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Session Papers from the 25th Annual Conference on Managing Environmental Quality Systems

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General Quality System Sessions
Ambient Air Sessions
Environmental Statistics Sessions

General Sessions (listed alphabetically)
Advances in Sampling and Monitoring (PDF 15pp, 207K)
  • Visual Sample Plan (B. Pulsipher)
  • Heterogeneity Rules: Implications for Environmental Statistics  (D.Crumbling)
Best Practices in Information Quality Improvement (PDF 8pp, 43K)
  • ORD's Scientific Office of the Future (L.Petterson)
  • Application of Software QA Concepts and Procedures to Research Involving Software Development (R.Wright)
  • The Emergent Data Steward (C. Mallory)
Detection and Reporting Limits (PDF 17pp, 178K)
  • Method Detection Limits and Reporting Non-Detects in Microbiology  (S.Wasson)
  • When Laboratorires Should Not Censor Data  (C.Davis)
  • New Statistical Procedure for Determining MRL Under the UCMR2  (J. Martin)
Environmental Data Quality and Laboratory Systems (PDF 11pp, 108K)
  • The Road to ISO 17025  (J.Bennett)
  • Take the Challenge, Initiating a New Laboratory into a Long-Term Monitoring Program  (J. Schofield)
  • Data Quality Assurance: Asking Appropriate Questions  (J. Caprio)
Environmental Indicators (PDF 2pp, 34K)
  • Quality Considerations in Developing EPA's EI  (N.Wentworth, D.Shaw)
Environmental Laboratory Accreditation (PDF 2pp, 38K)
  • Why Lab Accreditations an Essential Element of DQS
  • Accreditation Requirements for Laboratories - Quality System
  • Accreditation Requirements for Laboratories - PT and On-sites
  • Requirements for an Accreditation Body
  • Accreditation for Field Measurements and Sampling
  • Role of EPA in a National Accreditation Program
Environmental Quality Systems Management: Best Practices and Case Studies (PDF 13pp, 123K)
  • Re-engineering Data Flow Process for a Regional Monitoring Program (D. Ivanoff)
  • Automated Audit Software for the SFWMD  (T. Fitzpatrick)
  • Spatial Modeling of Environmental Data  (A. Debebe)
Electronic Tools to Improve Data Management (PDF 19pp, 325K)
  • Training a Prototype Classification Algorithm to ID Contaminents for the CCL List (M. Messner)
  • A TRI Trend Analysis Tool  (N.Neerchal)
  • Utilization of 3-D Spinning Plots as Exploratory Tool s (H.Allendar)
  • New Environmental Stats Software GiSd (Guided Interactive Statistical Decision Tools ) (D. Bronson, K. Black)
  • HMSI Monitoring System: A Tool for Long-Term Remediation Performance Monitoring  (W. Michael)
Project Planning & Assessment (PDF 23pp, 425K)
  • Data Quality Objectives for Atrazine Monitoring  (M.Messner)
  • Challenges of Implementing Project-Level QA for Environmental Projects in Developing Countries  (I.Salau)
  • Steps to Take to Ensure that Data are Usable, Meaningful and Legally Defensible  (J.McAteer)
Quality Documentation & Records (PDF 10pp, 111K)
  • Managing Field and Laboratory Records for Environmental Investigations  (K.Matthews)
  • Virtual TSA of Research QA and Records Management Systems  (T.Hughes)
  • QA Documentation and Information Quality: The Common Thread that Binds (D.Weingart Webb)
Quality Improvement and International Quality Standards (PDF 8pp, 81K)
  • Effective Management Review for Improving ISO9000 and E4 Quality Management  (C.Hedin)
  • Information Compliance with ISO 14000  (M.Sullivan)
Quality Improvement Practices in the EPA Office of Environmental Information (PDF 4pp, 84K)
  • QA/QC - Who Determines the Quality and What Is Being Controlled?  (P. Garvey)
  • Quality Activities within OEI's Office of Information Analysis and Access (N. Wentworth)
Quality Program and Quality Improvements in the EPA Office of Environmental Information (PDF 4pp, 26K)
