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Volume 2 | Number 6 | November / December 2011

Executive Messages

Peter Preuss

Executive Message

A Message from Peter W. Preuss, Ph.D. Chief Innovation Officer, Office of the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development

GEMS: Great Environmental Moments in Science

Loon

Listening to Loons: Mercury and MERGANSER

An EPA-led collaborative effort produces a model for predicting mercury levels in New England fish and loons.

Mountain

Measuring Sustainability

EPA scientists explore how to measure prosperity and environmental quality across the San Luis Basin, a large, rural area in south-central Colorado.

Computer opperator

EPA Releases Latest Community Multiscale Air Quality Model

The new version offers tools for controlling air pollution and studying climate change.

Meeting the President

Meeting the President

EPA scientists Gayle Hagler and David Reif share their experiences receiving the government’s highest honor for early career scientists and engineers —and meeting President Barack Obama.

Question and Answer

Q & A on Hydraulic Fracturing

EPA scientist Jeanne Briskin shares information about a recently released research plan.

Child playing in water

A Major Step Towards Cleaner Water and Soil

EPA releases a pivotal health assessment addressing the health effects of trichloroethylene.

Poluted water with bacteria

What’s in Your Water?

EPA researchers are developing a library of natural organic matter samples to support and advance drinking water research.


Partner News

Biohazard can

RARE Partnerships:  EPA Research Program Targets Local Science Needs

For 10 years, EPA’s Regional Applied Research Effort (RARE) program has brought science expertise to address high-priority regional science needs.

Vapor intrusion and buildings

RARE Partnership Tackles Vapor Intrusion

The EPA-led partnership brings scientists together to address the challenges of harmful vapors intruding into buildings.

EPA Research in the News

Cover of Sustainability and the US EPA

Net Zero

EPA and the U.S. Army have teamed up to advance the "New Zero" - The Army's initiative to advance energy and water conservation, and reduce waste at military installations.
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Cover of Sustainability and the US EPA

Going for the Green

The National Research Council of the National Academies of Science releases “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA.” The report offers framework to guide EPA on incorporating sustainability in its decision making.

Fracturing Study cover

EPA Announces Final Study Plan to Assess Hydraulic Fracturing

Congressionally directed study will evaluate potential impacts on drinking water.

Erica Holloman poses with Newport News resident Patricia Medley and Angela Harris

Former EPA Fellow Wins $100,000 Grant

Former EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellow and current doctoral student Erica Holloman recently received a $100,000 CARE grant from EPA to address community environmental risks.

Virginia State University campus

EPA Among Top 50 Supporters of Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities

EPA was recently cited by McGraw-Hill as one of the top 50 supporters of students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities for employment through internships, fellowships and career placement.

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Cover of Drinking Water report

Planning for Emergency Drinking Water Supplies

Journal AWWA, a publication of the American Water Works Association, featured a summary of EPA’s recently released publication Planning for an Emergency Drinking Water Supply.

Science Wednesday: Highlights From Our Blog

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Sustainability at the U.S. EPA

What does sustainability mean to you? EPA student contractor Abbey Reller shares thoughts she had about sustainability while attending the launch of the book Sustainability and the U.S. EPA. Read Abbey's blog about how the book and how it is helping EPA incorporate sustainability into everything it does.

Durham

Durham's Journey to Sustainability

Jing Zhang, an EPA student contractor and Science Wednesday blogger, wrote about how Durham, North Carolina is partnering with EPA and other government agencies and using the National Atlas for Sustainability to create a more sustainable community. Read Jing's blog.

Black Carbon

EPA Awards Research Grants to Study Black Carbon

EPA student contractor and blogger Katie Lubinsky contemplates black carbon-also the focus of nine Science to Achieve Results Research Grants recently awarded to eight universities-on her morning drive to work. Read Katie's blog about EPA grants to study black carbon.

Getting the Word Out

Getting the Word Out About EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Research

"Part of my job was to help ensure the study plan and a host of supporting material-from a press release to web site updates to @EPAresearch "tweets"-were ready so we could share the news," writes Dayna Gibbons. Read Dayna's blog about getting the word out about EPA's plan to study hydraulic fracturing.

Wheels of Progress

Wheels of Progress

Astronauts landed on the moon some 18 years before a handle and two wheels became standard fare for a big suitcase. How does this relate to EPA innovations in environmental science? To find out, read EPA science editor Aaron Ferster's blog.

Modeling Matters

Modeling Matters: See Mack Run the Half-Marathon

EPA scientist and blogger Tanya Otte helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Agency's partnership with the Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Center with a "Modeling Matters" blog about the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling (CMAQ) system. Read Tanya's blog.

EPA Research Grants

Researcher with Lab Equipment

Grants and Funding Opportunities

EPA supports the nation's leading scientists and engineers through competitive grant programs and fellowships to ensure that the latest science is available to support the Agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment.

For information about EPA grants and funding opportunities, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ncer.

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.

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