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Banks receives ESE’s Distinguished Alumna Award

January 26, 2015 M. Katherine Banks, PhD, vice chancellor for engineering for the Texas A&M University system and dean of the Dwight Look college of Engineering at Texas A&M, received the 2014 Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Distinguished Alumna Award at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on Jan. 23. Banks, who received… Read more »

Sobsey awarded UNC grant to study antimicrobially resistant fecal bacteria in sewage

January 23, 2015 Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, has received a competitive pilot research grant from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and UNC Program in Nicaragua (ProNica) to evaluate water-borne antimicrobially resistant bacteria (ARB) in León, Nicaragua, and Chapel Hill,… Read more »

Study calls for new global standard for water and sanitation

January 15, 2015 A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access. The study, “Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag Behind Water?,” highlights that current benchmarks for… Read more »

ESE’s West selected as Stanford University Leopold Leadership Fellow

January 15, 2015 Jason West, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was one of 20 researchers in the U.S. and Canada selected as a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Based at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at… Read more »

Study to examine Ebola’s survival rate, disinfection in sewage

January 13, 2015 One of the effects of contracting the Ebola virus is severe diarrhea, which is literally flushed down the drain. But is this creating a new potential hazard, especially for sewer workers and others who may come in contact with this waste? The University of North Carolina will attempt to answer this question… Read more »

Glaze, pioneering environmentalist and former ESE professor and chair, dies at 80

December 20, 2014 William Howard Glaze, PhD, former professor and chair of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Dec. 17 at the age of 80. Dr. Glaze was founding director of the Carolina Environmental Program, which later became UNC’s Institute for the Environment (IE). “Bill’s expansive vision… Read more »

Compact development reduces air pollution but may harm health, study finds

December 11, 2014 An analysis by a team of North Carolina-based environmental and planning researchers concludes that densely populated regions with compact urban development that discourages commuting by car—widely touted as a way to increase public exercise and reduce harmful automobile emissions—may only slightly lower average regional particulate matter (PM) concentrations in air. However, such… Read more »

UNC awarded $2.5M NIEHS grant to study indoor air pollution

December 5, 2014 Two Gillings School of Global Health faculty members are part of a University of North Carolina research team that received a $2.5 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) grant to study the relationship of indoor air pollutants, health and poverty in Rwanda. Leena Nylander-French, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and… Read more »

Swenberg gives keynote at toxicology conference in Korea

James Swenberg, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, delivered the keynote address at the 30th annual meeting of the Korean Society of Toxicology/Korean Environmental Mutagen Society, held at Muju Deogyusan Resort, in Jeonbuk, Korea, Nov. 6-7. Swenberg’s lecture, “Using Science to Improve Risk Assessment,” addressed use of the… Read more »

BSPH students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 19, 2014 Fourteen of the 148 undergraduates admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who… Read more »