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Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA)

The EPA's Science and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) program promotes and recognizes scientific and technological achievement by EPA employees. STAA is among the most prestigious of EPA's scientific awards programs.

The STAA program is an agency-wide competition sponsored by the Office of Research and Development (ORD) that recognizes outstanding scientific and technological papers published by EPA employees. Each year since 1980, EPA scientists and engineers have submitted their publications to be evaluated by a panel convened by EPAs Science Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB convenes an experienced group of scientists and engineers who review and evaluate the nominations. The SAB review panel then produces a set of recommendations used to select the actual awards.

Eligibility Criteria

Publications are now eligible for five (5) years based on publication date.  To be eligible, the nominated research must be published in a peer-reviewed journal, initiate or revise a scientific principle or procedure, and be recognized as a major achievement within its field of study. Publication date limits are set each year at the time of the formal announcement. The competition is EPA-wide and only EPA employees are eligible. Each award cycle identifies several categories to recognize for that particular year. In the past, categories have included:

  • Control Systems and Technology
  • Ecological Research
  • Health Effects Research and Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Monitoring and Measurement Methods
  • Transport and Fate
  • Review Articles
  • Risk Management and Ecosystem Restoration
  • Integrated Risk Assessment
  • Social Sciences
  • Environmental Futures
  • Environmental Statistics

STAA Awards

Four award levels are granted in each research category:

  • Level I: Level I awards are for those who have accomplished an exceptionally high-quality research or technological effort. The awards recognize the creation or general revision of scientific or technological principle or procedure, or a highly significant improvement in the value of a device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research is of national significance or has high impact on a broad area of science/technology. The research has far reaching consequences and is recognizable as a major scientific/technological achievement within its discipline or field of study.
  • Level II: Level II awards are for those who have accomplished a notably excellent research or technological effort that has qualities and values similar to, but to a lesser degree, than those described under Level I. Awarded research has timely consequences and contributes as an important scientific/technological achievement within its discipline or field of study.
  • Level III: 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.
  • Honorable Mention: Honorable Mention awards acknowledge research efforts that are noteworthy but 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 at this time.

Contact

Kathi Wiser (wiser.kathi@epa.gov) U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development, Washington, DC; Telephone: (202) 564-6961

Nomination Procedures

After the annual STAA award cycle is announced, any EPA employee (or PHS employee assigned to EPA) may initiate the preparation of a nomination package. Nomination packages may only be submitted using the electronic STAA Nomination System at https://epaoei.lightning.force.com. Once the nomination has been submitted revisions are no longer permitted.

See the following documents for nomination details:

EPA announces the winners of the 2019 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards, an agency-wide program that recognizes the outstanding scientific work of EPA employees who publish their technical work in peer-reviewed literature.

  • 2019 Level I Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards

    Level I awards are for those who have accomplished an exceptionally high-quality research or technological effort. The awards recognize the creation or general revision of scientific or technological principle or procedure, or a highly significant improvement in the value of a device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research is of national significance or has high impact on a broad area of science/technology. The research has far reaching consequences and is recognizable as a major scientific/technological achievement within its discipline or field of study.

    Citation Authors Nominating Organization

    Development and deployment of a high-throughput assay to detect chemical disruptors of thyroid hormone synthesis.

    Steve Simmons
    Joan Hedge
    Michael Hornung
    Kevin Crofton
    Keith Houck
    Richard Judson
    Katie Paul Friedman
    Eric Watt
    Daniel Rotroff

    ORD National Center for Computational Toxicology
  • 2019 Level II Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards

    Level II awards are for those who have accomplished a notably excellent research or technological effort that has qualities and values similar to, but to a lesser degree, than those described under Level I. Awarded research has timely consequences and contributes as an important scientific/technological achievement within its discipline or field of study.

    Citation Authors Nominating Organization

    Nationwide study on the prevalence and potential health effects of contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water

    Susan Glassmeyer
    Edward Fulong
    Dana Kolpin
    Angela Batt
    Robert Benson
    Justin Conley
    Joyce Donohue
    Maura Donohue
    Dawn King
    Mitchell Kostich
    Heath Mash
    Stacy Pfaller
    J. Scott Boone
    Jane Simmons
    Eunice Varughese
    Stephen Vesper
    Eric Villegas
    Nichole Brinkman
    Vickie Wilson
    Scott Keely
    Octavia Conerly
    Kathleen Schenck
    Nicola Evans
    Laura Rosenblum
    Micheal Ware
    Megan Vogel
    William Sander
    Mary Noriega
    G Shay Fout
    Robert Flick
    Emily Wheaton
    Jennifer Cashdollar
    Tripp Boone
    Craig Vigo
    Thuy Nguyen Paul Westerhoff
    Christian Byrne
    Joseph Ferrario
    Jacelyn Rice

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    Development of New Alternative Methods for Assessment of Developmental Neurotoxicity Hazard

    Timothy Shafer
    William Mundy
    Chris Frank
    Jasmine Brown
    Diana Hall
    Kathleen Wallace

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

    A comprehensive description of the toxicity of major geochemical ion mixtures to Ceriodaphnia dubia

    Russell Erickson
    David Mount
    Terry Highland
    J. Russell Hockett
    Dale Hoff
    Teresa Norberg-King
    Correne Jenson
    Kira Peterson
    Stephanie Wisniewsi
    Zachary Polaske

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
  • 2019 Level III Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards

    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.

