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2011 Level III Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Awarded Nominations

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2011 STAA Awards

The 2011 STAA Awards are Now Available:
Level I | Level II | Level III | Honorable Mentions

The Science Advisory Board STAA nomination review committee elected not to review the nominations submitted to the Project and Research Reports Pilot Category. ORD is currently seeking other means of recognizing these accomplishments.

Level III awards - are for those who have accomplished an unusually notable research or technological effort. The awards are for a substantial revision or modification of a scientific/technological principle or procedure, or an important improvement to the value of a device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research relates to a mission or organizational component of the EPA, or significantly affects a relevant area of science/technology.

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Nominations Recommended for a Level III Award ($2,000) -- Total of Thirty-Five
Nom. ID Publication Title & Full Citation Eligible Authors Ineligible Authors Lab/Office/Institution Citation
S11CS0002 Biodegradability of Lingering Crude Oil 19 Years after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Peer-reviewed research article, 44(19):7613-7621 (2010)
Albert D. Venosa
Pablo Campo
Makram T. Suidan
NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Proving Bioremediation of Lingering Crude Oil is Achievable Despite Undergoing Significant Weathering for 19 Years
S11EP0005 Maximizing Empower on a Human-Dominated Planet: the Role of Exotic Spartina
Ecological Engineering, 35(4):463-486 (2009)
Daniel Campbell
Hong-fang Lu
George A. Knox
Howard T. Odum
NHEERL, Narragansett, RI Leading the Way Toward Integrative Socioeconomic and Ecological Systems Analysis of Environmental Problems
S11EP0009 (1) Introduction to Economic Jargon and Decision Tools
Book, : (2009)
(2) A Closer Look at Valuation Methods and Their Uses
Book, : (2009)
(3) Using Hedonic Modeling to Value AMD Remediation in the Cheat River Watershed
Book, : (2009)
Hale W. Thurston
Matthew T. Heberling
James M. Williamson
Alyse Schrecongost
NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Research Showing How Economics Can Be Used to Value Ecosystem Services and Support Local Watershed Management
S11ER0015 (1) Influence of Taxonomic Relatedness and Chemical Mode of Action in Acute Interspecies Estimation Models for Aquatic Species
Environmental Sciences  and Technology, 44(19):7711-7716 (2010)
(2) Standardizing Acute Toxicity Data for Use in Ecotoxicology Models: Influence of Test Type, Life Stage and Concentration Reporting
Ecotoxicology, 18(7):918-928 (2010)
Sandy Raimondo
Mace Barron
Deborah Vivian
Crystal Jackson
NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Development, Validation, and Uncertainty Analyses of Interspecies Correlation Estimation Models for Aquatic Species
S11ER0026 (1) Sediment Microbial Enzyme Activity as an Indicator of Nutrient Limitation in the Great Rivers of the Upper Mississippi River Basin
Biogeochemistry, 97:195-209 (2010)
(2) Microbial Enzyme Activity, Nutrient Uptake and Nutrient Limitation in Forested Streams
Freshwater Biology, 55:1005-1019 (2010)
(3) Ecoenzymatic Stoichiometry of Microbial Organic Matter Nutrient Acquisition in Soil and Sediment
Nature, 462:795-799 (2009)
Brian H. Hill
Colleen M. Elonen
Frank H. McCormick
Terri M. Jicha
David W. Bolgrien
Mary F. Moffett
Robert L. Sinsabaugh
Jennifer J. Follstad Shah
Bret C. Harvey
Sherri L. Johnson
Melvin L. Warren
NHEERL, Duluth, MN Development of a Novel Indicator of Ecosystem Function: Microbial Acquisition of Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorus
S11ER0028 The Western Airborne Contaminant Assessment Project (WACAP): an Interdisciplinary Evaluation of the Impacts of Airborne Contaminants in Western U.S. National Parks
Environmental Science & Technology (Feature Article), 44(3):855-859 (2010)
Dixon H. Landers
Staci Simonich
Dan Jaffe
Don Campbell
Linda Geiser
Carl Schreck
Adam Schwindt
Michael Kent
Will Hafner
Howard E. Taylor
Kimberly Hageman
Sascha Usenko
Luke Ackerman
Jill Schrlau
Neil Rose
Tamara Blett
Marilyn Erway
