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Thank You, We Couldn’t Do It Without You

2012 September 27

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By Lina Younes

Science is at the heart of everything we do at EPA. That’s basically our mantra. Scientific research provides us with the key information we need to fulfill our mission of protecting human health and the environment. Furthermore it gives us the knowledge to better understand the risks to human health and ecosystems and the means to develop innovative solutions to prevent pollution in order to achieve a healthier world. In sum, science is essential to the Agency’s decision-making process.

However, science is not this abstract theory that exists in a vacuum. It is part of our daily lives.  Scientific knowledge does not just happen by osmosis. Scientific research is done by individuals, men and women scientists and engineers who are the true drivers of the Agency. In order to recognize their contributions, we have featured some of our researchers on our English and Spanish web pages. I highly recommend that you visit these pages to learn how they got started in their careers and their important contributions to environmental protection.

Personally, I hope the profiles of our scientists will inspire the next generation of professionals who will dedicate their lives to careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In reading their profiles, we see diverse individuals with varied backgrounds who shared many common interests and goals. It is never too late to start.

And once again, to our scientists, thank you for what you do to make this a healthier and greener world.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    September 28, 2012

    The Good Force be with you!

    You’re welcome!

    Live forever and prosper!

  2. kiyohisa tanada permalink
    September 28, 2012

    I do not think that I have special ability.
    I got my knowledge since I became an adult.
    I do not learn at a university.
    In addition, I do not have the doctorate either.
    Greed to absorb information such as National Geographic is only strong.
    I admit that interest in science and technology is strong.
    I can understand “only Japanese”.
    I leave the world before I understand English of people of “the intelligence” including EPA.
    The word that I cannot translate exists even if I use translation software.
    I want to obtain the intelligence in Japan.
    In addition, there is “the request of the offer of a position” from “FRB” and “the Department of State”.
    I do not know what myself should do.

    It is interesting very much to contribute to progress of the technology while receiving stimulation each other.
    I do an assay if I receive data.
    I am not satisfied with the present environment.
    Because there are many “issue of language” and “environmental change” “plural offer of a position and requests”, I am troubled.
    This is my feelings.

  3. peter permalink
    September 28, 2012

    Hello Lina,
    Nice information given by you. Can I add This article into my business blog

  4. Lina-EPA permalink
    October 1, 2012

    Sure, just include the link in your site.

  5. Lina-EPA permalink*
    October 1, 2012


    Arigato. We appreciate you visiting our site. Please come again.

  6. Luke Morgan permalink
    November 15, 2012

    This blog really highlights the need for people with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math degrees. There are hundreds of thousands of open jobs waiting for STEM graduates to fill them. We need to be filling those jobs to create the economy of the future – we should be training more Americans to fill those jobs and encouraging it. We should also increase work visa allocations to interested foreigners with those degrees.

    A potential idea I’ve considered for getting more people to graduate with STEM degrees is stronger student loan forgiveness for them. Scholarships already exist to a large degree, and we should be encouraging those when we can. But I think we should also step up funding as much as we can to get more people involved in STEM.

    The government should also help to incentivize R+D that might not be immediately profitable for companies to engage in.

    Just some thoughts

  7. Lina-EPA permalink*
    November 30, 2012

    Thanks for your comments, Luke

    Yes, we NEED more students to pursue STEM careers. We also need to encourage students to learn to “love” science since an early age. They have that natural inquisitiveness and sense of wonder which is essential for a good scientist, yet we have to encourage it, not stifle it.

  8. Super visa permalink
    March 30, 2014

    You’re so awesome! I don’t believe I’ve studied anything that adheres to that before. Great to find out somebody with original applying for grants this condition. many thanks for starting this up.

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