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2009 Level III Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Awarded Nominations

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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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Nominations Recommended for a Level III Award ($2,000) -- Total of Thirty-Two
Nom. # Publication Title & Full Citation Eligible Authors Ineligible Authors Lab/Office/Institution Citation
S09CS0001 Evaluation of Contaminant Resuspension Potential during Cap Placement at Two Dissimilar Sites
ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 132(4):505-514 (2006)
Terrence M. Lyons
Ken Marcy
Olga Guza
Victor Magar
Jennifer A. Ickes
Tommy E. Myers
Lydia Cumming
Michael Keegan
Carl S. Albro
Brenda Bachman
Thomas J. Fredette
NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Improving EPA's and COE's Ability to Lessen Environmental and Engineering Impacts when Capping Contaminated Sediments
S09ER0006 (1) Ketoconazole in the Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas): Reproductive Toxicity and Biological Compensation
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 26(6):1214-1223 (2007)
(2) Reproductive Toxicity of Vinclozolin in the Fathead Minnow: Confirming an Anti-Androgenic Mode of Action
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 27(2):478-488 (2008)
(3) Transcription of Key Genes Regulating Gonadal Steroidogenesis in Control and Ketoconazole-or Vinclozolin-Exposed Fathead Minnows
Toxicological Sciences, 98(2):395-407 (2007)
Daniel L. Villeneuve
Gerald T. Ankley
Kathleen M. Jensen
Michael D. Kahl
Elizabeth A. Makynen
Elizabeth J. Durhan
Rodney D. Johnson
Iris Knoebl
Dalma Martinovic
Lindsey S. Blake
Katie J. Greene
Jeffrey D. Brodin
Ann L. Miracle
NHEERL, Duluth, MN Innovative Research on the Value of Seasonal Habitats and Intermittent Streams to Coho Salmon Populations
S09ER0012 (1) Setting Expectations for the Ecological Condition of Streams: The Concept of Reference Condition
Ecological Applications, 16(4):1267-1276 (2006)
(2) Striving for Consistency in a National Assessment: the Challenges of Applying a Reference-Condition Approach at a Continental Scale
Journal of North American Benthological Society, 27(4):860-877 (2008)
John Stoddard
David P. Larsen
Steven G. Paulsen
John Van Sickle
Lester L. Yuan
Alan T. Herlihy
Charles P. Hawkins
Richard K. Johnson
Richard H. Norris
NHEERL, Corvallis, OR Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Ecological Assessment, through Refining the Concept of Reference Condition
S09ER0015 Marine Sediment Toxicity Identification Evaluation Methods for the Anionic Metals Arsenic and Chromium
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 26:61-67 (2007)
Robert Burgess
Mark G. Cantwell
Kay T. Ho
Marguerite C. Pelletier
Jonathan R. Serbst
Stephan A. Ryba
Monique M. Perron NHEERL, Narragansett, RI Research to Develop Whole Marine Sediment TIE Methods for Arsenic and Chromium
S09ER0018 (1) Assessing the attributable risks, relative risks, and regional extents of aquatic stressors
Journal of North American Benthological Society, 27(4):920-931 (2008)
(2) Using Relative Risk to Compare the Effects of Aquatic Stressors at a Regional Scale
Environmental Management, 38:1020-1030 (2006)
John Van Sickle
Steven G. Paulsen
John L. Stoddard
Anthony R. Olsen
