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2010 News and Events Archive

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Featured Stories
P3 logoEPA Awards Grants for Students to Design Sustainable Technologies to Help Environment and Economy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 55 grants to teams of college and university students across the country who will design creative solutions to sustainability challenges in the developed and developing world.
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P3 logo8th 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 the overall sustainability of human society.
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TIME logoEPA STAR Research Shapes TIME Article on Fetal Origins
This month’s cover story in TIME magazine “How the first nine months shape the rest of your life” by Annie Murphy Paul, presents claims and findings of numerous researchers about fetal origins (the study of fetal exposures and their impacts on developmental health and disease).
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100 Day Update: Strengthening Environmental Justice Research and Decision Making
On March 17-19 2010, EPA co-sponsored a groundbreaking national meeting, Strengthening Environmental Justice Research and Decision Making: A Symposium on the Science of Disproportionate Environmental Health Impacts.
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P3 logo EPA's P3 2010 Award Winners: Champions Applying Innovation to Global Environmental Challenges
EPA announced the 2010 P3 Award Winners at an award ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Sciences. Paul Anastas, EPA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research & Development, increased the number of Phase 2 P3 Awards issued to 14, (totaling $1 million) this year because the projects were so impressive, and his belief that the P3 program is very important in developing the next generation of scientists and engineers whose ideas will solve global environmental issues.
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Cynthia Nolt-Helms. Photo Credit: greg helms P3 logo EPA's P3 Program: Inspiring a new Generation of Green Leaders
The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service selected Cynthia Nolt-Helms as Federal Player of the Week for her management of the P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) program, a competitive sustainable designs grant program for undergraduate college students.
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This image was created by artist Alec Icky Dunn for the Advocates for Environmental Human Rights.  This is one of several images originally used for a poster/education campaign trying to apply the United Nations laws for Internally Displaced Peoples to survivors of Katrina.  Contact the artist at: icky@justseeds.org for more info. Justseeds Artists Cooperative is a decentralized community of artists who have banded together to both sell their work online in a central location and to collaborate with and support each other and social movements.Making Environmental Justice A Part of EPA Research and Decision Making
On March 17-19, 2010, EPA collaborated on a science symposium to discuss seven areas of research that help explain why some populations, particularly minority, low income, and tribal populations, experience greater exposure to and human health impacts from environmental pollution.
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The SEED Prototype Thinking "Inside" the box: Innovative Emergency Housing May Help Haiti Earthquake Survivors
Clemson P3 Team researchers have been experimenting with ways to convert shipping containers into emergency housing in the hurricane-prone Caribbean, as well as in earthquake stricken areas. The team has accelerated its research so that the modified containers could be deployed for emergency housing to help Haiti earthquake survivors.
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Columbia Center for Childrens Environmental Health finds Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Is Linked to Childhood Developmental Delays
Exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifoswhich is banned for use in U.S. households but is still widely used throughout the agricultural industryis associated with early childhood developmental delays, according to a study by researchers at Columbia Universitys Mailman School of Public Health.
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Columbia Center for Childrens Environmental Health finds Use of Acetaminophen in Pregnancy is Associated with Increased Asthma Symptoms in Children
Children who were exposed to acetaminophen prenatally were more likely to have asthma symptoms at age five in a study of 300 African-American and Dominican Republic children living in New York City.
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EPA Awards $2 Million to Support Local Research on the Consequences of Climate Change
