering alumna Liz Morris, MS, was second runner-up in the inaugural UNC Social Business Conference, held Sept. 27 at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. The UNC-born company Sanitation Creations placed third overall in a recent… Read more »

ESE student’s practicum project aims to improve human health assessment

October 31, 2012 How do plasticizers, such as diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), cause cancer?   Mary Kushman, MD, a Master of Public Health candidate in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, asked the question in her role as a fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Human Health Risk… Read more »

Water Institute receives Wells Fargo grant to document vulnerability of water, sanitation systems

October 30, 2012 The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $75,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Company on Oct. 30, during the Institute’s annual Water and Health Conference. Wells Fargo also is the conference’s Platinum Sponsor.The funding enables The Water Institute to develop a state-by-state ranking system to… Read more »

Pioneering Water and Health Conference draws international attention, participation

October 29, 2012 The 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation kicks off this week to explore critical global issues in water and health and present the latest water-related research, education and outreach efforts.   Conference organizers expect 500 of the world’s leading water experts to gather in Chapel Hill, N.C., today through… Read more »

School researchers to present at ScienceWriters Conference 2012

October 24, 2012   Two members of the epidemiology faculty at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are presenters at the 2012 ScienceWriters Conference, held Oct. 26 – 30 in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Dr. Ralph Baric Dr. Steve Wing Ralph Baric, PhD, professor, will discuss “New vaccines I: Synthetic biology and the fight… Read more »

Vizuete receives $50,000 award from the NSF I-Corps

October 22, 2012 Dr. William Vizuete The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) has awarded $50,000 to William Vizuete, PhD, and his team to develop a company that will commercialize a patented air pollution technology developed at UNC laboratories. Vizuete is associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Fry appointed to National Research Council committee on arsenic

October 18, 2012 Dr. Rebecca Fry Rebecca Fry, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to serve on the National Research Council’s new committee on inorganic arsenic.   The committee will provide expert guidance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop… Read more »

NIH environmental health research grant renewed for eighth time, continues legacy begun in 1971

October 05, 2012 The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has renewed one of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health research and training grants, recognizing the School’s ongoing innovation and leadership. UNC’s program, Biostatistics for Research in Environmental Health, supports 23 doctoral and five postdoctoral scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and… Read more »

Characklis elected to AEESP board

September 28, 2012 Dr. Greg Characklis Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Center for Watershed Science and Management, has been elected to the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) board of directors for… Read more »

Paerl to lead drinking water project in China

  September 27, 2012 Dr. Hans Paerl Hans Paerl, PhD, has been awarded two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, totaling $2.5 million, to lead an international team of researchers working to resolve the ecosystem balance in Lake Taihu, located in the southern part of China’s Yangtze River delta. The scientists’ work could help safeguard America’s… Read more »