Aug 28 2014

Life along the river

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UNC Research feature on undergraduate student Jack Largess and his summer spent documenting life along the Catawba River: http://vimeo.com/104545284

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Aug 26 2014

Gentry leads preparedness training exercise in NC’s Vance County

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Bill Gentry, MPA, and director of the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (CPDM) program at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health recently conducted a statewide water rescue training exercise that was attended by over 245 first responders, including National Guard, state police, and county and local emergency professionals. For more information: http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/gentry-leads-preparedness-training-exercise-in-ncs-vance-county/.

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Aug 26 2014

2014 Water and Health Conference scholarship winners and side event schedule

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Among the scholarship recipients for the 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets PolicyMd. Mahbubur Rahman of icddr,b was awarded the top prize. He will give a verbal presentation of his work entitled Measuring Intervention Fidelity to Assess Implementation Gaps in a Sanitation Intervention Component of a Randomized Controlled Trial.

 

Additional scholarship recipients from low- and middle-income countries:

Carlos Pascual, Future University, Abstract: Impacts of WaSH Programme in Darfur: Assessment of Water Pumping Systems for IDPs

Mahesh Neupane, Government of Nepal, Abstract: Mainstreaming Water Safety Plans in Water Supply Systems in Developing Countries; Experiences of Amarapuri as Best Practice from Nepal

Krushna Sahoo, Asian Institute of Public Health, Abstract: The Landscape of Sanitation-related Psychosocial Stress: A Grounded Theory Study of Women in Urban, Rural, and Indigenous Communities in Odisha, India

Ai Huynh, WaterSHED, Abstract: HappyTap: Aspirational Handwashing Device Commercialization in Vietnam

Bayan Athamneh, Royal Scientific Society, Abstract: A Social Marketing Program to Enhance Water Conservation in Jordan

 

US student author scholarship recipients:

Anna Murray, Tufts University,  Abstract: Fouling in Hollow Fiber Membrane Microfilters Used for Household Water Treatment in Honduras

Jennifer Orgill, Duke University, Abstract: Poor Neighborhood Hygiene and Low Water Quality Investment

 

Additionally, the full side event schedule is now available: http://whconference.unc.edu/files/2014/08/side-event-schedule-2014-08-25a.pdf.

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Aug 26 2014

2015 Nexus Conference call for abstracts

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Abstracts are now being accepted for verbal and poster presentations for the Nexus 2015: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference until October 31, 2014.

Scheduled for March 15-17, the conference brings together scientists and practitioners working in government, civil society and business, and other stakeholders to focus on how and why the nexus approach can be used on local and international levels. For more information: http://nexus.unc.edu/.

The themes for abstract submissions are:

Sustainable and Resilient Development at a Local Level

Transboundary, National and Local Nexus Governance

Corporate Stewardship of the Nexus

Financing in a Nexus World

Sustainable Agriculture

Water Stress, Vulnerability, and Health

Managing Resources: Optimizing Co-Demands

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Aug 26 2014

Semi-finalists announced in Future Technologies for Water (FTW) competition

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The 15 semi-finalists for the Water Institute at UNC’s FTW (Future Technologies for Water) Competition have been announced. The top three candidates will present their innovations at the 2014 Water and Health Conference, where a winner will be chosen. The first-place winner will receive $15,000 and the second-place winner will receive $5,000. For more information: http://ftw.waterinstitute.unc.edu/entrants/.

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Aug 25 2014

2014 Water and Health Conference Early Bird Registration Deadline

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Friday August 29 is the deadline to register for the 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy at the early bird rate of $395. Scheduled for October 13-17, this week-long event will consider drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. For more information: http://whconference.unc.edu/.

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Aug 25 2014

UNC Biology faculty water research published in international scientific journals

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UNC Biology professor John Bruno’s research was recently published in two international scientific journals, the first of which was a paper titled “How do coral reefs recover?” that summarized his most current findings on coral reef management. The second was titled “Economic development and coastal ecosystem change in China” that highlighted the need for a national policy of environmental management to protect China’s human-ocean ecosystem. These papers were published in the journal SCIENCE and NATURE’s Scientific Reports respectively. To view both documents in full:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6199/879.full.

http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140808/srep05995/full/srep05995.html.

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Aug 15 2014

UNC-led team given $2.2 million grant to develop water strategy for Southeast

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An interdisciplinary team led by Greg Characklis, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Watershed Science and Management at the UNC Institute for the Environment, was recently awarded a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop strategies for meeting future water demands in the Southeastern United States. For more information: http://uncnews.unc.edu/2014/08/14/grant-to-develop-water-strategy/.

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Jul 23 2014

Future Technologies for Water Competition Deadline Approaching

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The deadline to submit an application for the FTW (Future Technologies for Water) Competition is July 31. The competition aims to identify breakthrough technologies for safe water with a sustainable business plan with wide-scale applicability.

The first-place winner will receive $15,000 and the second-place winner will receive $5,000. For more information: http://ftw.waterinstitute.unc.edu/.

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Jul 23 2014

Water Institute Data Featured in 2014 UN Millennium Development Goals Report

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UNC Water Institute data on fecal contamination of drinking water in low- and middle-income countries is featured on page 44 of the 2014 UN Millennium Development Goals report. To view the full report: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/2014%20MDG%20report/MDG%202014%20English%20web.pdf.

 

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