The EPA is awarding a total of $2.1 million in grants to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to explore public health and environmental aspects of climate change. These local grants are part of nearly $17 million awarded to universities nationwide by EPA’s Office of Research and Development.
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P3 Expo Among Events Celebrating Earth Day
Its time to celebrate, because this month (April 22, to be exact) Earth Day Turns 40! And the lineup of events around the world is bigger and better than ever.
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EPA Hosts Symposium to Strengthen Research and Policy on Environmental Justice
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a three-day symposium in Washington, D.C. on March 17-19 to look for opportunities to better assess and address environmental justice in environmental policy and regulatory decision making.
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Devon Payne-Sturges Dr. Payne-Sturges Wins Journal Award
Congratulations to NCER’s Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges for winning the Environmental Science & Technology’s Editor Choice Award for Best Paper, 2nd Runner-up in the Science Category.
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Earth's Seawinds EPA Awards $17 Million to Support Research on the Impacts of Climate Change Twenty-five universities to explore public health and environmental facets of climate change
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding nearly $17 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants to universities across the country to study the consequences of climate change on the air we breathe and the water we drink.
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The Nanoremediation Site MapNew Nanotechnology Review Article Focuses on Environmental Clean-up
Dr. Barbara Karn of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) is lead author on a recently published article in Environmental Health Perspectives1 entitled Nanotechnology and In Situ Remediation: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Risks.
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University of Rochester Medical Center logo as seen on http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/Particulate Matter Can Cause Respiratory, Vascular and Cardiac Damage
The Rochester Particulate Matter Research Center recently released a report that integrates the results of many of their PM health effects studies. The report, entitled Assessment of Ambient UFP Health Effects: Linking Sources to Exposure and Responses in Extrapulmonary Organs, shows that ultrafine air particles (particulate matter or PM) can cause significant health effects in the respiratory, vascular, and cardiac systems, especially in the elderly and those with atherosclerotic vascular disease.
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Annika Mosier is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Earth  System Science at Stanford University. Her work is funded by an EPA Science to  Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Research Fellowship. Keeping Algal Blooms at Bay
According to the EPA’s National Coastal Conditions Report III (2008), the “overall condition of the nation's coastal waters is fair.”  Green slime, dead fish, beach closings, posted warnings against swimming, fishing, and drinking the water attest to this bleak assessment.
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Amy Mueller is a Ph.D.  candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Powering up Lesotho
Let’s play environmental Jeopardy. Who, where or what is Lesotho? Answer: What is a small nation completely surrounded by the country of South Africa?  Lesotho is a mountainous, land-locked, underdeveloped nation in need of clean, renewable energy if it is to progress towards a sustainable economy.
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Exploring New Air Pollution Health Effects Links in Existing Datasets
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing to use existing datasets from health studies to analyze health outcomes for which the link to air pollution is not well established, or to evaluate underlying heterogeneity in health responses among subgroups defined by susceptibility or extent and/or composition of exposure.
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Increasing Scientific Data on the Fate, Transport and Behavior of Engineered Nanomaterials in Selected Environmental and Biological Matrices
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are seeking applications proposing research to provide data that improves the scientific understanding of fate/transport and behavior of engineered nanomaterials.
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Multimedia
Research Suggests Reductions in Particulate Air Pollution May Lead to Increased Life Expectancy


