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2001 Level III Scientific And Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)

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Level III awards - are for those who have accomplished an unusually notable research or technological effort. The awards are for a substantial revision or modification of a scientific/technological principle or procedure, or an important improvement to the value of a device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research relates to a mission or organizational component of the EPA, or significantly affects a relevant area of science/technology.

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ORD Laboratory Center/Office Nominating Number Eligible Authors Basis for Award
NERL, Athens, GA ER0019

Dr. Richard G. Zepp (50%)

For elucidating the factors that control photochemically stimulated microbial decomposition in the aquatic environment.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Carbon Loss and Optical Property Changes During Long-term Photochemical and Biological Degradation of Estuarine Dissolved Organic Matter. Limnology & Oceanography, 45(6):1254-1264 (2000)


Dr. David M. DeMarini (15%)
Ms. Nancy Hanley (15%)
Dr. Judy Mumford (10%)
Dr. Marc Mass (5%)
Ms. Barbara Roop (5%)

For demonstration that mutations in tumors reflect exposure to environmental mutagens and carcinogens.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Lung Tumor KRAS and TP53 Mutation in Non-Smokers Reflect Exposure to PAH-Rich Coal Combustion Emissions. Cancer Research, 61(18):6679-6681 (2001)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH MM0032

Dr. Matthew L. Magnuson (34%)
Mr. James H. Owens (33%)
Ms. Catherine A. Kelty (33%)

For advances in mass spectrometry of microbiological species, such as Crytosporidium parvum oocysts, for risk management research.

Characterization of Crytosporidium parvum and Crytosporidium muris by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/ionization Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) Mass Spectrometry. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 66(11):4720-4724 (2000)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH MM0034

Mr. Edward Todd Urbansky (70%) Mr. Matthew L. Magnuson (10%)
Mr. Michael S. Elovitz (10%)

For advancing the analytical chemistry associated with risk management research on ozonation byproducts.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Interferences due to ozone-scavenging reagents in the GC-ECD determination of aldehydes and ketones as the O-(2,3,4,5,6-pentaflurobenzyl)oximes. Science & Engineering, 33(5):551-561 (2000)
b)Ozone scavenging reagents suitable for use in the quantitative determination of aldehydes as the O-(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzyl)oximes by GC-ECD. Water Research, 34(9):2610-2613 (2000)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH MM0035

Dr. Edward Todd Urbansky (90%)

For advances in the science of measuring -oxocarboxylate concentrations in ozonated potable water.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Influences of metal cations on the determination of the -oxocarboxylates as the methyl esters of the O-(2,3,4,5,6-pentfluorobenzyl)oximes by gas chromatography: the importance of accounting for matrix effects. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2(4):334-338 (2000)
b) Comparative methodology in the determination of -oxocarboxylates in aqueous solution: ion chromatography verses gas chromatography after oximation, extraction and esterification. J. Chromatography A, 867(1-2):143-149 (2000)

NERL, Athens, GA MM0036

Dr. Timothy W. Collette (75%)

For developing definitive tools for organic chemical speciation, leading to more certain exposure analysis.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Optimization of Raman Spectroscopy of Organics in Water. Applied Spectroscopy, 55(6):750-766 (2001)


Dr. William A. McClenny (50%)
Ms. Maribel Coln (40%)

For advanced research on use of solid adsorbents and associated analytical equipment for determination of volatile organic compound in ambient air.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Measurement of volatile organic compounds by the US Environmental Protection Agency Compendium Method TO-17 - Evaluation of performance criteria. Journal of Chromatography A, 183:101-111 (1998)
b) Ozone reaction with n-aldehydes (n=4-10), benzaldehyde, ethanol, isopropanol, and n-propanol adsorbed on a dual-bed graphitized carbon-carbon molecular sieve adsorbent cartridge. Journal of Chromatography A, 929:89-100 (2001)


Dr. Joellen Lewtas (50%)
Dr. Derrick Booth (10%)
Mr. Steve Reimer (10%)

In recognition of scientific contributions to the measurement of semi-volatile organic carbon associated with airborne fine particles.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Comparison of Sampling Methods for Semi-Volatile Organic carbon (SVOC) Associated with PM2.5. Aerosol Science & Technology, 34:9-22 (2001)

NERL, Athens, GA MM0043

Dr. J. Jackson Ellington (75%)

