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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-Two
Nom. # Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers Eligible Authors* and Nominating Organizations Non-EPA Authors and Organizations Citation
S5CS0003 a) Sorption of Arsenate and Arsenite on RuO2-xH2O: A Spectroscopic and Macroscopic Study.
Environmental Science and Technology, 37(13):2936-2940 (2003)
b) Lead Sorption on Ruthenium Oxide: A Macroscopic and Spectroscopic Study.
Environmental Science and Technology, 38(10):2836-2842 (2004)
Christopher A. Impellitteri (40%)
Kirk G. Scheckel (40%)
James A. Ryan (20%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
  Leading-Edge Research on the Sorption of Inorganic Contaminants by Ruthenium Oxide Compounds
S5EF0005 Regulating the Ultimate Sink: Managing the Risks of Geologic C02 Storage.
Environmental Science and Technology, 37(16):3476-3483 (2003)
Elizabeth J. Wilson (75%)
Timothy L. Johnson (20%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
David W. Keith (5%) -- University of Calgary Analysis of Future Research and Regulatory Considerations for Geologic Carbon Sequestration
S5EF0006 a) Selective Oxidation of Alcohols by Molecular Oxygen Over a Pd/MgO Catalyst in the Absence of Any Additives.
Green Chemistry, 6:161-165 (2004)
b) Mesoporous Iron Phosphate as an Active, Selective and Recyclable Catalyst for the Synthesis of Nopol by Prins Condensation.
Chemical Communication, 7:826-827 (2004)
c) Phenanthroline-Stabilized Palladium Nanoparticles in Polyethylene Glycol - An Active and Recyclable Catalyst System for the Selective Hydrogenation of Olefins Using Molecular Hydrogen.
J. Molecular Catalysis, 222(1 - 2):153-158 (2004)
d) Selective Oxidation of Alcohols Over Vanadium Phosphorus Oxide Catalyst Using Hydrogen Peroxide.
Applied Catalysis A: General, :1 - 8 (2004)
E. Sahle-Demessie (83%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Unnikrishnan R. Pillai (17%) -- Philip Morris USA Developing Novel Catalyst Systems That Help the Competitiveness of the Chemical Industry, the Natural Environment and Our Quality of Life
S5EF0008 In Vivo Synchrotron Study of Thallium Speciation and Compartmentation in Iberis intermedia.
Environmental Science and Technology, 38(19):5095-5100 (2004)
Kirk G. Scheckel (50%)
Steve A. Rock (5%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Enzo Lombi (40%) -- Adelaide Laboratory
Mike J. McLaughlin (5%) -- Adelaide Laboratory
Innovative Synchrotron Methods to Determine Metal Speciation and Distribution in Biological Systems
S5ER0012 Exposure and Effects of 2,3,7,8 - Tetrachlorodibenzene-p-Dioxin in Tree Swallows ("Tachycineta bicolor") Nesting Along the Woonasquatucket River, Rhode Island, USA.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24(1):93-109 (2005)
Cornell J. Rosiu (54%)

