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2012 STAA Awards

The 2012 STAA Awards are Now Available:
Level I | Level II | Level III | Honorable Mentions

The 2012 STAA awards are non-monetary.

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 -- Total of Thirty-Six
Nom. ID Publication Title & Full Citation Eligible/Ineligible Authors Lab/Office/Institution Citation
S12CS0001 (1) Degradation Of Bromothymol Blue by 'Greener' Nano-Scale ZeroValent Iron Synthesized Using Tea Polyphenols

Journal of Materials Chemistry, 19:8671-8677 (2009)

(2) Green Synthesis of Au Nanostructures at Room Temperature Using Biodegradable Plant Surfactants

Crystal Growth and Design, 9(11):4979-4983 (2009)

(3) Self-Assembly of Palladium Nanoparticles: Synthesis of Nanobelts, Nanoplates and Nanotrees Using Vitamin B, and Their Application in Carbon-Carbon Coupling Reactions

Journal of Materials Chemistry, 19:2026 (2009)

Mallikarjuna Nadagouda

Rajender S. Varma

G.E. Hoag (Non-EPA)

Vivek Polishettiwar (Non-EPA)

J. B. Collins (Non-EPA)

J. L. Holcomb (Non-EPA)

J. R. Hoag (Non-EPA)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Technical Achievement in Eco-Friendly Generation of Nanometals for Application in Environmental Remediation
S12EP0010 Does Encouraging the Use of Wetlands in Water Quality Trading Programs Make Economic Sense

Ecological Economics, 69(10):1988-1994 (2010)

Matthew T. Heberling

Hale W. Thurston

Jorge H. Garcia (Non-EPA)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Research that Highlights Potential and Unintended Outcomes of Encouraging the Use Wetlands in Water-Quality Trading
S12ER0013 Assessment of Supercritical Fluid Extraction Use in Whole Sediment Toxicity Identification Evaluations

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 30(4):819-827 (2011)

Robert M. Burgess

Mark G. Cantwell

Kay T. Ho

Marguerite C. Pelletier

Steve B. Hawthorne (Non-EPA)

Monique M. Perron (Non-EPA)

Carol B. Grabanski (Non-EPA)

David J. Miller (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI Evaluating New Methods for Improving the Performance of Whole Sediments TIEs
S12ER0014 (1) Design and Assessment of a Real Time Reverse Transcription-PCR Method to Genotype Single-Stranded RNA Male-Specific Coliphages (Family Leviviridae)

Journal of Virology Methods, 173(2):196-202 (2011)

(2) A Reverse Transcription-PCR Assay to Distinguish the Four Genogroups of Male-Specific (F+) RNA Coliphages

Journal of Virology Methods, 159(1):47-52 (2009)

Stephanie D. Friedman

Fred Genthner

Emilie Cooper (Non-EPA)

Kevin R. Calci (Non-EPA)

Lisa Casanova (Non-EPA)

Mark D. Sobsey (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL Providing the Development of Two Types of Molecular Tools to Rapidly Assess Viral and/or Sewage Contamination in Waters
S12ER0015 Population Growth and Demography of Common Loons in the Northern United States

Journal of Wildlife Management, 73(7):1108-1115 (2009)

Jason S. Grear

Diane Nacci

Anne Kuhn

Michael W. Meyer (Non-EPA)

John H. Cooley, Jr. (Non-EPA)

Walter H. Piper (Non-EPA)

Matthew G. Mitro (Non-EPA)

Harry S. Vogel (Non-EPA)

Kate M. Taylor (Non-EPA)

Kevin P. Kenow (Non-EPA)

Stacy M. Craig (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI Research Demonstrating Wildlife Risk Assessment for Lake Ecosystems Affected by Mercury and Other Human Stressors
S12ER0016 (1) Linking Excess Nutrients, Light, and Fine Bedded Sediments to Impacts on Faunal Assemblages in Headwater Agricultural Streams

Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 45(6):1475-1492 (2009)

(2) Influences of Spatial Scale and Soil Permeability on Relationships Between Land Cover and Baseflow Stream Nutrient Concentrations

Environmental Management, 45(2):236-250 (2010)

