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Volume 2 | Number 4 | August 2011

Executive Message

Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas

Executive Message

Advancing Science at EPA

GEMS: Great Environmental Moments in Science

City Skyline

Game On: Can Serious Games Help Inform Serious Environmental Challenges?

EPA researchers partner with IBM to provide data and science for CityOne, a serious game with real-world potential.


Down the Drain: Wetlands as Sinks for Absorbing Reactive Nitrogen

EPA scientists conduct the first continental-scale analysis to estimate how much nitrogen is removed by wetlands.

Glass Cleaner

Innovative Tools Help EPA Scientists Determine Total Chemical Exposures

EPA scientists work to advance the science of chemical risk assessment.

Robot During Testing

The Future of Toxicity Testing is Here

EPA Tox21 partnership taps high-tech robots to advance toxicity testing.

Computer Monitor

Supporting Decisions By the Pie Slice:  EPA Researcher Serves Up Data

An EPA statistician is developing innovative ways to translate vast quantities of toxicological data into an accessible, visual format.

Smoke from a wildfire

Wildfire Research Confirms Health Hazards of Peat Fire Smoke

An EPA-led study finds associations between peat wildfire smoke and increased emergency room visits.

Test Tubes

The Science Behind Human Health:  EPA’s Integrated Risk and Information System

The IRIS program strengthens the scientific foundation that protects health and the environment.

Partner News

Water treatment

Downstream Without Hormones: Can Rabbit Food Solve an Emerging Environmental Problem?

EPA and partner scientists team up to investigate a potential inexpensive, sustainable solution for removing estrogen from wastewater.

EPA Research in the News

Test tube in hand

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. Exit EPA Disclaimer


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.

Lake GuardianInnovative 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. Exit EPA Disclaimer


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

The Lake Guardian

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.

EPA Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas

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.

Man on the moon

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.

Wildfire smoke

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.

Tanya Otte

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

Researcher with Lab Equipment

Grants and Funding Opportunities

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.

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Please contact Aaron Ferster: ferster.aaron@epa.gov.

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