Volume 2 | Number 4 | August 2011
Advancing Science at EPA
GEMS: Great Environmental Moments in Science
EPA researchers partner with IBM to provide data and science for CityOne, a serious game with real-world potential.
EPA scientists conduct the first continental-scale analysis to estimate how much nitrogen is removed by wetlands.
EPA scientists work to advance the science of chemical risk assessment.
EPA Tox21 partnership taps high-tech robots to advance toxicity testing.
An EPA statistician is developing innovative ways to translate vast quantities of toxicological data into an accessible, visual format.
An EPA-led study finds associations between peat wildfire smoke and increased emergency room visits.
The IRIS program strengthens the scientific foundation that protects health and the environment.
EPA and partner scientists team up to investigate a potential inexpensive, sustainable solution for removing estrogen from wastewater.
EPA Research in the News
Twenty years of Green Chemistry
“For two decades, chemists have used green chemistry principles to approach society’s most fundamental challenges in new and innovative ways,” writes EPA Assistant Administrator Paul T. Anastas, Ph.D. in Chemical and Engineering News. Read the story.
Research Flights Seek to Improve View of Air Pollution from Space
NASA research airplanes recently flew over the Baltimore-Washington region and northeast Maryland as part of a mission to enhance advance satellite capability for measuring ground-level air quality. The flights were supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will aid the agency in monitoring pollutants that affect people’s health. Read the press release.
Innovative Research on EPA’s R/V Lake Guardian
Fifteen educators from the Great Lakes region joined EPA scientists and partners aboard EPA’s Research Vessel Lake Guardian for a floating educator’s workshop on Lake Superior. The workshop was a collaboration among EPA, the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Great Lakes, and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. Read the story.
Apps for the Environment
EPA is searching for a few great apps! In the Apps for the Environment challenge, everyone has free reign to make an app that uses EPA data, addresses one of Administrator Lisa Jackson’s Seven Priorities, and is useful to communities or individuals. Read more and watch the video.
Science Wednesday: Highlights From Our Blog
Lake Guardian: Shipboard and Shoreline Science Workshop Day 1 Wrap Up!
All aboard! Dr. Joel Hoffman kicks off a week of blogs highlighting the action from EPA’s Research Vessel Lake Guardian as he and his colleagues set sail for a week of science and education on a floating workshop on Lake Superior. Read about the expedition.
Continuously Strengthening our Science
EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development shares insights into the Agency’s efforts to make one of its most widely used science-based tools, the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), even stronger. Read Dr. Anastas’ post.
A Green Chemistry Moon Shot
Summer student intern Chris Crane shares his inspiring experience learning about the past, present, and promising future of green chemistry at the 15th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference.
Read Chris’ post.
EPA Study Shows Health Hazards Associated with Peat Wildfire Smoke
North Carolina peat fires were the subject of student contractor and science writer Sara Blau’s blog—and an EPA investigation on the cardiovascular health effects of a fire in 2008. Read Sara’s post.
Modeling Matters—Where could it go, and how do we know?
EPA research scientist Tanya Otte introduces a new “Science Wednesday” series exploring the fascinating work of scientific modeling: “collections of equations built from what we know.”
Read Tanya's post.
EPA Research Grants
EPA supports the nation's leading scientists and engineers through competitive grant programs and fellowships to ensure that the latest science—including green chemistry and sustainability—is available to support the Agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment.
For information about EPA grants and funding opportunities, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer.
Save the Date
The 2011 National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference, Tracking in Action: Leading the Way to Better Environmental Public Health, will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, September 12-15, 2011. More information.