Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

ESE’s MacDonald Gibson awarded RWJF grant to study water and health disparities in NC

  January 08, 2013 Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, has received one of this year’s four prestigious Health Systems and Services Research Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards, presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to emerging researchers who examine the effects of public health services on population health. MacDonald Gibson, assistant… Read more »

Global health technology innovator to speak at spring commencement

January 03, 2013   Josh Nesbit Josh Nesbit, executive director and co-founder of Medic Mobile, a nongovernmental organization that employs mobile technologies to improve health care in challenging settings, has been selected as keynote speaker for the Gillings School of Global Public Health spring 2013 commencement, to be held Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m…. Read more »

ESE’s Luettich receives Homeland Security impact award

December 21, 2012 Richard A. Luettich Jr., ScD, has received the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Impact Award for his work in predicting water heights and flooding in coastal areas during Hurricane Irene in 2011.   Dr. Rick Luettich Luettich, who directs The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences, in… Read more »

School faculty members take lead in reporting America’s Health Rankings

December 14, 2012   Faculty members at Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill were instrumental advisers in the development and review of the recently released 2012 America’s Health Rankings®. First offered in 1990, the rankings analyze and report on the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis.United… Read more »

ESE’s Cory receives Dreyfus award to advance environmental chemistry research

December 11, 2012 Rose Cory, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of nine researchers in the U.S. to receive the 2012 Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry award.   In July, Dr. Rose Cory collected water samples from the Sagavanirktok… Read more »

New Phi Beta Kappa members announced

November 27, 2012 Six Bachelor of Science in Public Health students at Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.   Among the 130 inductees at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were: Gwen Yung-Hsin Hwarng, a junior majoring… Read more »

World Toilet Day is Nov. 19

November 19, 2012 If you have a private place to go to the toilet, you’re among the world’s fortunate. About 2.5 billion people in the world do not.   World Toilet Day, celebrated each year on Nov. 19, is intended to raise awareness and remind us of the changes that remain to be made.  … Read more »

Water Institute partners with water nonprofit in The Netherlands

  November 16, 2012 The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a new collaboration with the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in The Hague, The Netherlands, which will advance both organizations’ goal – to enhance the well-being of people in developing countries through improved water, sanitation and… Read more »

Chemical once used in degreasing, dry cleaning classified as carcinogenic

November 06, 2012 Trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical that was often used as a degreaser and in dry cleaning, has been reclassified from a cancer “hazard” to “carcinogenic to humans” during an evaluation by 18 international scientists, including Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD. Dr. Ivan Rusyn Rusyn is professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings… Read more »

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 »