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2001 Honorable Mention Scientific And Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)

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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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ORD Laboratory Center/Office Nominating Number Eligible Authors Basis for Award

Dr. William P. Linak (40%)
Dr. Charles Andrew Miller (40%)

For research contributing to a fuller understanding of particle formation mechanisms in oil-fired combustion systems.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Fine Particle Emission from Residual fuel Oil Combustion: Characterization and Mechanisms of Formation. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute,28:2651-2658 (2000)


Dr. Ravi K. Srivastava (60%)
Mr. Charles B. Sedman (10%)
Mr. James D. Kilgroe (10%)

For a comprehensive analysis of performance and cost characteristics of mercury control technologies for utility boilers.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Preliminary Estimates of Performance and Cost of Mercury control Technology Applications on Electric Utility Boilers. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 51:1460-1470 (2001)


Dr. William P. Linak (35%)
Mr. Jeffrey V. Ryan (35%)

For advances in the understanding and development of improved mercury speciation measurement methods.

Issues Related to Solution chemistry in Mercury Sampling Impingers. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 51:688-698 (2001)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH CS0013

Dr. Rajender S. Varma (90%)

For outstanding research in "Green" synthesis of non-volatile ionic liquid solvents.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) An Expeditious Solvent-free Route to Ionic Liquids Using Microwaves. Chemical Communications, pp. 643-644 (2001)
b) Solvent-free Preparation of ionic Liquids Using a Household Microwave Oven. Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 73(8):1309-1313 (2001)

NRMRL, Ada, OK CS0015

Dr. Robert W. Puls (80%)

For pioneering research on the long-term performance of permeable reactive barriers for groundwater remediation.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Long- term Performance for Permeable Reactive barrier monitoring at the U.S. Coast Guard Support Center, Elizabeth City, J. of Hazardous Materials, 68:109-124 (1999)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH CS0016

Dr. C.C. Lee (45%)
Mr. George L. Huffman (45%)
Dr. J. C. S. Chang (6%)

For providing the public with an extremely useful set of calculations regarding waste destructor designs and add-on emission controls.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) "Basic Combustion and Incineration". Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations, pp. 2.147-2.316 (2000)
b) "Incineration Technologies and facility Requirements". Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations, pp. 2.491-2.573 (2000)
c) "Air Emissions Control". Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations, pp. 3.3-3.141 (2000)

NERL, Athens, GA CS0017

Dr. Steven C. McCutcheon (40%)
Ms. Amy E. Bergstedt (10%)

For establishment of critical design data to translate scientific discoveries into protocols for cleanup of wetlands.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Phyto-Removal of Trinitrotoluene from Water with Batch Kinetic Studies. Water Research, 34(10):2713-2722 (2000)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL ER0022

Dr. Michael Lewis (65%)
Mr. Stephen Foss (10%)
Ms. Peggy Harris (10%)
Mr. Roman Stanley (10%)
Dr. James Moore (5%)

For impact of a Golf Complex on Adjacent Sediment Toxicity and Quality.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Sediment chemical contamination and toxicity associated with a coastal golf course complex. Env. Toxicology and Chemistry, 20(7):1390-1398 (2001)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL ER0023

Ms. Virginia D. Engle (60%)
Dr. J. Kevin Summers (40%)

For establishing biogeographical estuarine benthic species distribution boundaries for application in environmental stressor assessments.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Latitudinal Gradients in Benthic Community Composition in Western Atlantic Estuaries. Journal of Biogeography, 26(5):1007-1023 (1999)
b) Biogeography of Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Estuaries Along the Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic Coasts. Hydrobiologia, 436(1-3):17-33 (2000)

NRMRL, Ada, OK MM0027

Dr. Richard T. Wilkin (45%)
Ms. Mary Sue McNeil (25%)
Ms. Cherri Adair (25%)
Dr. John Wilson (5%)

For research that improves the quality of environmental monitoring and assessment studies by evaluating field measurement practices.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Field Measurement of Dissolved Oxygen: A Comparison of Methods. Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation, Fall(2001):1-10 (2001)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH MM0029

