NSF funds UNC scientists to explore potential COVID-19 aerosol transmission

August 3, 2020
In an effort to further our understanding of how COVID-19 is spread, the National Science Foundation has funded a team of researchers at the Gillings School, led by Dr. Barbara Turpin, to study the SARS-CoV-2 virus' potential for aerosol transmission.

Gillings faculty urge World Health Organization to address potential airborne spread of COVID-19

July 14, 2020
Drs. Barbara Turpin, Glenn Morrison and Jason Surratt from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering have joined more than two hundred scientists in signing an open letter to the World Health Organization expressing concern about the potential airborne spread of COVID-19.

Governments need rigorous and consistent standards to address environmental health for people who are displaced

March 6, 2020
Forcibly displaced people face a number of environmental health challenges that can vastly differ depending on the response by the countries that host them. New research from the Gillings School calls for a consistent and thorough set of standards that can address these challenges holistically.

New research identifies low-cost options for reducing health impacts of air pollution

February 20, 2020
“The limitation with [the] traditional approach is that there are many possible control actions and technologies affecting emissions from many different sources, and it is impractical to sort through all the choices,” says Dr. Jason West. “Using a simpler model, we turned that approach around to essentially ask which emission reductions are most cost-effective for improving public health.”

A booming cannabis industry could have critical impact on Denver’s air quality

December 19, 2019
New research from Dr. William Vizuete indicates that the emissions from cannabis cultivation factories for recreational and medicinal use could strongly impact the regional air quality in Denver, Colorado.

Miller receives supercomputer grant to investigate multiphase porous medium systems

December 17, 2019
The U.S. Department of Energy's INCITE program has awarded Dr. Cass Miller and his team time at an Oak Ridge Laboratory supercomputer as part of their research into multiphase porous medium systems.

Water Institute uses data to strengthen WaSH systems in Pacific Island countries

December 11, 2019
Pacific Island countries lag behind the rest of the world in terms of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services. The Water Institute collaborated with UNICEF Pacific to investigate the problem.

10 Gillings faculty members named Highly Cited Researchers by Web of Science

December 10, 2019
Ten academics from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were recently named Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from the Web of Science Group.

Gut microbiota can lessen the toxic effects of arsenic exposure, helping prevent heart disease

October 31, 2019
New research conducted by researchers at the UNC Gillings School suggests that manipulating gut microbiota – microorganisms that live in the digestive tract – can mitigate the effects of arsenic exposure, a known cause of heart disease.

North Carolina tropical cyclone-driven coastal flooding is worsening with climate change, population growth

July 26, 2019
Six of the seven highest precipitation events in coastal North Carolina since 1898 have occurred within the last 20 years.

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