This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrick

research_recap_250It’s Air Quality Awareness Week! Did you forget to do anything for it? Well take a deep breath, we’ve got a ton of EPA air research for you to learn about right here.

Wildfire Research
EPA researchers have developed a biomass fuel system to test emissions from different fires using various types of fuel from common trees in the U.S. The goal is to determine if different fuels and the stage of fire (hot blaze versus smoldering) provide insight into potential health impacts from inhaling smoke from forest fires. Learn more about this research in the blog Simulating Wildland Fires in a Tube to Protect Public Health.

Generate! A game for all ages
EPA researcher Rebecca Dodder received a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering award this week. Her award-winning research connects the dots between climate change, energy and air quality. One of her creative approaches to sharing science with the younger generation: a game called Generate! Learn more about the game in the blog Gamify the Grid!

Grants to Combat the Impacts of Climate Change
Climate change is affecting air quality by influencing the type and amount of pollutants in the air. EPA is taking action to protect air quality by awarding grants to 12 universities to study the implications to air quality from a changing climate. Read about this research in the blog Particulate Matter in a Changing World: Grants to Combat the Impacts of Climate Change.

Air Research Centers
EPA is funding three university-based Air, Climate and Energy Research Centers through the Science to Achieve Results program. The centers will tackle pressing air quality issues for many communities across the U.S. still overburdened by air pollution. Read more about the new centers in the blog Air Quality Awareness: A New Generation of Research.

Monitoring Air Quality from Space
EPA researchers are supporting the Korea-United States Air Quality Study, a study by NASA and South Korea to improve the capabilities of satellites to monitor air quality from space and provide answers to protect air quality overseas as well as in the U.S. Learn more about the study in a fact sheet available for download at: http://go.usa.gov/cuvcF.

And here are a couple of other stories we’re highlighting this week.

National Small Business Week!
Small businesses are engines of innovation. The federal government harnesses some of this ingenuity through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. EPA is one of eleven federal agencies that participate in SBIR. Finding SBIR funding opportunities for sensor-related research and development just became easier with the launch of Sensor Technology for the 21st Century. Read about this new resource in the blog Sensor Technology for the 21st Century.

Today is National Nurses Day!
Today marks the start of National Nurses Week, a time to honor all nurses and increase awareness of their immeasurable contributions to the health and well-being of our nation. EPA’s Dr. Wayne Cascio thanked the nurses in federal, state, and local service who attend to the well-being of our nation through their practice of environmental health and public health in his blog EPA Celebrates National Nurses Day and Honors Our Nurses.

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. She is a regular contributor to It All Starts with Science and the founding writer of “The Research Recap.”

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