Mr. Edward Todd Urbansky (60%)
Ms. Stephanie K. Brown (40%)

For advancing the analysis of potable water for bromate, a disinfection byproduct.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Influence of reagent purity on the ion chromatographic determination of bromate in water using 3, 3'- dimethoxybenzidine as a prochromophore for photometric detection. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2(6):571-575 (2000)


Dr. Zhishi Guo (30%)
Dr. Ronald B. Mosley (15%)
Ms. Shirley J. Wasson (15%)

For research on SF6 breakdown and its potential impact on measurements of air pollutants and ventilation rates.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Dissociation of sulfur hexafluoride tracer gas in the presence of an indoor combustion source. Journal of the Air and Water Management Association, 51:616-622 (2001)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH MM0033

Dr. Matthew L. Magnuson (34%)
Ms. Catherine A. Kelty (33%)
Dr. Ricardo Cant (33%)

For development of stable association complex electrospray mass spectrometry for regulatory and environmental research.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Stable Association Complex Electrospray Mass Spectrometry for the Determination of Cyanuric Acid. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 12(10):1085-1091 (2001)

NERL, Athens, GA MM0040

Dr. Susan D. Richardson (75%)
Ms. Tashia V. Caughran (15%)

For developing a method to detect and identify highly polar DBPs in drinking water.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Application of DNPH Derivatization with LC/MS to the identification of Polar carbonyl Disinfection By-products in Drinking Water. Ozone Science & Engineering, 22(6):653-675 (2000)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH MM0044

Dr. H.D. Alan Lindquist (50%)
Mr. Michael Ware (25%)
Mr. Ronald E. Stetler (20%)
Mr. Larry Wymer (4%)
Dr. Frank W. Schaefer, III (1%)

For describing and characterizing the advantages and disadvantages of currently available Crytosporidium detection methods.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
A comparison of four fluorescent antibody-based methods for purifying, detecting, and confirming Cryptosporidium parvum in surface water. Journal of Parasitology, 87(5):1124-1131 (2001)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH MM0048

Dr. Frank H. McCormick (50%)
Dr. Philip R. Kaufmann (10%)
Mr. David V. Peck (10%)
Dr. John L. Stoddard (5%)

For advances in indicator development and assessment of conditions in aquatic ecosystems.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Development of an index of biotic integrity for the Mid-Atlantic Highlands Region. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 130:857-877 (2001)

NERL, Athens, GA MM0051

Dr. J. Jackson Ellington (25%)
Dr. Nelson L. Wolfe (25%)
Dr. Arthur W. Garrison (25%)

For a creative approach to understanding perchlorate uptake by tobacco plants and occurrence in tobacco products.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Determination of Perchlorate in Tobacco Plants and Tobacco Products. Environmental Sciences & Technology, 35(15):3213-3218 (2001)


Dr. R. K. Srivastava (80%)

For developing an efficient and cost-effective adaptive grid algorithm for use in air quality modeling.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Simulation of Dispersion of a Power Plant Plume using an Adaptive Grid Algorithm. Atmospheric Environment, 35:4801-4818 (2001)


Mr. Chris D. Geron (85%)

For developing measurement protocol and emission factor development for isoprene from vegetation.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Isoprene emission capacity for US tree species. Atmospheric Environment, 35(19):3341-3352 (2001)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH TF0069

Dr. William C. Sidle (80%)
Ms. Deborah L. Roose (5%)

For application of Radium Isotopes Measurement Methodologies to the Identification of Non-point Fertilizer Pollution and Correction of Agricultural Drainage Practices.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
226Ra and 228Ra activities associated with agricultural drainage ponds and wetland ponds in the Kankakee watershed, Illinois-Indiana, USA. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 55:29-46 (2001)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH RA0072

Mr. Edward Todd Urbansky (95%)
Mr. Michael R. Schock (5%)