For meeting a critical need for an analytical method for perchlorate at parts-per-billion levels in environmental samples.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Determination of perchlorate at parts-per-billion levels in plants by ion chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A, 898(2):193-199 (2000)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL MM0045

Dr. J. Kevin Summers (100%)

For developing and applying probabilistic monitoring approaches to assess the condition of the Nation's estuarine resources.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Ecological condition of the Estuaries of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 20(1):99-106 (2001)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH MM0047

Dr. Ricardo Cantu (45%)
Dr. Otis Evans (30%)
Dr. Fred K. Kawahara (5%)
Dr. Matthew L. Magnuson (5%)
Dr. Jody A. Shoemaker (5%)
Mr. Larry J. Wymer (5%)
Dr. Alfred P. Dufour (5%)

For improved methods to assess the magnitude of human ingestion of recreational water during swimming activities.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) HPLC Determination of Cyanuric Acid in Swimming Pool Waters Using Phenyl and Confirmatory Porous Graphitic Carbon Columns. Analytical Chemistry, 73(14):3358-3364 (2001)
b) Rapid Analysis of Cyanuric Acid in Swimming Pool Waters by high Performance Liquid Chromatography. Chromatographia, 53(7/8):454-455 (2001)
c) An HPLC Method with UV Detection, pH Control, and Reductive Ascorbic Acid for Cyanuric Acid Analysis in Water. Analytical Chemistry, 72(23):5820-5828 (2000)

NRMRL, Ada, OK TF0059

Dr. Dominic C. DiGiulio (85%)

For developing a new method of design for soil venting systems.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Limitations of ROI Testing for Venting design: Description of an Alternative Approach Based on Attainment of a Critical Pore-Gas Velocity in Contaminated Media. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, 21(1):97-114 (2001)

NERL, Athens, GA TF0064

Dr. N. Lee Wolfe (20%)
Dr. A. Wayne Garrison (20%)
Mr. Christopher Mazur (10%)

For demonstration of plant mediated accumulation and metabolism of pesticides.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Uptake and Phytotransformation of Organophosphorus Pesticides by Axanically Cultivated Aquatic Plants. Journal of Agriculture & Food Chemistry, 48(12):6114-6120 (2000)
b) Uptake and Phytotransformation of o, p' - DDT and p, p' -DDT by Axanically Cultivated Aquatic Plants. Journal of Agriculture & Food Chemistry, 48(12):6121-6127 (2000)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH RA0070

Mr. Chi-Yuan Fan (65%)
Mr. Richard Field (15%)

For contributions through a critical review of sewer impacts and control methods.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Sewer and Tank flushing for Sediment, Corrosion, and Pollution Control. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 127(3):194-201 (2001)


Dr. Brian K. Gullett (70%)

For a review and synthesis of research relating to chlorination mechanisms during formation of toxic polychlorinated dibenzodioxin and polychlorinated dibenzofuran.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
The Role of Chlorine In Dioxin Formation. Transactions of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, 78(Part B):47-52 (2000)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH RA0074

Dr. Rajender S. Varma (100%)

For exceptional technical achievement in identifying and summarizing a 'greener" approach to chemical processing

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Expeditious Solvent-free Organic Synthesis Using Microwave Irratation. ACS Symposium Series Book Chapter-"Green Chemical Syntheses and Processes", ACS(767):292-312
b) Solvent-free accelerated organic synthesis using microwaves, Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 73(1):193-198 (2001)
c) Microwave Organic Synthesis, McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2002. pp. 223-225.

NERL, Athens, GA RA0077

Dr. Richard G. Zepp (50%)

For reviewing and synthesizing information related to effects of ozone depletion on air-sea exchange of trace gases.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Ozone Depletion and the Air-Sea Exchange of the Greenhouse and Chemically Reactive trace Gases. Chemosphere-Global Science Change, 2(2):137-149 (2000)

OEI, Washington, DC SS0084

Mr. George M. Brilis (60%)
Mr. Jeffrey C. Worthington (30%)

For equating EPA policies and procedures to U.S. supreme court sound science criteria.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Quality Science in the Courtroom: U.S. EPA Data Quality and Peer Review Policies and Procedures Compared to Daubert Factors. Environmental Forensics, 1(4):197-203 (2000)