  NHEERL, Corvallis, OR Outstanding Contributions to Linking Methods from Human Health Assessment with those of Ecological Assessments
S09ER0021 An Approach for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Various Ozone Air Quality Standards for Protecting Trees
Environmental Management, 41(6):937-948 (2008)
William E. Hogsett
David T. Tingey
E. Henry Lee
Peter A. Beedlow
Christian P. Andersen NHEERL, Corvallis, OR A Model-Based Approach Evaluating Proposed Secondary NAAQS to Effectively Protect Trees
S09HE0023 (1) Perfluorooctanoic Acid-induced Developmental Toxicity in the Mouse is Dependent on Expression of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-Alpha
Toxicological Sciences, 98(2):571-581 (2007)
(2) Developmental Toxicity of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) is not Dependent on Expression of Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor-Alpha (PPARalpha) in the Mouse
Reproductive Toxicology, doi:: (2008)
(3) Gene Profiling in the Livers of Wild-Type and PPARalpha-Null Mice Exposed to Perfluorooctanoic Acid
Toxicologic Pathology, 36(4):592-607 (2008)
Barbara D. Abbott
Mitchell B. Rosen
Cynthia J. Wolf
Kaberi P. Das
Douglas C. Wolf
Christopher S. Lau
Chris Corton
Mark J. Strynar
Andrew B. Lindstrom
Carmen R. Wood
Judith E. Schmid
Shoji Nakayama
Robert D. Zehr
Laurence Helfant
Eric Blair
NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC A Team Contribution to Understanding the Molecular Mechanisms of PFOA and PFOS-Induced Developmental Toxicity
S09HE0026 Lingering Effect: Epidemiological Information Useful for Risk Assessment
Toxicology and Pharmacology, 52(3):242-247 (2008)
Chao W. Chen   NCEA, Washington, DC Work Contributing to Make Risk Assessment More Useful for the Agency's Economic Benefit Analysis
S09HE0030 Mechanistic Investigation of the Noncytochrome P450-Mediated Metabolism of Triadimefon to Triadimenol in Hepatic Microsomes
Chemical Research in Toxicology, 21(10):1997-2004 (2008)
John F. Kenneke
Christopher S. Mazur
Susan E. Ritger
Thomas J. Sack
NERL, Athens, GA Elucidating Mechanisms of Conazole Fungicide Metabolism to Improve Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
S09HE0035 (1) Uncertainties in Biologically-Based Modeling of Formaldehyde-Induced Respiratory Cancer Risk: Identification of Key Issues
Risk Analysis, 28(4):907-923 (2008)
(2) Uncertainties in the CIIT model for Formaldehyde-Induced Carcinogenicity in the Rat: A Limited Sensitivity Analysis-I
Risk Analysis, 27(5):1237-1254 (2007)
(3) Sensitivity Analysis of Biologically Motivated Model for Formaldehyde-Induced Respiratory Cancer in Humans
The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 52(6):481-495 (2008)
Ravi P. Subramaniam
Paul White
Chao Chen
John Fox
Paul M. Schlosser
Chad M. Thompson
Danielle Devoney
Kenny S. Crump
Cynthia Van Landingham
Christopher J. Portier
NCEA, Washington, DC Outlining the Sensitivity of Inferences on Mode-of-Action and Cancer Risk Estimates using Clonal Growth Models
S09HE0039 (1) Substitution of Synthetic Chimpanzee Androgen Receptor for Human Androgen Receptor in Competitive Binding and Transcriptional Activation Assays for EDC Screening
Toxicology Letters, 174(Issue 1-3):89-97 (2007)
(2) High Throughput Adjustable 96-Well Plate Assay for Androgen Receptor Binding: A Practical Approach for EDC Screening Using the Chimpanzee AR
Toxicology Letters, 181(Issue 2):126-131 (2008)
