Friday, September 2, 2016

Research Recap

By Aaron Ferster

Research Recap graphic identifierAccording to the U.S. Department of Labor, “… Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Here are a few stories from this week featuring how EPA scientists have contributed their work to advancing such contributions. Please enjoy them while you celebrate a well-deserved day off from your own work!

Water Conservation and Reuse Grants

Recently, EPA awarded Science to Achieve Results grants to five institutions to support research on human and ecological health impacts associated with water reuse, reclaimed water applications, and conservation practices. Each institution is investigating different aspects of water reuse and their effects on the environment and public health. Read more about the important work the grants are supporting in the blog, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (our Water Sources): Water Conservation and Reuse Grants.

International Collaboration to Study Air Quality in Korea

From May to June 2016, EPA scientists participated in the Korea-United States Air Quality (KORUS-AQ) Mission in South Korea. This study, led by NASA and the Korean National Institute of Environmental Research, was carried out to observe air quality across the Korean peninsula and surrounding waters using a combination of satellites, aircraft, ships, and ground-based monitoring sites. Read more about the study in the blog: The Korea-United States Air Quality Mission: An International Cooperative Air Quality Field Study.

Small Business Innovation Research Hits the Road

EPA's own Paul Shapiro recently participated in a bus tour with representatives from the ten other federal agencies that have Small Business Innovation Research programs, traveling across the Mid-West to share information and success stories from the program. “I felt like I was doing something else that is part of American lore-prospecting. Yes, mining for golden nuggets of inventiveness and diamond gems of business acumen,” he notes. Read more about it in his blog, Small Business Innovation Research Hits the Road.

Considering Ecosystems in Risk Assessments

Science provides the foundation for the decisions that EPA makes to protect public health and the environment, and ecological risk assessments play a large part. Recently the Agency released guidelines and a technical paper to help risk assessors and others better incorporate the many benefits people receive from ecosystems, referred to as “ecosystem services,” when conducting ecological assessments. Read more about it in the blog Considering Ecosystems in Risk Assessments.

About the Author: EPA science writer Aaron Ferster is filling in as the “science recapper” while Kacey Fitzpatrick in on annual leave.

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