Dr. Kevin M. Crofton (50%)
Ms. Michele S. Taylor (20%)
Dr. Prasada R. S. Kodavanti (5%)
Ms. Laura S. Kehn (5%)
Ms. Ethel Derr-Yellin (4%)

For research research on the relevance of animal models of developmental thyroid hormones disruption in the neurotoxicity for polychlorinated biphenyls.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Hearing Loss following exposure during development to polychlorinated biphenyls: A cochlear site of action. Hearing Research, 144(1-2):196-204 (2000)
b) PCBs, thyroid hormones and ototoxicity in rats: Cross-fostering experiments demonstrate the impact of postnatal lactation exposure. Toxicological Sciences, 57(1):131-140 (2000)


Dr. Mi Gilmore (100%)

For reviewing and integrating state of the art knowledge on mechanisms of allergic lung disease.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Hypersensitivity and Asthma. Book Chapter in: Pulmonary Immunotoxicology, Eds Cohen, Zelikoff and Schlesinger, Kluwer publishers, pp 107-126 (2000)


Ms. Laura Coiro (60%)
Dr. Don Miller (15%)

For research into the hypoxic effect on the growth of Palaemonetes vulgaris larvae and other species.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Hypoxic Effects on Growth of Palaemonetes vulgaris Larvae and other species: using Constant Exposure Data to Estimate Cyclic Exposure Response. Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology, 247:243-255 (2000)


Dr. John P. Creason (30%)
Ms. Debra B. Walsh (20%)
Mr. Ronald W. Williams (15%)
Dr. Lucas M. Neas (10%)
Dr. Linda Sheldon (5%)
Dr. Roy Zweidinger (5%)

In recognition of the NHEERL/EBB Research Team's innovative epidemiologic panel of the effect of particle matter on heart rate variability in the elderly.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) Daily Variation of Particulate Air Pollution and Poor Cardiac Autonomic control in the elderly. Environmental Health Perspectives, 107(7):521-525 (1999)
b) Particulate Matter and Heart Rate Variability Among Elderly Retirees: the Baltimore 1998 PM Study. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, 11(2):116-122 (2001)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN ER0119

Dr. Gerald Ankley (20%)
Ms. Kathleen Jensen (20%)
Mr. Michael Kahl (20%)
Mr. Joseph Korte (20%)
Ms. Elizabeth Makynen (20%)

For development of a short-term fish reproduction assay for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Description and evaluation of a short-term reproduction test with the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 20(6):1276-1290 (2001)


Dr. Tammy Stoker (25%)
Dr. Susan Laws (25%)
Dr. Jerome Goldman (20%)
Dr. Ralph Cooper (15%)
Ms. Janet Ferrell (5%)
Ms. Dorothy Guidici (5%)
Ms. Judith Schmid (1%)
Dr. Earl Gray (1%)
Dr. Robert Kavlock (1%)

For contributions in determining the effects of endocrine disruptors on male and female pubertal development.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
a) The effects of atrazine on female wistar rats: an evaluation of the protocol for assessing pubertal development and thyroid function. Toxicology Science, 58(2):366-376 (2000)
b) The effects of atrazine on male wistar rats: an evaluation of the protocol for assessing pubertal development and thyroid function. Toxicology Science, 58(1):50-59 (2000)
c) Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: prepubertal exposures and effects on sexual maturation and thyroid function in the male rat. A focus on the EDSTAC recommendations. Critical Reviews in Toxicology, 30(2):197-252 (2000)
d) Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: perpubertal exposures and effects on sexual maturation and thyroid function in the female rat. A focus on the EDSTAC recommendations. Critical Review in Toxicology, 30(2):135-196 (2000)


Mr. Kenneth R. Rygwelski (60%)
Mr. William L. Richardson (20%)
Mr. Douglas D. Endicott (20%)

For the development and implementation of a comprehensive mass balance model of the herbicide atrazine within the Lake Michigan watershed.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
A Screening-Level Model Evaluation of Atrazine in the Lake Michigan Basin. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 25(1):94-106 (1999)


Dr. Henry Walker (70%)
Dr. James Latimer (15%)
Dr. Edward Dettman (15%)

For advancing an integrated environmental monitoring and assessment approach.

Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers
Assessing the Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Stressors in the Potomac Estuary: Implications for Long-term Monitoring. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 63:237-251 (2000)

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