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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

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 »

Water Institute to host ‘Future of Technologies for Water’ competition

July 9, 2014 The Water Institute at UNC, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has partnered with Takata Corporation to host the first Future Technologies for Water Competition. The event, which is open to applicants worldwide now through Thursday, July 31, aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with a sustainable… Read more »

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 »