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Study calls for new global standard for water and sanitation

January 15, 2015 A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access. The study, “Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag Behind Water?,” highlights that current benchmarks for… Read more »

ESE’s West selected as Stanford University Leopold Leadership Fellow

January 15, 2015 Jason West, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, was one of 20 researchers in the U.S. and Canada selected as a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Based at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at… Read more »

Study to examine Ebola’s survival rate, disinfection in sewage

January 13, 2015 One of the effects of contracting the Ebola virus is severe diarrhea, which is literally flushed down the drain. But is this creating a new potential hazard, especially for sewer workers and others who may come in contact with this waste? The University of North Carolina will attempt to answer this question… Read more »

King joins student affairs office as admissions officer

January 7, 2015 W. Johnston King, MA, has joined the Gillings School’s Office of Student Affairs as admissions coordinator, effective Jan. 5. In that newly-created role, King, in collaboration with student services managers in the School’s academic units, will coordinate Schoolwide prospective student events, manage the Gillings Program Search (GPS) and serve as the School’s… Read more »

Glaze, pioneering environmentalist and former ESE professor and chair, dies at 80

December 20, 2014 William Howard Glaze, PhD, former professor and chair of environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Dec. 17 at the age of 80. Dr. Glaze was founding director of the Carolina Environmental Program, which later became UNC’s Institute for the Environment (IE). “Bill’s expansive vision… Read more »

Burning synthetic fireplace logs may increase breast cancer risk

December 17, 2014 ’Tis the season to be burning synthetic fire logs, but a new study from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health reports that using these prepackaged fireplace staples also could increase the chances of developing breast cancer. Alexandra White, MSPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the Gillings School, is first author of the… Read more »

Compact development reduces air pollution but may harm health, study finds

December 11, 2014 An analysis by a team of North Carolina-based environmental and planning researchers concludes that densely populated regions with compact urban development that discourages commuting by car—widely touted as a way to increase public exercise and reduce harmful automobile emissions—may only slightly lower average regional particulate matter (PM) concentrations in air. However, such… Read more »

HB doctoral candidate adds expertise to special journal supplement on adolescent sexual health

December 15, 2014 This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health launched a special edition containing six review papers related to progress made in the last 20 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. The special edition was coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Women’s Health… Read more »

HPM alumna appointed Hawaii’s DHS director

December 11, 2014 Gillings School alumna Rachael Wong, DrPH, has been appointed director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Her appointment was announced Dec. 3 by Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige. Wong most recently has served as vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, where she leads… Read more »

Oberlander’s NEJM commentary: Supreme Court holds power to undo Affordable Care Act

December 10, 2014 The Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010 as part of the most significant reorganization of the U.S. health-care system since Medicare’s introduction in 1965. Its supporters saw it as a way to provide access to health care for nearly 47 million uninsured, to allow… Read more »