CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Feb. 8, 2000
CHEEC announces seed grant recipients
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for
Health Effects of Environmental Contamination recently awarded nine seed grants
totaling more than $131,000 for research and education projects.
Proposed studies need not involve human subjects,
but must have a potential relationship to human health effects. Examples include
innovative laboratory measurement techniques, field monitoring and sampling
methods design and testing, statistical analyses relating environmental exposure
to health outcomes, database design, educational workshop development, and
health survey design.
Following is a list of the grant recipients and the
amounts they were awarded, along with the title of each project:
-- Pedro Alvarez, UI department of civil and environmental
"Characteristics of BTEX Plumes in Iowa: A Survey
of Plume Dimensions and Stability."
-- Joel Coats and Jason Belden, Iowa State University
department of entomology, Pesticide Toxicology Laboratory; $19,700; "Comparison
of Biological and Chemical Endpoints for Evaluating the Success of Phytoremediation
of Pesticide-Contaminated Soil."
-- Terri Pearce and Peter Thorne, UI department of occupational
and environmental health; $20,000; "Enhancing Bioaerosol Exposure Assessment:
A Comparison of Three Commercially Available Impingers."
-- Gerald Rushton, Erik Svendsen, UI department of geography,
and Peter Thorne, UI department of occupational and environmental health;
$17,999; "Exploratory and Experimental GIS Studies of the Association
of Rural Ambient Air Quality with Asthmatic Children of a Small Area Cohort."
-- Michelle Scherer, UI department of civil and environmental
engineering; $20,000; "The Role of Surface Precipitates in Remediation
Technologies Based on Iron Metal."
-- Josef Simeonsson, UI department of chemistry, and Pedro
Alvarez UI department of civil and environmental engineering; $20,000;
"Changes in Rhizosphere Microbial Populations and Arsenic Speciation as
a Result of Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soils."
-- Rich Valentine and Michelle Scherer, UI department
of civil and environmental engineering; $10,000; "Reactivity of Disinfection
By-Products with Distribution System Pipe Deposits and Cast Iron."
-- Deb Hammes, Prevention Specialist, Mid Eastern Council
on Chemical Abuse (MECCA); $1,500; "Regional Teens Against Tobacco Use
-- Lorelei Kurimski, UI Hygienic Laboratory; $2,491; "Public
Water Supply Workshop."