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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Sobsey’s portable water-testing device put to use in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Nov. 25, 2013 A start-up company co-founded by a distinguished professor at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is at the forefront of restoring critical water services to the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of the islands on Nov. 7. The Philippines government contacted the leaders of… Read more »

Surratt’s Dreyfus Foundation award to further research on isoprene emissions

 Nov. 25, 2013 Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $120,000 grant by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to further his research on air pollution and human health. Specifically, Surratt’s research examines how human-caused pollutants interact with natural… Read more »

Human-caused environmental problems cause increase in toxic algal blooms

Oct. 30, 2013 Nutrient enrichment and climate change are posing yet another concern of growing importance – an apparent increase in the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes and estuaries around the world, which threatens aquatic organisms, ecosystem health and human drinking water safety.   As this nutrient enrichment increases, coupled with warmer… Read more »

Water and Health Conference draws cross-sector crowd to address water, sanitation, hygiene

Oct. 23, 2013 Five hundred people from 47 countries made their way to Chapel Hill Oct. 14-18 to attend the fourth annual Water and Health Conference, hosted by the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Water Institute at UNC.   The diverse group of participants, which included global policy makers, researchers, implementers, funders and entrepreneurs,… Read more »

Sobsey’s simpler water test is ‘a driver for change’

Oct. 17, 2013   An article by Courtney Mitchell, published in the Oct. 15 University Gazette, describes the Compartment Bag Test, developed by Kenan Distinguished Professor Mark Sobsey, PhD, to test the safety of drinking water in low-resource areas. The article is reprinted here with permission. According to a 2012 UNC study, 1.8 billion people… Read more »

Surratt wins AAAR’s outstanding dissertation award

Oct. 3, 2013   Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE), has won the prestigious Sheldon K. Friedlander Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). Surratt was recognized Oct. 2 at the AAAR’s 32nd annual conference in Portland, Ore.   The award, which recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation in… Read more »

Rusyn named to NRC committee on safer chemical substitutions

Sept. 26, 2013   Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named to the National Research Council’s committee, “Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutions – A Framework to Inform Government and Industry Decisions.” The Council is under the auspices of… Read more »

Reducing greenhouse gases benefits air quality, saves lives

Sept. 23, 2013   A new study finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions – key to slowing global climate change – also will decrease outdoor air pollution and may save the lives of more than two million people annually in the future. Further, when examined in monetary terms, these benefits to human health are shown… Read more »

Gatti Receives a Fellowship for Graduate Environmental Study from the US EPA

Daniel M. Gatti Dan Gatti (PhD, Rusyn Advisor) was awarded an EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship for his proposal entitled “Genome-wide in-silico modeling of liver gene regulatory networks.” The EPA STAR Fellowships are highly competitive awards made once every two years to a select group of students nationwide. The purpose of the fellowship… Read more »

Faculty promotions announced

Aug. 22, 2013   Leaders at Gillings School of Global Public Health have announced recent faculty promotions as of Aug. 1, 2013.             Faculty members receiving promotions are: William Carpenter, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management, effective July 1 Yufeng Liu, PhD, professor of statistics and operations research,… Read more »