Michael B. Griffith

Bernard F. Daniel

Michael E. Troyer

James M. Lazorchak

Matthew A. Morrison

Joseph P. Schubauer-Berigan

NCEA, Cincinnati, OH Research Elucidating the Relationships among Land Cover, Nutrients and the Ecology of Headwater Streams
S12ER0017 (1) Application of Protein Expression Profiling to Screen Chemicals for Androgenic Activity

Aquatic Toxicology, 113(1-2):71-78 (2011)

(2) Identification of Estrogen-Responsive Vitelline Envelope Protein Fragments from Rainbow Trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss) Plasma Using Mass Spectrometry

Molecular Reproduction and Development, 77(11):963-970 (2010)

Michael J. Hemmer

Kimberly A. Nelson

Peggy S. Harris

Jose A. Serrano

LeeAnn Higgins (Non-EPA)

Lorrane B. Anderson (Non-EPA)

Abby D. Benninghoff (Non-EPA)

David E. Williams (Non-EPA)

Calvin C. Walker (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL Developing Proteomic Methods to Screen Environmental Chemicals for Endocrine Activity
S12ER0023 Relating Landscape Development Intensity to Coral Reef Condition in the Watersheds of St. Croix, US Virgin Island

Marine Ecology Progress Series, 427:293-302 (2011)

Leah Oliver

John Lehrter

William Fisher

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL Linking Human Landscape Development Activity to Coral Reef Condition in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
S12ER0028 The Areal Extent of Brown Shrimp Habitat Suitability in Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA: Targeting Vegetated Habitat Restoration

Journal of Environmental Assessment and Monitoring, 171(1-4):611-620 (2010)

Lisa M. Smith

Janet A. Nestlerode

Linda C. Harwell

Peter Bourgeois (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL Developing an Approach to Assess Habitat Suitability of Estuarine-Dependent Species
S12HE0036 Development of a Distance-to-Roadway Proximity Metric to Compare Near-Road Pollutant Levels to a Central Site Monitor

Atmospheric Enviornment, 43:787-797 (2009)

Tim Barzyk

Barbara Jane George

Alan Vette

Ron Williams

Carry Croghan

Carvin Stevens

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Development of Analytical Methods and Metrics that Characterize Uncertainty between Near-Road and Ambient Measurements
S12HE0038 (1) Increased Non-conducted P-ware Arrhythmias after a Single Oil Fly Ash Inhalation Exposure in Hypertensive Rats

Environmental Health Perspectives, 117(5):709-715 (2009)

(2) Continuous Electrocardiogram Reveals Differences in the Short-term Cardiotoxic Response of Wistar-Kyoto and Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats to Doxorubicin

Toxicological Sciences, 110(1):224-234 (2009)

(3) A Single Exposure to Particulate or Gaseous Air Pollution Increases the Risk of Aconitine-induced Cardiac Arrhythmia in Hypertensive Rats

Toxicological Sciences, 112(2):532-542 (2009)

Aimen K. Farraj

Mehdi S. Hazari

Darrell W. Winsett

Najwa Haykal-Coates

Daniel Costa

Wayne E. Cascio

Allen Ledbetter

William H. Rowan, III (Non-EPA)

Alex P. Carll (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC A New Paradigm Based on Altered Compensatory Responses to Inform Assessment of Cardiac Risk from Air Pollutants
S12HE0039 Proteomic Analysis of Propiconazole Response in Mouse Liver: Comparison of Genomic and Proteomic Profiles

Journal of Proteome Research, 9(1268-1278):10 (2010)

Yue Ge

Maribel Bruno

Witold Winnik

Stephen Nesnow

Tanya Moore

Pedro Ortiz (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC First Application of the Integrated OMICS Including Genomics and Proteomics in the Risk Assessment Process
S12HE0040 Development of a Multiplex Microsphere Immunoassay for the Quantitation of Salivary Antibody Responses to Selected Waterborne Pathogens

Journal of Immunological Methods, 364(1-2):83-93 (2011)

Shannon M. Griffin

Andrey I. Egorov

Shay G. Fout

Timothy J. Wade

Ing M. Chen (Non-EPA)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH Developing an Immunoassay to Measure Salivary Antibody Responses to Pathogens for Epidemiological Surveillance
S12HE0041 (1) Differential Cardiopulmonary Effects of Size-Fractionated Ambient Particulate Matter in Mice

Cardiovascular Toxicology, 10(4):256-267 (2010)

