This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrick

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Will you be in Washington DC this weekend among the hundreds of thousands of tourists at the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

If so, you’re in luck! Just a short metro ride away is the 11th Annual EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) student design competition for sustainability. Come to Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria to take a break from the crowds and see some of these very bright student teams demonstrate their innovative designs.

Read about the competition and more in this week’s Research Recap.

  • Join us for a weekend of innovation
    The EPA P3 Competition is an annual event for teams of graduate and undergraduate students to design solutions for environmental and sustainability challenges. Over 40 teams from colleges and universities across the country will be showcasing their ideas for green technologies and competing for the EPA P3 Award and a Phase II grant of up to $75,000.
    Read more about the competition in the blog post Come See Innovation this Weekend!
  • How Dr. Ken Olden became a “Nifty Fifty”
    As the Director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment, Dr. Ken Olden now has the opportunity to address the issues he’s wanted to change since he was a kid. He recently shared his experience with students at the Capital City Public Charter School as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s “Nifty Fifty (times 4)”.
    Read his story in the blog You Can Make A Difference: How I Became a “Nifty Fifty”.
  • Going above and beyond to track blooms
    EPA has joined NASA, NOAA, and the U.S. Geological Survey to use satellite data to monitor algal blooms. The new multi-agency effort will build on previous NASA ocean satellite sensor technologies created to study the global ocean’s microscopic algal communities.
    Read about this exciting new partnership in the blog Tracking Blooms from the Sky.
  • Calling all data miners!
    Nutrient pollution is one the most expensive problems associated with aquatic environments. EPA, with U.S. Geological Survey and Blue Legacy International, has launched a competition looking for talented designers, coders, data scientists, sensor experts, and anyone interested in complex problems to analyze and organize existing nitrogen and phosphorus water pollution data.
    Read more about the competition in the blog Visualizing Our Waters.

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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