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2004 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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Nominations Recommended for Honorable Mention (No Cash Award)
Total of Thirty-Seven

Nom. #

Titles and Citations of

Submitted Papers

Eligible Authors* and

Nominating Organization


Award Level

Suggested Citation from

Nominating Organization

S4CS 0005

a) Fuzzy-Logic-Based Controllers for Efficiency Optimization of Inverter-Fed Induction Motor Drives.

Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 137:387-401 (2003)

b) Assessment of a Wind Turbine Intelligent Controller for Enhanced Energy Production and Pollution Reduction.

Wind Engineering, 25(1):23-32 (2001)

Dr. Ronald Spiegel (80%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC

Honorable Mention

Significant and Innovative Achievements in the Application of Intelligent Control Technology for Improving Risk Management Options for Environmental Problems
S4CS 0006

On Trimodal Particle Size Distributions in Fly Ash from Pulverized Coal


Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 29(1):441-447 (2002)

Dr. William P. Linak (25%)

Dr. Charles A. Miller (25%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC

Honorable Mention

Research on Size and Composition of Fine Particles from Coal Combustion in Support of PM NAAQS Development
S4CS 0009

a) Attenuation of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether in Water Using Sunlight and a Photocatalyst.

Water Environment Research, 74(2):122-130 (2002)

b) The Photocatalytic Oxidation of Low Concentration MTBE on Titanium Dioxide from Groundwater in a Falling Film Reactor.

Environmental Progress, 22(1):14-23 (2003)

c) Comparison of Liquid and Gas-Phase Photooxidation Treatment of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether: Synthetic and Field Samples.

Journal of Environmental Engineering, 128(9):782-790 (2002)

Dr. E. Sahle-Demessie (50%)

Dr. Teri Richardson (10%)

Dr. Julius Enriquez (20%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH

Honorable Mention

Successful Development of Advanced Oxidation and Stripping Technologies for the Treatment of MTBE-Contaminated Waters that are Effective and Economical

S4ER 0014


S4ER 0028

Predicting the Occurrence of Genetic Adaptation to Dioxin-Like Compounds in Populations of the Estuarine Fish 'Fundulus heteroclitus'.

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 21(7):1525-1532 (2002)

a) Evolutionary and Ecological Effects of Multi-Generational Exposures to Anthropogenic Stressors.

Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 8(1):91-97 (2002)

b) Stored Retinoids in Populations of an Estuarine Fish, 'Fundulus heteroclitus,' Indigenous to PCB-Contaminated and Reference Sites.

Archives Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 40(4):511-518 (2001)

c) Effects of Benzo[alpha]pyrene Exposure on a Fish Population Resistant to the Toxic Effects of Dioxin-Like Compounds.

Aquatic Toxicology, 57(4):203-215 (2002)

Dr. Diane E. Nacci (20%)

Dr. Denise Champlin (20%)

Dr. Laura Coiro (20%)

Dr. Rick McKinney (20%)

Dr. Saro Jayaraman (20%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI

Dr. Diane E. Nacci (55%)

Dr. Timothy R. Gleason (3%)

Dr. Wayne R. Munns, Jr. (3%)

Dr. Michael J. Kohan (10%)

Dr. Marguerite Pelletier (10%)

Dr. Elizabeth George (3%)

Dr. Saroja Jayaraman (13%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI

Honorable Mention

Investigating the Environmental Effects of Multi-Generational Stressors
S4ER 0015

Risks of Endocrine-Disrupting Compounds to Wildlife: Extrapolating from Effects on Individuals to Population Response.

Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 7(5):1027-1042 (2001)

Dr. Timothy R. Gleason (70%)

Dr. Diane E. Nacci (30%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI

Honorable Mention

Demonstrating an Approach to Quantitatively Link Biomarkers of EDC Exposure to Population-Level Response
S4ER 0016

Stable Carbon Isotope Ratio and Composition of Microbial Fatty Acids in Tropical Soils.

Journal of Environmental Quality, 32(1):198-206 (2003)

Dr. Roger A. Burke (40%)

Dr. Marirosa Molina (30%)

Dr. Julia E. Cox (20%)

NERL, Athens, GA

Honorable Mention

Use of a Stable Carbon Isotope Ratio and Composition of Microbial Fatty Acids to Study Effects of Land Use Change on SOM Cycling
S4ER 0017

a) Relationships Between Tissue Contaminants and Defense-Related Characteristics of Oysters ('Crassostrea virginica') from Five Florida Bays.

