2017 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Environmental Health Scholars Program at Duke University

Nancy Lauer

Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University

Ms. Nancy Lauer’s research aims to understand radionuclides as both useful tracers and harmful contaminants.  She focuses primarily on Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM; Ra-226, Ra-228, and Pb-210) in wastes from coal combustion and hydraulic fracturing in order to (1) develop radioisotopic fingerprints for air, water, and soil pollution and (2) quantify the total radioactivity associated with these processes.  Nancy completed her undergraduate degree in Geology from the College of William and Mary in 2013 and started her Ph.D. at Duke University that same year.