(2) Comparative Toxicity of Size-Fractionated Airborne Particulate Matter Collected at Different Distances From an Urban Highway

Environmental Health Perspectives, 117(11):1682-1689 (2009)

Haiyan Tong

Ian M. Gilmour

Todd Q. Krantz

Robert B. Devlin

John K. McGee

Richard W. Baldauf

James M. Samet

Seung-Hyun Cho (Non-EPA)

Wan-Yun Cheng (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Research Distinguishing the Cardiopulmonary Toxicity of Size-Fractionated Ambient Particulate Matter in Mice
S12HE0044 Vascular and Cardiac Impairments in Rats Inhaling Ozone and Diesel Exhaust Particles

Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(3):312-318 (2011)

Urmila P. Kodavanti

Allen D. Ledbetter

Mette C. Schladweiler

Debora Andrews

Judy Richards

John McKee

Richard H. Jaskot

Ronald Thomas (Non-EPA)

Amie K. Lund (Non-EPA)

Reddy R. Gottipolu (Non-EPA)

Narasimham L. Parinandi (Non-EPA)

Jonathan H. Shannahan (Non-EPA)

Elizabeth O. Butler (Non-EPA)

Abraham Nyska (Non-EPA)

Sainath R. Kotha (Non-EPA)

J. Grace Wallenborn (Non-EPA)

Matthew J. Campen (Non-EPA)

Rishi B. Patel (Non-EPA)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Ozone and Diesel Exhaust Particles Exposure Impair Cardiovascular System: As a Mix, They Produce a Less Than Additive Effect
S12HE0046 Feasibility of Assessing Public Health Impacts of Air Pollution Reduction Programs on a Local Scale: New Haven Case Study

Environmental Health Perspectives, 119(4):487-492 (2011)

Danelle T. Lobdell

Haluk Ozkaynak

Vlad Isakov

Lisa Baxter

Jawad S. Touma

Mary Beth Smuts

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Support to Region 1 in Assessing Public Health Impacts from Local, State and National Air-Pollution Reduction Programs
S12MM0061 Development of an Aerosol Surface Inoculation Method for Bacillus Spores

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(5):1638-1645 (2011)

Sang Don Lee

Shawn P. Ryan

Emily G. Snyder

NHSRC, Cincinnati, OH Developing a Novel Spore Surface Deposition Method
S12MM0065 (1) Impacts of an Anti-Androgen and an Androgen/Anti-Androgen Mixture on the Metabolite Profile of Male Fathead Minnow Urine

Environmental Science and Technology, 44:6881-6886 (2010)

(2) Use of Gene Expression, Biochemical and Metabolite Profiles to Enhance Exposure and Effects Assessment of the Model Androgen 17B- Trenbolone in Fish

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 30(2):319-329 (2011)

Drew R. Ekman

Timothy W. Collette

Daniel L. Villeneuve

Quincy Teng

Gerald T. Ankley

Kathleen M. Jensen

Michael D. Kahl

Elizabeth A. Makynen

Elizabeth J. Durhan

Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt (Non-EPA)

Kimberly J. Ralston-Hooper (Non-EPA)

NERL, Athens, GA Application of Metabolomics to Risk Assessment of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals with Non-Estrogenic Modes of Action
S12MM0068 Combining Land Use Information and Small Stream Sampling with PCR-Based Methods for Better Characterization of Diffuse Sources of Human Fecal Pollution

Environmental Science & Technology, 45(13):5652-5659 (2011)

Lindsay A. Peed

Orin C. Shanks

Christopher T. Nietch

Catherine A. Kelty

Mano Sivaganesan

Mark Meckes

Thomas Mooney (Non-EPA)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Scientific and Technical Achievement in the Field of Water-Quality Monitoring with Fecal Indicators
S12MM0069 Quantifying Spatial and Seasonal Variability in Atmospheric Ammonia with In Situ and Space-Based Observations

Journal Article, Geophysical Research Letters, 38(L04802):5 (2011)

Robert W. Pinder

John T. Walker

Jesse O. Bash

Karen Cady-Pereira (Non-EPA)

Daven K. Henze (Non-EPA)

Mingzhao Luo (Non-EPA)

Gregory B. Osterman (Non-EPA)

Mark W. Shephard (Non-EPA)