Aquatic Toxicology, 55:203-222 (2001)

b) Greater Hemocyte Bactericidal Activity in Oysters ('Crassostrea virginica') from a Relatively Contaminated Site in Pensacola Bay, Florida.

Aquatic Toxicology, 64:363-373 (2003)

c) Stimulation of Defense Factors in Eastern Oysters Deployed to Contaminated Sites in Pensacola Bay, Florida.

Aquatic Toxicology, 64:375-391 (2003)

Dr. Leah M. Oliver (30%)

Dr. William S. Fisher (25%)

Dr. James T. Winstead (15%)

Dr. Becky L. Hemmer (5%)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL

Honorable Mention

Research Demonstrating a Link Between Environmental Chemicals and Stimulation of the Oyster Defense Response
S4ER 0019

Comparing Responses of Macroinvertebrate Metrics to Increasing Stress.

Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 22(2):308-322 (2003)

Dr. Lester L. Yuan (50%)

Dr. Susan B. Norton (50%)

NCEA, Washington, DC

Honorable Mention

Contributing to the Development of Scientifically Sound Methods for Protecting and Managing the Nation's Aquatic Ecosystems
S4ER 0020

a) Effects of para-Nonylphenol, Methoxychlor and Endosulfan on Vitellogenin Induction and Expression in Sheepshead Minnow ('Cyprinodon variegatus').

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 20(2):336-343 (2001)

b) Altered Serum Sex Steroids and Vitellogenin Induction in Walleye ('Stizostedion vitreum') Collected Near a Metropolitan Sewage Treatment Plant.

Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 40(3):392-398 (2001)

c) Vitellogenin mRNA Regulation and Plasma Clearance in Male Sheepshead Minnows, ('Cyprinodon variegatus') after Cessation of Exposure to 17 Beta-Estradiol and para-Nonylphenol.

Toxicology, 58(1-2):99-112 (2002)

d) A Comparison of the Estrogenic Potencies of Estradiol, Ethynylestradiol, Diethylstilbestrol, Nonylphenol and Methoxychlor in Vivo and in Vitro.

Aquatic Toxicology, 60(1-2):101-110 (2002)

Dr. Michael J. Hemmer (35%)

Dr. Leroy C. Folmar (20%)

Dr. Becky L. Hemmer (15%)

Dr. Stephanie Friedman (10%)

Dr. Marilynn Hoglund (5%)

Dr. Dragoslav Marcovich (5%)

Dr. N. Denslow (2%)

Dr. K. Kroll (2%)

Dr. C. J. Bowman (2%)

Dr. E. Orlando (2%)

Dr. L. J. Guilette, Jr. (2%)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL

Honorable Mention

Developing and Testing Vitellogenin Assays and Developing an Estrogen-Responsive Gene Macroarray for Fish
S4ER 0025

Environmental Stress and Recovery: The Geochemical Record of Human Disturbance in New Bedford Harbor and Apponagansett Bay, Massachusetts (USA).

The Science of the Total Environment, 313:153-176 (2003)

Dr. James S. Latimer (50%)

Dr. Warren S. Boothman (40%)

Dr. Carol E. Pesch (4%)

Dr. Saroja Jayaraman (4%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI

Honorable Mention

Advancing the State of the Science of Marine Environmental Assessments Using Paleoecological Methods
S4ER 0026

Toxicity Testing, Risk Assessment, and Options for Dredged Material Management.

Marine Pollution Bulletin, 44:294-302 (2002)

Dr. Wayne R. Munns, Jr. (50%)

Dr. Theodore H. DeWitt (20%)

Dr. Walter J. Berry (30%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI

Honorable Mention

Advancing Risk-Based Evaluation and Management of In-Place Sediments
S4ES 0139

'Cryptosporidium' and 'Giardia' Occurrence in ICR Drinking Water Sources - Statistical Analyses of ICR Data.