For raising awareness of environmentally relevant topics among educators in furtherance of chemically sound environmental research and its application in the field.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Understanding, deriving, and computing buffer capacity. Journal of Chemical Education, 77(12):1640-1644 (2000)

b) Carbinolamines and geminal diols in environmental chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education, 77(12):1644-1647 (2000)

Don't be tricked by your integrated rate plot! Journal of Chemical Education, 78(7):921-923 (2001)

NERL, Athens, GA RA0078

Dr. Timothy W. Collette (60%)

For seminal assessment of the importance of modern Raman spectroscopy for environmental application to aqueous systems.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Environmental Application of Raman Spectroscopy to Aqueous Systems. Handbook of Raman Spectroscopy, I.I. Lewis & H.G.M. Edwards (eds), Marcel Dekker, NY, Chapter 17, pp.683-731 (2001)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH RM0083 Dr. Matthew L. Magnuson (32%)
Ms. Catherine A. Kelty (32%)
Mr. Keith C. Kelty (12%)
Mr. Darren A. Lytle ( 12%)
Ms. Christina M. Frietch (12%)

For development of analytical tools for risk management decisions involving environmentally significant colloids and contaminated particles.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Trace Metal Loading on Water-Borne Soil and Dust Particles Characterized through the Use of Split-Flow Thin-Cell Fractionation. Analytical Chemistry, 73(11):3492-3496 (2001)
b) Characterization of sub-Micrometer Aqueous Iron(III) Colloids Formed in the Presence of Phosphate by Sedimentation Field Flow Fractionation with Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering Detection. Analytical Chemistry, 73(14):4815-4820 (2001)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH RA0089

Dr. Subhas K. Sikdar (65%)
Mr. Douglas Grosse (10%)

For research on the role of advanced separation technologies to organic compounds and metals removal from dilute matrices.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Separation Methods for Environmental Technologies. Environmental Progress, 20(1):1-11 (2001)
b) Membrane Technologies for Remediating Contaminated Soils: A Critical Review. Journal Membrane Science, 151(1):75-85 (1998)


Dr. Kay Ho (45%)
Ms. Anne Kuhn (20%)
Ms. Margaret Pelletier (20%)
Dr. Robert Burgess (5%)
Mr. Jonathan Serbst (5%)

For development of a new miniaturized method for short-term, multi-species sediment testing.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Sediment Toxicity Assessment: Comparison of Standard and New Testing Designs. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 39:462-468 (2000)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI ER0093

Dr. Lesa Meng (50%)
Mr. Bryan Taplin (20%)

For winter flounder growth and stable isotope ratios as indicators of habitat quality.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Using Winter Flounder Growth Rates to Assess Habitat Quality in Rhode Island' Coastal Lagoons. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 201:287-299 (2000)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI ER0094

Dr. Richard Pruell (35%)
Mr. Bryan Taplin (35%)
Mr. Doug McGovern (15%)
Mr. Rick McKinney (10%)
Dr. Susan Norton (5%)

For proving new information on the accumulation and trophic transfer of toxic organic contaminants in marine biota.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Organic Contaminant Distributions in Sediments, polychaetes (Nereis virens) and American Lobster (Homarus americanus) from a Laboratory Food Chain Experiments. Marine Environmental Research, 49:19-36 (2000)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI ER0096

Dr. Daniel Campbell (100%)

For progress toward quantifying the concepts of integrity and health as they are related to ecosystems.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Using Energy Systems Theory To Define, Measure, and Interpret Ecological Integrity and Ecosystem Health. Ecosystem Health, 6(3):181-204 (2000)


Dr. William E Wilson (60%)
Dr. David T. Mage (30%)
Dr. Lester D. Grant (10%)

For presenting new and original techniques for the separation of personal exposure into its ambient and nonambient components.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Estimating Separately Personal Exposure to Ambient and Non-Particulate Matter for Epidemiology and Risk Assessment: Why and How. J. Air and Waste Management Association, 50(7):1167-1183 (2000)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI IR0113

Dr. Timothy Gleason (60%)
Dr. Wayne Munns, Jr. (20%)
Dr. Dianne Nacci (20%)