NHEERL, Corvallis, OR Innovative Design, Implementation and Synthesis Assessing Impact of Airborne Contaminants on Western National Parks
S11HE0037 Regression Calibration for Classical Exposure Measurement Error in Environmental Epidemiology Studies Using Multiple Local Surrogate Exposures
American Journal of Epidemiology, 172(3):344-352 (2010)
Thomas F. Bateson
J. Michael Wright
NCEA, Washington, DC Development of Methods to Improve the Quantitative Application of Epidemiologic Data in Health Risk Assessments
S11HE0042 Effect of Size-Fractional on the Toxicity of Amosite and Libby Amphibole Asbestos
Toxicological Sciences, 118(2):420-434 (2010)
Robert Devlin
Amy Bern
Andrew Ghio
Lisa Dailey
Kelly Duncan
Danielle Padilla-Carlin
Eugene Gibbs
Victor Roggli
NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Comparing the Toxicity of Libby Asbestos with Reference Amosite Asbestos
S11HE0045 PAVA: Physiological and Anatomical Visual Analytics for Mapping of Tissue-Specific Concentration and Time-Course Data
Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, 37(3):277-287 (2010)
Michael-Rock Goldsmith
Daniel T. Chang
Rogelio Tornero-Velez
Michael S. Breen
Curtis C. Dary
Thomas R. Transue
NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Development of Visual Tools and Analytics within the Human Health Risk Assessment Paradigm
S11HE0046 (1) Aging and Susceptibility to Toluene in Rats: A Pharmacokinetic, Biomarker, and Physiological Approach
J. Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A, 73:301-318 (2010)
(2) Cardiac and Thermal Homeostasis in the Aging Brown Norway Rat
J. Gerontology-Biological Sciences, 63:1307-1313 (2008)
Christopher J. Gordon
Urmila P. Kodavanti
Robert C. MacPhail
Elaina M. Kenyon
Judy E. Richards
Mike Devito
Mette C. Schladweiler
Cina M. Mack
Reddy R. Gottipolu
Ronald Thomas
Jonathan H. Shannahan
Abraham Nyska
NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Providing Data to the Agency That Supports Increased Concerns for the Aged Population in Risk Assessment
S11HE0047 Analysis of Eight Oil Spill Dispersants Using Rapid, In Vitro Tests for Endocrine and Other Biological Activity
Environmental Science and Technology, 55(15):5979-5985 (2010)
Richard Judson
Matthew Martin
David Reif
David Dix
Keith Houck
Thomas Knudsen
Robert Kavlock
Menghang Xia
Ruili Huang
Srilatha Sakamura
Paul Shinn
Daniel Rotroff
Christopher Austin
NCCT, Research Triangle Park, NC Rapid Assessment of Toxicity of Oil Spill Dispersants to Aid In Decision Making during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
S11HE0050 Development of a Quantitative Model Incorporating Key Events in a Hepatotoxic Mode of Action to Predict Liver Tumor Incidence
Toxicological Sciences, 115(1):253-266 (2010)
Nicholas S. Luke
Reeder L. Sams, II
Hisham A. El-Masri
Michael J. Devito
Rory Conolly
NCEA, Research Triangle Park, NC Development of Computational Toxicology Methods to Investigate the Role of Mode of Action in Risk Assessment
S11HE0051 Differences Between Human and Rat Intestinal and Hepatic Bisphenol a Glucuronidation and the Influence of Alamethicin on In vitro Kinetic Measurements
Drug Metabolism and Disposition, 38(12):2232-2238 (2010)
Christopher S. Mazur
John F. Kenneke
Janet K. Hess-Wilson
John C. Lipscomb
NERL, Athens, GA Providing Critical BPA Metabolism Data Needed for Human-Health Risk Assessment
S11HE0052 Evaluating Cumulative Organophosphorus Pesticide Body Burden of Children: A National Case Study
Environmental Science and Technology Journal, 43(20):7924-7930 (2009)
Devon Payne-Sturges
Daniel A. Axelrad
Tracey J. Woodruff, MPH
Jonathan Cohen
Rosemary Castorina
NCER, Washington, DC Advancing Health-Risk Interpretation of Biomonitoring Data for Evaluation of Policy Actions to Protect Children's Health
S11HE0054 Endocrine Profiling and Prioritization of Environmental Chemicals Using ToxCast Data
Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(12):1714-1720 (2010)
David Reif
Richard Judson
Keith Houck
Matthew Martin
Robert Kavlock
David Dix
Shirlee Tan
Thomas Knudsen
Ann Richard
NCCT, Research Triangle Park, NC Developing the ToxPi, a Flexible and Transparent Decision-Support Tool for Chemical Profiling and Prioritization Needs
S11HE0057 Perturbation of Lipids and Glucose Metabolism Associated with Previous 2,4-D Exposure: a Cross-Sectional Study of NHANES III data, 1988-1994
