Before you head off to a galaxy far, far away, check out some of the science that’s happening here on earth. Here’s what we’re highlighting this week.
- Air Quality Monitoring
EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grantee Christine Kendrick helped establish an air quality monitoring station along a major road in Portland, Oregon. She and her collaborators are using the station to learn how changes in transportation patterns affect roadside air quality.
Learn more about the study in the blog Urban Arterials: At the Heart of Public Health and Transportation.
- Getting an Upgrade to Protect Air Quality
EPA modelers have upgraded the Community Multi-scale Air Quality model. With this upgrade researchers and air quality managers have improved options to understand how air pollution moves throughout the atmosphere locally, nationally, and globally. The upgrade provides air quality managers an even more powerful tool to evaluate air quality and protect the air we breathe.
Read more about the upgrade in the blog Getting an Upgrade to Protect Air Quality.
- Finding Refuge for Salmon, Cold Water Preferred
Research has found that when river temperatures rise, salmon and steelhead seek out cold water areas as crucial stopovers during their migrations upstream on the way to spawn. EPA’s Joe Ebersole was recently interviewed by the New York Times about his work on the three-year plan to locate, protect, and restore zones of cold water habitat for fish in the Columbia and lower Willamette Rivers.
Read more in the article Finding Refuge for Salmon, Cold Water Preferred.
- EPA Grantee Helps Emory University Participate in UN Climate Talks
EPA Science to Achieve Results grantee Stephanie Sarnat coordinated Emory University’s application to send participants to be United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change observers during the climate negotiation in Paris. This allowed Emory faculty, staff, and students to participate in negotiating sessions such as those that produced the international agreements in Kyoto in 1997 and Copenhagen in 2009.
Read more about it in the article Emory University admitted as observer to UN climate talks.
- From Student Design Competition to Top Chef
On Thursday’s episode of Top Chef, renowned Chef Jose Andres challenged pro chefs to a solar cook-off with SolSource. The Solsource Solar cookstove was initially researched and developed using a 2009 EPA People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition Phase I grant to Wellesley College followed by a Phase II grant to Harvard University. The SolSource cookstove is now being used in 18 countries serving both the developed and developing world providing a clean, efficient renewable way to cook.
Read the blog Solar Stove on Top Chef: Solar Cooking for Foodies and Pro Chefs.
Learn more about EPA’s P3 Student Design Competition.
Photo of the Week
EPA Fellow Erin Urquhart reads the December issue of Earth & Space Science News which features EPA’s harmful algal blooms and cyanobacteria research on the cover.
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.
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