U.S. EPA Seeking Nominations for Science Advisory Board’s 2015 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Committee

Nominations of qualified experts are sought in a number of environmental and human health-related fields. These nominations should be submitted by December 19, 2014, and new appointees will begin work in spring of 2015.

The complete text of EPA's letter about this call for nominations follows:

Dear Colleague,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting expert nominations to be considered for the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office Director’s appointment to the following SAB committee: 2015 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Committee. I am writing to request your help in identifying a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for positions on this committee.

The SAB provides independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice, and recommendations directly to the EPA Administrator on the scientific and technical basis for agency actions. The EPA established the STAA in 1980 to recognize Agency scientists and engineers who published their work in the peer-reviewed literature. The STAA Program is an agency-wide competition to promote and recognize scientific and technological achievements by EPA employees. The STAA program is administered and managed by the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). Each year the SAB has been asked to review the EPA’s STAA nominations and make recommendations to the Administrator for monetary awards. The SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts for the SAB 2015 STAA Committee, which operates under the auspices of the SAB.

Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals for possible service on the 2015 EPA SAB STAA Committee.  Please consider nominating member experts of your organization for the SAB 2015 STAA Committee, or share this email with them so they may self-nominate. The new appointments will begin their work on the STAA Committee in the spring of 2015, and nominations should be submitted in time to arrive no later than Friday, December 19th.

In particular, the SAB Staff Office is seeking nominations of experts to form the SAB 2015 STAA Committee in the following disciplines as they relate to human health and the environment: air pollution exposure; chemistry and geochemistry; chemical engineering; civil and environmental engineering; ecology; environmental economics; groundwater and surface water contaminant fate and transport; human health effects and risk assessment;hydrology and hydrogeology; monitoring and measurement methods for air and water; risk management; transport and fate of contaminants; water quality; and water and wastewater treatment processes.

The EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, EPA encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups.

Please see the link below to view the Federal Register Notice requesting nominations of experts for these committees. The notice provides additional background information and instructions on how to nominate experts to be considered. The notice identifies me as the Designated Federal officer and technical contact for this request.


The EPA SAB website also provides information on how to electronically nominate experts to be considered for the SAB 2015 STAA Committee; see: 


Thank you for your efforts and consideration in nominating excellent candidates for the SAB 2015 STAA Committee and for distributing this email to others who may be interested. Should you have general questions about this request, please contact me via email or at 202-564-2134.

Ed Hanlon

SAB Staff Office