Environmental Health, Electronic, 9:11 (2010)
Dina M. Schreinemachers
NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC A Contribution to the Health and Well-Being of the Environment and the Public
S11HE0058 (1) An Observational Study of the Potential for Human Exposures to Pet-Borne Diazinon Residues Following Lawn Applications
Environmental Research, 107:336-342 (2008)
(2) Movement of Diazinon Residues into Homes Following Applications of a Granular Formulation to Residential Lawns
Book Chapter, 1015:143-162 (2009)
Daniel M. Stout, II
Marsha K. Morgan
Peter P. Egeghy
Paul A. Jones
Jianping Xue
Dana B. Barr
NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Identifying Unique Important Routes of Movement and Pathways of Human Exposure in the Residential Environment
S11HE0059 (1) Multimedia Measurements and Activity Patterns in an Observational Pilot Study of Nine Young Children
Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 18(1):31-44 (2008)
(2) Organophosphorus and Pyrethroid Insecticide Urinary Metabolite Concentrations in Young Children Living in a Southeastern United States City
The Science of the Total Environment, 408:1145-1153 (2010)
(3) Methodologies for Estimating Cumulative Human Exposures to Current-Use Pyrethroid Pesticides
Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, : (2010)
Nicolle S. Tulve
Peter P. Egeghy
Roy C. Fortmann
Donald A. Whitaker
Jianping Xue
Linda S. Sheldon
Jeff Evans
Carry W. Croghan
Luke P. Naeher
Marcia G. Nishioka
Aaron Hilliard
Dana B. Barr
Olorunfemi Adetona
Larry L. Needham
Elizabeth Bozeman
NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Innovative Approaches to Characterize Exposure to Pesticides by Children Ages 4-6 in Their Everyday Environments
S11HE0060 Exposure to Asbestos-Containing Vermiculite Ore and Respiratory Symptoms Among Individuals who were Children While the Mine was Active in Libby, Montana
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), 118(7):1033-1038 (2010)
Lisa C. Vinikoor-Imler
Thomas F. Bateson
Theodore C. Larson
Linda Birnbaum
NCEA, Research Triangle Park, NC Evaluation of Associations Between Respiratory Symptoms and Asbestos-Contaminated Vermiculite Exposure among Children
S11IR0065 Toxicity Equivalency Values for Polychlorinated Biphenyl Mixtures
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 27(3):529-534 (2008)
Lawrence P. Burkhard
Marta T. Lukasewycz
NHEERL, Duluth, MN Improving the Understanding of the Toxicology of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Mixtures
S11IR0066 (1) A Framework for Fully Integrating Environmental Assessments
Environmental Management, 42(4):543-556 (2008)
(2) A Theory of Practice for Environmental Assessment
Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, 4(4):478-485 (2008)
Susan M. Cormier
Glenn W. Suter, II
NCEA, Cincinnati, OH A Fully Integrated Theory and Framework for Health and Ecological Assessments to Better Inform Decisions
S11MM0079 Estimating Chlorophyll Conditions in Southern New England Coastal Waters from Hyperspectral Aircraft Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments/Book Chapter CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 6000 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Sui, :20 (2010)
Darryl J. Keith
NHEERL, Narragansett, RI Applying Hyperspectral Remote Sensing to Assess Chlorophyll Condition in New England Coastal Waters
S11MM0081 Monitoring Agricultural Cropping Patterns Across the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin Using MODIS-NDVI Data
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 12:81-88 (2010)
John G. Lyon
Ross S. Lunetta
Yang Shao
Jaynatha Ediriwickrema
NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Original Research for Agricultural Cropland Monitoring in Support of Modeling and Assessment Activities across the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin
S11MM0088 Development of a U.S. EPA Drinking Water Method for the Analysis of Selected Perfluoroalkyl Acids by Solid-Phase Extraction and LC-MS-MS
Journal of Chromatographic Science, 47(1):3-11 (2009)
Jody A. Shoemaker
Paul E. Grimmett
Brenda Boutin
OTHER, Research Triangle Park, NC Development of a Sensitive and Specific Method to Measure Perfluorinated Alklyl Acids in Drinking Water
S11MM0092 Aerostat Sampling of PCDD/PCDF Emissions from the Gulf Oil Spill In Situ Burns