Region 1, Boston, MA
Christine M. Custer (34%) -- U.S. Geological Survey
Thomas W. Custer (12%) -- U.S. Geological Survey
Significant Contributions to the Use and Development of Sound Science in Agency Decisions and Population-Level Ecological Risk Assessment
S5ER0015 Acute Sensitivity of Juvenile Shortnose Sturgeon ("Acipenser brevirostrum") to Low Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations.
Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 133(3):772-776 (2004)
Jed G. Campbell (50%)
Larry R. Goodman (50%)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL
  Research in Support of Derivation of Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Saltwater
S5ER0016 Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Seasonal Dynamics in a Subtropical Estuary: Importance of Cyanobacteria.
Journal of Plankton Research, 26(3):371-382 (2004)
Michael C. Murrell (80%)
Emile M. Lores (20%)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL
  Advancement of Understanding of Critical Processes in Estuaries Subject to Eutrophication
S5ER0017 Bank Stabilization, Riparian Land Use and the Distribution of Large Woody Debris in a Regulated Reach of the Upper Missouri River, North Dakota, USA.
River Research and Applications, 20:829-846 (2004)
Theodore R. Angradi (75%)
E. William Schweiger (10%)
David W. Bolgrien (5%)
Peter C. Ismert (5%)
Anthony R. Selle (5%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
  Research on River Ecology in Support of EPA's Commitment to the Protection and Restoration of Our Nation's Great River Ecosystems
S5ER0018 Effects of Agricultural Activities and Best Management Practices on Water Quality of Seasonal Prairie Pothole Wetlands.
Wetlands Ecology and Management, 10(4):335-54 (2002)
Naomi Detenbeck (50%)
Frank Puglisi (15%)
William Sanville (15%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Colleen Elonen (5%) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Debra Taylor (10%) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Anne Cotter (5%) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Experimental Validation of Effects of Land-Management and Restoration Practices on Isolated Prairie Wetlands
S5ER0021 Developing and Applying an Index of Environmental Integrity for the US Mid-Atlantic Region.
Journal of Environmental Management, 67(2):175-185 (2003)
John F. Paul (100%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Honorable Mention Innovative Methodology for Multiresource Assessments
S5ER0022 Landscape Metrics and Estuarine Sediment Contamination in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England Regions.
Journal of Environmental Quality, 31(3):836-845 (2002)
John F. Paul (50%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Randy L. Comeleo (25%) -- Indus Corporation
Jane Copeland (25%) -- Computer Sciences Corporation
Demonstrating Quantitative Linkage Between Watershed Land Use and Estuarine Condition
S5ER0104 Photooxidation and its Effects on the Carboxyl Content of Dissolved Organic Matter in Two Coastal Rivers in the Southeastern United States.
Environmental Science and Technology, 38:4113-4119 (2004)
Richard G. Zepp (50%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Huixiang Xie (20%) -- Universite du Quebec a Rimouski
Oliver C. Zafiriou (15%) -- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Wei-Jun Cai (10%) -- University of Georgia
Yongchen Wang (5%) -- University of Georgia
Contributing to the Development of New Modeling and Experimental Techniques for Assessing the UV-Influenced Photooxidation of Organic Matter in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
S5ER0109 Estuarine and Scalar Patterns of Invasion in the Soft-Bottom Benthic Communities of the San Francisco Estuary.
Biological Invasions, 5(1-2):85-102 (2003)
Henry Lee, II (60%)

NHEERL, Corvallis, OR
Bruce Thompson (30%) -- San Francisco Estuary Institute
Sarah Lowe (10%) -- San Francisco Estuary Institute
Research into the Spatial Patterns of Estuarine Invasive Species and Invasive Species Indices
S5HE0038 a) Developing Meaningful Cohorts for Human Exposure Models.
J Expos Anal Environ Epidemiol, 14(1):23-43 (2004)
b) Understanding Variability in Time Spent in Select Locations for 7-12-Year Old Children.
J Expos Anal Environ Epidemiol, 14(3):222-233 (2004)
c) Using Human Activity Data in Exposure Models:  Analysis of Discriminating Factors.
J Expos Anal Environ Epidemiol, 13(4):294-317 (2003)
Stephen E. Graham (32%)
Jianping Xue (32%)
Thomas R. McCurdy (32%)
Haluk Ozkaynak (2%)

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
John Spengler (2%) -- Harvard University Providing Practical Solutions to Complex Science Issues Faced by Exposure and Risk Assessors
S5HE0040 Differential Plumonary Inflammation and in vitro Cytotoxicity of Size-Fractionated Fly Ash Particles from Pulverized Coal Combustion.
Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 54(3):286-295 (2004)
M. Ian Gilmour (35%)
C. Andrew Miller (10%)
William P. Linak (30%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Silvia O'Connor (15%) -- National Atomic Energy Commission
Colin A. J. Dick (10%) -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Demonstrating the Size-Dependent Pulmonary Toxicity of the Ultrafine Fraction of Coal-Combustion Particles
S5MM0046 17-alpha-Ethynylestradiol-Induced Vitellogenin Gene Transcription Quantified in Livers of Adult Males, Larvae, and Gills of Fathead Minnows ("Pimephales promelas").
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 21(11):2385-2393 (2002)
David Lattier (30%)
Tirumuru Reddy (30%)
Denise A. Gordon (25%)
James Lazorchak (9%)
Robert W. Flick (3%)
Ann L. Miracle (3%)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH
  Development of a Unique, Cost-Effective, and Highly Sensitive Molecular Technique for Detecting EDCs in Various Tissues at Low Concentrations
S5MM0047 Multiresidue Method for N-Methyl Carbamates and Metabolite Pesticide Residues at the Parts-per-Billion Level in  Selected Representative Commodities of Fruit and Vegetable Crop Groups.
Journal of AOAC International, 87(5):1237-1251 (2004)
Lynda V. Podhorniak (90%)
Alexander Krynitsky (4%)
Francis D. Griffith (1%)

