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Giving the Environmental Workforce of Tomorrow a Green Light
To ensure a healthy future for all Americans, EPA is off and running in the race to develop a well-trained and diverse environmental workforce. EPA awarded 98 research fellowships in 2007 for students pursuing degrees in environmental studies through the Agencys Science to Achieve Results (STAR) and Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) programs.
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Steve Johnson with Spelman College president, Dr. Beverly TatumGROwing Environmental Leaders for Tomorrow
Help Wanted. America will face enormous environmental challenges in the coming years, and there is a shortage of students, particularly minority and females, pursuing degrees in environmental sciences. To ensure a diverse environmental workforce in the future, EPA is awarding Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowships totaling $166,000 to four students studying environmental fields at Spelman College, a historically black womens college.
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John Froines  source:http://www.coeh.ucla.edu/faculty/froines.htmlNPR Interview Reveals Concerns About New School Sites in LA
John Froines, principal investigator from the NCER funded Southern California PM Center, was interviewed by NPR's Mandalit del Barco on Morning Edition about their research findings in a broadcast about air pollution from freeways impacting children's lungs.
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Delaware Small Business Receives Tibbetts Award from EPA
SBIR logo The Environmental Protection Agency on October 11, 2007 recognized Delaware-based Compact Membrane Systems Inc. for developing a new system to reduce emissions from gas stations.
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National Childrens Study Icon EPA-funded Researchers Lead the Way in Children's Health Research
Protecting children's health is one of the highest priorities at EPA. To ensure healthy U.S. children, three EPA-funded researchers will assume key roles in the National Children's Study, the largest study ever on the effects of environmental and genetic factors on child and human health in the United States.
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P3 logo New Video Captures the Excitement of the P3 Expo on the Mall
A new EPA video captures the energy, vitality and excitement of EPA's People Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) competition. The video was filmed during the 3rd annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the national mall.
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Dr. George Gray NCER Sponsors International Scientific Meeting on Biomonitoring
On September 24-25, 2007, NCER held an extremely successful meeting focused on the public health applications of human biomonitoring. Sponsored in conjunction with the International Council of Chemical Association, the event attracted more than 200 international participants representing government, academia, industry, media and nongovernmental organizations from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan.
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P3 Locally Grown Apples Inside EPA Article Focuses on Biomarker Grant Recipients
An Inside EPA article focuses on a recent STAR biomarker grant issued to Clark University to use models to derive a developmental reference dose and/or acceptable daily intake for the organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos. The grant award to Clark was one of five grants awarded recently under the EPA STAR program to develop computer models that can match biomarkers with exposure and/or dose for many chemicals including chlorpyrifos, diazinon, parathion, carbaryl, perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS).
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10 Years Protecting Childrens Health Children's Environmental Health Workshop - October 10 - 13, 2007
This workshop brings together the expertise and experience of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units of North America and the Children's Environmental Health Centers to explore the latest research findings and their practical application in community settings. This workshop recognizes ten years of federal effort to protect children's environmental health and provides the children's environmental health community with an opportunity to reflect on progress and formulate our vision for the future.
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Bioengineering for Pollution Prevention Through Development of Biobased Materials and Energy Bioengineering for Pollution Prevention Through Development of Biobased Materials and Energy
EPA has published a state-of-the-science report that examines scientists' understanding of plant-based alternatives to petroleum for materials and energy. Entitled, "Bioengineering for Pollution Prevention Through Development of Biobased Materials and Energy," the report looks at the progress made towards using plants and plant oils for plastics and fuels as well as the challenges for using these alternatives on scales large enough to meet society's needs and still protect the environment.
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Image of Cows NCER Launches new Endocrine Disruptors Research Web Site
NCER has launched a new science topics page about the endocrine disruptors research funded under the STAR grants program. These Endocrine Disruptor Research pages describe the multidisciplinary projects awarded to improve our understanding of EDC sources, fate and transport, exposures, biomarkers, and effects on individuals and populations. The aim of this research is to provide improved methods, data, and models that will lead to improved hazard assessments and reduced uncertainties in ecological and human risk assessments for EDCs.
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The Kojo Nnamdi Show on NPR New Approaches to Nanotechnology on NPR
Two representatives from NNI agencies were featured on a National Public Radio Program, produced in Washington, D.C.
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17 Cows per Tank
While most college seniors are eager to share the gaudy power specs of their favorite muscle car, Western Washington University’s Matt Joplin and Sean Parent are just as happy to talk cowpower as they are horsepower.
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Childrens Center Image NCER Launches Children's Environmental Health Website
NCER has launched a new web site to relay research results from a network of STAR centers for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research. The centers were established to explore ways to reduce children's health risks from environmental factors. The program is jointly funded by the EPA, through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants program, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) with additional expertise and low-cost laboratory services provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [Read More]

