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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Aaron Williams, RTI executive, former Peace Corps director, selected as Gillings School’s commencement speaker

January 25, 2017
Aaron Williams will present the Gillings School’s commencement address on May 13 at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena. Williams is executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International and past director of the U.S. Peace Corps.

ESE student wins AGU’s Outstanding Student Paper Award

January 25, 2017
Rachel Baum, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the American Geophysical Union’s Outstanding Student Paper Award.

Doctoral student awarded fellowship to study water purification process

January 12, 2017
Kasia Grzebyk, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering, has received a generous fellowship award from the American Membrane Technology Association. She is one of four national recipients.

Aquagenx compartment bag tests used for water quality monitoring in rural Myanmar

The Aquagenx water quality test kit, which was developed by a researcher at the Gillings School, is being used as part of an assessment of the Accelerating Water and Sanitation for All Program in remote communities in Myanmar.

Five Gillings School junior faculty members receive development awards

Five faculty members from three departments in the Gillings School were awarded 2017 IBM Junior Faculty Development Awards.

ESE doctoral student receives NIEHS Superfund Research Program award

Elizabeth Martin, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering and trainee in the UNC Superfund Research Program, has been named recipient of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award.

ESE researchers awarded large supercomputing grant from DOE

A team of researchers, including two UNC faculty members and an alumnus, has been awarded a large grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE). Through the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment program, they will receive 115 million core hours of use on the world’s third-fastest supercomputer.

Characklis named Singer Distinguished Professor

Dr. Gregory Characklis, professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management in the UNC Institute for the Environment, has been named the Phillip C. Singer Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering.

Thirteen Gillings School undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted as new members 137 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students, 13 of whom study at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Study finds disparities in drinking water quality in Wake County, NC

In Wake County, some predominantly African-American neighborhoods in urban areas completely lack access to nearby municipal water systems. As a result, residents are exposed to notably higher quantities of microbial contaminants via well water.