    Citation Authors Nominating Organization
    Using water isotope ratios to derive lake hydrologic parameters for EPA's national lakes assessment

    J Renee Brooks
    John Stoddard
    John Gibson
    Marc Weber
    S. Jean Birk
    Kent Rodecap

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

    High-throughput predictions of functional use

    Katherine Phillips
    John Wambaugh
    Chris Grulke
    Kathie Dionisio
    Kristin Isaacs

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    (1) Child environmental exposures to water and sand at the beach

    and

    (2) Water Ingestion by Swimmers

    Stephanie Deflorio-Barker
    Elizabeth Sams
    Benjamin Arnold
    John Colford
    Alfred Dufour
    Stephen Weisberg
    Ken Schiff
    Timothy Wade

    Alfred Dufour
    Thomas Behymer
    Larry Wymer
    Matthew Magnuson
    Ricardo Cantu

    ORD National Center for Environmental Assessment


    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    Mercury Methylation in Reservoirs: a detailed study of the mechanisms responsible for increased mercury methylation

    Todd Luxton
    Chris Eckley
    Jennifer Goetz
    John McKernan
    Joe Goulet

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    Impacts of ethanol policy on corn prices: A review and meta-analysis of recent evidence

    Heather Klemick
    Ann Wolverton
    Nicole Condon-Kaiser

    National Center for Environmental Economics

    Modeling and Validation of Conventional and Strong Hybrid Electric Vehicles and High Voltage Lithium-ion Battery Packs

    Soduk Lee
    Jeff Cherry
    Joseph McDonald
    James Sanchez
    Ed Nam
    Anthony Neam

    Office of Air and Radiation

    An investigation of the effects of urban stream burial on nitrogen uptake and ecosystem metabolism

    Jake Beaulieu
    Paul Mayer
    Sujay Kaushai
    Michael Pennino
    Clay Arango
    David Balz
    Ken Fritz
    Brian Hill
    Colleen Eionen
    Jorge Santo-Domingo
    Hodon Ryu
    Heather Golden
    Tim Canfield
    Christopher Knightes

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    A chemical and Cheminformatics foundation for ToxCast & Tox21 research programs

    Ann Richard
    Christopher Grulke
    Richard Judson
    Keith Houck
    John Wambaugh
    Thomas Knudsen
    Grace Patiewicz
    Antony Williams
    Russell Thomas
    Patra Volarath
    Inthirany Thillainadarajah
    Chihae Yang
    James Rathman
    Matthew Marti
    Jayaram Kancheria
    Kamel Mansouri
    Stephen Little
    Kevin Crofton

    ORD National Center for Computational Toxicology

    Advancing High-Throughput Chemical Exposure Models for Consumer and Dietary Pathways

    Kristin Isaacs
    Peter Egeghy
    Daniel Vallero
    Chris Grulke
    John Wambaugh
    Haluk Ozkaynak
    Michael-Rock Goldsmith
    Katherine Phillips
    Derya Biryol
    Luther Smith
    Raina Brooks
    Chantel Nicolas
    Graham Glen

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    Validation of In Vivo-In Vitro Arsenic Bioavailability Methods for Human Health Risk Assessments at Contaminated Sites

    Kirk Scheckel
    Karen Bradham
    David Thomas
    Clay Nelson
    Michele Burgess
    Sophia Serda
    Gary Diamond
    Albert Juhasz
    Julie Klotzbach
    Marc Stifelman
    Mark Maddaloni

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory
    For Development and Application of a Natural Hazards Resilience Screening Index to Enhance Community Resilience

    J. Kevin Summers
    Lisa Smith
    Linda Harwell
    Kyle Buck

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
    New mechanistic paradigm for pulmonary and systemic health effects of oxidant and irritant pollutants

    Urmilla Kodavanti
    Andres Henriques
    Samantha Snow
    Mette Schladweiler
    Colette Miller
    Janice Dye
    Allen Ledbetter
    Judy Richards
    Marie McGee
    Wanda Williams
    Kevin Mauge-Lewis
    Daniel Costa

