Environmental Sciences and Engineering News

Justin P. Crane – Master’s Thesis Final Defense

May 23, 2006 Justin Crane presents his Master’s Thesis Final Defense on Monday, May 8th at 3:15pm in 1305 McGavran-Greenberg building. Full details follow.Determining whether Household Water and Sanitation Indicators can be used for Ex-ante Evaluations to Identify the Poor in Developing Countries This research examines how key household water and sanitation indicators can predict… Read more »

ESE sponsors SBRP International Conference in Kiev, Ukraine

May 23, 2006 ESE faculty, students and research staff attended the Superfund Basic Research Program’s (SBRP) conference, “Current and Future Challenges in Environmental Health, Toxicology and Food Safety in Eastern and Central Europe” held at the L. I. Medved’s Institute of Ecohygiene and Toxicology in Kiev, Ukraine on May 2-5, 2006. This international conference brought… Read more »

Sitthichok (Tony) Puangthongthub – Doctoral Dissertation Final Oral Defense

May 23, 2006 Tony Puangthongthub presents the final oral defense of his doctoral dissertation on Friday, May 26, 2006 at 1PM in room 2005 of the Michael Hooker Research Center. Details are as follows.Bayesian Maximum Entropy Space/Time Analysis of Ambient Particulate Matter and Mortality in Thailand Several epidemiological studies have confirmed the associations and estimated… Read more »

Chris Bendz – Final Oral Defense, MSPH Tech Report – 5/12/06

May 08, 2006 Chris Bendz presents his final oral defense of his MSPH technical report on Friday, May 12, 2006 at 9:00 AM in 1305 McGavran-Greenberg. Details are as follows:Performance Analysis Of North Carolina County Special Waste Management Programs This exploratory analysis examined the performance of North Carolina county programs that collect and manage two… Read more »

Sabrina Powell – Doctoral Dissertation Defense – May 8, 2006

May 05, 2006 Sabrina Powell presents her Doctoral Dissertation Defense on Monday, May 8th at 9:30am in 2301 McGavran-Greenberg. Full details follow.Stable Isotope Probing of Salicylate-Degrading Bacteria in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Soil Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widespread soil and sediment pollutants, and the carcinogenic nature of some PAHs has led to increased concern over… Read more »

Michelle Sullivan – Master’s Thesis Final Defense – May 10, 2006

May 04, 2006 Michelle Sullivan presents her Master’s Thesis Final Defense on Wednesday, May 10th at 10:00am in 1305 McGavran-Greenberg. Full details follow.A Microscale Investigation of Naphthalene Dissolution and Biodegradation (Under the direction of Dr. Frederic K. Pfaender) Biodegradation of PAHs by soil microbes is often hindered because the compounds are not always available to… Read more »

DiGiano wins 2006 AWWA Publications Award

April 26, 2006 Professor Francis A. DiGiano’s paper, and recent winner of the 2006 American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Science & Research Division Best Paper Award, entitled Pipe Section Reactor to Evaluate Chlorine – Wall Reaction, has been selected for the 2006 AWWA Publications Award. This award recognizes the best paper chosen from among… Read more »

Students and alumni inducted into Theta Chapter of Delta Omega in 2006

April 26, 2006 The UNC School of Public Health Theta Chapter of Delta Omega, the honorary public health society, inducted two Environmental Sciences and Engineering students and four alumni into the organization this year. The student inductees were recognized at the annual ESE Spring Picnic held on April 21. Inductees this year were:ESE Students Melanie… Read more »

Muaz Khalil – MSPH Technical Report Final Defense – April 28, 2006

April 26, 2006 Muaz Khalil presents his MSPH Technical Report Final Defense on Friday, April 28th at 9:00AM in 2301 McGavran-Greenberg. Full details follow. Genomic Sequencing of F+RNA as a Foundation for Development of Real-Time RT-PCR Assays (Under the direction of Dr. Jan Vinji, PhD) Male-specific RNA (F+RNA) coliphages, members of the family Leviviridae, have… Read more »

Invention by ESE Professors obtains licensing by NGI

April 20, 2006 An invention, Real-time Assay for the Detection of PARP Activation, by Jun Nakamura and James A. Swenberg was recently licensed by the National Genetics Institute (a subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America). This invention was previously approved a US patent in 2005. The Executive Summary is included below.Executive Summary of Invention: Real-time… Read more »