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Quantifying Spatial and Seasonal Variability in Atmospheric Ammonia with In Situ and Space-Based Observations
S12MM0070 (1) Spatial Patterns of Water Quality and Plankton from High-Resolution Continuous In Situ Sensing Along a 537-km Nearshore Transect of Western Lake Superior, 2004

Book Chapter IN State of Lake Superior; M. Munawar and I.F. Munawar, Eds. Ecovision World Monograph Series, :439-471 (2009)

(2) Yurista, P., J.R. Kelly, and S.E. Miller. 2011. Lake Superior: Nearshore Variability and a Landscape Driver Concept. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management 14:345-355

Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 14(4):345-355 (2011)

Peder M. Yurista

John R. Kelly

Samuel E. Miller

NHEERL, Duluth, MN Developing New Nearshore Strategies and Techniques for the Next Generation of Great Lakes Assessment
S12MM0072 Ultrafine Particles Near a Major Roadway in Raleigh, North Carolina: Downwind Attenuation and Correlation with Traffic-Related Pollutants

Atmospheric Environment (Scientific Joural), 43:1229-1234 (2009)

Gayle S.W. Hagler

Richard W. Baldauf

Eben D. Thoma

Thomas R. Long

John S. Kinsey

Brian K. Gullett

Richard F. Snow (Non-EPA)

Lukas Oudejans (Non-EPA)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC Advancing the Understanding of Ultrafine Particle Trends and Multipollutant in the Near-Road Environment
S12OR0074 (1) Monochloramine Disinfection Kinetics of Nitrosomonas Europaea by Propidium Monoazide Quantitative PCR and Live/Dead BacLight Methods

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75(17):5555-5562 (2009)

(2) Determination of the Effects of Medium Composition on the Monochloramine Disinfection Kinetics of Nitrosomonas Europaea by the Propidium Monoazide Quantitative PCR and Live/Dead BacLight Methods

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 76(24):8277-8280 (2010)

David G. Wahman

Jonathan G. Pressman

Karen A. Schrantz

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Determination of Monochloramine Disinfection Kinetics Applicable to Distribution System Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria
S12OR0077 Subsurface and Surface Water Flow Interactions

Book Chapter, Groundwater Quantity and Quality Management. ASCE Publication. 295-393, : (2011)

Mohamed M. Hantush

Latif Kalin (Non-EPA)

Rao S. Govindaraju (Non-EPA)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Contributing a Review of Methods and Approaches for Modeling Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions at Multiple Scales
S12OR0078 (1) The EPA's Human Exposure Research Program for Assessing Cumulative Risk in Communties

Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 20(4):351-358 (2010)

(2) The Environmental Protection Agency's Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) and Its Potential Use for Environmental Justice Efforts

Americal Journal of Public Health, 101(S1):S286-S294 (2011)

Valerie G. Zartarian

Bradley D. Schultz

Timothy M. Barzyk

Marybeth Smuts

Davyda M. Hammond

Myriam Medina-Vera

Andrew M. Geller

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Developing and Implementing a Research Program and Decision Support Tool for Community-Based Environmental Assessments
S12RA0082 Disposal Practices for Unwanted Residential Medications in the United States

Environmental International, 35(3):566-572 (2009)

Susan T. Glassmeyer

Christian G. Daughton

Octavia Conerly

Rebecca L. Daniels

Lisa Lauer

Meg McCarthy

Todd G. Nettesheim

Kathy Sykes

Virginia G. Thompson

Elizabeth K. Hinchey Malloy (Non-EPA)

Susan E. Boebme (Non-EPA)

Ilene S. Ruboy (Non-EPA)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH An Overview of Disposal Regulations and Collection Program Guidelines for Unwanted Pharmaceuticals in the United States
S12RA0083 Evaluating the Consumer Response to Fuel Economy: A Review of the Literature

International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, 5:103-146 (2011)

Gloria Helfand

Ann Wolverton

OTAQ, Ann Arbor, MI Reviewing the Evidence on the Consumer Response to Reduced Vehicle Greenhouse-Gas Emissions and Improved Fuel Economy
S12RA0086 Evaluating Uncertainty in Integrated Environmental Models: A Review of Concepts and Tools

Water Resources Research, 45(W06421):14 (2009)

