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Faculty Researchers

How we serve Faculty Researchers

The Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) partners with UNC researchers across campus to implement broader impacts activities on a variety of environmental science and health related projects. We also conduct community engagement and research translation core services for research centers within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, including the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS), the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP), and UNC CLEAN.


a group of people searching for insects in the forest

Caterpillars Count!

Citizen scientists, including middle and high school youth, who participate in Caterpillars Count! conduct surveys on trees and shrubs to aid in measuring the seasonal variation and abundance of arthropods like caterpillars and beetles.

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Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

The UNC CEHS Community Engagement Core (CEC) connects researchers with public health professionals, stakeholder agencies and public audiences throughout NC, and fosters dialogue among Center researchers and stakeholders about research needs.

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IDEA Learners Teacher Fellowship

Iterative Design to Engage All (IDEA) Learners Teacher Fellowship Program is a long-duration professional development program for grades 9-12 science teachers to incorporate the science of PFAS into classroom instruction.

Megan Lane in lake measuring elevation for LOCSS project

Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists & Satellites (LOCSS)

We are enlisting citizen scientists to collect lake height measurements all over the world. These measurements, paired with satellite imagery of lake area, are helping us learn how water storage varies regionally.

Mason jar with water sample

Superfund Research Program

With leading roles in the Community Engagement Core (CEC) and Research Translation (RT) team for the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP), CPES increases understanding of harmful environmental exposures such as inorganic arsenic and develop solutions to prevent exposure to these contaminants in well water.

Johnson and Graves working together.


Through professional development focused on identifying and reducing exposure to environmental hazards in home and community settings, we propose to enhance the capacity of childcare and public health professionals to recognize hazards and recommend risk reduction strategies.


Made Possible by:

Funding Source

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


  • Clean Water for NC
  • Tennessee Technological University Department of Computer Science
  • UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
  • UNC Department of Geological Sciences
  • Union County Environmental Health
  • University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Winyah Rivers Alliance