  • Guide to Information and Quality Standards & Policies Applicable to EPA Operations (E.Haddad)
  • Challenges in Integrating Performance Measures and Quality Operations (J. Worthington)
  • Building/Implementing a Web-based QS for OEI (K.Hull)
Quality System Development (PDF 8pp, 45K)
  • Developing a Quality System for the National Children's Study (D.Michael)
  • Implementation of the UFP for QA Plans (M.Carter, B. Runyon)
  • Integrating the EPA Quality System with the National Water Program (K.Boynton)
Quality Systems Implementation (PDF 11pp, 98K)
  • Stages of QS Implementation  (L.Blume)
  • Painful Stages in the Implementation of Quality Systems & Graded Approach for Assessing Quality Systems for State, Tribal and Local Agencies  (A. Kahn, D. Johnson, S. Stubbs)
  • Financing Quality Systems During Multiple Stages of Implementation  (L. Blume)
  • QA Plans for Tribal Pesticide Enforcement Programs  (D. Taylor)
  • America's Next QAPP Model  (M. Kantz)
Quality System Policy Framework (PDF 3pp, 53K)
  • Status and Next Steps for EPA's QA Policy  (R.Shafer)
  • Guide to Integrating Management Systems  (J.Worthington, K.Hull, E.Haddad)
Topics in Hurricane Response (PDF 3pp, 41K)
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Region 6 Laboratory Response (D. Gregg)
  • Ambient Air Monitoring and QA in the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief  (G. Noah)
Workshop: Avoiding Statistical Pitfalls in Environmental Science (PDF 2pp, 44K)
  • Getting the Right Statistical Answers for Contaminated Sites  (D.Crumbling, S. Dyment, M. Moore)
Ambient Air Sessions (PDF 42pp, 790K)
  • Long-Dependence of Air Quality Data  (S.Chen)
  • Ambient Air Monitoring and QA in the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief (G. Noah)
  • QA and Data Issues Related to AQS (J.Miller)
  • Electronic Recordkeeping and the National Ambient Monitoring QA Program  (C.Brown)
  • QA Tools for Small Organizations - Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center Updates  (M.Ronca-Battista)
  • SOPs -- Friend or Foe?  (A. Kelley)
  • Performance Auditing of a Human Air Pollution Exposure Chamber for PM2.5 (M.Ray)
  • Growth of Field Audit Program for EPA's Speciation Trends Network (D. Crumpler)
  • PM2.5 Speciation Monthly Sampler Performance Verification Form  (J. Lantz)
  • Improving Portability and Reducing Cost in the TTP Performance Laboratory  (A. Teitz)
  • Status and Changes in EPA Infrastructure for Bias Traceability to NIST  (M. Shanis)
Environmental Statistics Sessions
  • Overview of Environmental Statistics Courses at NCSU (W.Hunt)
  • NCSU Student Presentations (B.Hare, E.Holland, F. Hornsby and
  • EPA Perspective on Student Projects (B. Nussbaum)
Methodological Advances in Quality Measurement and Assessment (PDF 14pp, 396K)
  • Confidence Intervals Revisited (P.Lacayo)
  • Monitoring the Long-Memory Air Quality Data Using ARFIMA Model (S.Chen)
  • Combining Classical Analyses with Practicality: A Different Look at the STN Versus IMPROVE Network (L.Camalier)
Recent Applications of SAS in Health and Environmental Analyses (PDF 10pp, 106K)
  • Air Explorer - Powerful Web-Driven Tools  (D.Mintz)
  • Quality Improvement through the Use of Compiled SAS Macros for Environmental Risk Assessment  (S.Fleming)
  • Strategies for Statistical Analysis with SAS System 9  (J.Stultz)
Statistical Issues for Health and the Environment (PDF 13pp, 287K)
  • Statistical Methods to Analyze Occupational Safety Data of DOE Facilities  (R. Sastry)
  • Statistical Issues in the Analysis of the Carcinogenic Risk of Ethylene Oxide (H. Kahn)
  • Partial Least Squares Regression for Small Sample (M.Nash)



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