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

    Development of a system for assessing the health impact of wildfire smoke

    Ian Gilmour
    Yong Ho Kim
    Sarah Warren
    David Demarini
    William Preston
    Quentin Todd Krantz
    Mark Higuchi
    Matthew Landis
    Barbara George
    Mike Hays
    Charly King
    Rick Jaskot

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

    On-the-ground implementation of early detection monitoring

    Anett Trebitz
    Joel Hoffman
    Gregory Peterson
    Erik Pilgrim
    John (Jack) Kelly
    Tyler Billehus
    George Grant
    Michelle Gutsch
    Henry Quinlan
    Joshua Schloesser

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
    Conversion of spent carbon dioxide into value added products

    Mallikarjuna Nadagouda
    Rajender Varma
    Sanny Verma
    Nasir Baig

    ORD National Risk Management Laboratory
    A sustainable approach to empower the bio- based future:upgrading biomass to value added products

    Mallikarjuna Nadagouda
    Rajender Varma
    Sanny Verma
    Nasir Baig
    Christopher Len

    ORD National Risk Management Laboratory
  • 2019 Honorable Mention Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards

    Honorable Mention awards acknowledge research efforts that are noteworthy but 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 at this time.

    Publication Title

    Authors

    Nominating Organization

    1. Characterization of emissions and residues from simulations of the Deepwater Horizon surface oil burns. Published in Marine Pollution Bulletin
    1. Mutagenecity and Oxidative Damage Induced by an Organic Extract of the Particulate Emissions from a Simulation of the Deepwater Horizon Surface Oil Burns. Published in Environmental and Molecular Mutagenicity,

    Brian Gullett
    Johanna Aurell
    Amara Holder
    Dale Greenwell
    William Mitchell
    Michael Hays
    Robyn Conmy
    Dennis Tabor
    William Preston
    Ingrid George
    Joseph Abrahamson
    Randy Vander Wal
    Edith Holder
    William Linak
    David DeMarini
    Sarah Warren
    Katelyn Lavrich
    Alexis Flen
    Judith Schmid
    James Samet

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    Search for hidden costs: A Technology-based approach to the energy efficiency gap in light-duty vehicles. Published in Energy Policy.

    Gloria Helfand
    Michael
    Kevin Bolon
    Mandy Sha
    Amanda Smith
    Lawrence Reichle

    Office of Air and Radiation

    1. A Pilot Study of Fuel Impacts on PM Emissions from Light-Duty Gasoline Vehicles. Published in SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants.
    1. Influence of Fuel MP Index and Ethanol on Particulate Emissions from Light-Duty Gasoline Vehicles. Published in SAE World Congress Technical Paper

    Aron Butler
    Rafal Sobotowski
    Zuimdie Guerra
    George Hoffman
    Paul Machiele

    Office of Air and Radiation

    1. Modeling the current and future roles of particulate organic nitrates in the southeastern United States. Published in Environmental Science & Technology.
    1. On the implications of aerosol liquid water and phase separation for organic aerosol mass. Published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.
    1. Simulating aqueous phase isoprene-epoxydiol (IEPOX) secondary organic aerosol production during the 2013 southern oxidant and aerosol study (SOAS)

    Havala O. T. Pye
    Sri Hapsari Budisulistiorini
    K. Wyat Appel
    Kirk Baker
    Jesse Bash
    William Hutzell
    Deborah Luecken
    Christopher Boyd
    Benjamin Murphy
    Donna Schwede
    Ben Ayres
    Karsten Baumann
    Annmarie Carlton
    William Carter
    Eric Edgerton
    Juliane Fry
    Allen Goldstein
    Hongyu Guo
    Jose Jimenez
    Pawel Misztal
    Weiwei Hu
    Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz V. Faye McNeill
    Jason Surratt
    Athanasios Nenes
    Nga L. Ng
    Paul Shepson
    Petros Vasilakos
    Rodney Weber
    Lu Xu

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    1. Connecting the Dots: Linking Environmental Justice Indicators to Daily Dose Model Estimates. Published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
    1. Associations between socio-demographic characteristics and chemical concentrations contributing to cumulative exposures in the United States. Published in Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

    Timothy Barzyk 
    Rogelio Tornero-Velez
    Hongtai Huang

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    1. Evolution of the United States Energy System and Related Emissions under varying Social and Technological Development Paradigms: Plausible Scenarios for Use in Robust Decision Making. Published in Environmental Science & Technology.
    1. Role of future scenarios in understanding deep uncertainty in long-term air quality management. Published in Journal of Air & Waste Management Association.

    Kristen Brown
    Julia Gamas
    Rebecca Dodder
    Dan Loughlin
    Troy Hottle
    Samaneh Babaee
    Rubenka Bandyopadhyay
    Ozge Kaplan
    Carol Lenox
    Cynthia Gage

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    Impacts of mountaintop removal and valley fill coal mining on C and N processing in terrestrial soil. Published in Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.

