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New Environmental Scientists are Ready to Take on America's Challenges

Release Date: 09/22/2006
Contact Information: Suzanne Ackerman, (202) 564-4355 / ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - Sept. 22, 2006) More than 300 of the country's best and brightest science graduate students will be in Washington, D.C., to present innovative environmental research on topics including: sustainable biofuels, nanotechnology, emergency communications, tribal environmental health, and much more. The students are recipients of EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) and Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowships for masters and Ph.D. candidates. EPA sponsors these programs to ensure a well-trained environmental workforce, and to maintain America's position as a leader in scientific and technological discovery. Students are candidates for advanced degrees in biology, toxicology, ecology, environmental sciences, and related areas. Dr. Jerry Schnoor, editor, Environmental Science & Technology Magazine, will be the keynote speaker.

WHAT: 2006 EPA Graduate Fellowship Conference
"From Discovery to Solutions: Generation Y Scientists Lead the Way"

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 25 - Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

WHO: Dr. George Gray, Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Research and Development
Dr. Jerry Schnoor, University of Iowa
Editor, Environmental Science & Technology Magazine
300 graduate students from more than 100 universities across the country

More information about the conference: epa.gov/ncer/events

Journalists may register by contacting Suzanne Ackerman, U.S. EPA, at (202) 564-4355.