This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrick

Happy 2016! Here’s your first Research Recap of the New Year.

Research Recap graphic identifierHow Do You Fight The World’s ‘Largest Environmental Health Problem’?
More than 4 million people die prematurely every year from household air pollution—largely a result of indoor cooking with smoky stoves. Huffington Post recently featured a 2009 EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition winner’s project, a solar cookstove, as a possible solution.

Read more about the solar cookstove in the article How Do You Fight The World’s ‘Largest Environmental Health Problem’? Harness The Sun.

Small Business Innovation Research
EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a source of early-stage capital for innovative small companies in the green tech arena. Are you an entrepreneur with an idea for green technology? EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program may be an opportunity to help advance your brilliant idea into the marketplace. And you’re in luck—the deadline has been extended to January 14.

Learn more about the program here.

Neil deGrasse Tyson recently interviewed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on his show StarTalk. They discussed EPA’s efforts in keeping the Earth habitable for humans with co-host Maeve Higgins and guest Andrew Revkin, of Dot Earth, the science blog of The New York Times.

Watch the interview here.

Environmental Merit Awards
EPA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Environmental Merit Awards, which recognize environmental achievements during the previous year. Do you know anyone deserving of the award? Categories are available for individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and other organizations.

Read more about the awards in the press release Nominations Open for EPA’s Annual Environmental Merit Awards in New England.


The Transform Tox Testing Challenge: Innovating for Metabolism
Out of thousands of chemicals in commerce today, very few have been fully evaluated for potential health effects. Today, EPA and partners announced a new challenge that will award up to $1 million to improve the relevance and predictivity of data generated from automated chemical screening technology used for toxicity testing.

Read more about the challenge in the press release Federal Agencies Partner to Launch the Transform Tox Testing Challenge to Improve Chemical Screening.


About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.