Posts Categorized: Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

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 »

Jeffries joins the NUATRC Scientific Advisory Panel

Professor Harvey Jeffries was recently appointed to a six-year term on the Science Advisory Panel (SAP) for the Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC). The SAP is comprised of scientists from a number of disciplines, including exposure assessors, epidemiologists, respiratory physiologists, toxicologists and statisticians, drawn from government, academic, and private sector institutions…. Read more »

ESE’s Singer wins AEESP award for teaching, mentoring, research

June 10, 2013   Dr. Philip Singer Philip C. Singer, PhD, has been selected as recipient of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors’ (AEESP) 2013 Charles R. O’Melia Distinguished Educator Award. Singer, professor emeritus in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE), was Daniel A. Okun… Read more »

Researchers use crowdsourcing to explore how genetics affect our response to toxins

June 10, 2013   A new collaboration of industry, government agencies and academia aims to better understand – through crowdsourcing – how a person’s individual genetics can influence the body’s response when it is exposed to certain environmental and pharmaceutical chemicals.Organized and led by scientists from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sage… Read more »

Surratt collaborates on study to unlock air pollution secrets and impacts on climate change

May 28, 2013 Jason Surratt, PhD, is one of an international team of investigators who will study chemical processes in the atmosphere that affect regional climate and air quality in the southeastern United States this summer.Surratt is assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Jason Surratt,… Read more »

Study finds link between chemical air pollutants and cardiovascular diseases

May 15, 2013   A new study that utilizes a previous novel approach has revealed clues about certain chemical properties of air pollutants and their association with cardiovascular diseases.   Dr. Karin Yeatts The study applied quantitative ion character-activity relationships (QICAR) to estimate associations of human cardiovascular diseases with a set of metal properties commonly… Read more »