Shawn L. Matott

Justin E. Babendreier

Thomas S. Purucker

NERL, Athens, GA Methods, Concepts, and Tools for Evaluating Uncertainty in Integrated Environmental Models
S12SI0091 Estimating the Provision of Ecosystem Services by Gulf of Mexico Coastal Wetlands

Wetlands, 31(1):179-193 (2011)

Virginia Engle

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL Improving Our Understanding of the Ecosystem Services Provided by Gulf of Mexico Coastal Wetlands
S12SI0092 Integrating Mechanistic and Polymorphism Data to Characterize Human Genetic Susceptibility for Environmental Chemical Risk Assessment in the 21st Century

Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, YTAAP-1201:1-10 (2011)

Holly M. Mortensen

Susan Y. Euling

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Innovative Approach to Apply 21st-Century Data to Characterize Human Genetic Susceptibility for Environmental Chemicals
S12TF0095 (1) Estimation of In-Canopy Ammonia Sources and Sinks in a Fertilized Zea Mays Field

print and electronic Environmental Science & Technology, 44(5):1683-1689 (2010)

(2) Estimation of NH3 Bi-Directional Flux from Managed Agricultural Soils

print and Electronic Atmospheric Environment, 44(17):2107-2115 (2010)

Jesse O. Bash

Ellen J. Cooter

John T. Walker

Gabriel G. Katul (Non-EPA)

Matt Jones (Non-EPA)

Eiko Nemitz (Non-EPA)

Wayne Robarge (Non-EPA)

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Foundational Bi-Directional Flux Research Leading to the Development of the Bi-Directional Flux Option in CMAQ v5.0
S12TF0096 Fullerene C60: Surface Energy and Interfacial Interactions in Aqueous Systems

Langmuir, 26(14):11886-11893 (2010)

Xin Ma

Dermont Bouchard

Bethany Wigington (Non-EPA)

NERL, Athens, GA Research Elucidating the Fundamental Surface Properties of C60 Fullerene
S12TF0100 (1) Linking Air Quality and Watershed Models for Environmental Assessments: Analysis of the Effects of Model Specific Precipitation Estimates on Calculated Water Flux

Environmental Modeling & Software, 25:1722-1737 (2010)

(2) Simulated Watershed Mercury and Nitrate Flux Response to Multiple Land Cover Conversion Scenarios

Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, 30:773-786 (2011)

Heather E. Golden

Christopher D. Knightes

Ellen J. Cooter

Robin L. Dennis

Robert C. Gilliam

Kristen R. Foley

NERL, Cincinnati, OH Novel Watershed Modeling Approaches to Improve Understanding of Multi-Stressor/Multi-Media Effects on Water Resources
S12TF0105 A Framework for Evaluating Regional-Scale Numerical Photochemical Modeling Systems

Environmental Fluid Mechanics / print and on-line open access, 10(4):471-489 (2010)

Kenneth Schere

Trivikrama S. Rao

Robin Dennis

Tyler Fox

Alice Gilliland

Richard Scheffe

Montse Fuentes (Non-EPA)

Steven Hanna (Non-EPA)

Christian Hogrefe (Non-EPA)

John Irwin (Non-EPA)

Douw Steyn (Non-EPA)

Akula Venkatram (Non-EPA)

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Development of an Air Quality Model Evaluation Framework That Fosters Scientific Credibility for Model Applications
S12TF0108 (1) Transport and Retention of TiO2 Rutile Nanoparticles in Saturated Porous Media under Low-Ionic-Strength Conditions: Measurements and Mechanisms

Langmuir, 27(9):5393-5402 (2011)

(2) Effects of Material Properties on Sedimentation and Aggregation of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles of Anatase and Rutile in the Aqueous Phase

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 363(1):84-91 (2011)

Chunming Su

Gexin Chen (Non-EPA)

Xuyang Liu (Non-EPA)

NRMRL, Ada, OK Improving Understanding of Aggregation, Sedimentation and Transport of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Aqueous Environment
S12TF0109 Fenton-Like Initiation of a Toluene Transformation Mechanism

Water Research, 45(16):5334-5342 (2011)

Scott G. Huling

Sangchul Hwang (Non-EPA)

Dennis Fine (Non-EPA)

Saebom Ko (Non-EPA)

NRMRL, Ada, OK Identification of Novel Transformation Mechanism of Toluene in Fenton-Driven Oxidative Treatment
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
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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