UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

UNC CEHS researchers, staff and students conduct outreach activities that engage community audiences and share research findings to increase knowledge about environmental health issues and improve public health.
Research Highlight

Komen gives top scientific honor to CEHS breast cancer researcher

Susan G. Komen will present its highest scientific honor, the Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction, to Charles M. Perou, PhD, a renowned breast cancer researcher at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Perou is being recognized for cancer genomics research that demonstrated that breast cancer can be classified into different molecular subtypes, a finding that has had important clinical value.

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Recent publication highlights impact of pollution emitted near equator

“Emissions are growing in places where there is a much greater effect on the formation of ozone,” said Jason West, who led the research at UNC-Chapel Hill with former graduate student and first author Yuqiang Zhang. Tropospheric ozone change from 1980 to 2010 dominated by equatorward redistribution of emissions, appearing in the Nov. 7 advance online issue of Nature Geoscience, provides a much-needed path forward on where in the world to strategically reduce emissions of pollutants that form ozone.

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Students contribute to a flow chart drawn on a classroom chalkboard.
Outreach Highlight

Students contribute to a flow chart.

Recent publication initiates a social science based-framework

Stemming from conversations with the COEC about working with community partners, NIEHS grantees and staff  published Collaborating for Systems Change: A Social Science Framework for Academic Roles in Community Partnerships. The framework described in the publication is the first of its kind and will help academic and community partners initiate, implement, and evaluate their efforts to promote environmental health in the communities in which they work.

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COEC collaboration will engage youth and health professionals on climate & health

The Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) at the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility was awarded an Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) Program Administrative Supplement that will support an inter-center collaboration with COECs from the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan at Columbia University and the Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health at Harvard University.

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News & Events

Steve Wing, beloved teacher and committed activist, dies at 64

Dr. Steven Bennett Wing, activist for environmental justice and advocate for human rights, mentor and friend to many, died peacefully Nov. 9 in the company of his family in Chapel Hill, N.C., after a valiant battle with cancer.

Wing, associate professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, had been a member of the public health faculty since 1985. Educated at Vassar as an undergraduate and having earned a master’s degree in sociology at Duke, he completed doctoral studies in epidemiology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983.

Among his long list of honors, Wing was awarded the John O. Blackburn Award in October 2016 for his dedicated work in environmental justice. He was a foremost expert on radiation health effects and on health damage to people living near hog farms and he spoke out forcefully against allowing North Carolina to become a nuclear waste dumping ground.

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