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2002 Honorable Mention Scientific And Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)

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Honorable Mention - The Subcommittee has also added a fourth non-cash level award for research efforts which are noteworthy but which do not warrant a Level I, II or III award. Honorable Mention applies to research that: (1) may not quite reach the level described for a Level III award; (2) show a promising area of research that the Subcommittee wants to encourage; or (3) show an area of research that the Subcommittees feels is too preliminary to warrant an award recommendation (yet).

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Nominations Recommended for Honorable Mention (No Cash Award)
Total of Thirty-Nine

Nom. #

Titles and Citations of

Submitted Papers

Eligible Authors* and

Nominating Organization


Award Level

Suggested Citation from

Nominating Organization

S2CS0005 Fine Particle Emissions from Residual Fuel Oil Combustion: Characterization and Mechanisms of Formation
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 28:2651-2658 (2000)
William P. Linak (40%)
Charles Andrew Miller (40%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM Research Contributing to a Fuller Understanding of Particle Formation Mechanisms in Oil-Fired Combustion Systems
S2CS0006 Preliminary Estimates of Performance and Cost of Mercury Control Technology Applications on Electric Utility Boilers
Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 51:1460-1470 (2001)
Ravi K. Srivastava (60%)
Charles B. Sedman (10%)
James D. Kilgroe (10%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM A Comprehensive Analysis of Performance and Cost Characteristics of Mercury Control Technologies for Utility Boilers
S2CS0008 Issues Related to Solution Chemistry in Mercury Sampling Impingers
Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 51:688-698 (2001)
William P. Linak (35%)
Jeffrey V. Ryan (35%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM Advances in the Understanding and Development of Improved Mercury Speciation Measurement Methods
S2CS0013 (1) An Expeditious Solvent-Free Route to Ionic Liquids Using Microwaves
Chemical Communications, N/A(N/A):643-644 (2001)
(2) Solvent-Free Preparation of Ionic Liquids Using a Household Microwave Oven
Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 73(8):1309-1313 (2001)
Rajender S. Varma (90%)

NRMRL, Cincinnate, OH
Level HM Outstanding Research in "Green" Synthesis of Non-Volatile Ionic Liquid Solvents Using Microwaves
S2CS0015 Long-Term Performance Monitoring for a Permeable Reactive Barrier at the U.S. Coast Guard Support Center, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Journal of Hazardous Materials, 68:109-124 (1999)
Robert W. Puls (80%)

Level HM Pioneering Research on the Long-Term Performance of Permeable Reactive Barriers for Groundwater Remediation
S2CS0016 (1) Basic Combustion and Incineration
Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations, N/A(N/A):2.147-2.31 (2000)
(2) Incineration Technologies and Facility Requirements
Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations, N/A(N/A):2.491-2.57 (2000)
(3) Air Emissions Control
Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations, N/A(N/A):3.3-3.141 (2000)
C. C. Lee (45%)
George L. Huffman (45%)
J. C. S. Chang (6%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Level HM Providing the Public with an Extremely Useful Set of Calculations Regarding Waste Destructor Designs and Add-On Emission Controls
S2CS0017 Phyto-Removal of Trinitrotoluene from Water with Batch Kinetic Studies
Water Research, 34(10):2713-2722 (2000)
Steven C. McCutcheon (40%)
Amy E. Bergstedt (10%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Level HM Establishment of Critical Design Data to Translate Scientific Discoveries into Protocols for Cleanup of Wetlands
S2ER0022 Sediment Chemical Contamination and Toxicity Associated with a Coastal Golf Course Complex
Env. Toxicology and Chemistry, 20(7):1390-1398 (2001)
Michael Lewis (65%)
Stephen Foss (10%)
Peggy Harris (10%)
Roman Stanley (10%)
James Moore (5%)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL
Level HM Impact of a Golf Course Complex on Adjacent Sediment Toxicity and Quality
S2ER0023 (1) Latitudinal Gradients in Benthic Community Composition in Western Atlantic Estuaries
Journal of Biogeography, 26(5):1007-1023 (1999)
(2) Biogeography of Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Estuaries Along the Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic Coasts
Hydrobiologia, 436(1-3):17-33 (2000)
Virginia D. Engle (60%)
J. Kevin Summers (40%)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL
Level HM Establishing Biogeographical Estuarine Benthic Species Distribution Boundaries for Application in Environmental Stressor Assessments
S2ER0092 Sediment Toxicity Assessment:  Comparison of Standard and New Testing Designs
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 39:462-468 (2000)
Kay Ho (45%)
Anne Kuhn (20%)
Marguerite Pelletier (20%)
Robert Burgess (5%)
Jonathan Serbst (5%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
Level HM Development of a New Miniaturized Method for Short-Term, Multi-Species Sediment Testing
S2ER0093 Using Winter Flounder Growth Rates to Assess Habitat Quality in Rhode Island's Coastal Lagoons
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 201:287-299 (2000)
Lesa Meng (50%)
Bryan Taplin (20%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
Level HM Winter Flounder Growth and Stable Isotope Ratios as Indicators of Habitat Quality
S2ER0094 Organic Contaminant Distributions in Sediments, Polychaetes ('Nereis Virens') and American Lobster ('Homarus Americanus') from a Laboratory Food Chain Experiment
Marine Environmental Research, 49:19-36 (2000)
Richard Pruell (35%)
Bryan Taplin (35%)
Doug McGovern (15%)
Rick McKinney (10%)
Susan Norton (5%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
Level HM Providing New Information on the Accumulation and Trophic Transfer of Toxic Organic Contaminants in Marine Biota
S2ER0096 Using Energy Systems Theory to Define, Measure, and Interpret Ecological Integrity and Ecosystem Health
Ecosystem Health, 6(3):181-204 (2000)
Daniel Campbell (100%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
Level HM Progress Toward Quantifying the Concepts of Integrity and Health as They Relate to Ecosystems
S2ER0114 Comparison of Correlations Between Environmental Characteristics and Stream Diatom Assemblages Characterized at Genus and Species Levels

Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 20(2):299-310 (2001)
Brian H. Hill (75%)
Philip R. Kaufmann (5%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Level HM Analysis of Taxonomic Levels for Identifying Stream Diatom Assemblages
S2ER0116 Metapopulation Dynamics and Amphibian Conservation
Conservation Biology, 15(1):40-49 (2001)
Peter Trenham (50%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Level HM Amphibian Metapopulations:  Assumptions and Implications for Monitoring Strategies
S2ER0120 (1) Fish-Mediated Nutrient and Energy Exchange Between a Lake Superior Coastal Wetland and Its Adjacent Bay
Journal of Great Lakes Research, 27(1):98-111 (2001)
(2) Factors Influencing Carbon, Nitrogen, and Phosphorus Content of Fish from a Lake Superior Coastal Wetland:  Life History Versus Morphonmetrics
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquaitc Sciences, 57:1243-1251 (2000)
Danny K. Tanner (40%)
John C. Brazner (40%)
John A. Morrice (10%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Level HM Ecological Linkages Between Coastal Wetlands and the Adjacent Great Lakes
S2ER0131 Effect of  'Vallisernia americana' (L.) on Community Structure and Ecosystem Function in Lake Mesocosms
Hyrobiologia, 418:137-146 (2000)
Cathleen Wigand (75%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
Level HM Effect of the Native Submersed Macrophyte "Vallisneria americana" (L.) on Community Structure and Ecosystem Function
S2ER0132 Importance of Maternal Transfer of the Photoreactive Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Fluoranthene from Benthic Adult Bivalves to Their Pelagic Larvae
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 19(11):2691-2698 (2000)
Marguerite Pelletier (70%)
Robert Burgess (10%)
Mark Cantwell (5%)
Jonathan Serbst (5%)
Kay Ho (5%)
Stephan Ryba (5%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
Level HM Benthic Populations with Pelagic Larvae at Greater Risk to PAH Contaminated Sediments Due to Maternal Transfer of Contaminants
S2HE0123 (1) Semen Quality and Reproductive Health of Young Czech Men Exposed to Seasonal Air Pollution
Environmental Health Perspectives, 108(9):887-894 (2000)
(2) Evaluation of Aneuploidy and DNA Damage in Human Spermatozoa:  Applications in Field Studies
Andrologia, 32:247-254 (2000)
(3) Air Pollution and Sperm Aneuploidy in Healthy Young Men
Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology, 1:125-131 (1999)
Sally Perreault Darney (25%)
Sherry G. Selevan (25%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM Innovations in Male Reproductive Risk Assessment:  Loss of Genetic Integrity in Human Spermatozoa After Exposure to Air Pollution
S2IR0113 Projecting Population-Level Response of Purple Sea Urchins to Lead Contamination for an Estuarine Ecological Risk Assessment
Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress and Recovery, 7:177-185 (2000)
Timothy Gleason (60%)
Wayne Munns, Jr. (20%)
Dianne Nacci (20%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
Level HM Projecting Population-Level Responses in Ecological Risk Assessments
S2MM0027 Field Measurement of Dissolved Oxygen:  A Comparison of Methods
Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation, :1-10 (2001)
Richard T. Wilkin (45%)
Mary Sue McNeil (25%)
Cherri Adair (25%)
John Wilson (5%)