OPP, Fort Meade, MD
Frank J. Schenck (5%) -- Food & Drug Administration The Development of a New Sensitive Multiresidue Carbamate-Pesticide Method to Protect the Environment and Human Health
S5MM0048 The Baffled Flask Test for Dispersant Effectiveness: A Round Robin Evaluation of Reproducibility and Repeatability.
Spill Science and Technology Bulletin, 7(5-6):299-308 (2002)
Albert D. Venosa (80%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Dennis W. King (10%) -- Statking Consulting
George A. Sorial (10%) -- University of Cincinnati
Development of an Improved, Reproducible Protocol for Testing the Effectiveness of Dispersants as an Oil-Spill Countermeasure
S5MM0049 Preservation of As (III) and As (V) in Drinking Water Supply Samples from Across the United States Using EDTA and Acetic Acid as a Means of Minimizing Iron-Arsenic Coprecipitation.
Environmental Science and Technology, 38(10):2919-2927 (2004)
John T. Creed (27%)
Patricia A. Gallagher-Creed (27%)
Carol A. Schwegel (27%)
Larry J. Wymer (10%)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH
Amy N. Parks (9%) -- SoBran Inc.
Bryan M. Gamble (0%) -- US FDA
Developing and Documenting the Application of EDTA as an Arsenic-Preservation Reagent for Drinking Waters Across the U.S.
S5MM0050 Biodegradation of Crude Oil Contaminating Marine Shorelines and Freshwater Wetlands.
Spill Science and Technology Bulletin, 8(2):163-178 (2003)
Albert D. Venosa (80%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Xeuqing Zhu (20%) -- University of Cincinnati Review Article on Biodegradation of Crude Oil Contaminating Marine Shorelines and Freshwater Wetlands
S5MM0052 Effects of pH and Competing Anions on the Speciation of Arsenic in Fixed Ionic Strength Solutions by Solid Phase Extraction Cartridges.
Water Research, 38(5):1207-1214 (2004)
Christopher A. Impellitteri (100%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
  Research on a Simple and Affordable Arsenic-Speciation Methodology
S5MM0053 Contamination of Fish in Streams of the Mid-Atlantic Region: An Approach to Regional Indicator Selection and Wildlife Assessment.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 22(3):545-553 (2003)
James M. Lazorchak (30%)
Tala R. Henry (30%)
Frank H. McCormick (30%)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH
Alan T. Herlihy (10%) -- Oregon State University Contributions to Understanding the Spatial Extent of Fish-Tissue Contamination in the Mid-Atlantic and a New Approach for Deriving Wildlife Risk Values
S5MM0055 Watershed Landscape Indicators of Estuarine Benthic Condition.
Estuaries, 27(2):283-295 (2004)
Stephen S. Hale (90%)
John F. Paul (5%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
James F. Heltshe (5%) -- University of Rhode Island Research on Relationships Between Watersheds and Estuarine Benthic Communities, Useful in Sampling Estuaries at Risk
S5MM0057 Evaluation of an Alternative IMS Dissociation Procedure for Use with Method 1622: Detection of "Cryptosporidium" in Water.
Journal of Microbiological Methods, 55(3):575-583 (2003)
Michael W. Ware (50%)
Larry J. Wymer (10%)
H.D. Alan Lindquist (20%)
Frank W. Schaefer, III (20%)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH
  Improving EPA Methods 1622 and 1623 in Order to Allow for Better Estimation of the "Cryptosporidium" Concentration
S5MM0061 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Size Distributions in Aerosols from Appliances of Residential Wood Combustion as Determined by Direct Thermal Desorption-GC/MS.
Journal of Aerosol Science, 34(8):1061-1084 (2003)
Michael D. Hays (55%)
N. Dean Smith (10%)
John Kinsey (25%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Yuanji Dong (5%) -- Arcadis
Peter Kariher (5%) -- Arcadis
Development of a Clean Extraction Method for Determining the Organic Chemical-Based Size Distributions of Fine PM
S5MM0062 a) Effects of Hydrogeomorphic Region, Watershed Storage and Mature Forest on Baseflow and Snowmelt Stream Water Quality in Second-Order Lake Superior Basin Tributaries.
Freshwater Biology, 48(5):911-27 (2003)
b) Region, Landscape, and Scale Effects on Lake Superior Tributary Water Quality.
Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 40(3):705-20 (2004)
Naomi Detenbeck (25%)
Colleen Elonen (15%)
Debra Taylor (15%)
Leroy Anderson (15%)
Terri Jicha (15%)
Sharon Batterman (15%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
  Evaluation of a Watershed-Classification Monitoring Framework to Assess Landscape Thresholds
S5MM0064 Determination of the Vapor Pressures of Select Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins and Dibenzofurans at 75-275C.
Chemical Engineering Science, 60(3):787-796 (2004)
Shawn P. Ryan (60%)
Brian K. Gullett (20%)
Dennis Tabor (10%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Lukas Oudejans (5%) -- ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller
Abderrahmane Touati (5%) -- ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller
Determination of Vapor Pressures of PCDDs/Fs at Temperatures Consistent with Their Formation and Control
S5RM0081 a) PM2.5 Episodes as Observed in the Speciation Trends Network.
Atmospheric Environment, 38(31):5237-5246 (2004)
b) PM Data Analysis - A Comparison of Two Urban Areas:  Fresno and Atlanta.
Atmospheric Environment, 38(20):3155-3164 (2004)
Shao-Hang Chu (88%)

