This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatricknatdonutday

Long week? Donut worry—it’s Friday (and National Donut Day)! Here’s some sweet science to go along with your treat.

The iCSS Chemistry Dashboard
EPA has released the Interactive Chemical Safety for Sustainability Chemistry Dashboard—or the iCSS Chemistry Dashboard—a new web application to support scientists in chemical research. Read more about this new tool in the blog The iCSS Chemistry Dashboard – The First Step in Building a Strong Chemistry Foundation for 21st Century Toxicology.

EPA Researcher Recognized for Outstanding Work
EPA’s Dr. Gayle Hagler was a winner of this year’s Arthur S. Flemming Award. Dr. Hagler was nominated for her leadership in research projects to quantify dynamic air pollution on a neighborhood scale. This includes developing a mobile air monitoring platform, conducting field and modeling studies of air pollution near sources, and developing a data visualization tool supporting citizen science. For more information on the award read this press release.

What Does a Scientist Look Like?
EPA Scientist Lisa Donahue recently shared what it’s like to be a scientist with a group of elementary school students at their Girls in Science Day. Read about the experience in her blog What Does a Scientist Look Like?

Elwha River Dam Removal
The recent National Geographic article River Revives After Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History is about the Elwha River dam removal. The goal was to remove unneeded, outdated dams and restore a natural river system. The project was completed in 2014, and now fish are thriving and the environment has been reshaped. EPA’s Scientific Dive Team studied the impact of the Elwha River removal and wrote about the research in these blogs.

Coming up Next Week: Small Business Innovation Research Webinar
Are you interested in applying for an EPA Small Business Innovation Research contract? Then join us for an informational webinar on June 14th to learn about the program, this year’s solicitation topics, and how to apply. Register for the webinar here.

Goats Hard at Work to Help Pollinators

goats in an overgrown field

EPA has enlisted some volunteers to help clear the overgrown landscaping at their facility in Narragansett, Rhode Island—a tribe of goats! “Goatscaping” is consuming poison ivy and invasive vegetation from the area, creating space for new pollinator-friendly species to grow—and all without the roar and air pollution of small gas engines.

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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