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Release: Feb. 4, 2002

CHEEC announces seed grant recipients

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) has announced the recipients of its fiscal year 2002 Seed Grant Program.

CHEEC seed grants are intended for projects that stimulate the growth and development of innovative lines of environmental research and lead to results that will enhance the ability for investigators to receive further external grant support. Since 1989, CHEEC has awarded more than $1.2 million dollars in research grants. These grants have generated nearly $8 million in additional external grant funding.

Following are the research grant recipients, along with the title of the project and the amount of each seed grant:

-- Keri Hornbuckle, UI associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; "Pollutants of Emerging Concern in Iowa Air;" $20,000.

-- Richard Valentine, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering; "Exploratory Studies of Nitroso Compound Formation and Occurrence as a New Class of Disinfection By-Products in Drinking Water and Wastewater;" $20,000.

-- Patricia Winokur, M.D., UI assistant professor of internal medicine; "Cephalosporin Resistant E. Coli in Iowa Waterways;" $20,000.

-- Craig Just, senior research assistant, and Jerald Schnoor, UI professor of civil and environmental engineering (principal investigators); Mike Wichman and John Vargo of the UI Hygienic Laboratory (co-investigators); "Uptake and Metabolism of Acetanilide Herbicides by Hybrid Poplar Trees;" $20,000.

-- Joel Coats, professor (principal investigator), and Todd Phillips and Jason Belden (co-investigators), Iowa State University Department of Entomology Pesticide Toxicology Laboratory; "Fate of Metolachlor, Atrazine, and Pendimethalin During Phytoremediation of Prairie Grasses;" $19,947.

An education grant was awarded to:

-- Jerald DeWitt and Mark Shour, Iowa State University Extension; "Expanding Integrated Pest Management Training for Iowa's Public Schools;" $2,477.