Information Collection Rule Data Analysis (Book), :463-482 (2002)

Dr. Michael J. Messner (75%)

OGWDW, Washington, DC

Honorable Mention

Groundbreaking Bayesian Hierarchical Modeling to Estimate Microbial Occurrence in Drinking Water Sources
S4HE 0043

Birth Malformations and Other Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in Four U.S. Wheat-Producing States.

Environmental Health Perspectives, 111(9):1259-1264 (2003)

Dr. Dina M. Schreinemachers (100%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC

Honorable Mention

A Contribution to the Understanding of the Effects of Environmental Exposures to Pesticides
S4HE 0054

Development of a Research Strategy for Integrated Technology-Based Toxicological and Chemical Evaluation of Complex Mixtures of Drinking Water Disinfection Byproducts.

Environmental Health Perspectives, 110(6):1013-1024 (2002)

Dr. Jane Ellen Simmons (14%)

Dr. Susan D. Richardson (13%)

Dr. Thomas F. Speth (12%)

Dr. Richard J. Miltner (12%)

Dr. Glenn Rice (12%)

Dr. Kathleen M. Schenck (12%)

Dr. E. Sidney Hunter, III (12%)

Dr. Linda K. Teuschler (13%)

NERL, Athens, GA

Honorable Mention

Developing a Research Strategy for the Integrated Toxicological and Chemical Evaluation of Complex Drinking Water DBP Mixtures
S4HE 0063

Response-Surface Modeling of the Effect of 5alpha-Dihydrotestosterone and Androgen Receptor Levels on the Response to the Androgen Antagonist Vinclozolin.

Toxicological Sciences, 69(2):332-343 (2002)

Dr. Susan Y. Euling (40%)

Dr. Carole A. Kimmel (15%)

NCEA, Washington, DC

Honorable Mention

Outstanding Research on Use of Mode-of-Action and Life-Stage Information for Endocrine Disruptors in Risk Assessment
S4IR 0128

a) Effects of the Androgenic Growth Promoter 17-beta-Trenbolone on Fecundity and Reproductive Endocrinology of the Fathead Minnow.

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 22(6):1350-1360 (2003)

b) In Vitro and in Vivo Effects of 17-beta-Trenbolone: A Feedlot Effluent Contaminant.

Toxicological Sciences, 70:202-211 (2002)

Dr. Gerald T. Ankley (15%)

Dr. Jeffrey S. Denny (5%)

Dr. Michael W. Hornung (5%)

Dr. Kathleen M. Jensen (5%)

Dr. Michael D. Kahl (5%)

Dr. Joseph J. Korte (5%)

Dr. Elizabeth A. Makynen (5%)

Dr. Mary C. Cardon (5%)

Dr. L. Earl Gray (10%)

Dr. Phillip C. Hartig (5%)

Dr. Christy Lambright (5%)

Dr. Vickie Wilson (15%)

Dr. Tala Henry (5%)

Dr. Joe Ostby (5%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN

Honorable Mention

Studies to Characterize Potential Human Health and Ecological Risk of an Environmental Androgen
S4IR 0133

Effects of Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor-Mediated Early Life Stage Toxicity on Lake Trout Populations in Lake Ontario During the 20th Century.

Environmental Science and Technology, 37(17):3864-3877 (2003)

Dr. Philip M. Cook (80%)

Dr. Douglas D. Endicott (5%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN

Honorable Mention

Developing Methods for Assessing Toxicity Risks to Fish Populations through Diagnosis of a Major Ecological Problem
S4MM 0066

On-Site Solid-Phase Extraction and Laboratory Analysis of Ultra-Trace Synthetic Musks in Municipal Sewage Effluent Using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry in the Full-Scan Mode..

Journal of Chromatography A,, 932:107-118 (2001)

Dr. Lantis I. Osemwengie (90%)

NERL, Las Vegas, NV

Honorable Mention

Developing a New Approach for Determining Ultra-Low Levels of Synthetic Musk Fragrance in Municipal Sewage Effluent
S4MM 0067

A Method to Detect Viable 'Helicobacter pylori' Bacteria in Groundwater.

Acta Hydrochimica Et Hydrobiologica, 31(1):45-48 (2003)

Dr. Debbie Flanigan (50%)

Dr. Mark Rodgers (50%)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH

Honorable Mention

Proactive Research that will Help the U.S. EPA Protect Our Drinking Water
S4MM 0073

East versus West in the US: Chemical Characteristics of PM2.5 during the Winter of 1999.

