This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrickresearch_recap_250

It’s National Public Health Week—a week dedicated to the contributions and importance of public health. Here at EPA, researchers are dedicated all year to protecting our nation’s public health! So what better way to end this week-long observation than by catching up on EPA science? Here’s the latest.

Stage One of $1 Million Toxicity Testing Challenge Closes Today!
Hurry! Stage one of EPA’s three-phased Transform Tox Testing Challenge closes today, Friday April 8th! The challenge is part of EPA’s commitment to advancing chemical safety science, ushering in a new generation of faster, more efficient, and far less costly ways to screen chemicals for toxicity. Read more about the challenge here.

Building Disaster Resilient Communities
Disasters can strike at any time, at any place, and can have devastating consequences for human health and the environment. While not all disasters can be prevented, the potential harms and risks they pose can be mitigated with the right tools and actions. Read about some of the tools that scientists at EPA are working on in the blog Tools for Building Disaster Resilient Communities.

Protecting Air Quality in a Changing Climate
Research has shown that climate change can affect air quality and impact public health. This week, EPA announced $8.5 million in research funding to 12 universities to protect air quality from the current and future challenges associated with the impacts of climate change. Read more about the funding in this press release.

People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition
Will you be in the Washington D.C. area next weekend? Come join us as at EPA’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) student design competition and National Sustainable Design Expo! The Expo will be held at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 16th and 17th. Learn more about the P3 program  and the National Sustainable Design Expo.


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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