    Roger Burke
    Ken Fritz
    Chris Barton
    Dean Hardy
    Jeff Jack
    Stephanie Fulton
    Brent Johnson

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    1. Heavy-duty trucking and the energy efficiency paradox: evidence from focus groups and interviews. Published in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.
    1. Potential barriers to improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings: The case of supermarket. Published in Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

    Heather Klemick
    Ann Wolverton
    Elizabeth Kopits
    Keith Sargent

    National Center for Environmental Economics

    1. Dynamic evaluation of CMAQ part I: Separating the effects of changing emissions and changing meteorology on ozone levels between 2002 and 2005 in the eastern US. Published in Atmospheric Environment.
    1. Dynamic Evaluation of CMAQ part II: Evaluation of Relative Response Factor Metrics for Ozone Attainment demonstrations. Published in Atmospheric Environment.

    Kristen Foley
    Patrick Dolwick
    Christian Hogrefe
    Heather Simon
    Brian Timin
    Norm Posseil
    George Pouliot
    Shawn Roselle

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    Roadside vegetation design characteristics that can improve local, near-road air quality. Published in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

    Richard Baldauf

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    1. Ozone Trends Across the United States over a Period of Decreasing NOx and VOC Emissions. Published in Environmental Science & Technology.
    1. Assessing Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Observed and Predicted Ozone in Multiple Urban Areas. Published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

    Heather Simon
    Benjamin Wells
    Kirk Baker
    Adam Reff
    Bryan Hubbell
    Neil Frank
    Jia Xing

    Office of Air and Radiation

    1. Inhibition of biofilm growth on polymer-MWCNTs composites and metal surfaces. Published in Science of Total Environment.
    1. Experimental and modeling studies of sorption of ceria nanoparticles on microbial biofilms. Published in Bioresources Technology.

    Endalkachew Sahle-Demessie
    Hengye Jing
    George Sorial
    Christina Bennett-Stampe
    Ashraf Aly Hassan
    Bineyam Mezgebe

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    1. Degradation Studies of Multiwall Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polypropylene During Environmental Aging. Published in Carbon.
    1. Evaluating weathering of food packaging polyethylene-nano- clay composites: Release of nanoparticles and their impacts. Published in Nanoimpact.
    1. Effects of source and seasonal variations of natural organic matters on the fate and transport of CeO₂ nanoparticles in the environment. Published in Science of the Total Environment.

    Endalkachew Sahle-Demessie
    Amy Zhao
    Teri Richardson
    Jonathan Pressman
    Eunice Varughese
    George Sorial
    Zhen LI
    Changseok Han
    Jun Wang

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    1. Uterine Artery Flow and Offspring Growth in Long-Evans Rats following Maternal Exposure to Ozone during Implantation. Published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
    1. Aspirin Pre-Treatment Modulates Ozone-Induced Fetal Growth Restriction and Alterations in Uterine blood flow in rats. Published in Reproductive Toxicology.

    Colette Miller
    Mette Schladweiler
    Aimken Farraj
    Janie Dye
    Urmila Kodavanti
    Allen Ledbetter
    Samantha Snow
    Charles Wood
    Judy Richards
    Leslie Thompson
    Andres Henriquez
    Erica Stewart
    Mendi Hazari

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

    1. Vegetation land cover near residence is associated with reduced allostatic load and improved biomarkers of neuroendocrine, metabolic and immune functions. Published in Environmental Research.
    1. Environmental risk factors for T. gondii infections and the impact of infections on allostatic load in residents of Central North Carolina. Published in BMC Infection Diseases.

    Andrey Egorov
    Shannon Griffin
    Timothy Wade
    Reagan Converse
    Elizabeth Sams
    Edward Hudgens
    Laura Jackson
    Jennifer Styles
    Elizabeth Klein
    Anthony Wilson

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

    1. Comparison of modeling approaches to prioritize chemicals based on estimates of exposure an exposure potential. Published in Science of the Total Environment.
    1. A decision analytic approach to exposure-based chemical prioritization. Published in PLOS ONE
    1. Advances on a Decision Analytic Approach to Exposure‐Based Chemical Prioritization. Published in Risk Analysis.

    Daniel Vallero
    Perter Paul Egeghy
    Elaine Cohen Hubal
    Jade Mitchell
    John Wambaugh
    Antony Williams
    Matthew Wood 
    Igor Linkov
    Jon Arnot
    Sastry Isukiapalli
    Oliver Jolliet
    Panos Georgopoulos
    Surajit Dasgupta
    Muhilan Pandian
    Nicolas Pabon 
    Zachary Collier
    Kenton Piourde
    Sabrina Larkin

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    Key ecological responses to nitrogen are altered by climate change. Published in Nature Climate Change.

