Science Wednesday: It’s Been a Great Year of Science…What’s Next?

Each week we write about the science behind environmental protection. Previous Science Wednesdays.

Those of you who have followed Science Wednesday over the past year know that the first week of each month has included a post focused on the monthly theme of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science’s (COPUS) Year of Science celebration, and a Question of the Month. EPA’s Office of Research and Development is a participating member of the COPUS network. Please check back this afternoon for this month’s Year of Science Question of the Month where we will ask if you have any resolutions for the New Year that combine both your health and the health of the environment. We would love to hear from you.

December’s theme—Celebrate Science and Health—is not only a great way to wrap up the year, but a perfect fit for EPA. EPA’s mission is “to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment—air, water and land—upon which life depends.” A lot of human health research is conducted in support of that mission.

What’s next? Over the last 12 months, Science Wednesday has covered everything from nanotechnology to the biodiversity found across entire ecosystems.

What’s in store for 2010? Already, we’re gearing up for regular posts to celebrate some of the incredible science behind the Clean Air Act. This landmark environmental legislation—like the EPA itself—turns 40 in 2010.

One of my own resolutions is keep to Science Wednesday rolling. So, if there are any particular areas of EPA science that you’d like to see covered, please post your suggestion in the comment section below. I’ll do my best see that it’s covered.

Thanks again for everyone who has followed Science Wednesday during 2009, and I look forward to your comments in 2010!

About the author: Aaron Ferster is the lead science writer in EPA’s Office of Research and Development, and the editor of Science Wednesday.