This Week in EPA Science

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Sunday, November 8th is National S.T.E.M. Day—a day for encouraging kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Check out some of these EPA researchers who started their careers after a little encouragement from a science or math teacher.

And here is some of what came of that encouragement—the latest in EPA science!

  • A Sustainable Future for All
    EPA’s Michael Slimak joined colleagues from the European Union at an event in Washington, DC to present information and share examples of how we are all making strides to better understand and assess the environment. The gathering was an opportunity to explore how countries on both sides of the vast Atlantic Ocean see a pathway to cleaner, healthier communities and a more prosperous future for us, our grandchildren, and beyond.Read more about the event in his blog A Sustainability Rendezvous.
  • Partnering to Improve Children’s Health
    Linda Birnbaum is director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Toxicology Program. Over the past seventeen years, the NIEHS and the EPA have jointly funded 23 Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers, or Children’s Centers, across the country. Dr. Birnbaum recently discussed the enormous benefits to this partnership with EPA.Read more about it in her blog NIEHS and EPA Partner to Improve Children’s Health.
  • Protecting Children’s Health: Looking to the Future
    Over the last two decades, the Children’s Centers have delivered research results where they are needed most, and have come to exemplify how to study—and meet—environmentally related public health challenges through science, collaboration, and community outreach. EPA’s Thomas Burke discusses a few of the centers’ achievements and how they will continue to protect children’s health in the future.Read more about it in the blog Protecting Children’s Health: Looking to the Future.
  • EPA’s Science to Achieve Results GrantsThis week at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, EPA hosted a kick-off event to congratulate and bring together the grantees receiving Science to Achieve Results grants for Systems-Based Research for Evaluating Ecological Impacts of Manufactured Chemicals. The six grantees were recently awarded more than $4 million to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals, leading to better risk assessments and decisions for protecting environment and ecological system. This knowledge will help EPA more effectively protect the environment from adverse impacts of chemicals over time.

    EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program funds water research grants to develop and support the science and tools necessary to develop sustainable solutions to 21st century water resource problems. This week, EPA announced $4 million to four institutions to conduct research to combat the effects of drought and extreme events on water quality in watersheds and at drinking water utilities. These grants will provide innovative strategies for protecting water quality and public health during periods of drought.

    Check out more of EPA’s Research Grants.

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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