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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Reducing carbon monoxide emissions: a win-win for air quality and climate change

Aug. 1, 2013 Curtailing emissions of a common non-greenhouse gas can improve air quality regionally in the near term and contribute globally to the reduction of two detrimental greenhouse gases. A new study led by Meridith Fry, PhD, recent alumna of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, examines… Read more »

Pollutants from burning incense cause inflammatory response in human lung cells

 July 25, 2013   Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers have examined incense as a source of indoor air pollution in the Arabian Gulf Peninsula and found that the common practice may cause an inflammatory response in the cells of people exposed to its smoke and gaseous combustion products.   Rebecca Cohen, master’s student… Read more »

ESE’s Rick Luettich helps keep residents safe in coastal NC

  July 19, 2013 Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are helping North Carolinians better prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms through the use of advanced computing technology and collaboration with local and state emergency managers. Dr. Rick Luettich (Photo by Dan Sears) Rick Luettich, ScD, developer of the Advanced Circulation… Read more »

ESE’s Rick Luettich helps keep residents safe in coastal NC

July 19, 2013   Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are helping North Carolinians better prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms through the use of advanced computing technology and collaboration with local and state emergency managers. Rick Luettich, ScD, developer of the Advanced Circulation and Storm Surge model (ADCIRC), and colleagues… Read more »

Researchers estimate more than two million die each year due to air pollution

July 12, 2013 More than two million deaths occur each year as a direct result of human-caused outdoor air pollution, a new study has found.Although others have suggested that a changing climate may exacerbate effects of air pollution and increase death rates, the study also shows that previous climate change has a minimal effect and… Read more »

UNC toxicologists present NexGen tools to Canada’s national health agency

July 09, 2013 Members of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology conducted a workshop at Health Canada, in Ottawa on June 25, to introduce public health workers to computational toxicology tools for Next Generation (NexGen) environmental risk assessment.Health Canada, similar to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,… Read more »

Industrial farm workers carry drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock, study finds

July 03, 2013   A new study found drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock in the noses of industrial livestock workers but not in the noses of antibiotic-free livestock workers in North Carolina. Dr. Chris Heaney Dr. Steve Wing Dr. Jill Stewart The research, led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD, and begun while he was a… Read more »

Alumnus Allgood accepts visiting fellow position at UNC

June 27, 2013 Dr. Greg Allgood Greg Allgood, PhD, Gillings School alumnus and recently retired director of Procter and Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, has accepted a position as a visiting distinguished fellow at UNC’s Global Research Institute, based in the FedEx Global Education Center. He also will become vice president of World Vision‘s… Read more »

UNC offers global opportunities for Gillings School students

June 25, 2013   Thirteen students from Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded financial support to work and study abroad, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced.   UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives presented eight of the awards, which were funded through private gifts to the UNC Global Education… Read more »

Doctoral students in ESE and nutrition honored with Gillings Dissertation Award

June 19, 2013 Ya-Ru Li Carmen Piernas Sanchez Ya-Ru Li and Carmen Piernas Sanchez, doctoral students at Gillings School of Global Public Health, have received the 2013 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize that will support their research and dissertation writing.   Li, who is advised by Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, assistant professor of environmental… Read more »