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UNC Faculty Member Wins Grant to Support Research on GenX, Other Environmental Contaminants in North Carolina

On April 9, the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory announced $430,000 in grants for three research projects to address emerging contaminants in North Carolina, including GenX, a potentially toxic industrial compound that has been detected in the Cape Fear River.

[Photo: Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson]

Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and co-leader of the Collaboratory research team, is a primary recipient of the funding.

“GenX was identified last summer as a potentially dangerous contaminant in our state’s drinking water, and these projects will help us to better understand the scope of this issue and how it might be addressed,” said Dr. Albert Segars, chair of the N.C. Policy Collaboratory advisory board, PNC Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and faculty director of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise. “By funding research that addresses these kinds of timely environmental quality concerns, the Collaboratory is fulfilling its mission of connecting university research to policy in service to North Carolina citizens.”

The grants will support the following projects:

The Collaboratory research team, co-led by Dr. MacDonald Gibson and Dr. Detlef Knappe, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at North Carolina State University, includes faculty members from East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington and Duke University.

About the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory
Established in summer 2016 by the North Carolina General Assembly, the Collaboratory aims to facilitate dissemination of the University of North Carolina’s policy and research expertise for practical use by state and local government. The Collaboratory facilitates and funds research related to environmental and economic components of the management of North Carolina’s natural resources and of new technologies for habitat, environmental and water quality improvement. To date, the Collaboratory has brought nearly $4 million in research funding to the UNC system.

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