Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Brian Pachkowski wins Outstanding Platform Presentation Award

Brian F. Pachkowski (PhD, Swenberg Advisor) recently received a $2500 student travel award to present his research at the Central and Eastern Europe Conference on Health and the Environment ( held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, on October 22-25, 2006. His oral presentation, “Using laboratory and epidemiologic data for determining gene-environment interactions” was awarded an Outstanding… Read more »

Talia E. Chalew – Master’s Thesis Final Oral Defense

July 26, 2006 Talia Chalew presents the final oral defense of her master’s thesis on July 28, 2006 at 4:00 pm in McGavran-Greenberg 1305. Abstract follows:Chemical Indicators of Surface Water Pollution (Under the direction of Dr. Howard Weinberg) High quality surface water is critical for maintaining healthy ecosystems and ensuring safe drinking water, yet, water… Read more »

Laura Lee Haynes – MSPH Technical Report Final Defense

July 21, 2006 Laura Haynes presents her final oral defense of her MSPH technical report on July 24, 2006 at 1PM in 1305 McGavran-Greenberg. Abstract follows:Ecological Residual Risk Assessment Process – Past, Present and Future Section 112(f)(2) of the Clean Air Act, known as the Residual Risk Program, authorizes the EPA to implement risk-based standards… Read more »

Weinberg and Singer awarded Eddy Medals

July 19, 2006 The Water Environment Federation (WEF) named Assistant Professor Howard Weinberg and Professor Philip C. Singer as winners of the Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal in their announcement of the Water Environmental Excellence Awards Recipients for 2006. The Eddy Medal honors Harrison Prescott Eddy, a prominent engineer and a pioneer in the field of… Read more »

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 »