|The vision of the Water Institute at UNC is to bring together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors and empower them to work together to solve the most critical global issues in water and health.|
Five hundred participants from 47 countries attended our fourth annual Water and Health Conference on October 14-18. Over the course of five days, attendees had the opportunity to attend a keynote address by serial entrepreneur Al Hammond, a high level panel discussion on the role of aid, 30 side events, including a Global Handwashing Day session, and more than 200 verbal and poster presentations on emerging topics in WaSH. Conference presentations, as well as videos of the keynote speech and panel discussion, are now available online.
On May 5-9, we will host the 2014 Water Microbiology Conference: Microbial Contaminants from Watersheds to Human Exposure, a forum for researchers and practitioners focused on the intersection of microbiology and public health. The broad themes for the Conference are: sources, exposure, analytical methods, and management and treatment. The call for abstracts will be announced in the next few weeks.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson has joined The Water Institute as our Associate Director for Research. Dr. MacDonald Gibson’s work focuses on constructing mathematical models that can be used to assess the impacts of alternative policies on environmental quality and public health. She has been an assistant professor at UNC in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering since 2007. Previously, she was the Associate Director of the Water Science and Technology Board at the US National Research Council.
The principal areas of work for this post-doctoral researcher position will include the review of evidence related to effective sanitation (from policy to programming) compliance and behaviors to impacts in terms of coverage and use, spanning both household and community facilities. The researcher would also conduct M&E related to sanitation for both traditional infrastructure provision and marketing-focused initiatives.
Two Post-doctoral Researcher Opportunities: National Tribal Water Center & Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Two post-doctoral positions are available for energetic, motivated PhD scientists interested in working among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The first position involves investigating the associations between water-related disease and different types of sanitation facilities, such as latrines, modular bathrooms and in-home facilities on reservations. The second position seeks to determine the perceived value of water provided by water treatment systems and develop a behavior change program to increase the perceived value. These positions are funded for at least one year, with up to three years based on performance and availability of funding. Both positions will start as soon as possible.
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In addition to our annual Water and Health Conference, we’ll be hosting two new conferences in 2014.
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