Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from the Commonwealth of Kentucky (SIP)

EPA Grant Number: R829419E01
Title: Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) from the Commonwealth of Kentucky (SIP)
Investigators: White, David
Institution: Murray State University
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2004 (Extended to September 30, 2005)
Project Amount: $457,137
RFA: EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) (2000) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: EPSCoR (The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)


The objective of this proposal is to provide a comprehensive plan to enhance competitive research in environmental problems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky under the management of the EPA EPSCoR Subcommittee of the Kentucky Statewide EPSCoR Committee. The Strategic Improvement Plan involves a series of information exchange activities, fellowships, and review processes to assist the investigators of the SEER (Science and Engineering Environmental Research) Projects as they address research on environmental and human health biomarkers and use of biomarkers for pollution prevention in Kentucky.


The Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) will provide support in a number of areas. The SIP will support minority and underrepresented group undergraduate and graduate research fellows to work with the SEER Projects. There will be annual visits by the EPA EPSCoR Subcommittee. The SEER Project PI's will present research seminars at Kentucky universities. A major symposium on biomarker research will be held in conjunction with the Statewide EPSCoR Conference and in cooperation with the Environmental Quality Commission. There will be at least one statewide teleconference on biomarkers, and a Website/list-server will be created. Each component will provide critical input into the direction of the SEER Projects.

Expected Results:

The primary result will be to enhance visibility and productivity in environmental research and to increase undergraduate and graduate research training. The measures of success will be increased research support from other extramural sources, publications, and presentations for the faculty associated with the SEER Projects, as well as enhanced intellectual atmosphere for environmental research within the Commonwealth.

Improvements in Risk Assessment or Risk Management:

Studies by SEER Project I (H. Whiteman, PI) will characterize patterns in developmental stability in amphibians as a biological indicator of chemical contamination and other environmental stressors (biological biomarker project). The project is based in western Kentucky in a region containing areas of relatively pristine forest, agriculture, and industrial complexes. The second SEER Project (H. Hurst, PI) will involve development and validation of biomarkers of exposure to chloroprene and 1,3-butadiene (butadienes) from industrial releases in west Louisville, Kentucky.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 2 publications for this project

Supplemental Keywords:

Ecological biomarkers, public health, air particulates, amphibian decline, PCB, butyl-tin, chloroprene, 1,3-butadiene (butadienes), pollution prevention, Kentucky, EPA Region 3., RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, PHYSICAL ASPECTS, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Sustainable Industry/Business, cleaner production/pollution prevention, Environmental Chemistry, Health Risk Assessment, amphibians, Risk Assessments, Biochemistry, Physical Processes, bioindicator, diagnostic tool, biomarkers, pollution prevention research, environmental risks, exposure, hazardous emissions, clean technology, population decline, amphibian decline, alternative materials, human exposure, butadiene, causal mechanisms, pollution prevention, air emissions, amphibian bioindicator, human health risk

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2003 Progress Report
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • Final Report