    Tara Greaver
    Jana Compton
    Chris Clark
    Jill Baron
    Dena Vallano
    Alan Talheim
    Chris Weaver
    Larry Band
    Eric Davidson
    Lingli Liu
    Jason Lynch
    Christine Goodale
    Rick Haeuber
    Emmi Felker-Quinn
    Christina Tague
    Kris Novak
    Jeff Herrick

    ORD National Center for Environmental Assessment

    Sunlight-Driven Reduction of Silver Ions by Natural Organic Matter. Published in Environmental Science & Technology.

    Richard Zepp
    Brittany Stuart
    Roberta Howes
    Wen-che Hou

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    1. Development of a conceptual framework depicting a child's total (built, natural, social) environment. Published in Journal of Environmental and Health Sciences.
    1. Contributions of a child's built, natural, and social environments to their general Cognitive Ability. Published in PLOS ONE.
    1. Chemical and non-chemical stressors affecting childhood obesity: a systematic scoping review. Published in Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

    Nicolle Tulve
    Jazmin Ruiz
    Kim Lichtveld 
    Sally Darney
    Jim Quackenboss
    Kent Thomas

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    1. Application of the Human Well- Being Index to Sensitive Population Divisions: a Children’s Well-Being. Published in Child Indicators Research.
    1. Evaluating the Transferability of a U.S. Human Well-Being Index (HWBI) Framework to Native Americans. Published in Social Indicators Research.
    1. A model for change: An approach for forecasting well-being from service-based decisions. Published in Ecological Indicators

    Nicolle Tulve
    Jazmin Ruiz
    Kim Lichtveld
    Sally Darney
    Jim Quackenboss
    Kent Thomas

    ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory

    Thoracic and respirable particle definitions for human health risk assessment. Published in Particle and Fibre Toxicology.

    James Brown
    Terry Gordon
    Owen Price
    Bahman Asgharian

    1. Oxidative C-H activation of amines using protuberant lychee-like goethite. Published in Nature Climate Change.
    1. Photocatalytic C-H activation and oxidative esterification using Pd@g-C3N4. Published in Catalysis Today.
    1. Hydroxylation of benzene via C-H activation using bimetallic CuAg@g-C3N4. Published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.

    Mallikarjuna Nadagouda
    Rajender Varma
    Sanny Verma
    Nasir Baig

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

    Increasing the credibility of regional climate simulations by introducing subgrid-scale cloud-

    radiation interactions. Published in Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres.

    Jerold Herwehe
    Kiran Alapaty
    Tanya Spero
    Christopher Nolte

    ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory

    Bayesian framework for water quality model uncertainty estimation and risk management. Published in ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering.

    Mohamed Hantush
    Abhishek Chaudhary

    ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory

There were no submissions for 2018.

EPA announces the winners of the 2017 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards, an agency-wide program that recognizes the outstanding scientific work of EPA employees who publish their technical work in peer-reviewed literature.

  • 2017 Level I Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)

    Level I awards are for those who have accomplished an exceptionally high-quality research or technological effort. The awards recognize the creation or general revision of scientific or technological principle or procedure, or a highly significant improvement in the value of a device, activity, program, or service to the public. Awarded research is of national significance or has high impact on a broad area of science/technology. The research has far reaching consequences and is recognizable as a major scientific/technological achievement within its discipline or field of study.

    Publication Title Authors Lab/Office/Center

    Understanding the fate and transport of human adenovirus in environmental matrices.

    Richard Zepp
    Irene Xagoraraki
    Kelvin Wong
    Thomas Voice
    Biplab Mukheriee
    Marirosa Molina
    Amy Kahler
    Dermont Bouchard

    NERL

    Using retrospective case studies to better understand the relationship between non-traditional oil and gas development and drinking water resources

    Richard Wilkin
    Ralph Ludwig
    Douglas Beak
    David Rectenwald
    Tony Lee
    Christopher Ruybal

    Susan Mravik
    Gregory Oberley
    Steven Acree
    Randall Ross
    Michael Overbay
    Amy Wolfe

    NRMRL

    Demonstrating the effects of air pollution on individuals with prior cardiac complications

    Robert Devlin
    Laura McGuinn
    Colette Blach
    Carol Haynes
    Elaine Dowdy
    Marie Lynn Miranda
    William Kraus
    Petros Koutrakis
    David Diaz-Sanchez
    Wayne Cascio
    Shaibal Mukerjee
    Casson Stallings
    Luther Smith
    Gregory Simon
    Savti Shah
    Elizabeth Hauser
    Lucas Neas
    Alexandra Schneider
    Alexandra Chudnovsky
    Cavin Ward-Caviness

    NHEERL
  • 2017 Level II Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)

    Level II awards are for those who have accomplished a notably excellent research or technological effort that has qualities and values similar to, but to a lesser degree, than those described under Level I. Awarded research has timely consequences and contributes as an important scientific/technological achievement within its discipline or field of study.