For research projecting population-level responses in ecological risk assessments.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Projecting Population-Level Response of Purple Sea Urchins to Lead Contamination for an Estuarine Ecological Risk Assessment. Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress and Recovery, 7:177-185 (2000)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN ER0114

Dr. Brian H. Hill (75%)
Dr. Philip R. Kaufmann (5%)

For research on analysis of taxonomic levels of identifying stream diatom assemblages.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Comparison of correlations between environmental characteristics and stream diatom assemblages characterized at genus and species levels. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 20(2):299-310 (2001)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN ER0116

Dr. Peter Trenham (50%)

For research on amphibian metapopulations: assumptions and implications for monitoring strategies.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Metapopulation dynamics and amphibian conservation. Conservation Biology, 15(1):40-49 (2001)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN ER0120

Dr. John C. Brazner (40%)
Mr. Danny K. Tanner (40%)
Dr. John A. Morrice (10%)

Ecological linkages between coastal wetlands and the adjacent Great Lakes.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Fish -mediated nutrient and energy exchange between a Lake Superior coastal wetland and its adjacent bay. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 27(1):98-111 (2001)
b) Factors influencing carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus content of fish from a Lake Superior coastal wetland: Life history verses morphonmetrics. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 57:1243-1251 (2000)


Dr. Sally Perreault Darney (25%)
Dr. Sherry G. Selevan (25%)

For innovations in male reproductive risk assessment: Loss of genetic integrity in human spermatozoa after exposure to air pollution.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Semen Quality and Reproductive Health of Young Czech Men Exposed to Seasonal Air Pollution. Environmental Health Perspectives, 108(9):887-894 (2000)
b) Evaluation of Aneuploidy and DNA Damage in Human Spermatoza: Application in Field Studies. Andrologia, 32:247-254 (2000)
c) Air Pollution and Sperm Aneuploidy in Healthy Young Men. Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology, 1:125-131 (1999)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN MM0125

Dr. Naomi Detenbek (25%)
Ms. Sharon Batterman (15%)
Ms. Virginia Snarski (10%)
Dr. John Brazner (15%)
Ms. Jo Thompson (15%)
Ms. Debra Taylor (10%)

For watershed classification strategy for assessing site-specific probability of impairment.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
A test of watershed classification systems for ecological risk assessment. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 19:1174-1181 (2000)


Dr. Louise G. Parks (25%)
Ms. Christy S. Lambright (35%)
Dr. G. T. Ankley (5%)
Dr. L. E. Gray, Jr. (25%)

For identification of environmental androgenic activity in pulp mill effluent.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Masculinization of Female Mosquitofish in Kraft Mill Effluent-Contaminated Fenholloway River Water is Associated with Androgen Receptor Agonist Activity. Toxicological Sciences, 62:257-267 (2001)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI ER0131

Dr. Cathleen Wigand (75%)

For determining effect of the native submersed macrophyte Vallisneria americana (l.) on community structure and ecosystem function.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Effect on Vallisneria americana (l.) on Community Structure and Ecosystem Function in Lake Mesocosms. Hyrobiologia, 418:137-146 (2000)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI ER0132

Ms. Marguerite Pelletier (70%)
Dr. Robert Burgess (10%)
Mr. Mark Cantwell (5%)
Mr. Jonathan Serbst (5%)
Dr. Kay Ho (5%)
Mr. Stephen Ryba (5%)

For determining benthic populations with pelagic larvae at greater risk to PAH contaminated sediments due to maternal transfer of contaminants.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Importance of Maternal transfer of the Photoreactive Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon fluoranthene from Benthic Adult Bivalves to Their Pelagic Larvae. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 19(11):2691-2698 (2000)

NHEERL, Corvallis, OR MM0136

Dr. Paul Ringold (60%)

For developing A new approach to the design of environmental monitoring.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Establishing a Regional Monitoring Strategy: The Pacific Northwest Forest Plan. Environmental Management, 23(2)179-192 (1999)

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