EPA's Administrator, Lisa Jackson Video Lisa Jackson Tasks the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers to Seize the Moment to Develop a Green Economy


Grant Applications Sought
Fall 2011 EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study.
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Black Carbon's Role In Global To Local Scale Climate And Air Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research into black carbon (BC), related co-pollutants, and other short lived climate forcers (SLCF) and their effects on climate change and air quality.
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Computational Toxicology: Biologically-Based Multi-Scale Modeling
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for research in developing quantitative, dose-response models to elucidate the associations between environmental agents and toxicity pathways across multiple scales of biological organization.
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Research to Improve Risk Communication Strategies During and After the Decontamination/Clearance Phase of an Intentional Biological Release
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications proposing development of effective risk communication strategies during and after decontamination and clearance activities associated with an intentional biological indoor and outdoor wide area contamination.
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Science in Energy and Environmental Design (SEED): Engineering Sustainable Buildings
The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation has established the Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) to serve a critical role in focusing on important emerging areas in a timely manner. For this solicitation, we will consider proposals that aim to investigate emerging frontiers in the following two specific research areas: (1) Renewable Energy Storage (RESTOR), and (2) Science in Energy and Environmental Design (SEED): Engineering Sustainable Buildings. This solicitation will be coordinated with NSF Directorates listed above, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Approaches to Assessing Potential Food Allergy from Genetically Engineered Plants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is issuing this request for applications (RFA) for applied research on innovative or improved methods to predict whether or not a pesticide protein is a food allergen.
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Increasing Scientific Data on the Fate, Transport and Behavior of Engineered Nanomaterials in Selected Environmental and Biological Matrices
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are seeking applications proposing research to provide data that improves the scientific understanding of fate/transport and behavior of engineered nanomaterials.
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Fall 2010 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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Grants Awarded
EPA's SBIR EPA Awards Small Businesses to Develop New Environmental Technologies
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded nearly $2.5 million to 11 companies to support their work in eight key environmental areas: monitoring and control of air emissions, biofuels, green buildings, drinking water monitoring, hazardous waste monitoring, water infrastructure, homeland security, nanotechnology and innovation in manufacturing.
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EPA's SBIR Phase 1 Solicitation now open EPA Awards $2 Million to Small Businesses to Develop Ground-Breaking Technologies
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $2.38 million to 34 small businesses to develop innovative, sustainable technologies to protect human health and the environment.
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Past Events

Air 40 Webinar Series: Five Years of Progress in PM Research - December 15, 2010

Public Health Indicators Progress Review Workshop - Fall 2010

EPA/ORD's Grant Process How it Works - December 9, 2010

Air 40 Webinar Series: Five Years of Progress in PM Research - December 8, 2010

Air 40 Webinar Series: Five Years of Progress in PM Research - December 1, 2010

Air 40 Webinar Series: Five Years of Progress in PM Research - November 17, 2010

Novel Approaches to Improving Air Pollution Emissions Information Kick Off Meeting - November 16, 2010

Air 40 Webinar Series: Five Years of Progress in PM Research - November 10, 2010

U.S. EPA Nanotechnology Grantees Meeting - November 8 - 9, 2010

EPA/ORD's Grant Process How it Works and How Best to Compete - October 28, 2010

Protecting Children's Health for a Lifetime: Environmental Health Research Meets Clinical Practice and Public Policy - October 19 - 20, 2010

Adaptation Kick-off (B) (8 awards) & Science Policy Confab with OAQPS - October 5, 2010

GCAQ TNG Review (10 awards) - October 4, 2010

Air Quality in a Changing Climate - September 28, 2010

STAR Progress Review - Sources and Formation of Organic Aerosols - September 21, 2010

Benefits of Environmental Information Disclosure - September 22, 2010

STAR Progress Review - Sources and Health Effects of Coarse PM - September 22, 2010

STAR Kickoff Meeting - Impact of Global Change on Allergic Disease - September 22, 2010

Clean Air For All? - July 21, 2010

Air PollutionA Matter of the Heart - June 07, 2010

Breathe Cleaner, Live Longer - May 21, 2010

STAR Kickoff Meeting - Forecasting Ecosystem Services from Wetland Condition Analyses - May 12, 2010

The 6th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo - April 24 - 25, 2010

2010 National Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program Conference - April 20 - 23, 2010

Symposium: Biodiversity, Human Well-Being and Climate Change - April 19 - 20, 2010

EPA SBIR Phase I Kick-Off Meeting - April 9, 2010

EPA Grants Award Process Webinar - April 1, 2010

DOE/EPA Collaborative Review Tracking Geologically Sequestered CO2: Monitoring, Verification, & Accounting (MVA), Simulation, and Risk Assessment - March 23 - 24, 2010

Strengthening Environmental Justice Research and Decision Making: A Symposium on the Science of Disproportionate Environmental Health Impacts - March 17 - 19, 2010

EPA Symposium on Ground Water-borne Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Etiologic Agents and Indicators - January 26 27, 2010

NCSE Conference, The New Green Economy - Breakout Session - January 20 22, 2010

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