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Volume 1 | Number 1 | April / May 2010

Executive Message

Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas

Executive Message

Communication and other catalysts

EPA Research Highlights

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40 years of EPA research in support of the Clean Air Act

EPA celebrates 40 years of research in support of clean air

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Aging Water Infrastructure

EPA researchers and engineers work to help communities deal with aging and failing drinking and wastewater systems.

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Understanding What You Breathe

EPA scientists are monitoring and analyzing air pollution to develop ways to trace pollutants to their source, and help air quality managers prioritize action.

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Energy from Waste: Burn or Bury?

EPA researchers have completed the first scientific comparison of whether it is better to burn or bury waste when trying to recover energy and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

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Parking Lots: Letting It Soak In

EPA researchers are experimenting with "green" parking lot designs and permeable pavement as a way to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

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Environment and Obesity: Looking for Links

EPA scientists are investigating the link between chemical exposure in the womb and the development of metabolic ailments such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes down the road.

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Homeland Security: Keeping an Eye on Our Drinking Water Supply

EPA researchers test commercial, readily-available water sensors for use in early warning systems for detecting biological and chemical contaminants in drinking water.

Partner News

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Green Research. Green Jobs. Green Future.

EPA will celebrate Earth Day with the 6th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo and EPA's P3 Award Competition on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on April 24 - 25, 2010.

EPA Research in the News

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EPA research results are published in hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific journals every year. Here are just a few examples:
Two recent publications in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives present exciting results of EPA computational toxicology research.

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The journal Bioscience presents work conducted by EPA researchers and their partners exploring the connections between biodiversity loss and human disease.

Highlights From Our Blog


Sustainability: Our True North. EPA scientist Barbara Karn was inspired to consider the meaning of sustainability and true North after a talk by EPA Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas.  Read more about sustainability.

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What do engineers have to offer international development? A lot, explains M.I.T. Ph.D. candidate and EPA-granttee Amy Mueller. Read about engineers and international development.

Francesca Dominici

Regular contributor and “OnAir” blogger Becky Fried talks terabytes EPA partner Francesca Dominici, a biostatistician and former director of the Johns Hopkins Particulate Matter Research Center. Read about the challenges of huge datasets.

Jeff Morris

Who let the goats out? EPA National Program Director for nanotechnology Jeff Morris relates his farm-going childhood to current research strategies for emerging nanotechnologies. Read 'Sheep, Goats, and Nanoparticles'.

Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas

A strategic optimist says hello. Incoming EPA Assistant Administrator Paul T. Anastas shares some of his vision—and why he considers himself a “strategic optimist”—as he begins serving as the leader of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Read 'Greetings from a Strategic Optimist'.

Montira Pongsiri

Is biodiversity good for our health? EPA researcher Montira Pongsiri and colleague Joe Roman, a former EPA Science and Technology Policy Fellow, outline their recent Bioscience article linking biodiversity decline and infectious disease transmission. Read about biodiversity and your health.

Science Matters is produced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. All content is copyright free, and can be reprinted without permission.

Comments, feedback, and suggestions for future stories are welcome.

Please contact Aaron Ferster: ferster.aaron@epa.gov.

T Chris Mochon Collura checks an environmental monitor

EPA researcher T Chris Mochon Collura checks an environmental monitor used to collect data on water conditions across Yaquina Bay, OR. Collura's work is part of EPA's ecosystem services research program.

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