This Week in EPA Science

By Kacey Fitzpatrick

Research Recap graphic identifierI’m considering this weekend the unofficial start to summer—after an unusually cold spring here in Washington DC, it’s finally time to switch to iced coffee! This weekend, kick off the summer with your favorite iced beverage while reading about the latest in EPA science.

Small Business Innovation Research
EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a competition that, for over 30 years now, has served as a source of early-stage funding for innovative small companies in the green tech field. Learn more about the program and what it’s like to work on the team in the blog First Impressions: an Introduction to EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program.

Announcing the Transform Tox Testing Challenge Semi-Finalists
EPA and partners launched the Transform Tox Testing Challenge in January. Now we are thrilled to announce that we are awarding a total of $100,000 to ten semi-finalists for their amazing ideas.  Learn more about the challenge and the semi-finalists in the blog When Robots and Metabolism Collide.

Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Health
This week we took a giant leap forward in our understanding of the relationship between air pollution and heart disease with the publication of results from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis Air Pollution Study (MESA Air) in the leading medical journal The Lancet. Learn more about the study and its implications in the blog EPA’s MESA Air Study Confirms that Air Pollution Contributes to the #1 Cause of Death in the U.S.

Improving Environmental Conditions in Disadvantaged Communities
EPA and the National Institutes of Health are funding research centers at five universities—Harvard, Boston University, Johns Hopkins, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona, and University of Southern California—to work with local communities to better understand ways to improve environmental conditions for vulnerable populations. Learn more about the centers in this press release.

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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