This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrickresearch_recap_250

Today isn’t just National Doughnut Day—it’s also World Environment Day! The United Nations Environment Programme created World Environment Day to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.

Need a quick way to do just that? Take a couple of minutes to read Research Recap and stay up to date on what’s happening in environmental science!

Check out the latest in EPA science (preferably while eating a doughnut).

  • Indoor Air Quality in Schools
    Evidence has mounted regarding the contributions of poor indoor air quality and inadequate classroom ventilation toward student illnesses, absenteeism, and decreases in academic performance. A new EPA Science to Achieve Results grant will focus on high schools, a relatively under-studied school environment with numerous data gaps.
    Read more about the project in the blog Indoor Air Quality in Schools – Concerns and Need for Low-Cost Solutions.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Drinking Water Study
    The EPA released a draft assessment of the potential impacts to drinking water resources from hydraulic fracturing for public comment and peer review. Read the full press release here.
    Learn more about the study here.
  • Hurry: The Visualizing Nutrients Challenge Ends June 8th
    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.
    Learn more about the challenge at InnoCentive.

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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