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Level I awards are for those who have accomplished an exceptionally high-quality research or technological effort. The awards recognize the creation or general revision of scientific or technological principle or procedure, or a highly significant improvement in the value of a device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research is of national significance or has high impact on a broad area of science/technology. The research has far reaching consequences and is recognizable as a major scientific/technological achievement within its discipline or field of study.

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Nominations Recommended for a Level I Award ($5000)-- Total of Four

Nom. #

Titles and Citations of

Submitted Papers

Eligible Authors* and

Nominating Organization


Award Level

Suggested Citation from

Nominating Organization

S2HE0104 (1) Inflammatory Lung Injury After Instillation of Humans with Air Pollution Particles
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 164(3):704-708 (2001)
(2) Acute Pulmonary Toxicity of Particulate Matter Filter Extracts in Rats: Coherence with Epidemiologic Studies in Utah Valley Residents
Environmental Health Perspectives, 109(3):395-403 (2001)
(3) Effects of Aqueous Extracts of PM10 Filters from the Utah Valley on Human Airway Epithelial Cells
american Journal of Physiology, Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 277(21):L960-L967 (1999)
(4) Activation of the EGF Receptor Signaling Pathway in Human Airway Epithelial Cells Exposed to Utah Valley Particulate Matter
American Journal of Physiology, Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 281:L483-L489 (2001)
(5) Soluble Components of Utah Valley Particulate Pollution Alter Alveolar Macrophage Function In Vivo and In Vitro
Inhalation Toxicology, 12:401-414 (2000)
(6) Metals Mimic Airway Epithelial Injury Induced In Vitro by Exposure to Extracts of Utah Valley Ambient Particulate Matter
J. Toxicology and Environmental Health, : (In Pr)
Daniel Costa (13%)
Andrew Ghio (13%)
Robert Devlin (13%)
Janice Dye (4%)
Susanne Becker (4%)
Jim Samet (4%)
Ines Pagan (4%)
Joleen Soukup (4%)
Jackie Carter (4%)
Jim Lehmann (4%)
Darrell Winsett (4%)
Judy Richards (4%)
Allen Ledbetter (4%)
John McGee (4%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level I Outstanding Research on the Effects of Air Pollution Particles from the Utah Valley on Humans and Animals
S2MM0052 (1) Design and Calibration of the EPA PM2.5 Well Impactor Ninety-Six (WINS)
Aerosol Science and Technology, 34(5):389-397 (2001)
(2) Methodology for Measuring PM2.5 Separator Characteristics Using an Aerosizer
Aerosol Science and Technology, 34(5):398-406 (2001)
(3) On the Modification of the Low Flow-Rate PM10 Dichotomous Sampler Inlet
Aerosol Science and Technology, 34(5):407-415 (2001)
(4) Optimization of the Wash-Off Method for Measuring Aerosol Concentrations
Aerosol Science and Technololgy, 34(5):416-421 (2001)
(5) Changes in Operating Procedures for Achieving Aerosol Concentration Uniformity for PM2.5 and PM10 Sampler Testing
Aerosol Science and Technology, 34(5):430-432 (2001)
(6) Field Performance of PM2.5 Federal Reference Method Samplers
Aerosol Science and Technology, 34(5):433-443 (2001)
(7) Evaluation of the Loading Characteristics of the EPA WINS PM2.5 Separator
Aerosol Science and Technology, 34(5):444-456 (2001)
(8) Federal Reference and Equivalent Methods for Measuring Fine Particulate Matter
Aerosol Science and Technology, 34(5):457-464 (2001)
(9) Sensitivity Analysis of the USEPA WINS PM2.5 Separator
Aerosol Science and Technology, 34(5):465-476 (2001)
Russell W. Wiener (25%)
Michael Tolocka (10%)
David Gemmil (10%)
Frank McElroy (10%)
Fu Lin Chen (5%)

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Level I Substantial Contributions and Advancements to the Technology of Measurement of Airborne, Size-Specific Particulate Matter
S2MM0137 (1) Particle Size Distributions: Comparing Texture Systems, Adding Rock, and Predicting Soil Properties
Soil Science of America Journal, 65:300-310 (2001)
(2) Spatial Extrapolation of Soil Characteristics Using Whole Soil Particle Size Distributions
Journal of Environmental Quality, 30:101-111 (2001)
(3) Predicting Physical and Chemical Water Properties from Relationships with Watershed Soil Characteristics
Journal of Environmental Quality, 30:112-120 (2001)
M. A. Shirazi (80%)

NHEERL, Corvallis, OR
Level I Publication of Novel Research in Describing Soil Texture, Modeling the Spatial Relationship of Texture and Soil Characteristics that Influence Water Quality and the Use of Soil Models to Extrapolate Observed Water Quality in a Region
S2RM0081 (1) Field Demonstration of Pervaporation for the Separation of Volatile Organic Compounds from a Surfactant-Based Soil Remediation Fluid
Journal of Hazardous Materials, B81:141-166 (2001)
(2) VOC Removal from Water and Surfactant Solutions by Pervaporation: A Pilot Study
Separation and Purification Technology, 24:67-84 (2001)
(3) Demonstration of Pilot-Scale Pervaporation Systems for Volatile Organic Compound Removal from a Surfactant Enhanced Aquifer Remediation Fluid. I.  Spiral Wound Membrane Modules
Environmental Progress, 20(1):53-63 (2001)
(4) Reduction of Concentration Polarization in Pervaporation Using Vibrating Membrane Module
Journal of Membrane Science, 153:233-241 (1999)
(5) Henry's Law Constants and Micellar Partitioning of VOCs in Surfactant Systems
Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 45:38-47 (2000)
Leland M. Vane (50%)
Franklin R. Alvarez (20%)
Lynnann Paris (20%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Level I Outstanding Research and Development Activities to Reduce Material Demands and Costs for In-Situ Soil Remediation

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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