OAQPS, Research Triangle Park, NC
Joseph W. Paisie (7%) -- US EPA/OAQPS
Ben W. L. Jang (5%) -- Texas A&M University-Commerce
Providing a Critical Linkage Between Research and Cost-Effective Multipollutant Control-Strategy Development
S5TF0089 a) Prediction of the Solubility, Activity Coefficient and Liquid/Liquid Partition Coefficient of Organic Compounds.
QSAR and Combinatorial Science, 23(9):709-720 (2004)
b) Estimation of Carboxylic Acid Ester Hydrolysis Rate Constants.
QSAR and Combinatorial Science, 22(10):917-925 (2004)
Said Hilal (70%)
Samuel W. Karickhoff (10%)

NERL, Athens, GA
L. A. Carreira (10%) -- University of Georgia
B. P. Shrestha (10%) -- University of Georgia
Development and Application of Mathematical Models for Predicting Environmental Fate of Chemicals Using SPARC
S5TF0092 Lake Michigan 1994 - 1996 Surficial Sediment Mercury.
Journal Great Lakes Research, 28(1):65-76 (2002)
Ronald Rossmann (100%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
  Describing the Distribution of Mercury in Lake Michigan Surficial Sediments and for Defining the Relative Importance of Mercury Sources to the Bay
S5TF0094 Estimation of Microbial Reductive Transformation Rates for Chlorinated Benzenes and Phenols Using a Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship Approach.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 23(7):1600-1609 (2004)
Caroline T. Stevens (80%)
W. Jack Jones (20%)

NERL, Athens, GA
  Advancing the Development of Predictive Tools for Microbial Reductive Transformation Rates
S5TF0096 a) Significance of Iron (II, III) Hydroxycarbonate Green Rust in Arsenic Remediation Using Zerovalent Iron in Laboratory Column Tests.
Environmental Science and Technology, 38(19):5224-5231 (2004)
b) Nitrate Reduction by Zerovalent Iron: Effects of Formate, Oxalate, Citrate, Chloride, Sulfate, Borate, and Phosphate.
Environmental Science and Technology, 38(9):2715-2720 (2004)
Chunming Su (75%)
Robert W. Puls (25%)

  Leading-Edge Science on the Mechanisms of Removal of Arsenic and Nitrate from Groundwater Using Zerovalent Iron in Permeable Reactive Barriers
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
OSCP         Office of Science Coordination and Policy
OSW          Office of Solid Waste

               *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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