Posts Categorized: Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

New Phi Beta Kappa members announced

November 27, 2012 Six Bachelor of Science in Public Health students at Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.   Among the 130 inductees at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were: Gwen Yung-Hsin Hwarng, a junior majoring… Read more »

Water Institute partners with water nonprofit in The Netherlands

  November 16, 2012 The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a new collaboration with the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in The Hague, The Netherlands, which will advance both organizations’ goal – to enhance the well-being of people in developing countries through improved water, sanitation and… Read more »

Chemical once used in degreasing, dry cleaning classified as carcinogenic

November 06, 2012 Trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical that was often used as a degreaser and in dry cleaning, has been reclassified from a cancer “hazard” to “carcinogenic to humans” during an evaluation by 18 international scientists, including Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD. Dr. Ivan Rusyn Rusyn is professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings… Read more »

ESE led team takes prize in finals of social business competition

November 01, 2012 Sanitation Creations, an entrepreneurial venture founded and led by Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering alumna Liz Morris, MS, was second runner-up in the inaugural UNC Social Business Conference, held Sept. 27 at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. The UNC-born company Sanitation Creations placed third overall in a recent… Read more »

ESE student’s practicum project aims to improve human health assessment

October 31, 2012 How do plasticizers, such as diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), cause cancer?   Mary Kushman, MD, a Master of Public Health candidate in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, asked the question in her role as a fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Human Health Risk… Read more »

Water Institute receives Wells Fargo grant to document vulnerability of water, sanitation systems

October 30, 2012 The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $75,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Company on Oct. 30, during the Institute’s annual Water and Health Conference. Wells Fargo also is the conference’s Platinum Sponsor.The funding enables The Water Institute to develop a state-by-state ranking system to… Read more »

Pioneering Water and Health Conference draws international attention, participation

October 29, 2012 The 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation kicks off this week to explore critical global issues in water and health and present the latest water-related research, education and outreach efforts.   Conference organizers expect 500 of the world’s leading water experts to gather in Chapel Hill, N.C., today through… Read more »

School researchers to present at ScienceWriters Conference 2012

October 24, 2012   Two members of the epidemiology faculty at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are presenters at the 2012 ScienceWriters Conference, held Oct. 26 – 30 in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Dr. Ralph Baric Dr. Steve Wing Ralph Baric, PhD, professor, will discuss “New vaccines I: Synthetic biology and the fight… Read more »

Vizuete receives $50,000 award from the NSF I-Corps

October 22, 2012 Dr. William Vizuete The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) has awarded $50,000 to William Vizuete, PhD, and his team to develop a company that will commercialize a patented air pollution technology developed at UNC laboratories. Vizuete is associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »