Environmental Sciences and Engineering News
Eight faculty members selected as 2017 ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ awardees
March 24, 2017
Eight faculty members were selected by their students to receive the 2017 “Celebrate Teaching!” Award. The annual award honors those “who have inspired students; enhanced student learning through creative, engaging and innovative teaching methods; and supported students’ academic success and professional development.”
UNC researchers study impact of traffic-related particulate matter upon premature mortality
March 20, 2017
UNC environmental researchers including Dr. William Vizuete have found that previous research may have underestimated premature mortality due to particulate matter from traffic emissions.
ESE student wins toxicology award
March 15, 2017
ESE doctoral student Abhishek Venkatratnam has won the Perry J. Gehring Best Graduate Student Abstract Award for 2017. The award is presented by the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) Risk Assessment Specialty Section.
Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment
February 20, 2017
By 2020, legal marijuana sales in the U.S. will generate more annual revenue than will the National Football League. However, growing the plant has serious repercussions for the environment, according to a new study by Dr. William Vizuete and a U.K. colleague.
Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding
February 16, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Gillings School was the top public health school at a public university in receiving NIH funding during fiscal year 2016. The School received 107 awards, for a total of $65,454,312 in funding.
Study investigates role of cadmium and microRNAs in preeclampsia
February 10, 2017
Drs. Rebecca Fry and Samira Brooks have explained an underlying biological mechanism by which exposure to cadmium may increase the risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy. Their study was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology.
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.