    Publication Title Authors Lab/Office/Center

    Reviewing the need for, use of, and demands on modeling to support ‘robust’ decision frameworks around resiliency

    Christopher Weaver
    Robert Lempert
    Casey Brown
    John Hall
    David Revell
    Daniel Sarewitz
    NCEA

    Demonstrating the utility of the Seqapass tool for addressing 21st century challenges in species extrapolation

    Carlie LaLone
    Daniel Villeneuve
    David Lyons
    Henry Helgen
    Serina Robinson
    Joseph Swintek
    Travis Saari
    Gerald Ankley
    Leon Gray
    Michael Hornung
    Christine Russom

    NHEERL

    Researching the role of neuroendocrine stress axes activation in systemic and pulmonary health effects of air pollutants

    Urmila Kodavanti
    Desinia Miller
    Mette Schladweiler
    Allen Ledbetter
    Samantha Snow
    Beena Vallanat
    Debora Andrews
    Andrew Ghio
    Wayne Cascio
    M. Ian Gilmour
    Michael Madden
    Joleen Soukup
    William Ward
    Virginia Bass
    Edward Karoly
    Janice Jones
    Lauren (Nicki) Bell
    Judy Richards

    NHEERL
    Investigating the role of reservoirs in removing excess reactive Nitrogen

    Jake Beaulieu
    Rebecca Smolenski
    Christopher Nietch
    Amy Townsend-Small
    Michael Elovitz
    Joe Schubauer-Berigan
    Jade Young

    NRMRL
  • 2017 Level III Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)

    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.

    Publication Title Authors Lab/Office/Institution
    Creating a scientifically sound method of quantifying water-damage and mold growth in homes

    Stephen Vesper
    Larry Wymer

    NERL

    Measuring the effects of nutrients on aquatic ecosystems at the large scale

    John Stoddard
    John Van Sickle 
    Alan Herlihy 
    Janice Brahney 
    Steve Paulsen
    David Peck
    Richard Mitchell 
    Amina Pollard

    NHEERL

    Simulating the downstream effects of geographically isolated wetlands on downstream waters

    Heather Golden 
    Charles Lane
    Devendra Amatya
    Karl Bandilla
    Raanan Kiperwas-Hadas
    Christopher Knightes
    Herbert Ssegane

    NERL

    Helping inform decisions impacting the places we live, learn, work and play through EnviroAtlas

    Anne Neale
    Brian Pickard
    Jessica Daniel 
    Laura Jackson
    Megan Mehaffey

    NERL

    Simulating extreme weather for environmental impact studies using regional meteorological modeling techniques

    Tanya Spero
    Christopher Nolte 
    Martin Otte
    Jared Bowden

    NERL

    Improving the understanding of how eutrophication and hypoxia affect the functioning of marine benthic communities

    Stephen Hale
    Giancarlo Cicchetti
    Christopher Deacutis 

    NHEERL

    Evaluating naturally occurring asbestos toxicity to inform risk assessment of contaminated sites

    Stephen Gavett
    Jaime Daly (Cyphert) 
    Urmila Kodavanti
    Mette Schladweiler 
    Abraham Nyska 
    Marie (McGee) Hargrove 
    Ron Mahoney
    Debora Andrews
    Darol Dodd

    NHEERL

    Designing a quantitative framework that estimates a water treatment plant's economic incentive to protect its source water

    Matthew Heberling
    Christopher Nietch
    Hale Thurston
    Michael Elovitz
    Kelly Birkenhauer
    Srinivas Panguluri
    Balaji Ramakrishnan
    Eric Heiser
    Tim Neyer

    NRMRL

    Developing and refining methods to estimate the economic costs and benefits of greenhouse gas mitigation policies

    Alex Marten
    Steve Newbold 
    Wesley Brooks

    OA

    Applying biological effects prediction, surveillance, and monitoring approaches to complex mixture assessments

    Daniel Villeneuve
    Gerald Ankley
    Brett Blackwell
    Colleen Elone
    Kathleen Jensen
    Terri Jicha
    Rodney Johnson
    Michael Kahi
    Carlie LaLone
    Jason Berninger
    Chad Blanksma
    Jenna Cavallin
    Evan Eid
    Natalia Garcia-Reyero
    Megan Hughes
    Zachary Jorgenson
    Kathy Lee
    Shibin Li
    Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt
    Joe Mayasich 
    Rebecca Milsk
    Krysta Nelson
    Edward Perkins
    Heiko Schoenfuss
    Anthony Schroeder
    Kyle Stevens 
    Linnea Thomas
    Matthew Weberg

    NHEERL
    Advancing assessment of oil spill impacts with integrated laboratory studies, field surveys, and spatially explicit modeling

    Jill Awkerman
    Sandy Raimondo
    Mace Barron 
    Crystal Lilavois
    Bechy Hemmer
    Julie Krzykwa
    Alex Almario

    NHEERL
    Using novel zebrafish toxicity assays to evaluate a predictive model of developmental vascular toxicity Toxicology.