Phillip C. Harig
Mary C. Cardon
Vickie S. Wilson
Christy Lambright
Kathy Bobseine
L. Earl Gray, Jr.
Chad Blystone NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Development of a Recombinant Chimp AR and Deployment of a Novel Assay in Support of EPA's Endocrine Screening Program
S09HS0041 An Integrated Culture and Real-Time PCR Method to Assess Viability of Disinfectant Treated Bacillus Spores Using Robotics and the MPN Quantification Method
Journal of Microbiological Methods, 71(1):66-70 (2007)
Eunice A. Varughese
Richard A. Haugland
Larry J. Wymer
  NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Development of a Novel Method to Detect Biothreat Agents in a Rapid, Sensitive, and Accurate Manner
S09IE0044 Arsenate Adsorption on Ruthenium Oxide: A Spectroscopic and Kinetic Investigation
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 325(1):23-30 (2008)
Todd P. Luxton
Kirk G. Scheckel
Matthew J. Eick NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Providing Insight into the Bonding Mechanism Between Arsenate and Amorphous and Crystalline Forms of Ruthenium Oxide
S09IR0046 The relationship of maternal and fetal toxicity in developmental toxicology bioassays with notes on the biological significance of the "no observed adverse effect level"
Reproductive Toxicology, 25:192-202 (2008)
Neil Chernoff
Ellen H. Rogers
Michael l. Gage
Bettina M. Francis
NHEERL, Research Triangle Park, NC Work Elucidating the Relationships of Maternal and Fetal Toxicity in Standard Developmental Toxicology Bioassays
S09IR0047 (1) Identification by Microarray of a Common Pattern of Gene Expression in Intact Intestine and Cultured Intestinal Cells Exposed to Virulent Aeromonas hydrophila Isolates
Journal of Water and Health, 4(3):381-388 (2006)
(2) Evaluating Virulence of Waterborne and Clinical Aeromonas Isolates Using Gene Expression and Mortality in Neonatal Mice Followed by Assessing Cell Culture's Ability to Predict Virulence Based on Transcriptional Response
Journal of Applied Microbiology, 103(4):811-820 (2007)
Sam Hayes
Stephen Vesper
Dennis Lye
Mark Rodgers
Gerard Stelma
Bethany Lye
Craig McKinstry
Joel Mallard
Alain Vandewalle
NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC The Development of a Practical, New Paradigm for Risk Assessment of Microbial Contaminants in Drinking Water
S09MM0053 Investigating Compensation and Recovery of Fathead Minnow (Pimephales promelas) Exposed to 17a- Ethynylestradiol with Metabolite Profiling
Environmental Science and Technology, 42(11):4188-4194 (2008)
Drew R. Ekman
Timothy W. Collette
Quincy Teng
Daniel L. Villeneuve
Gerald T. Ankley
Kathleen M. Jensen
Michael D. Kahl
Elizabeth Durhan
  NERL, Athens, GA Providing EPA with Techniques for Characterizing Temporal and Compensatory Aspects of Exposures Using Metabolomics
S09MM0054 Multi-Laboratory Testing of a Screening Method for World Trade Center (WTC) Collapse Duet
Science of the Total Environment, 390:514-519 (2007)
Jacky Ann Rosati
Amy M. Bern
Robert D. Willis
Teri L. Conner
Henry Kahn
David Friedman
Fredrick T. Blanchard NHSRC, Research Triangle Park, NC The Development of a Method Critical to Assist in and Facilitate Future Clean-Ups for Incidents of National Significance
S09MM0057 Development of EPA Method 535 for the Determination of Chloroacetanilide and Other Acetamide Herbicide Degradates in Drinking Water by Solid-Phase Extraction and Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Journal of AOAC International, 89(1):201-209 (2006)
Jody A. Shoemaker
Margarita Vazquez
  NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC The Development of a Sensitive and Specific Method to Measure Acetanilide Degradation Products in Drinking Water
S09MM0060 The Effects of Meteorology on Ozone in Urban Areas and their Use in Assessing Ozone Trends
Atmospheric Environment, 41(33):7127-7137 (2007)
Louise Camalier
William Cox
Patrick Dolwick
  OAQPS, Research Triangle Park, NC Providing a Sound Basis for Quantifying Meteorological Effects on Ozone to Assess Progress in Meeting the NAAQS
S09MM0062 Retained Nitrate, Hydrated Sulfates, and Carbonaceous Mass in Federal Reference Method Fine Particulate Matter for Six Eastern U.S. Cities
Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 56:500-511 (2006)
Neil H. Frank   OAQPS, Research Triangle Park, NC Innovative Use of Air Pollution Data to Characterize the Chemical Composition of Fine Particles
S09MM0064 Signals from the Benthos: Development and Evaluation of a Benthic Index for the Nearshore Gulf of Maine
Ecological Indicators, 8:338 - 350 (2008)
Stephen S. Hale James F. Heltshe NHEERL, Narragansett, RI A Gulf of Maine Benthic Index and a Way to Make Ecological Indicators More Useful to Environmental Managers
S09MM0066 (1) A Bioassessment Approach for Mid-Continent Great Rivers: the Upper Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio (USA)
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, : (2008)
(2) Using Stressor Gradients to Determine Reference Expectations for Great River Fish Assemblages
Ecological Indicators, : (2008)
Theodore (Ted) R. Angradi
Mark S. Pearson
David W. Bolgrien
Terri M. Jicha
Brian H. Hill
Debra L. Taylor
Karen A. Blocksom
Allan R. Batterman
Mary F. Moffett
Colleen M. Elonen
Leroy E. Anderson
Larry J. Shepard
E. William Schweiger NHEERL, Duluth, MN Advancing the Science of Large River Monitoring and Assessment
S09OR0069 Parameters of Dose-Response are on the Boundary: What Happens with BMDL?
