This Week in EPA Science

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It’s a leap year! Use that extra day to catch up on some science. Here’s the latest from EPA:

EPA Researchers Mentoring Young Students 

EPA researchers Cheryl Brown and Christina Folger recently acted as science mentors for elementary school students preparing for the Newport Science Fair in Newport, Oregon. The mentors assisted the students as they conducted experiments, gathered data, and compiled results. Read more about the event in the blog Mentoring for Science Technology, Engineering, and Math.

It’s National Engineers Week!

National Engineers Week celebrates the contributions engineers make to society. EPA engineers work hard every day to protect public health and the environment. Read about some of our engineers like Felicia Barnett and Diana Bless in Researchers at Work.

Cleaner Air Means Healthier Hearts

February is Healthy Heart Month and EPA has been raising awareness of the role air pollution plays in heart health all month long. Air pollution can affect heart health, and even trigger heart attacks and strokes. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy recently discussed the link between air pollution and heart health in her blog Cleaner Air Means Healthier Hearts.

EPA Scientists Receive Highest Honor from the White House

EPA’s Dr. Alex Marten and Dr. Rebecca Dodder were recently named by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Read more about the awardees in the press release EPA Scientists Receive Highest Honor from the White House.

Community-based Research Opportunity

Are you looking for funding to conduct collaborative, community-based research that will foster a better understanding of how ecosystems support human health? Well, you are in luck! EPA just announced a Request for Applications to fund such research: Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services. The ultimate goal is to help communities achieve their own objectives while considering the role of ecosystem services. Check out the request for more information.

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.