    Tamara Tal
    Nicole Kleinstreuer
    Claire Kitty
    Breandan Kennedy
    Andrew Smith
    Carlie LaLone
    Stephanie Padilla
    Alan Tennant
    Thomas Knudsen
    Catherine McCollum
    Maria Bondesson

    NHEERL

    Measuring the employment effects of regulations

    Ann Ferris
    Ron Shadbegian
    Ann ​Wolverton

    OA

    Analyzing retrospective cost of EPA regulations

    Elizabeth Kopits 
    Al McGartland 
    Cynthia Morgan
    Carl Pasurka
    Ron Shadbegian
    Nathalie Simon
    David Simpson
    Ann Wolverton

    OA
    Measuring sustainability through ecosystem service-based valuation of coastal restoration projects 

    Richard Fulford
    David Yoskowitz
    Marc Russell
    Darrin Dantin
    John Rogers

    NHEERL
    Improving hazard concentration estimates for ecological risk assessments of threatened and endangered species

    Sandy Raimondo
    Jill Awkerman
    Mace Barron 
    Crystal Lilavois
    Morgan Willming

    NHEERL
    Filling an analytic gap in benefit-cost analysis of methane and nitrous oxide emission reductions

    Alex Martin
    Elizabeth Kopits 
    Charles Griffiths
    Steve Newbold 
    Ann Wolverton 

    OA

    Measuring the impact of light exposure on transformations and aggregation of emerging chemicals

    Richard Zepp
    Dermont Bouchard
    W. Matthew Henderson
    Wen-Che Hou
    Indranil Chowdhury
    Xiaojun Chang 
    Sharon Martin
    Howard Fairbrother
    David Goodwin

    NERL
  • 2017 Honorable Mention Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)

    Honorable Mention awards acknowledge research efforts that are noteworthy but 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 at this time.

    Publication Title Authors Lab/Office/Center
    Evaluation of cyanobacteria cell count detection derived from MERIS imagery across the eastern USA. Published in Remote Sensing of Environment.

    Ross Lunetta
    Blake Schaeffer
    Richard Stumpf
    Mark Murphy
    Daryll Keith
    Scott Jacobs

    NERL

    Mutagenicity and Pollutant Emission Factors of Solid-Fuel Cookstoves: Comparison with Other Combustion Sources. Published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

    David DeMarini 
    Esra Mutlu
    Sarah Warren
    Seth Ebersviller
    Ingeborg Kooter
    Judith Schmid
    Janice Dye
    William Linak
    Matthew Gilmour
    James Jetter
    Mark Higuchi

    NHEERL

    (1) Evaluation of the Efficacy of Methyl Bromide in the Decontamination of Building and Interior Materials Contamination. Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

    (2) Whole-Building Decontamination of Bacillus Anthracis Sterne Spores by Methyl Bromide Fumigation. Published in Journal of Applied Microbiology.

    Joe Wood
    Morgan Wendling
    William Richter
    Andrew Lastivka
    Mickelsen
    Shannon Serre 
    Worth Calfee
    Marshall Gray
    Rudolph Scheffrahn
    Renny Perez
    William Kern
    Neil Daniell

    NHSRC

    Expanding the Test Set: Chemicals with Potential to Disrupt Mammalian Brain Development. Published in Neurotoxicology and Teratology.

    William Mundy
    Stephanie Padilla
    Kevin Crofton
    Mary Gilbert
    David Herr
    Karl Jensen
    Kathleen Raffael
    Kelly Schumacher
    Timothy Shafer
    John Cowden
    Nicholas Radio
    Joseph Breier

    NHEERL

    (1) Counting Legionella Cells Within Single Amoeba Host Cells. Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiologist.

    (2) Enhanced Survival but Not Amplification of Francisella spp. in the Presence of Free-Living Amoebae. Published in Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica.

    (3) Legionellae in Engineered Systems and Use of Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment to Predict Exposure. Published in Water Research.

    Helen Buse
    Nicholas Ashbolt
    Eugene Rice
    Frank Schaefer III
    Mary Schoen

    NHSRC

    (1) Dietary Supplementation with Olive Oil or Fish Oil and Vascular Effects of Concentrated Ambient Particulate Matter. Published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

    (2) Dietary and Pharmacological Intervention to Mitigate the Health Effects of Air Pollution Toxicity. Published in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-General Subjects.