National Mall Picture Jeopardy Quizzes America with Environmental Clues
Jeopardy’s field correspondents, known as the “Clue Crew,” travel the world to find “unique, fascinating, and entertaining” facts. On April 24, the Clue Crew visited EPA’s National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, DC, where EPA Administrator Johnson was taped giving several clues for an upcoming show.[Read More]

National Sustainable Design Expo Winners Announced
Washington, D.C. - George Gray, Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development, today announced the winners of EPA's 3rd Annual P3 Awards - People, Prosperity, and the Planet. [Read More]

P3 Team Scales New Heights
The P3 team from Oberlin College was one of the original winners of EPA’s P3 Award in 2005.  Using funding from their award, the team was able to expand their project at Oberlin.[Read More]

NCER Impacts New Report on Nanotech and Life Cycle Assessment
On March 20, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars issued a new report concluding that life cycle assessment -- a cradle-to-grave look at a material, chemical, or product -- is an essential tool for ensuring that the commercialization of nanotechnology is safe, responsible, and sustainable.[Read More]

The National Sustainable Design Expo featuring EPA’s P3 Award
On April 24 and 25, more than 350 college and university students will head to the nation’s capital to compete for the EPA’s Third Annual P3 (People, Prosperity, Planet) Award on the National Mall in Washington, DC.[Read More]

Feasibility of Estimating Pesticide Exposure and Dose in Children Using Biological Measurements STAR Biomarkers Summary Report
The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants program is pleased to announce the release of a new report entitled "Feasibility of Estimating Pesticide Exposure and Dose in Children Using Biological Measurements." This report provides an overview of 12 research grants funded through the STAR program aimed at advancing the state of knowledge concerning children's exposure to pesticides through the use of biological markers, or biomarkers.[Read More]

Buckeyball Study Shows Buckyballs Penetrate Deeper, Faster When Skin is Flexed
Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that repetitive flexing movements increase the speed and depth at which tiny particles are absorbed through the skin, a finding that could have major implications in medical, consumer and industrial fields. [Read More]

New Scientist logo vol 2582 Lessons Learned from CNS
What do dental schools, rain gardens, and office parks have in common? They were all part of the discussion at a December, 2006 workshop exploring and sharing “lessons learned” from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS). [CNS Website | Read More]

SBIR Logo Poisonous Paint Cleaned in a Flash
As a researcher on Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" anti-ballistic missile programme in the 1980s, Ray Schaefer had to learn all about how laser beams interact with surfaces. Now he is applying his extensive knowledge to a very different task: making old houses safe for children. [Read More]

U.S. EPA/NHLBI/NIEHS Sponsored Meeting: The Role of Air Pollutants in Cardiovascular Disease
Great success in ORD, NHLBI and NIEHS sponsored meeting on the Role of Air Pollutants in Cardiovascular Disease, October 12-13, 2006, RTP, NC - NCER and NHEERL, together with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) sponsored the third biannual meeting to discuss the role of air pollutants in cardiovascular disease (CVD). [Read More]

Bill Whitaker report logo Troubled Waters For Our Sea Creatures
CBS News featured research by an NCER STAR funded team at the University of Southern California's Caron Lab and interviewed marine biologist Astrid Schnetzer. The team from USC are collecting, testing, and trying to determine what's causing an explosion of toxic algae suspected in the deaths and seizures of a growing number of marine mammals and birds along the Pacific coast. [Read More]

