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Science Wednesday: Science Matters

2010 March 31

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“Great work, done invisibly, cannot have impact. Communication is not merely transmitting our work; it is an essential part our work. Communication is essential in the design, definition, conduct, transfer, and implementation of the work we do if we are to have an impact.”

The above paragraph was part of The Path Forward ,  a memo Assistant Administrator Paul T. Anastas recently sent to me and my colleagues across EPA’s Office of Research and Development—the science arm of the Agency.

The memo outlines Dr. Anastas’ vision for leading EPA research, and lays out a set of principles for guiding our work into the future. As a science writer, I was thrilled to see that communication was an integral part of that vision.

It was good timing, too.

To help spread the word about EPA research, I’m happy to announce the launch of Science Matters,  an electronic newsletter devoted to sharing stories about the innovative environmental and human health science conducted by EPA researchers and their partners.

Science forms the foundation of everything EPA does. It provides the information, tools, and models the Agency needs to meet its mission to protect human health and the environment.

EPA scientists and engineers explore the complex interrelationships between people and our environment. At their core, they are problem solvers—devoting their efforts to deeply understanding problems. What they learn provides critical information for meeting the nation’s most pressing environmental and human health challenges.

The goal of Science Matters is to spread the word about that collective effort. After all, “great work, done invisibly, cannot have impact.”

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Click here for a Science Matters e-mail subscription  (Just enter your e-mail address in the white box and hit the “go” button.)

About the Author: Aaron Ferster is the lead science writer-editor for EPA’s Office of Research and Development, and the editor of Science Wednesdays on Greenversations.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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9 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    March 31, 2010

    I hope to read “Science Matter” similarly with if I read “Time” Magazine or “Newsweek”, or “Tempo” – here – . EPA writers, like Becky is good, or Lina, Nicole, maybe want to read sciences. They are brilliant journalists…..

  2. armansyahardanis permalink
    March 31, 2010

    Thank you very much for “Science Matter” an electronic newsletter that I received a minutes past. This launched to indicate for us many more information will be more enjoyment than before. Congratulations…….!!!!!

  3. Aaron at EPA permalink
    April 1, 2010

    armansyahardanis: thanks! We very much appreciate your interest in EPA research.

  4. David Mc permalink
    April 1, 2010

    I get the hint. I’m actually a research chemist, was personally motivated to chemistry and industry 26 years ago by wanting to do improved “green design” before there was any government program. EPA’s (very slow) response with over-regulation to ANY new chemistry (in spite of improvements) makes me look like a chump these days. It’s better to use old chemistry under your radar. Good work and good luck. Please, don’t let this outburst get me punished even more.

  5. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    April 3, 2010

    Outreach is a critical part of keeping the people enformed on what his happening in science at EPA and other agencies like the National Science Foundation. A good outreach program will get the EPA alot more public support just like it has done for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the FDA. The outreach that explains the science needs to be done so people will understand what they are reading and still get as much information out as possible about what is going on. This should be a great project. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  6. Alexander Jimenez permalink
    April 6, 2010

    I feel alot better about my high school campus ever since campus clean up clubs have been formed.

  7. Alexander Jimenez permalink
    April 6, 2010

    My parents started to recyle and i get a good feeling knowing that i am making a diffrence.

  8. BRENDA KITCHENS permalink
    April 20, 2010

    I want to know exactly which 3 types of permeable pavement were used to replace the 43,000 sq.ft. parking lot mentioned in the Science Matters from March. I’d also like a contact person (name) to discuss these “green” parking areas with me. I am planning to replace a concrete driveway and add additional parking at my house soon.

  9. speed reading course permalink
    December 11, 2010

    Its important for every one to keep aware themselves of the new development in the field of science.Now a days the technology is developing at a fast rate so we need to keep a pace with it.To keep in pace with the science you must read the science wednesday.

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