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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

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 »

FerryMon featured on NCNOW show

Hans Paerl WUNC TV featured ESE Joint Professor Hans Paerl as he discussed the importance of the NC Ferry-based water quality monitoring program, FerryMon on their “NCNOW” show on Thursday, 24 April at 7:30 PM.  

Thirteen public health students receive Graduate School’s Impact Award

April 11, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health students won nearly a third of the 2013 Impact Awards presented at the annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, held April 10 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.   The awards won by Gillings students – 13 of them – were for… Read more »

Trees plus man-made emissions create dangerous particulate matter

April 09, 2013 A new study has identified an unexpected source of particulate matter creation that potentially could produce damaging effects on human beings – trees.The study found that isoprene, which is the most abundant hydrocarbon emitted from trees, once oxidized by our atmosphere, is reacting with human-made nitrogen oxides to create unforeseen particulate matter…. Read more »

Endeavors magazine features Rose Cory’s climate change research

April 08, 2013 In a March 21 posting on the website of Endeavors, UNC’s research magazine, Mark Derewicz writes about Rose Cory, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Cory has “unmasked a new culprit in the case of quickening climate change,” writes Derewicz, in his… Read more »

Rusyn appointed to NRC committees to evaluate human cancer hazard of formaldehyde and styrene

April 04, 2013 An environmental sciences and engineering professor at Gillings School of Global Public Health once again will lend his expertise to a national group of scientists charged with evaluating the validity of research about potentially carcinogenic chemicals. Dr. Ivan Rusyn Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, begins service this month as an appointed member of… Read more »

Public health students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 02, 2013 Seven public health undergraduates at Gillings School of Global Public Health were inducted this spring into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.The inducted students are Savan Kothadia, Thomas C. Lowrey and Madhulika Vulimiri, in health policy and management; Kevin K. Chu and Samantha Tulenko, in environmental… Read more »

ESE doctoral students win first-place PARTNER awards

  March 22, 2013   Matt Woody and Pradeepa Vennam, doctoral students in environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at Gillings School of Global Public Health, both won first prize recently for individual research papers submitted to the ninth annual Hartman student paper competition, sponsored by the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER)…. Read more »