While astronomical summer doesn’t start for a few weeks, I consider it summer as soon as I make the switch to iced coffee. For many, the season kicks off this weekend with pool parties, barbecues, and trips to the beach.
Stuck in traffic? Waiting for the burgers to be flipped? In line for your iced coffee? Perfect time to catch up on the latest in EPA science!
Here’s this week’s recap.
- EPA’s 2015 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award Winner Named at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Joshua Zhou, a high school sophomore from Chapel Hill, NC, won EPA’s 2015 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award for his sustainable and affordable solution to water pollution.
Read more about the winner in this news release.
- EPA’s International Decontamination Conference
Last week, researchers from all over the world descended upon EPA’s Research Triangle Park campus in Durham, NC for the International Decontamination Conference. Decontamination is one of the critical challenges that the United States would face in recovering from a major disaster involving chemical, biological, or radiological agents. EPA researchers and their partners are working together to meet that challenge.
Read more about the conference in the blog Experts Agree: Planning is the Key to Success.
- A Healthy Environment for Healthy People
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the newly-commissioned 19th Surgeon General of the United States, brings enormous passion and understanding of the challenges that face the nation and the world. Importantly for EPA and the American people, this includes the recognition and acknowledgment that our health and the environment in which we live are inexorably linked.
Read more about “America’s Doctor” in the blog Public Health and the Environment: We’re All in this Together.
- Bike to Work 2015: Pedaling Toward Sustainability
May is National Bike Month! Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Lek Kadeli, is a regular bike commuter between his home in Virginia and EPA’s headquarters in downtown Washington, DC. Last year while at an environmental conference he had the opportunity to pedal around Shkodra, Albania, confirming his belief that there is no better way to get to know a place than from a bicycle.
Read more about biking to work in the blog Bike to Work 2015: Pedaling Toward Sustainability.
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.