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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 Twenty-Six
Nom. # Titles and Citations of Submitted Papers Eligible Authors* and Nominating Organizations Ineligible Authors and Organization Citation
S6ER0007 a) Sorption of 2,4'- Dichlorobiphenyl and Fluoranthene to a Marine Sediment Amended with Different Types of Black Carbon. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 23(11):2534-2544 (2004)
b) Letter to the Editor -Role of Black Carbon in the Partitioning and Bioavailability of Organic Pollutants. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 23(11):2531-2533 (2004)
Robert M. Burgess (60%)
Mark G. Cantwell (10%)
Stephan A. Ryba (10%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
Rainer Lohmann (10%) -- University of Rhode Island
Monique M. Perron (5%) -- Harvard School of Public Health, MA
Rex Tien (3%) -- Senior Environmental Employment Program, NHEERL, RI
Laura M. Thibodeau (2%) -- University of Connecticut
Research Exploring the Importance of Black Carbon on the Effects of Organic Contaminants to Aquatic Organisms
S6ER0008 Predicting the Toxicity of Chromium in Sediments. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 23(12):2981-2992 (2004) Walter J. Berry (40%)
Warren S. Boothman (40%)
Jonathan R. Serbst (15%)
Philip A. Edwards (5%)

NHEERL, Narragansett, RI
  Demonstrating Use of the Equilibrium Partitioning Approach to Predict Toxicity of Chromium in Marine Sediments
S6ER0011 Role of the Seagrass Thalassia testudinum as a Source of Chromosphoric Dissolved Organic Matter in Coastal South Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 282:59-72 (2004) Richard G. Zepp (50%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Erik R. Stabenau (30%) -- NOAA, FL
Erich Bartels (15%) -- Mote Marine Laboratory, FL
Rod G. Zika (5%) -- University of Miami, FL
Creative Development of Experimental Techniques for Assessing  the Impact of Seagrasses on Coastal Optical Properties
S6ER0088 a) Habitat Fingerprints for Lake Superior Coastal Wetlands Derived from Elemental Analysis of Yellow Perch Otoliths. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 133(3):692-704 (2004)
b) Reconstructing Habitat use and Wetland Nursery Origin of Yellow Perch from Lake Superior using Otolith Elemental.
Journal of Grast Lakes Research, 30(4):492-507 (2004)
John C. Brazner (80%)
Danny K. Tanner (5%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Steven E. Campana (10%) -- Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Nova Scotia
Stephen T. Schram (5%) -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Reconstructing Yellow Perch Habitat Use and Nursery Area Origin Using Otolith Elemental Analysis
S6ER0089 a) Regional, Watershed, and Site-Specific Environmental Influences on Fish Assemblage Structure and Function in Western Lake Superior Tributaries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 62(6):1254-1270 (2005)
b) Landscape Character and Fish Assemblage Structure and Function in Western Lake Superior Streams: General Relationships and Identification of Thresholds. Environmental Management, 38(6):855-875 (2004)
John Brazner (45%)
Danny Tanner (25%)
Naomi Detenbeck (10%)
Sharon Batterman (5%)
Virginia Snarski (5%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Leslie Jagger (5%) -- US Forest Service, WA
Stacey Stark (5%) -- University of Minnesota
Identifying Land-Use Thresholds and Landscape Influences on Stream Fish Assemblages
