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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 engineering; $19,998;

"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 (TATU) Training."

-- Lorelei Kurimski, UI Hygienic Laboratory; $2,491; "Public Water Supply Workshop."