Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

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 »

Rusyn named to NRC committee on safer chemical substitutions

Sept. 26, 2013   Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named to the National Research Council’s committee, “Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutions – A Framework to Inform Government and Industry Decisions.” The Council is under the auspices of… Read more »

Reducing greenhouse gases benefits air quality, saves lives

Sept. 23, 2013   A new study finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions – key to slowing global climate change – also will decrease outdoor air pollution and may save the lives of more than two million people annually in the future. Further, when examined in monetary terms, these benefits to human health are shown… Read more »

Gatti Receives a Fellowship for Graduate Environmental Study from the US EPA

Daniel M. Gatti Dan Gatti (PhD, Rusyn Advisor) was awarded an EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship for his proposal entitled “Genome-wide in-silico modeling of liver gene regulatory networks.” The EPA STAR Fellowships are highly competitive awards made once every two years to a select group of students nationwide. The purpose of the fellowship… Read more »

Faculty promotions announced

Aug. 22, 2013   Leaders at Gillings School of Global Public Health have announced recent faculty promotions as of Aug. 1, 2013.             Faculty members receiving promotions are: William Carpenter, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management, effective July 1 Yufeng Liu, PhD, professor of statistics and operations research,… Read more »

Revised public health-focused engineering master’s to be offered in fall 2014

Aug. 13, 2013   The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering has announced the fall 2014 debut of a revised Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEE) degree program, which will focus on engineering practice within the context of public health.   Students will learn principles of public health and epidemiology, as well as environmental… Read more »

Reducing carbon monoxide emissions: a win-win for air quality and climate change

Aug. 1, 2013 Curtailing emissions of a common non-greenhouse gas can improve air quality regionally in the near term and contribute globally to the reduction of two detrimental greenhouse gases. A new study led by Meridith Fry, PhD, recent alumna of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, examines… Read more »

Pollutants from burning incense cause inflammatory response in human lung cells

 July 25, 2013   Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers have examined incense as a source of indoor air pollution in the Arabian Gulf Peninsula and found that the common practice may cause an inflammatory response in the cells of people exposed to its smoke and gaseous combustion products.   Rebecca Cohen, master’s student… Read more »

ESE’s Rick Luettich helps keep residents safe in coastal NC

  July 19, 2013 Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are helping North Carolinians better prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms through the use of advanced computing technology and collaboration with local and state emergency managers. Dr. Rick Luettich (Photo by Dan Sears) Rick Luettich, ScD, developer of the Advanced Circulation… Read more »