Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Denise Marie Brown – Doctoral Dissertation Final Defense

July 17, 2006 Denise Brown presents her doctoral dissertation final defense on July 7, 2006 at 2:00pm in 2005 Michael Hooker Research Center. Abstract follows.Pyrene Availability as Determined by the Interactions of Natural Organic Matter with the Soil Mineral Matrix (Under the direction of Professor Frederic K. Pfaender) Soil organic matter (SOM), especially humic substances… Read more »

Kimberly Jessup Swanson – MSPH Technical Report Final Defense

July 17, 2006 Kimberly Swanson presents her MSPH technical report final defense on July 11, 2006 at 1:00pm in 1304 McGavran-Greenberg. Abstract below.In vitro Release of Inflammatory markers IL-8 & IL-6 by BEAS-2B cells following Exposure to biodiesel extracts Biodiesel, an alkyl ester of plant oils which can be used in an unmodified diesel engine,… Read more »

Jennifer L. Rayner – Doctoral Dissertation Final Defense

June 29, 2006 Jennifer Rayner presents her doctoral dissertation final defense on July 6th at 9:00am in 1305 McGavran-Greenberg. Abstract below.ATRAZINE AND RAT MAMMARY GLAND DEVELOPMENT The herbicide atrazine (2-chloro-4-ethylamino-6-isopropylamino-s-triazine, ATR) is used to control growth of broadleaf and grassy weeds. It has been registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and is monitored to prevent… Read more »

Singer Receives Newton Underwood Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

June 27, 2006 In 1973, the Newton Underwood Memorial Award was initiated in memory of Dr. Newton Underwood to recognize his contributions to the teaching profession. The many students who enjoyed the privilege of having Dr. Underwood as an instructor attributed his success as a teacher to his unique ability to stimulate the interest of… Read more »

OWASA adopts resolution to honor Dan Okun

June 20, 2006 Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) of Carrboro, NC adopted a resolution in honor of Daniel A. Okun, Kenan Professor of Environmental Engineering, Emeritus. The resolution, presented below, was approved during a Public Hearings and Meeting of the OWASA Board of Directors held on May 25, 2006 at Chapel Hill Town Hall… Read more »

Two ESE Students receive Bunker Awards for 2006

June 19, 2006 Two Bunker Awards were given to ESE students in 2006. This year’s awardees are Angella C. Rinehold (MSEE, Singer Advisor) and J. Andrew Westbrook (MS 2006, DiGiano Advisor).Angella Rinehold has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California-Davis and came to UNC in pursuit of her MSEE degree after… Read more »

Sungkyoon Kim – Doctoral Dissertation Final Defense

June 08, 2006 Sungkyoon Kim presents his doctoral dissertation final defense on June 20th at 10:00AM in McGavran Greenberg building room 2301. Abstract is provided below.Benzene Metabolism in Humans: Dose-dependent Metabolism and Interindividual Variability (Under the direction of Prof. Stephen M. Rappaport) Abstract: In order to gain a better understanding of dose-dependant metabolism of benzene… Read more »

J. Adam Riggsbee – Doctoral Dissertation Final Defense

June 01, 2006 Adam Riggsbee presents his Final Doctoral Dissertation Defense on Thursday, June 1st at 2:00pm in 2301 McGavran-Greenberg. Full details follow.Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Sediment and Nutrient Fluxes Following Dam Removal Removal is rapidly becoming a viable management option for damaged, abandoned, or aged dams no longer serving their intended purposes. According… Read more »

Dan Gatti wins Student Poster Award at CTC Meeting

June 01, 2006 Daniel M. Gatti (MS, Rusyn Advisor) won a Student Poster Award at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Complex Trait Consortium (CTC) held on May 6-10, 2006 at UNC’s Friday Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The CTC is an international group of scientists, working to identify networks of genes and allelic… Read more »

Reed N. Palmer – Master’s Thesis Final Defense

May 25, 2006 Reed Palmer presents his Master’s Thesis Final Defense on Tuesday, May 30th at 3:00pm in 2005 Michael Hooker Research Center.Reducing the Costs of Meeting Regional Water Supply Reliability Goals Through Risk-Based Water Transfer Agreements (Under the Direction of Gregory Characklis) Rapidly growing urban populations, economic development, and mounting awareness of the need… Read more »