S6ES0077 Effect of Lot Variability on Ultraviolet Radiation Inactivation Kinetics of Cryptosporidium Parvum Oocysts. Environmental Science and Technology, 39(11):4166-4171 (2005) Mano Sivaganesan (90%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Siva Sivaganesan (10%) -- University of Cincinnati Recognition of this Outstanding Research Intended to Protect the Public Health of American Drinking Water Consumers
S6HE0021 a) Accumulation of PBDE-47 in Primary Cultures of Rat Neocortical Cells. Toxicological Sciences, 82:164-169 (2004)
b) Accumulation of Methylmercury or Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Vitro Models of Neuronal Tissue. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 205:177-187 (2005)
c) Time and Concentration Dependent Accumulation of [3H]-Deltamethrin in Xenopus Oocytes. Toxicology Letters, 157:79-88 (2005)
William R. Mundy (20%)
Kevin M. Crofton (15%)
Timothy J. Shafer (15%)
Stan Barone, Jr. (10%)
Michael J. DeVito (10%)
Mary E. Gilbert (10%)
Theresa M. Freudenrich (5%)
Connie A. Meacham (5%)
Willard L. Anderson (2%)
Michael F. Hughes (2%)
Tara Lyons-Darden (2%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Joshua A. Harrill (2%) -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Li Sui (2%) -- National Research Council, NC
Evaluating the Appropriate Dose Metric for Neurotoxicants in a Variety of In Vitro Models
S6HE0083 a) Abnormal Fertilization is Responsible for Reduced Fecundity Following Thiram-Induced Ovulatory Delay in the Rat. Biology of Reproduction, 68(6):2142-2149 (2003)
b) Acute Exposure to Molinate Alters Neuroendocrine Control of Ovulation in the Rat. Toxicological Sciences, 84(1):38-48 (2004)
Tammy E. Stoker (45%)
Ralph L. Cooper (15%)
Sally D. Perreault (10%)
Robert M. Zucker (10%)
Susan C. Jeffay (5%)
Renee S. Marshall (5%)
Ashley Murr (5%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Kathrine Bremser (5%) --North Carolina State University The Effect of Environmental Endocrine Disruptors on Delayed Ovulation and Oocyte Functioning in the Rat
S6HE0084 a) Exposure to Perfluorooctane Sulfonate During Pregnancy in Rat and Mouse. I: Maternal and Prenatal Evaluations. Toxicological Sciences, 74(2):369-381 (2003)
b) Exposure to Perfluorooctane Sulfonate During Pregnancy in Rat and Mouse. II:  Postnatal Evaluation. Toxicological Sciences, 74(2):382-392 (2003)
c) The Developmental Toxicity of Perfluoroalkyl Acids and their Derivatives. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 198(2):231-241 (2004)
Christopher S. Lau (35%)
Julie R. Thibodeaux (20%)
Brian E. Grey (15%)
John M. Rogers (15%)
Judy Richards (5%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
John L. Butenhoff (5%) -- 3M, MN
Roger Hanson (5%) -- Senior Environmental Employment Program, NHEERL, NC
Studies to Elucidate the Developmental Toxicity of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate
S6HE0085 a) Chemically Induced Supernumerary Lumbar Ribs in CD-1 Mice: Size Distribution and Dose Response. Birth Defects Research Part B, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology, 71(1):17-25 (2004)
b) Supernumerary Ribs in Developmental Toxicity Bioassays and in Human Populations: Incidence and Biological Significance. Toxicology and Environmental Health Part B: Critical Reviews, 7(6):437-449 (2004)
Neil Chernoff (40%)
John M. Rogers (40%)
R. Woodrow Setzer (15%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
Stacy Branch (5%) -- North Carolina A&T University Defining Different Populations of Supernumerary Ribs and Assessing their Biological and Regulatory Significance
S6HE0087 Acute Ozone-induced Differential Gene Expression Profiles in Rat Lung. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(12):1717-1722 (2005) Srikanth S. Nadadur (50%)
Daniel L. Costa (20%)
Ralph Slade (15%)
Robert A. Silbajoris (10%)
Gary E. Hatch (5%)

