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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Four new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 29, 2016 Four teams of researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs), beginning this spring. The GIL awards offer faculty members support to advance their innovative research and more quickly translate scientific findings into workable solutions in local and global communities…. Read more »

ESE student team awarded EPA’s ‘People, Prosperity and the Planet’ grant

February 29, 2016 A team of students working with Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a $14,569 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and evaluate a new test to detect cholera bacteria in drinking… Read more »

Gillings School recognizes outstanding teachers with Innovation Awards

February 23, 2016 The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in Armfield Atrium on Feb. 22 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit – who were presented with UNC Gillings’ fifth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The 2016 awardees are Geni Eng, DrPH, professor of health… Read more »

Former US Assistant Surgeon General guides the Gillings School toward a ‘culture of health’

February 13, 2016 “Every day, you should take your dog for a long walk – even if you don’t have a dog!” says Penny Slade-Sawyer, with a grin. Slade-Sawyer, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, former assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former director… Read more »

Gillings researchers describe new method of measuring performance on complex public health goals

February 4, 2016 Country-level performance on public health, human rights and international development goals is notoriously hard to measure. Recently, three researchers from the Water Institute at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health proposed a new way to track performance against such targets. Through a novel application of “frontier analysis,” which is based on… Read more »

Gillings student Hauser named Churchill Scholar

January 28, 2016 Blake M. Hauser, a fourth-year student in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named a recipient of the Churchill Scholarship. The research-focused award provides funding to American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge… Read more »

Paerl honored for contributions to Earth and space sciences

January 11, 2016 Hans Paerl, PhD, William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and of marine sciences at UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, N.C., was honored Dec. 16, 2015, for his election to the American Geophysical Union (AGU), one… Read more »

ESE’s Turpin to serve on EPA panel

December 16, 2015 Barbara Turpin, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed for a three-year term of service on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Particulate Matter Review Panel, part of the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The CASAC committees provide independent… Read more »

Outreach by Gillings students brings holiday cheer

December 15, 2015 Students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently coordinated three separate drives to promote holiday spirit in the local community. In mid-November, the School’s student government and the Department of Health Policy and Management student council collaborated on a food drive. Project leaders spurred a friendly competition among the… Read more »

ESE doctoral student wins ‘Best Paper’ award from Society for Risk Analysis

December 7, 2015 A doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has received a 2015 Best Paper Award from the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). Theodore J. Mansfield, lead author of “The Effects of Urban Form on Ambient Air Pollution and Public Health Risk: A Case… Read more »