Level HM Research that Improves the Quality of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Studies by Evaluating Field Measurement Practices
S2MM0029 Influence of Reagent Purity on the Ion Chromatographic Determination of Bromate in Water Using 3,3'-Dimethoxybenzidine as a Prochromophore for Photometric Detection
Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2(6):571-575 (2000)
Edward Todd Urbansky (60%)
Stephanie K. Brown (40%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Level HM Advancing the Analysis of Potable Water for Bromate, a Disinfection Byproduct
S2MM0031 Dissociation of Sulfur Hexafluoride Tracer Gas in the Presence of an Indoor Combustion Source
Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 51:616-622 (2001)
Zhishi Guo (30%)
Ronald B. Mosley (15%)
Shirley J. Wasson (15%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM Investigation into SF6 Breakdown and Its Potential Impact on Measurements of Air Pollutants and Ventilation Rates
S2MM0033 Stable Association Complex Electrospray Mass Spectrometry for the Determination of Cyanuric Acid
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 12(10):1085-1091 (2001)
Matthew L. Magnuson (34%)
Catherine A. Kelty (33%)
Ricardo Cantu (33%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Level HM Development of Stable Association Complex Electrospray Mass Spectrometry for Regulatory and Environmental Research
S2MM0040 Application of DNPH Derivatization with LC/MS to the Identification of Polar Carbonyl Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water
Ozone Science & Engineering, 22(6):653-675 (2000)
Susan D. Richardson (75%)
Tashia V. Caughran (15%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Level HM Developing a Method to Detect and Identify Highly Polar DBPs in Drinking Water
S2MM0044 A Comparison of Four Antibody-Based Methods for Purifying, Detecting, and Confirming 'Cryptosporidium parvum' in Surface Water
Journal of Parasitology, 87(5):1124-1131 (2001)
H. D. Alan Lindquist (50%)
Michael Ware (25%)
Ronald E. Stetler (20%)
Larry Wymer (4%)
Frank W. Schaefer (1%)

NERL, Cincinatti, OH
Level HM Describing and Characterizing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Currently Available "Cryptosporidium" Detection Methods
S2MM0048 Development of an Index of Biotic Integrity for the Mid-Atlantic Highlands Region
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 130:857-877 (2001)
Frank H. McCormick (50%)
Philip R. Kaufmann (10%)
David V. Peck (10%)
John L. Stoddard (5%)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH
Level HM Advances in Indicator Development and Assessment of Conditions in Aquatic Ecosystems
S2MM0051 Determination of Perchlorate in Tobacco Plants and Tobacco Products
Environmental Science & Technology, 35(15):3213-3218 (2001)
J. Jackson Ellington (25%)
Nelson L. Wolfe (25%)
Arthur W. Garrison (25%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Level HM A Creative Approach to Understanding Perchlorate Uptake by Tobacco Plants and Occurrence in Tobacco Products
S2MM0109 Estimating Separately Personal Exposure to Ambient and Non-Ambient Particulate Matter for Epidemiology and Risk Assessment:  Why and How
J. Air and Waste Management Association, 50(7):1167-1183 (2000)
William E. Wilson (60%)
David T. Mage (30%)
Lester D. Grant (10%)

NCEA, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM Presenting New and Original Techniques for the Separation of Personal Exposure Into Its Ambient and Nonambient Components
S2MM0125 A Test of Watershed Classification Systems for Ecological Risk Assessment
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 19:1174-1181 (2000)
Naomi Detenbeck (25%)
Sharon Batterman (15%)
John Brazner (15%)
Jo Thompson (15%)
Virginia Snarski (10%)
Debra Taylor (10%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Level HM Watershed Classification Strategy for Assessing Site-Specific Probability of Impairment
S2MM0136 Establishing a Regional Monitoring Strategy:  The Pacific Northwest Forest Plan
Environmental Management, 23(2):179-192 (1999)
Paul L. Ringold (60%)