Environmental Science & Technology, 44(24):9431-9437 (2010 (web))
Brian Gullet
Johanna Aurell
NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC Quantifying PCDD/PCDF Emissions from the Gulf Oil Spill In Situ Burns with an Aerostat-Lofted Sampler
S11RA0098 Development of a Computer-Assisted Personal Interview Software System for Collection of Tribal Fish Consumption Data
Risk Analysis, online and hard copy, 30(12):1833-1841 (2010)
Ann H. Williams
Lon Kissinger
Roseanne Lorenzana
Beth Mittl
Merwyn Lasrado
Samuel Iwenofu
Vanessa Olivo
Cynthia Helba
Pauline Capoeman
NHEERL, Chapel Hill, NC Software Development Providing Tribes with Capability to Monitor Food Consumption Rates and Satisfy EPA Guidance
S11RA0101 Natural Gas Plays in the Marcellus Shale: Challenges and Potential Opportunities
Environmental Science & Technology, 44(n/a):5679-5684 (2010 (web))
David M. Kargbo
Ron G. Wilhelm
David J. Campbell
OTHER, Philadelphia, PA Synthesis of the Opportunities and Challenges from Development of Shale Gas Fields by Hydraulic Fracturing
S11RA0104 Nitrogen Effects on Coastal Marine Ecosystems
Book Chapter in J.L. Hatfield and R.F. Follett (Eds.), Nitrogen in the Environment: Sources, Problems, and Management, 2008(10):271-332 (2008)
John R. Kelly
NHEERL, Duluth, MN A Synthesis of Knowledge on Responses to Nitrogen Loading that Informs Coastal Nutrient Criteria Development
S11RA0105 Water Analysis: Emerging Contaminants and Current Issues
Analytical Chemistry, 81(12):4645-4677 (2009)
Susan D. Richardson
NERL, Athens, GA Providing an Extensive Review on Water Analysis of Emerging Environmental Contaminants and Current Issues
S11RA0107 Chapter 20: Internal Corrosion and Deposition Control
Peer-reviewed book. Water Quality and Treatment: A Handbook of Community Water Supplies. Sixth ed. J.K. Edzwald, editor., : (2010)
Michael R. Schock
Darren A. Lytle
NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Critical Analysis of Corrosion and Presentation of Guidance for Solving Drinking-Water Corrosion and Scaling
S11RA0110 Traditional Mould Analysis Compared to a DNA-based Method of Mould Analysis
Critical Reviews in Microbiology, ISSN 1040-(D01: 10 3109/10):1-10 (2010)
Stephen Vesper
NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Creating and Documenting the Scientific Framework that can Produce a More Sustainable Built Environment
S11RA0114 The Salmonella Mutagenicity Assay: The Stethoscope of Genetic Toxicology for the 21st Century
Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(11):1515-1522 (2010)
David M. DeMarini
Larry D. Claxton
Gisela de A. Umbuzeiro
NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Review of the Salmonella Mutagenicity Assay and How it Informs the Development of 21st Century Toxicology Assays
S11SI0119 (1) A National Assessment of Green Infrastructure and Change for the Conterminous United States Using Morphological Image Processing
Landscape and Urban Planning, 94:186-195 (2010)
(2) Temporal Change in Fragmentation of Continental US Forests
Landscape Ecology, 23:891-898 (2008)
James D. Wickham
Timothy G. Wade
Kurt H. Ritters
Collin Homer
Peter Vogt
NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Development of Models for Temporal Analysis of Green Infrastructure Dynamics in Support of Sustainable Communities
S11TF0120 Seasonal Monoterpene and Sesquiterpene Emissions from Pinus Taeda and Pinus Virginiana
Atmospheric Environment, 44(34):4240-4251 (2010)
Chris D. Geron
Robert R. Arnts
NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC New Knowledge and Emission Factors for Important Atmospheric Pollutant Precursors from Biological Sources in the U.S.
S11TF0124 Parameterization of N205 Reaction Probabilities on the Surface of Particles Containing Ammonium, Sulfate, and Nitrate
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8:5295-5311 (2008)
Prakash Bhave
Kristen Foley
Jerry Davis
NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Improving the Agency's Ability to Predict Atmospheric Concentrations of Particulate Nitrate
Key to Acronyms used in the above Table
OA Office of the Administrator
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
ORCR Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
*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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