People In The News

Up to His Knees: Schoenfuss captures fish for study in the Grindstone River near Hinckley, Minn., looking for chemicals that mimic hormones STAR Grantee Featured in Newsweek
Heiko Schoenfuss, a STAR grantee and professor of biological sciences at St. Cloud State University, recently was cited in a Newsweek article (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18881799/site/newsweek/ exit EPA) regarding endocrine disruptors in the nation’s water.
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Photo of Lee Lynd Grantee Gets New Sustainability Award
Lee Lynd, former Technology for a Sustainable Environment (TSE) grantee, just won the first Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability.
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photo of Dr. Steven S. Fine STAR Grantee Joins NOAA Leadership
Dr. Steven S. Fine, a former EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) grantee, recently accepted the position of Director, Air Resources Laboratory (ARL) at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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NNI Guests Featured on Radio Program
Two representatives from NNI agencies, Jeffery Schloss exit EPA, Co-Chair, Trans-NIH Nano Taskforce, National Institutes of Health and Nora Savage, exit EPA Environmental Engineer, Office of Research & Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were featured on The Kojo Nnamdi Show exit EPA, a news magazine program on WAMU (88.5 FM), American University Radio in Washington, D.C.
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Photo of Arup K. SenGupta, John E. Greenleaf, Lee M. Blaney, Owen E. Boyd, Arun K. Deb Bringing Clean Drinking Water to India
EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) and People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grantee Arup K. SenGupta recently received the Grainger Challenge Silver Award from the National Academy of Engineering.
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Photo of Dr. Terry Gordon STAR Grantee Wins 2007 Stockholm Water Prize
Dr. Terry Gordon is an EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) grantee working on health issues related to Particulate Matter (PM) and other inhaled pollutants.
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Grant Applications Sought

5th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3 Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving sustainability.
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Fall 2008 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study.
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Exploratory Investigations in Food Allergy (R21): through NIH-NIAID
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, through its interagency partner NIH as well as the Food Allergy Project and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, are seeking applications for research projects on the mechanisms of and risk factors associated with IgE-mediated food allergy and related co-morbid conditions, focusing on ex vivo studies with human specimens and on studies with current or new animal models of food allergy.
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Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN): through NSF
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, through its interagency partner NSF are seeking proposals to create a national Center to conduct fundamental research and education on the implications of nanotechnology for the environment and living systems at all scales. The Center will address interactions of naturally derived, incidental and engineered nanoparticles and nanostructured materials, devices and systems (herein called nanomaterials) with the living world.
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Upcoming Broad Agency Announcement For Conferences, Workshops, and/or Meetings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be issuing a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting applications from eligible applicants for the planning, arranging, administering and conducting of conferences, workshops, and/or meetings that focus on scientific and technical research to protect human health and safeguard the environment.
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The 2007 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)
Open: November 2, 2006 - Closing: February 20, 2007.
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Grants Awarded

Building a Sustainable America - One Community at a Time
Even deep into the political debate season, there is one issue that generates much agreement: the need to go green while keeping the economy growing.
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Protecting Americans through Better Chemical Exposure Monitoring
EPA announced $4 million in grants to five institutions that will work on improving biomonitoring at the Public Health Applications of Human Biomonitoring Meeting.
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EPA and NIEHS Award $7.5M Grant to UC Davis for Renewed Autism Research
To continue federal progress on research on autism, EPA and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) announced renewed funding for The University of California/Davis's Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCEH) on August 8, 2007.
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New STAR Grant Award in Region 3
Pennsylvania State University will receive nearly $900,000 in grant funding from the EPA to develop a unique analytical method for prediction of climate and land cover change impacts related to the functional performance of freshwater wetlands.
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EPA Awards Grant to The University of Tennessee to Help Build Greener Pre-Fab Housing
EPA awarded the University of Tennessee a $295,970 grant to evaluate preferred materials to build environmentally sound modular and prefabricated housing and build a demonstration home. The University of Tennessee's project was one of 10 selected under a competitive, nationwide application process that drew 141 submissions.
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EPA Funds New Center to Study Children's Health New Center at Duke University First of Its Kind in the American South
EPA awarded Duke University nearly $8 million to support a 5-year study intended to improve public health. The new center at Duke University will be the first in the American South to study how social, environmental and genetic factors contribute to the recent rise in premature births and low birth weight.
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$2.9 Million in Small Business Contracts for New Environmental Technologies
EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program today announced the award of nearly $3 million to 13 companies to support their work in seven key environmental areas: nanotechnology, monitoring of air emissions, pollution prevention, hazardous waste management, water treatment, homeland security, and innovation in manufacturing.
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Two Mass. Companies Receive EPA Small Business Contracts for New Environmental Technologies
Two Massachusetts firms, one in Andover and one in Billerica, will be pursuing new environmentally-related projects thanks to EPA funding.
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EPA Awards Three Colorado Small Businesses $350,000 in Innovation Research Contracts
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a total of $350,000 in Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts to three small companies in Colorado. The companies receiving the innovation research contracts are: ADA Technologies, Inc. (Littleton), Eltron Research, Inc. (Boulder), and TDA Research, Inc. (Wheat Ridge).
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Past Events