Aerosol Science & Technology, 34:88-96 (2001)

Dr. Michael P. Tolocka (48%)

Dr. Paul A. Solomon (32%)

Dr. William Mitchell (2%)

Dr. Gary A. Norris (5%)

Dr. David B. Gemmill (5%)

Dr. Russell Wiener (2%)

Dr. James Homolya (2%)

Dr. Joann Rice (2%)

NERL, Las Vegas, NV

Honorable Mention

Elucidating the Differences in Chemical Composition of PM in Urban U.S. Cities and the Importance of Wintertime Nitrate in the East
S4MM 0076

Contamination of Fish in Streams of the Mid-Atlantic Region: An Approach to Regional Indicator Selection and Wildlife Assessment.

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 22(3):545-553 (2003)

Dr. James M. Lazorchak (30%)

Dr. Tala R. Henry (30%)

Dr. Frank H. McCormick (30%)

NERL, Cincinnati, OH

Honorable Mention

Presenting a New Concept for Assessing Wildlife Exposure Risks in Fish




S4MM 0080

PCDD/F Emissions from Burning Wheat and Rice Field Residue.

Atmospheric Environment, 37:4893-4899 (2003)

PCDD/F, PCB, HxCBz, PAH, and PM Emission Factors for Fireplace and Woodstove Combustion in the San Francisco Bay Region.

Environmental Science & Technology, 37(9):1758-1765 (2003)

Dr. Brian K. Gullett (90%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC

Dr. Brian K. Gullett (60%)

Dr. Michael D. Hays (20%)

NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC

Honorable Mention

Determining PCDD/F Emission Factors is Support of the Agency's Dioxin Assessment Activities
S4RA 0109

The Value of Home-Based Collection of Biospecimens in Reproductive Epidemiology.

Environmental Health Perspectives, 112(1):94-104 (2003)

Dr. John C. Rockett (50%)

Dr. Sally D. Perreault (20%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC

Honorable Mention

Research on the Utility of Home-Based Collection of Biospecimens for Epidemiological Studies
S4RA 0110

Approaches to Developing Sediment Quality Guidelines for PAH.

PAHs: An Ecotoxicological Perspective (P.E.T. Douben,ed) Wiley, UK Chapter 17, :331-355

Dr. David R. Mount (80%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN

Honorable Mention

Synthesis and Evaluation of Sediment-Quality Guidelines for PAHs
S4RA 0115 In Search of Representativeness: Evolving the Environmental Data Quality Model.


Quality Assurance, 9(3&4):179-190 (2002)

Dr. Deana M. Crumbling (100%)

OSRTI, Washington, DC

Honorable Mention

Creating a Practical, Second-Generation Environmental Data-Quality Model to Modernize Site-Characterization Practice
S4RA 0118

A Review of Some Tracer-Test Design Equations for Tracer-Mass Estimation and Sample-Collection Frequency.

Environmental Geology, 43(8):867-881 (2003)

Dr. Malcolm S. Field (100%)

NCEA, Washington, DC

Honorable Mention

Reviewing and Advancing the State-of-the Science in Hydrologic Tracer-Test Design
S4RM 0122

a) Long-Term Performance of Permeable Reactive Barriers Using Zero-Valent Iron: Geochemical and Microbiological Effects.

Ground Water, 41(4):493-503 (2003)

b) Laboratory Evaluation of Zero-Valent Iron to Treat Water Impacted by Acid Mine Drainage.

Chemosphere, 53(7):715-725 (2003)

Dr. Richard T. Wilkin (75%)

Dr. Robert W. Puls (10%)

Dr. Guy W. Sewell (5%)

Dr. Mary S. McNeil (10%)


Honorable Mention

Research Related to the Application and Development of a Cost-Effective Approach for Ground Water Restoration
S4TF 0090

DBP Formation Kinetics in a Simulated Distribution System.

Water Research, 35(14):3483-3489 (2001)

Dr. Lewis A. Rossman (50%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH

Honorable Mention

Contributions to Our Understanding of How Disinfection Byproducts Behave Within Drinking Water Distribution Systems
S4TF 0093

Prediction of the Vapor Pressure, Boiling Point, Heat of Vaporization and Diffusion Coefficient of Organic Compounds.