NHEERL, Corvallis, OR
Level HM A New Approach to the Design of Environmental Monitoring
S2RA0072 (1) Understanding, Deriving, and Computing Buffer Capacity
Journal of Chemical Education, 77(12):1640-1644 (2000)
(2) Carbinolamines and Geminal Diols in Environmental Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Education, 77(12):1644-1647 (2000)
(3) Don't Be Tricked by Your Integrated Rate Plot
Journal of Chemical Education, 78(7):921-923 (2001)
Edward Todd Urbansky (95%)
Michael R. Schock (5%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Level HM Raising Awareness of Environmentally Relevant Topics Among Educators in Furtherance of Chemically Sound Environmental Research and Its Application in the Field
S2RA0078 Environmental Applications of Raman Spectroscopy to Aqueous Systems
Handbook of Raman Spectroscopy, :683-731 (2001)
Timothy W. Collette (60%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Level HM Seminal Assessment of the Importance of Modern Raman Spectroscopy for Environmental Application to Aqueous Systems
S2RA0089 (1) Separation Methods for Environmental Technologies
Environmental Progress, 20(1):1-11 (2001)
(2) Membrane Technologies for Remediating Contaminated Soils:  A Critical Review
Journal Membrane Science, 151(1):75-85 (1998)
Subhas K. Sikdar (65%)
Douglas Grosse (10%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Level HM Role of Advanced Separation Technologies in Organic Compounds and Metals Removal from Dilute Matrices
S2RA0129 Masculinization of Female Mosquitofish in Kraft Mill Effluent: Contaminated Fenholloway River Water is Associated with Receptor Agonist Activity
Toxicological Sciences, 62:257-267 (2001)
Christy S. Lambright (35%)
Louise G. Parks (25%)
 Earl Gray (25%)
Gerald T. Ankley (5%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM Identification of Environmental Androgenic Activity in Pulp Mill Effluent
S2RM0083 (1) Trace Metal Loading on Waterborne Soil and Dust Particles Characterized Through the Use of Split-Flow Thin Cell Fractionation (SPLITT)
Analytical Chemistry, 73(11):3492-3496 (2001)
(2) Characterization of Sub-Micrometer Aqueous Iron (III) Colloids Formed in the Presence of Phosphate by Sedimentation Field Flow Fractionation with Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering Detection
Analytical Chemistry, 73(14):4815-4820 (2001)
Matthew L. Magnuson (32%)
Catherine A. Kelty (32%)
Keith C. Kelty (12%)
Darren A. Lytle (12%)
Christina M. Frietch (12%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Level HM Development of Analytical Tools for Risk Management Decisions Involving Environmentally Significant Colloids and Contaminated Particles
S2TF0054 Stimulation of Dispersion of a Power Plant Plume Using an Adaptive Grid Algorithm
Atmospheric Environment, 35:4801-4818 (2001)
Ravi K. Srivastava (80%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM Developing an Efficient and Cost-Effective Adaptive Grid Algorithm for Use in Air Quality Modeling
S2TF0056 Isoprene Emission Capacity for U.S. Tree Species
Atmospheric Environment, 35(19):3341-3352 (2001)
Chris D. Geron (85%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level HM Isoprene from Vegetation:  Measurement Protocol and Emission Factor Development
S2TF0069 226Ra and 228Ra Activities Associated with Agricultural Drainage Ponds and Wetland Ponds in the Kankakee Watershed, Illinois-Indiana, USA
Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 55:29-46 (2001)
William C. Sidle (80%)
Deborah L. Roose (5%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Level HM Application of Radium Isotopes Measurement Methodologies to the Identification of Non-Point Fertilizer Pollution and Correction of Agricultural Drainage Practices

Key to Acronyms used in the above Table

NERL National Exposure Research Laboratory

NHEERL National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory

NRMRL National Risk Management Research Laboratory

OAQPS Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards

OPP Office of Pesticide Programs

ORIA Office of Radiation and Indoor Air

ORCR Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

OSCP Office of Science Coordination and Policy

*Note: The percentages given after name represent the current percent of the total level of effort as documented in the EPA nomination.

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