ESE News Briefs
Isolated solutions aimed at just one sector miss out on efficiently resolving the resource challenges our world faces. This was the intuitive, yet challenging, premise that was explored at the Nexus 2014 Conference, March 5-8, hosted by the Water Institute at UNC. The Conference attracted participants from over 33 countries, who represented both science and policy perspectives.
ESE Associate Professor Rebecca Fry was honored on Monday, February 24, 2014 by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for innovation in teaching. Students vote for faculty members who “improve the learning environment by integrating new technologies, engaging students in interactive activities, and introducing and incorporating progressive curriculum ideas into the classroom.”
Steve Shoaf, who earned his MSPH from ESE in Aug. 1980, has been elected Vice President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality and supply of drinking water. Shoaf is currently Director of the Water Resources Department for the City of Asheville and the AWWA Director from North Carolina.
Alumnus Gary White (MSEE, 1995), who has been honored with Distinguished Alumnus Awards from the ESE Department and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, along with actor Matt Damon co-founded Water.org, a nonprofit that helps communities achieve sustainable water systems. They co-wrote a CNN opinion column about how safe water transforms lives.
Alumna Marjorie Aelion, PhD (ESE 1988) is this year’s winner of the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Aelion is currently Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Aelion will receive the award at the Foard Lecture at the UNC Friday Center on April 10th.
Singer, who retired from UNC in 2010, is the recipient of the American Water Works Association’s premier award, the 2014 Abel Wolman Award of Excellence, recognizing those whose careers in the water profession exemplify vision, creativity, and excellent professional performance. During his 40 year career, Singer directly assisted many utilities in North Carolina and nationally on drinking water quality issues.
ESE alumna Courtney Bumpers (BSPH 2006) was a two-time national gymnastics champion at Carolina. She managed to reach the top of her sport while also academically succeeding in a demanding program. In a recent story on the UNC website homepage, Bumpers said, “I liked that the gymnastics team all seemed to be smart women. They had good grades and they went on to do other things after gymnastics.”
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 Aquagenx LLC to request the use [more]
Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $120,000 grant by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to further his research on air pollution and human health. Specifically, Surratt’s research examines how human-caused pollutants interact with natural emissions [more]
A paper on this topic was the second most downloaded paper of 2013 from the journal Environmental Research Letters. Co-authored by Jason West, PhD, assistant professor, and Raquel A. Silva and Yuqiang Zhang, doctoral students, from the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, the study estimates [more]
A paper about global access to safe water was the second most downloaded paper of 2013 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The article was co-authored by Director of the Water Institute at UNC Jamie Bartram. A second paper co-authored by Bartram made the top ten. Bartram also scored the first, second and ninth most downloaded abstract views.
Professor Hans Paerl recently talked to WUNC Public Radio about how toxic algae blooms impact drinking water reservoirs and recreational waters. According to Paerl, toxic blue-green algae or cyanobacteria can damage the liver, intestines, and nervous system, and climate change worsens the threat because toxic blooms like it hot. Paerl is currently focused on the algae problem in China’s Lake Taihu.