This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrickresearch recap cherry blossoms

I think it’s safe to say that spring has finally sprung! The cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom here in Washington DC and all around the country baseball teams are gearing up for their season’s opener.

But before you head out to enjoy the warmer weather, be sure to check out this week’s Research Recap. Here’s the latest in EPA Science.

  • Which Ounces of Prevention?
    How do we predict which chemicals are toxic – and at which exposure levels? EPA STAR grantee Shane Hutson, an Associate Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University, teamed up with colleagues to found VPROMPT – Vanderbilt-Pittsburgh Resource for Organotypic Models for Predictive Toxicology.
    Read more about these EPA STAR grantees in the blog Predictive Toxicology Using Organotypic Models
  • Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship Program
    This year marks more than 30 years that EPA has provided support to undergraduate students through the Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship Program. EPA’s Georgette Boddie, the Program Manager for GRO, has worked with hundreds of Fellows to ensure that they have the support they need while in the program.
    Read more about the program in Georgette’s blog Thirty Years of Undergraduate Support.
  • FracFocus Report
    Only a few years ago, very little was known about the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Congress asked EPA to embark on a major effort to advance the state-of-the-science to accurately assess and identify those risks.
    Read more about the report in EPA Connect’s blog FracFocus Report: Helping us Paint a Fuller Picture.
  • The Future of Chemical Toxicity Testing
    EPA’s Science to Achieve Results grant program will provide research institutions with up to $6 million each to further develop organotypic culture models —“organ-on-a-chip” microsystems. The grants support innovative research that will eventually model complex functions of the human system like metabolism, multicellular communication within a tissue or target organ, and how these multiscale systems change over time.
    Read more about this exciting research in the blog Organs-on-a-Chip.

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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