This Week in EPA Science

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This Wednesday marked the 45th anniversary of EPA’s establishment. A lot has been accomplished in those 45 years, largely thanks to EPA science! Read EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s message 45 Years of Fulfilling our Mission.

“Science has been the backbone of the most significant advancements EPA has made in the past four decades and continues to be the engine that drives American prosperity and innovation in the future.”
—EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy,  Remarks at the National Academy of Sciences

Here is some research that we are highlighting this week.

  • Changing the Water Distribution Model
    Through the Small Business Innovation Research Program, EPA is helping investigators from small businesses develop new technologies that can help change the water distribution model, putting less stress on freshwater resources. Researchers are looking towards desalination, a process that treats brackish (slightly salty) and seawater to turn it into usable freshwater.
    Read more about the awards in the blog Changing the Water Distribution Model.
  • Children’s Environmental Health
    The annual meeting of the EPA and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers took place in October. NIEHS recently recapped some of the highlights in their newsletter.
    Read about the event in the article Children’s health highlighted at D.C. events.
  • Meet Dr. Rachelle Duvall
    EPA Researcher Rachelle Duvall is currently serving as an Embassy Science Fellow in Australia. The United States Consulate in Sydney recently interviewed her about her work in Australia.
    Watch the interview here.
  • Ocean Acidification
    Ocean acidification is a less-studied effect of the complex process of climate change, but one that many researchers believe is important to understand. Scientists, including EPA ecologist Jason Grear, are trying to determine how a more acidic ocean will affect the organisms that live there.
    Read more about it in the article Scientists, shellfish growers wary of rise in ocean acidification.
  • Partnering to Improve Small Scale Sensors
    EPA partnered with Aclima, Inc. to advance next generation air quality sensing technology and provide more mobile and less expensive air sensing tools. Aclima’s environmental sensor networks collect over a billion data points every day. This data reveals actionable insights about buildings, cities, and communities, ultimately helping to improve human and planetary health.
    Read more about the partnership in the Aclima, Inc. blog Why We Partnered With EPA To Improve Small Scale Sensors.

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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