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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

New degrees in health informatics, toxicology available in fall 2014

May 20, 2014 The UNC Graduate School has announced two new degree programs affiliated with the Gillings School of Global Public Health that will be available to students beginning this fall – the Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics and the Professional Science Master’s program in toxicology. The interdisciplinary health informatics master’s… Read more »

Inaugural Water Microbiology Conference brings together international researchers on microbiology and public health

May 12, 2014 The Water Institute at UNC, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, hosted its first Water Microbiology Conference: Microbial Contaminants from Watersheds to Human Exposure May 5-7 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event brought together 200 researchers and practitioners from 16 countries focused on the intersection of microbiology and public… Read more »

Public health undergrads recognized as Buckley Public Service Scholars

May 8, 2014 Two hundred and fifty-one members of the class of 2014 will be honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 9 at a ceremony in Memorial Hall, highlighting their years of service while at Carolina. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement to represent their… Read more »

Water from improved sources not consistently safe, study finds

May 8, 2014 Digging a well or accessing water through pipes does not necessarily mean a household in the developing world will have safer drinking water than if they used more traditional – and traditionally unprotected – water sources. In fact, fecal contamination still occurs in about 25 percent of water from improved sources. These… Read more »

Public health undergrads inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 29, 2014 Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 176 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members. Awardees from the Gillings School of Global Public Health include: Kevin Chu (environmental health sciences) Garrison Gordon (environmental health sciences) Sarayu Kumar (environmental health sciences) Karina… Read more »

Four public health students win Graduate School’s Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina

Graduate School also honors other public health awardees April 22, 2014 Four of the 20 students recognized by UNC’s Graduate School for research that has impact upon the people of North Carolina are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. A fifth student, an advisee of epidemiology professor Ralph Baric, PhD, is affiliated… Read more »

Weber, Aelion to be honored at Foard Lecture

April 8, 2014 Prestigious awards established at the Gillings School to honor outstanding alumni and faculty members will be presented on April 10 to C. Marjorie Aelion, PhD, and David Weber, MD. The presentation will precede the 46th annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture, delivered this year by drinking water expert and advocate Gregory… Read more »

Study links prenatal exposure to arsenic to disease susceptibility later in life

April 7, 2014 Protein changes associated with prenatal exposure to arsenic may hold the key to understanding the workings of adult-onset diseases tied to arsenic in the environment, a study at UNC has found. In an article published online March 27 in Toxicological Sciences by the Oxford Journals, Rebecca C. Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Anne Galyean: World Class Trailblazer

April 3, 2014 Environmental sciences and engineering doctoral candidate Anne Galyean is forging new paths in nanochemistry. She is also a world-class downhill mountain biker. Maybe it’s genetic. Maybe it grew out of her upbringing in Idaho by a family that encouraged creativity and curiosity. Or maybe it’s a one-in-a-billion, seemingly random mixture of both… Read more »

An unconventional spring break

Public health students, others at UNC, help with Community Health Assessment in Tyrrell CountyMarch 24, 2014 For some, the words “spring break” may elicit images of white beaches, bathing suits and tropical paradise, but not so for a group of students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During the week of March… Read more »