Environmental Sciences and Engineering Research
Researchers conduct first quantitative analysis of water, sewer access disparities in 75 NC counties
April 16, 2018
A new study that examined access to water and sewer services in peri-urban areas suggests that two primary groups in North Carolina remain underserved: lower-income African-American populations and higher-income non-African-American populations.
MacDonald Gibson wins grant to support research on GenX, other environmental contaminants in NC
April 16, 2018
Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson has received funding from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory to study emerging contaminants in North Carolina, including GenX, a potentially toxic industrial compound that has been detected in the Cape Fear River.
Four UNC Gillings School researchers are among the world’s highly cited
March 2, 2018
Four Gillings School faculty members have been named to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list. They are Dr. Ralph Baric (epidemiology), Dr. Noel Brewer (health behavior), Dr. Hans Paerl (environmental sciences and engineering) and Dr. Barry Popkin (nutrition).
UNC Gillings School, RTI International to test for lead in drinking water at 300 Wake County households with young children
February 19, 2018
Private wells used for household drinking water are not routinely monitored for lead, which may put young children at risk for lead poisoning. The Gillings School and RTI International are partnering to offer free water and child blood lead tests for up to 300 Wake County, N.C., households using private wells for drinking water.
Groundbreaking study creates global estimates of environmental safety challenges in health-care facilities
February 16, 2018
A new study has produced, for the first time, estimates of the environmental conditions in health-care facilities in low- and middle-income countries around the world.
New research on global surface ozone levels highlights regions, populations most affected by air pollution
February 7, 2018
Dr. Joseph Pinto is a co-author of an international Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report that presents analyses of ozone levels around the world. The research was led by the universities of Leicester and Edinburg and 12 other institutions.
Characklis and team awarded $2.5M NSF grant to study flood, drought conditions in Oregon
February 2, 2018
Dr. Gregory Characklis is part of a team awarded a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to study the variability of flood and drought conditions in Oregon and the effects of those conditions on food, water and energy production in the region.
UNC launches innovative Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems
December 4, 2017
UNC has launched the Center on Financial Risk, a partnership between the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and the UNC Institute for the Environment. Dr. Greg Characklis, Philip C. Singer Distinguished Professor, is the center’s director.
Simulations show that slowing climate change globally would improve US air quality, save thousands of lives
November 14, 2017
Actions to significantly slow climate change would improve air quality in the United States, avoiding roughly 24,000 premature deaths associated with air pollution in the year 2050.
Nicotine alters gut microbiome differently in women, study finds
November 7, 2017
Studies have shown that women have greater difficulty in quitting smoking than do men, and a new study of mice by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health explores why that may be the case. Led by Dr. Kun Lu, the study finds that nicotine has a different impact upon the relationship of the brain and gut in women.