Risk Analysis, : (2008)
Leonid Kopylev
John Fox
NCEA, Washington, DC In Recognition of the Development of Methods to Improve the Statistical Properties of Benchmark Dose Estimates
S09OR0073 Pb Isotopes in Drinking Water: A New Strategy for Source Detection of Low Pb Sources
Environmental Sciences, 5(3):205-211 (2008)
William Sidle
Roy Haught
NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH A New Strategy for Source Detection of Low Pb Sources in Drinking Water
S09RA0076 Repeating History: Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
Environmental Science and Technology, 40:8211-8217 (2007)
Gerald T. Ankley John P. Sumpter
Bryan W. Brooks
Duane B. Huggett
NHEERL, Duluth, MN Assessing the Ecological Risk of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
S09RM0088 Prospects for Enhanced Groundwater Recharge via Infiltration of Urban Storm Water Runoff: A Case Study
Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 62(3):129-137 (2007)
William D. Shuster Richard Gehring
Jon Gerken
NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Development of Procedures to Implement Infiltration Stormwater Management Practices and Effect Ecosystem Restoration
S09RM0089 Front-Loading Urban Stormwater Management for Success- a Perspective Incorporating Current Studies on the Implementation of Retrofit Low-Impact Development
Cities and the Environment, 1(2):Article 8, (2008)
William D. Shuster
Matthew A. Morrison
Rachel M. Webb NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH Presentation of Technical and Cost Data on Implementation and Monitoring of Sustainable Stormwater Management Practices
S09RM0090 Vulnerability of Headwater Catchment Resources to Incidences of Pb-210 Excess and Cs-137 Radionuclide Fallout
Environmental Geology, DOI:12pp (2008)
William Sidle NRMRL, Cincinnati, OH A Warning Methodology Forecasting Airborne Radionuclide Particle Transport Drinking Water in Headwater Catchments
S09TF0092 Effect of Natural Organic Matter on the Reduction of Nitroaromatics by Fe(II) Species
Environmental Science & Technology, 42(17):6538-6543 (2008)
Dalizza Colon
Eric J. Weber
James L. Anderson NERL, Athens, GA Improving the Understanding of the Role of Natural Organic Matter in the Reduction of Pollutants in the Environment
S09TF0096 Characterization of Near-Road Pollutant Gradients Using Path-Integrated Optical Remote Sensing
Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 58(40):879-890 (2008)
Eben D. Thoma
Richard C. Shores
Vlad Isakov
Richard W. Baldauf
  NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC Expanding and Improving the Scientific and Regulatory Communities' Ability to Assess Impacts of Mobile Source Emissions
S09TF0097 (1) Arsenic Speciation and Identification of Monomethylarsonous Acid and Monomethylthioarsonic Acid in Complex Matrix
Analytical Chemistry, 80(3):775-782 (2008)
(2) Investigation of the pH Effects on the Formation of Methylated Thio-Arsenicals, and the Effects of pH and Temperature on their Stability
Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 23(5):711-716 (2008)
John T. Creed
Patricia A. Creed
Carol A. Schwegel

Sean D. Conklin
Santha Ketavarapu V. Yathavakilla
Michael W. Fricke
Douglas T. Heitkemper
Nohora V. Shockey
Joseph A. Caruso

NERL, Research Triangle Park, NC The Analysis and Characterization of Thioarsenicals in Dietary Matrices
S09TF0098 Measurement of Bi-Directional Ammonia Fluxes Over Soybean Using the Modified Bowen-Ratio Technique
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 138(1-4):54-68 (2006)
John T. Walker Wayne Robarge
Yihua Wu
Tilden Meyers
NRMRL, Research Triangle Park, NC Investigation of the Processes Controlling the Atmosphere-Biosphere Exchange of Ammonia
Key to Acronyms used in the above Table
OA Office of the Administrator
NERL National Exposure Research Laboratory
NHEERL National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory
NRMRL National Risk Management Research Laboratory
OAQPS Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
OPP Office of Pesticide Programs
ORIA Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
OSCP Office of Science Coordination and Policy
ORCR Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
*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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