November 08, 2013
Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson (CEE/EPP PhD ’07) Publishes New Book
Alumna, Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson (CEE/EPP PhD ’07) recently published “Environmental Burden of Disease Assessment: A Case Study in the United Arab Emirates.” The publication characterizes the environmental burden of disease in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), measured by the excess number of deaths and illnesses in the population due to exposure to environmental hazards. MacDonald Gibson and the members of her team use a methodology that can be used and applied in risk analysis and reduction methods to any region or country. Based on the results of the assessment, the publication summarizes the subsequent steps that are recommended to further reduce the burden of disease resulting from various environmental risk factors.
Dr. MacDonald Gibson currently is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is interested in research on topics at the interface between environmental science and public policy. She is the principal investigator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Environmental Health Project. The goals of the project are to asses health risks due to environmental pollution of all kinds in the UAE and to develop a strategy for new policies to reduce those risks.