Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Study measures toxic metal levels in children residing in Vietnamese smelting village

March 12, 2014 Recycling car batteries by smelting them into lead ingots may recharge a community’s economy, but a study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health indicates that the resulting exposure to toxic metals can affect children who live near the smelters. The research team included Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor,… Read more »

Water Institute’s Nexus 2014 conference to influence United Nations’ development goals

March 8, 2014 The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted its Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference March 5-8. The event, which brought together leaders in business, government, nongovernmental organizations and research, explored innovative and sustainable solutions regarding the intersection, or nexus, of the world’s water, food,… Read more »

Water Institute receives Wells Fargo funding to map climate change vulnerability

March 6, 2014 A new two-year grant from Wells Fargo and Company will allow The Water Institute at UNC to continue essential work related to climate change. The grant, announced March 6 at the Institute’s Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference, provides continued funding for the Institute to examine drinking water and sewage… Read more »

Eight faculty members selected as innovative teachers at ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event

March 3, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Feb. 24 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s third annual Teaching Innovation Awards. Awardees included Steve Cole, PhD  (epidemiology),… Read more »

BSPH student to speak at TEDxUNC this weekend

Feb. 11, 2014 Safiyah Ismail, junior environmental health science major in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, will be one of 19 presenters at the TEDxUNC 2014 conference, on Feb. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. in UNC’s Memorial Hall. TEDxUNC is an annual conference held at The University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

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 »