This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey FitzpatrickResearch Recap Graduation

Finals are over, graduations have commenced, and summer vacation is right around the corner. Think you’re totally done with science forever? Ha—think again!

Make your teachers proud and keep up with the latest in environmental science by reading about EPA research here every week.

Here’s what we’re highlighting this week.

  • Supporting Small Business Innovation Research
    “Seeding America’s Future Innovations” is a national effort to spread the word about the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Together, these programs provide $2.5 billion of contracts and other awards to small, advanced technology firms to spur discoveries and facilitate the commercialization of innovations.
    Read more about “America’s Largest Seed Fund” in the blog On the Road from Cajun Country to the Heartland to Seed Small Business Innovation Research.
  • Hacking for Change
    Hacking has become a buzzword with negative connotations, but people across the country can use the same computer savvy often associated with security breaches for good. On June 6th EPA will take part in The National Day of Civic Hacking via the Visualizing Nutrients Challenge – hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, EPA, and Blue Legacy International.
    Read more about the event in the blog Become a Civic Hacker.
  • Creating a Healthier Environment for Students
    Nearly seven million U.S. children have asthma. EPA and University of Texas at Austin (UT) are researching gaps in information between environmental factors and student health. UT Austin’s project, Healthy High School PRIDE (Partnership in Research on Indoor Environments), is investigating a wide range of environmental parameters such as noise, lighting and indoor air quality in Texas high schools.
    Read more about the project in this press release.
  • Science to Safeguard Drinking Water
    Toxins from harmful algal blooms are increasingly contaminating source waters, as well as the drinking water treatment facilities that source waters supply. EPA researchers are helping the treatment facilities find safe, cost effective ways to remove the toxins and keep your drinking water safe.
    Learn more about this research in the video Science safeguards drinking water from harmful algal blooms.

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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