Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Water Institute at UNC to host NEXUS 2014 conference, March 5-8

Feb. 6, 2014 The Water Institute at UNC, housed in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, will host the NEXUS 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference, to be held March 5-8 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, N.C. The conference will bring… Read more »

Journal article from UNC Water Institute second-most downloaded of 2013

Jan. 31, 2014 The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has announced that an article co-authored by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor was the second most-downloaded publication of 2013. Dr. Jamie Bartram, Holzworth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and director of the Gillings School’s The Water Institute… Read more »

Portable water test kit wins USAID science and technology prize

Dec. 30, 2013 A simple water quality test that detects the presence of E. coli is a runner-up winner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science and Technology Pioneers Prize.   One of the developers of the device, the compartment bag test (CBT), is Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental… Read more »

Richardson receives award at SBRP Annual Meeting

Stephen Richardson Stephen Richardson (PhD, Aitken Advisor) was awarded one of two Student Poster Awards for outstanding presentations at the 2008 Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) Annual Meeting held December 7-9 in Pacific Grove, California. The poster, entitled “Effects of Biostimulation and Anaerobic Conditions on PAH Biodegradation in Contaminated Soil from a Manufactured Gas Plant… Read more »

Sobsey’s portable water-testing device put to use in Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Nov. 25, 2013 A start-up company co-founded by a distinguished professor at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is at the forefront of restoring critical water services to the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of the islands on Nov. 7. The Philippines government contacted the leaders of… Read more »

Surratt’s Dreyfus Foundation award to further research on isoprene emissions

 Nov. 25, 2013 Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $120,000 grant by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to further his research on air pollution and human health. Specifically, Surratt’s research examines how human-caused pollutants interact with natural… Read more »

Human-caused environmental problems cause increase in toxic algal blooms

Oct. 30, 2013 Nutrient enrichment and climate change are posing yet another concern of growing importance – an apparent increase in the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes and estuaries around the world, which threatens aquatic organisms, ecosystem health and human drinking water safety.   As this nutrient enrichment increases, coupled with warmer… Read more »

Water and Health Conference draws cross-sector crowd to address water, sanitation, hygiene

Oct. 23, 2013 Five hundred people from 47 countries made their way to Chapel Hill Oct. 14-18 to attend the fourth annual Water and Health Conference, hosted by the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Water Institute at UNC.   The diverse group of participants, which included global policy makers, researchers, implementers, funders and entrepreneurs,… Read more »

Sobsey’s simpler water test is ‘a driver for change’

Oct. 17, 2013   An article by Courtney Mitchell, published in the Oct. 15 University Gazette, describes the Compartment Bag Test, developed by Kenan Distinguished Professor Mark Sobsey, PhD, to test the safety of drinking water in low-resource areas. The article is reprinted here with permission. According to a 2012 UNC study, 1.8 billion people… Read more »

Surratt wins AAAR’s outstanding dissertation award

Oct. 3, 2013   Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE), has won the prestigious Sheldon K. Friedlander Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). Surratt was recognized Oct. 2 at the AAAR’s 32nd annual conference in Portland, Ore.   The award, which recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation in… Read more »