NCEA, Research Triangle Park, NC
  Efforts in the Development of Biomarkers of Acute Ozone Toxicity using Gene Expression Profiling
S6MM0032 Long-Term Recovery of PCB-Contaminated Surface Sediments at the Sangamo-Weston/Twelvemile Creek/Lake Hartwell Superfund Site. Environmental Science & Technology, 38(8):2328-2337 (2004) Richard C. Brenner (60%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Victor S. Magar (15%) -- Battelle, OH
James A. Abbott (5%) -- Battelle, OH
Linda S. Bingler (5%) -- Battelle Marine Sciences Laboratory, WA
Eric A. Crecelius (5%) -- Battelle Marine Science Laboratory, WA
Eric A. Foote (5%) -- Battelle, OH
Jennifer A. Ickes (5%) -- Battelle, OH


Developing a Paradigm for Evaluating Natural Recovery Processes at PCB-Impacted Sediment Sites
S6MM0033 Application of Capillary Electrophoresis to Study the Enantioselective Transformation of Five Chiral Pesticides in Aerobic Soil Slurries. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 53(16):6175-6182 (2005) A. Wayne Garrison (40%)
W. Jack Jones (20%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Jessica L. Jarman (30%) -- GE Plastics, IN
Lorrie A. Howell (10%) -- Merck & Co., Inc., NJ
Demonstrating that Capillary Electrophoresis is a Valid Tool for Studying the Fate of Chiral Pesticides
S6MM0036 The Condition of Coral Reefs in South Florida (2000). Using Coral Disease and Bleaching as Indicators. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (2005), 100:129-152 (2005) Deborah L. Santavy (60%)
Linda C. Harwell (20%)
Virginia D. Engle (10%)
J. Kevin Summers (10%)

NHEERL, Gulf Breeze, FL
  Contributions to the Assessment and Evaluation of the Ecological and Disease Condition of Coral Reefs
S6MM0066 Nitrate Variability Along the Oregon Coast: Estuarine-Coastal Exchange. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 64:211-222 (2005) Walter E. Frick (25%)
Anne C. Sigleo (25%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Calvin W. Mordy (25%) -- University of Washington
Phyllis Stabeno (25%) -- NOAA, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, WA
An Innovative Application of Monitoring and Modeling to Estimate Estuarine-Ocean Nutrient Exchange in a Tidal Region
S6MM0090 Estimated Ultraviolet Radiation Doses in Wetlands in Six National Parks. Ecosystems, 8:462-477 (2005) Stephen A. Diamond (36%)
Peter C. Trenham (16%)
Naomi E. Detenbeck (6%)
David Bradford (4%)

NHEERL, Duluth, MN
Michael J. Adams (6%) -- US Geological Survey, OR
Blake R. Hossack (6%) -- US Geological Survey, MT
Roland A. Knapp (6%) -- University of California
Bob Breen (4%) -- University of Montana
Stacey L. Stark (4%) -- University of Minnesota - Duluth
Kathy Tonnessen (4%) -- University of Montana
Paul D. Brooks (2%) -- University of Arizona
P. Stephen Corn (2%) -- US Geological Survey, MT
Ken Czarnowski (2%) -- National Park Service, CO
Dan Fagre (2%) -- US Geological Survey, MT

Research Contributing Significantly to the Development of Methods for Estimating Ultraviolet Radiation Doses in Nature
S6RA0050 Solar UVR and Aquatic Carbon, Nitrogen, Sulfur & Metals Cycles. UV Effects in Aquatic Organisms and Ecosystems, E.W. Helbling & H. Zagarese (Eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, :137-183 (2003) Richard G. Zepp (100%)

NERL, Athens, GA
  An Innovative Review of the Influence of Solar Ultraviolet Radiation on Biogeochemical Cycles in Aquatic Environments
S6RA0054 Development of Empirical, Geographically Specific Water Quality Criteria: a Conditional Probability Analysis Approach. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 41(5):1211-1223 (2005) John F. Paul (70%)
Michael E. McDonald (30%)

NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
  Introduction of Conditional Probability Analysis for Support of Clean Water Act Programs
S6RA0058 The Ecological Effects of Trichloroacetic Acid in the Environment. Environment International, 30(8):1119-1150 (2004) Timothy E. Lewis (70%)

