This Week in EPA Science

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By Kacey Fitzpatrick

This morning I heard “Jingle Bells” on the radio and an announcement alerting me of the exact number of days I had left to shop. My coffee cup has made the switch from standard white to holiday red and all that pumpkin spice hype has been replaced by demands for gingerbread and peppermint.

Sometimes it seems like we skip right from October to December! But there is still a lot to celebrate in November, including Native American Heritage Month. Over the next few weeks, we’re highlighting some of the research we and our partners have done to advance Tribal environmental health and science.

  • Tribal Environmental Health Research Program
    For more than a decade, EPA’s Tribal Environmental Health Research Program has supported studies to better understand the health effects of environmental contaminants on tribal populations. The Agency has awarded funding in a diversity of research areas that explore environmental risks, particularly cumulative chemical exposure and global climate change, affecting tribes. Read more.
  • Technical Models Informed by Indigenous Cultural Values
    EPA-supported researcher Len Necefer is developing a technical decision tools to help tribal policy makers make more informed decisions on future energy resource development. The tool will track and display culturally-relevant outcomes from different environmental decisions. Read more.

And here’s some more EPA research that has been highlighted this week.

  • On a Roll with “SustainableJoes”
    Stephen Szucs of is traveling from Canada to Key West on a solar- and pedal-powered trike called an ELF. He made a stop in North Carolina last week to visit with EPA officials and talk sustainability with them at an event at a local school. His “Rethink” tour aims to create the world’s largest sustainability network. Read more.
  • Visualize Air Quality with RETIGO
    EPA scientists recently developed the Real-Time Geospatial Data Viewer, or “RETIGO,” a free, web-based tool that allows users to visualize air quality data derived from any number of monitoring technologies. RETIGO puts the power of analysis in the user’s hands with its interactive platform and easy-to-navigate interface. Read more.

If you have any comments or questions about what I share or about the week’s events, please submit them below in the comments section!

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.


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