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Environmental engineers receive top science paper award for investigative work
Date:3/8/2010

Blacksburg, Va. Marc Edwards and Simoni Triantafyllidou of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, along with colleague Dr. Dana Best of Children's National Medical Center, published a 2009 article in Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) that demonstrated a major increase in childhood lead poisoning of Washington D.C. children during the 2001-2004 lead-in-water crisis. The research contradicted years of government assertions that no residents in Washington D.C. had been harmed by years of unnecessary exposure to very high levels of lead in their potable water.

These discoveries prompted investigations by Congress and the D.C. Office of Inspector General into potential wrong-doing by the government agencies that made the claims.

ES&T has now selected the paper written by Edwards of Blacksburg, Va., Triantafyllidou of Veria, Greece, and Best of Washington, DC, as the Editor's Choice Award for Best Science Paper of 2009, and is presenting the award today. ES&T publishes nearly 1500 papers annually.

The Virginia Tech research on lead in water is already internationally recognized. In 2007, Edwards was one of the 24 recipients of a 2007 McArthur Fellow award with a cash prize of $500,000. The award specifically cited him for "playing a vital role in ensuring the safety of drinking water and in exposing deteriorating water-delivery infrastructure in America's largest cities." http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.2913825/apps/nl/content2.asp?content_id={98B6202C-16A6-480D-B33F-3A9ACCC9EC3D}¬oc=1

Likewise, Triantafyllidou's master's thesis work on the subject was awarded first place in the nation by the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and also by the American Water Works Association.

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Contact: Lynn Nystrom
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540-231-4371
Virginia Tech
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