    Haiyan Tong
    Samet James
    Ana Rappold
    David Diaz-Sanchez
    Robert Devlin
    Wayne Cascio
    Tracey Montilla
    Maryann Bassett
    Martin Case
    Melissa Caughey
    Alan Hinderliter
    Jon Berntsen
    Philip Bromberg

    NHEERL

    (1) SOA Formation from the Atmospheric Oxidation of 2-Methyl-3-buten-2-ol and its Implication for PM2.5. Published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

    (2) The Formation of SOA and chemical Tracer compounds from the Photooxidation of Naphthalene and its Methyl Analogs in the Presence and Absence of Nitrogen Oxides. Published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

    (3) Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from the Oxidation of a Series of Sesquiterpenes: a-Cedrene, b-Caryophyllene, a-Humulene, and a-Farnesene with O3, OH, and NO3 radicals. Published in Environmental Chemistry

    Tadeusz Kleindienst
    Michael Lewandowski
    John Offenberg
    Mohammed Jaoui
    Kenneth Docherty
    William Lonneman

    NERL

    (1) Preferential Colonization and Release of Legionella Pneumonphila from Mature Drinking Water Biofilms Grown on Copper. Published in International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.

    (2) Impact of Drinking Water Conditions and Copper Materials on Downstream Biofilm Microbial Communities and Legionella Pneumophila Colonization. Published in Journal of Applied Microbiology.

    Jingrang Lu
    Helen Buse
    Ian Struewing
    Vicente Gomez-Alvarez
    Jorge Santo Domingo
    Nicholas Ashbolt

    NERL

    Isomers/Enantiomers of Perfluorocarboxylic Acids: Method Development and Detection in Environmental Samples. Published in Chemosphere.

    John Washington
    Jonathan Naile
    A. W. Garrison 
    Jimmy Avants

    NERL
    Welfare Estimates of Avoided Ocean Acidification in the U.S. Mollusk Market. Published in Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

    Chris Moore

    OA

    Eco-Directed Sustainable Prescribing: Feasibility for Reducing Water Contamination by Drugs. Published in Science of the Total Environment.

    Christian Daughton

    NERL
    Inactivation of Burkholderia Pseudomallei on Environmental Surfaces Using Spray-Applied, Common Liquid Disinfectant. Published in Letters in Applied Microbiology.

    Michael Worth Calfee
    Morgan Wendling

    NHSRC
    Probing Photosensitization by Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes. Published in Environmental Science & Technology.

    Richard Zepp
    Chia-Ying Chen

    NERL
    Temporal Changes in Biological Responses and Uncertainty in Assessing Risks of Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals. Published in Toxicological Sciences.

    Gerald Ankley
    Daniel Villeneuve

    NHEERL

    (1) Sediment Bioaccumulation Test with Lumbriculus Variegatus: Effects of Feeding. Published in Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

    (2) Sediment Bioaccumulation Test with Lumbriculus Variegatus: Effects of Organism Loading. Published in Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.

    Lawrence Burkhard
    Dave Mount
    Teresa Norberg-King
    Terry Highland
    James Hockett
    Nanditha Billa
    Dylan Hubin-Barrows
    Steven Hawthorn 
    David Miller
    Carol Grabanski

    NHEERL

    (1) Chloride Released from Three Permeable Pavement Surfaces After Winter Salt Application. Published in Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

    (2) Evaluation of Surface Infiltration Testing Procedures in Permeable Pavement Systems. Published in Journal of Environmental Engineering.

    (3) Assessment of Clogging Dynamics in Permeable Pavement Systems with Time Domain Reflectometers. Published in Journal of Environmental Engineering.

    Michael Borst
    Robert Brown

    NRMRL

    (1) Sustainable Pathway to Furanics from Biomass via Heterogeneous Organo-Catalysis Green Chemistry

    (2) Sustainable Strategy Utilizing Biomass: Visible Light-Mediated Synthesis of g-Valerolactone. Published in ChemCatChem.

    (3) Visible Light Mediated Upgrading of Biomass to Biofuel. Published in Green Chemistry.

    Rajender Varma 
    Mallikarjuna N. Nadagouda
    Sanny Verma
    R.B. Nasir Baig

    NRMRL

    A Near-Road Modeling System for Community-Scale Assessments of Traffic-Related Air Pollution in the United States. Published in Environmental Modeling and Software.

    Timothy Barzyk
    Vlad Isakov
    James Cook 
    Akula Venkatram 
    Saravanan Arunachalam
    Brian Naess

    NERL

Key to Acronyms used in the above Tables
NCEA ORD National Center for Environmental Assessment
NERL ORD National Exposure Research Laboratory
NHEERL ORD National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory
NHSRC ORD National Homeland Security Research Center
NRMRL ORD National Risk Management Research Laboratory
OA Office of the Administrator