QSAR and Combinatorial, 22:565-674 (2003)

Dr. Said Hilal (60%)

Dr. S. W. Karickhoff (20%)

NERL, Athens, GA

Honorable Mention

Development and Application of Mathematical Models for Predicting Physical Properties of Organic Pollutants in the Environment
S4TF 0094

Use of Pretreatment Zones and Zero-Valent Iron for the Remediation of Chloroalkenes in an Oxic Aquifer.

Environmental Science and Technology, 37(12):2829-2835 (2003)

Dr. John F. Kenneke (85%)

Dr. Steven C. McCutcheon (15%)

NERL, Athens, GA

Honorable Mention

Research and Development on Permeable Reactive Barriers for the Remediation of Contaminated Aquifers
S4TF 0095

Estimates of Cloud Water Deposition at Mountain Acid Deposition Program Sites in the Appalachian Mountains.

Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 53:291-308 (2003)

Dr. Ralph E. Baumgardner, Jr. (55%)

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC

Honorable Mention

Research on the Effectiveness of the 1990 CAAA in Terms of Acidic Deposition to High-Elevation Forests
S4TF 0098

Modeling How a Hurricane Barrier in New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts, Affects the Hydrodynamics and Residence Times.

Estuaries, 25(2):177-196 (2002)

Dr. Mohamed A. Abdelrhman (100%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI

Honorable Mention

Examining the Impact of a Manmade Structure (a Hurricane Barrier) on Altering the Natural System
S4TF 0100

Source Apportionment of Phoenix PM2.5 Aerosol with the Unmix Receptor Model.

Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 53(3):325-338 (2003)

Dr. Charles W. Lewis (25%)

Dr. Gary A. Norris (25%)

Dr. Teri L. Conner (25%)

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC

Honorable Mention

An Innovative Receptor-Model Methodology for Use with EPA National Air Quality Networks and SIP Development
S4TF 0101

Release and Phase Partitioning of Metals from Anoxic Estuarine Sediments during Periods of Simulated Resuspension.

Environmental Science and Technology, 36(24):5328-5334 (2002)

Dr. Mark G. Cantwell (70%)

Dr. Robert M. Burgess (20%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI

  Investigating the Mobilization and Partitioning of Metals from Estuarine Sediments During Resuspension Events
S4TF 0103

Field Evaluation of the Solvent Extraction Residual Biotreatment Technology.

Environmental Science and Technology, 37(21):5040-5049 (2003)

Dr. Susan C. Mravik (40%)

Dr. A. Lynn Wood (10%)

Dr. Guy W. Sewell (40%)


  Research Integrating Source Zone and Down-Gradient Plume Remedial Options into a Treatment-Train Approach to Facilitate Site Restoration
S4TF 0104

Nitrate Removal Effectiveness of a Riparian Buffer Along a Small Agricultural Stream in Western Oregon.

Journal of Environmental Quality, 32(1):162-170 (2003)

Dr. Parker J. Wigington, Jr. (57%)

NHEERL, Corvallis, OR

  Outstanding Research on the Role of Riparian Areas in Agricultural Landscapes in Controlling Nitrate Non-Point Source Pollution
S4TF 0105

Hydrogen Consumption during the Microbial Reductive Dehalogenation of Chlorinated Phenols and Tetrachloroethene.

Biodegradation, 14:285-295 (2003)

Dr. Christopher S. Mazur (34%)

Dr. William J. Jones (33%)

Dr. Caroline Tebes-Stevens (33%)

NERL, Athens, GA

  Identifying Reduced Molecular-Hydrogen Concentration as a Novel Indicator of Chlorophenol Bioremediation

Key to Acronyms used in the above Table

NCEA National Center for Environmental Assessment

NCER National Center for Environmental Research

NERL National Exposure Research Laboratory

NEIC National Enforcement Investigations Center

NHEERL National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory

NRMRL National Risk Management Research Laboratory

OPPT Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics

OTAQ Office of Transportation and Air Quality

*Note: The percentages given after name represent the current percent of the total level of effort as documented in the EPA nomination.

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