NCEA, Research Triangle Park, NC
Michael L. Barta (15%) -- Science Applications International Corporation, TN
Thomas F. Wolfinger (15%) -- Science Applications International Corporation, VA
A Thoroughly Outstanding Review, Data Synthesis, and Ecological Risk Assessment of the Effects of Trichloroacetic Acid in Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments
S6RM0068 Laboratory Evaluation of Oil Spill Bioremediation Products in Salt and Freshwater Systems. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, 32(2):171-185 (2005) John R. Haines (49%)
Eric J. Kleiner (10%)
Albert D. Venosa (10%)
Kim A. McClellan (5%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Dennis W. King (10%) -- StatKing Consulting, OH
Edith L. Holder (8%) -- University of Cincinnati
Karen M. Koran (8%) -- University of Cincinnati

Providing a Salt and Freshwater Oil Spill Bioremediation Product Test
S6RM0069 Modeling Stream-Aquifer Interactions with Linear Response Functions. Hydrology, 311(1-4):59-79 (2005) Mohamed M. Hantush (100%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
  Contributing Mathematical Solutions to Groundwater-Surface Water Interactions and Baseflow Generation in Stream/River Environments
S6SS0071 Implementing and Auditing Electronic Recordkeeping Systems Used in Scientific Research and Development. Quality Assurance: Good Practice, Regulation, and Law, 11(1):5-24 (2004) George M. Brilis (55%)
John G. Lyon (20%)
Jeffrey Worthington (20%)

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC
OEI, Washington, DC
Richard Lysakowski (5%) -- Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems Association, MS Developing Quality Assurance Parameters for Electronic Recordkeeping in Research and Development
S6TF0038 Determining Speciation of Pb in Phosphate-Amended Soils: Method Limitations. Science of the Total Environment, 350(1-3):261-272 (2005) Kirk G. Scheckel (50%)
Derrick Allen (20%)
James A. Ryan (10%)


NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
Ninnia V. Lescano (20%) -- University of Cincinnati  Improving Metal Speciation Methods in Amended Soils
S6TF0042 Gene Expression Changes in Arabidopsis Thaliana Seedling Roots Exposed to the Munition Hexahydro-1,3,5-Trinitro-1,3,5-Triazine. Environmental Science and Technology, 39(16):6313-6320 (2005) Drew R. Ekman (85%)
Nelson L. Wolfe (5%)

NERL, Athens, GA
Jeffrey F.D. Dean (10%) -- University of Georgia The Determination of Plant Genes of Potential Utility in the Remediation of Explosives Contaminated Sites
S6TF0044 Treatment of Hexavalent Chromium in Chromite Ore Processing Solid Waste using a Mixed Reductant Solution of Ferrous Sulfate and Sodium Dithionite. Environmental Science and Technology, 39(16):6208-6216 (2005) Ralph D. Ludwig (50%)
Chunming Su (50%)

NRMRL, Ada, OK
  Break-Through Research on Remediation of Hexavalent Chromium in Ground Water using In Situ Chemical Reduction
S6TF0045 Effects of pH and Phosphate on Metal Distribution with Emphasis on As Speciation and Mobilization in Soils from a Lead Smelting Site. Science of the Total Environment, 345:175-190 (2005) Christopher A. Impellitteri (100%)

NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH
  Research Helping to Protect Water and Land from Mine Waste Contamination
Key to Acronyms used in the above Table
NCEA National Center for Environmental Assessment
NERL National Exposure Research Laboratory
NHEERL National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory
NHSRC National Hazardous Substance Research Center
NRMRL National Risk Management Research Laboratory
OAQPS Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
OEI Offcice of Environmental Information
OPP Office of Pesticide Programs
ORIA Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
ORCR Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
OSCP Office of Science Coordination and Policy
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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