2007 Southeast Regional Collegiate Environmental Science & Health Symposium
- November 14, 2007
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Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability Workshop
- November 8 – November 9, 2007
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Scientific Session at the American Public Health Association on Consequences of Global Change on Human Health
- November 6, 2007
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SBIR National Conference
- October 29 - November 1, 2007
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Region 1/ORD Regional Science Seminar
- October 24, 2007
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U.S EPA Workshop on Research Needs for Community-Based Risk Assessments
- October 18 - 19, 2007
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2007 Children's Environmental Health Workshop: Discover, Treat, Prevent, Prepare 2007 Children's Environmental Health Excellence and Recognition Award Ceremony
- October 10 - 13, 2007
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U.S. EPA Regional Science Training Workshop: Wetlands and the Evaluation of Ecosystem Services in a Watershed Context
- September 26 - 27, 2007
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AirQuality VI
- September 24 - 27, 2007
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Public Health Applications of Human Biomonitoring Meeting
- September 24 - 25, 2007
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Interagency Workshop on the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
- September 5 - 7, 2007
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SBIR Phase II Conference
- August 20 - 23, 2007
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U.S. EPA STAR Awards: Fate and Effects of Hormones in Waste From Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
- August 20 - 22, 2007
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User Interface Committee (UIC) Meeting on Earth Observations
- August 1 - 3, 2007
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U.S. EPA Workshop on Common Ground for Conserving Ecosystem Services: Contributions From the Sciences of Ecology and Economics
- July 10 - July 11, 2007
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Atmospheric Science Progress Review Meeting
- June 21 - June 22, 2007
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Connecticut SBIR Workshop
- June 19 - June 22, 2007
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U.S. EPA Workshop on Innovative Approaches for Detecting Microorganisms in Water
- June 18 - June 20, 2007
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HSRC Lessons Learned (Cancelled)
- June 14, 2007
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Ecological Thresholds in Aquatic Ecosystems: The Role of Climate Change, Anthropogenic Disturbance, and Invasive Species Progress Review
- June 7 - June 8, 2007
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International Science Forum on Computational Toxicology
- May 21 - May 23, 2007
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SBIR and ETV Region 6 Workshop
- May 8 - May 9, 2007
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SBIR National Conference
- April 30 - May 3, 2007
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National Sustainable Design Expo featuring EPA's P3 Award
- April 24 - April 25, 2007
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE), and National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) Valuation for Environmental Policy: Ecological Benefits Meeting
- April 23 - April 24, 2007
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HEI Annual Meeting
- April 15 - April 17, 2007
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U.S. EPA SBIR Phase I Kick-Off Meeting
- April 5 - April 6, 2007
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SBIR Region 3 Workshop
- March 29, 2007
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US-China Harmful Cyanobacterial Workshop
- March 26-28, 2007
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SBIR Region 3 Workshop
- March 22, 2007
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SBIR Maine Workshop
- February 28, 2007
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CAMRA ALL PI meeting Carnegie Mellon University
- February 27, 2007 – March 1, 2007
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Preparing Successful SBIR Phase I Proposals
- February 22, 2007
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Consequences of Global Change for Air Quality Progress Review
- February 20 – February 21, 2007
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CENR Federal Interagency Workshop on Endocrine Disruption in the Environment
- February 20 – February 22, 2007
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NCSE's 7th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Integrating Environment and Human Health
- February 1-2, 2007
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Integrated Modeling Workshop
- January 30, 2007 - February 1, 2007
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Children's Environmental Health Research: Past, Present, and Future
- January 22-24, 2007
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US EPA Early Indicators of Environmentally Induced Disease - Initial Grantees Meeting
- January 9, 2007
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