CULLOWHEE – Environmental health students and faculty from Western Carolina University received top awards at the recent National Environmental Health Association conference in Providence, R.I.
Nathan McNeilly and Bryan Reed, along with faculty collaborator Burton Ogle, presented their research titled “Evaluation of the Three Common Types of Septic Systems to Determine Failure Rates in North Carolina.” Kyle Jennings and faculty collaborator Phillip Kneller presented their research titled “Evaluation of the Loss of Nutrients by Two Different Types of Chicken Litter when Land Applied as Fertilizer.”
McNeilly is a 2001 graduate of Burns High School in Shelby. Reed is a 2001 graduate of Apex High School in Wake County. Both graduated from Western in May 2005 as environmental health majors.
Jennings is a 2001 graduate of Franklin High School, and is currently a senior environmental health and biology major at Western.
Attending students and their faculty collaborators are asked to present their research at the conference in a national competition sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year, Western won two of the three awards presented at the NEHE conference. Winning students received certificates and $500 cash awards, plus $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the conference. The faculty collaborators also received $500.
“Accredited environmental health programs such as the one at Western are very valuable programs to the CDC, because they put out future environmental health leaders,” said Capt. Michael E. Herring, public health service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “I was very impressed with the WCU students who attended this year’s conference. Their presentations were outstanding.”