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Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

School faculty members take lead in reporting America’s Health Rankings

December 14, 2012   Faculty members at Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill were instrumental advisers in the development and review of the recently released 2012 America’s Health Rankings®. First offered in 1990, the rankings analyze and report on the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis.United… Read more »

ESE’s Cory receives Dreyfus award to advance environmental chemistry research

December 11, 2012 Rose Cory, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of nine researchers in the U.S. to receive the 2012 Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry award.   In July, Dr. Rose Cory collected water samples from the Sagavanirktok… Read more »

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 »

World Toilet Day is Nov. 19

November 19, 2012 If you have a private place to go to the toilet, you’re among the world’s fortunate. About 2.5 billion people in the world do not.   World Toilet Day, celebrated each year on Nov. 19, is intended to raise awareness and remind us of the changes that remain to be made.  … 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 »