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Study calls for new global standard for water and sanitation

A new study conducted 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. Published in PLOS ONE and co-led by Dr. Jamie Bartram, the study found that using different benchmarks for water and sanitation masked deficits in household water access.


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Dr. Jason West

Dr. Jason West

ESE’s West selected as Stanford University Leopold Leadership Fellow

Dr. Jason West is 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 Stanford University, the Leopold Leadership Program provides outstanding academic environmental researchers with skills and approaches for communicating and working with partners in nongovernmental organizations, business, government and communities to integrate science into decision-making.


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Dr. Mark Sobsey

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

Kenan Distinguished Professor Dr. Mark Sobsey will conduct a National Science Foundation-funded study to examine potential hazards for sewer workers and others who come in contact with human fecal waste infected with Ebola. Sobsey received $120,420 to quantify and characterize the rate and extent of inactivation of a mutant Ebola strain in feces and raw sewage.


Alexandra White

Alexandra White

Burning synthetic fireplace logs may increase breast cancer risk

Alexandra White, MSPH, epidemiology doctoral student, is first author of the study, “Indoor Air Pollution Exposure from Use of Indoor Stoves and Fireplaces in Association with Breast Cancer,” published in Environmental Health. Both wood and synthetic logs are sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which cause mammary cancer in animals, and both contribute to air pollution. The researchers found, however, that only the synthetic logs were associated with increased breast cancer risk in humans.


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