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EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. and SETAC Present Sun Young Jeong with the 16th Annual SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. and SETAC Present Sun Young Jeong with the 16th Annual SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award

Hunt  Valley,  Maryland  (10  January  2014)—  EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA), a leading provider of interdisciplinary environmental services, and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America recently announced that Sun Young (Sunny) Jeong, a Master’s student at Columbia University, is the recipient of the 16th Annual SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Black’s commitment to environmental science and his major contributions to SETAC and EA. Jeff was a charter and avid member of SETAC, and directed EA’s ecotoxicology laboratory for many years. Soon after his passing in 1998, EA collaborated with SETAC North America to establish the Jeff Black Fellowship Award in remembrance of Jeff’s strong combination of scientific expertise and mentorship of young professionals. The award was presented to Sunny during the opening ceremony of the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting, held in Nashville, Tennessee.

“As noted by the selection committee, Sunny embodies all of the desired qualifications for a Jeff Black Fellowship Award winner: excellent undergraduate transcripts, enthusiastic letters of recommendation, a clear statement of work for her graduate research, and demonstrated potential to be a leader in environmental toxicology and chemistry,” stated Jeff Boltz, Ph.D., EA Vice President. “EA is proud to collaborate with SETAC North America to support her graduate school education through this award.”

Sunny is a second-year Master’s student in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Cell Biology with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. While an undergraduate, Sunny’s honors thesis evaluated the genetic mechanism underlying how a species of European songbird time their reproductive systems in response to global warming and changes in day length. At Columbia, she merged her background in neuroendocrinology and environmental science with toxicology to investigate lead as a possible risk factor in the onset of schizophrenia. Her future plans are to use her interdisciplinary training and certification in climate and health to practice health promotion and disease prevention in underserved communities.

About EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.

EA provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of government and industrial clients. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 400 professionals through a network of 23 offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In business for more than 40 years, EA has earned an outstanding reputation for technical expertise, responsive service, and judicious use of client resources. For more information about EA, visit www.eaest.com.

About the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC is a not-for-profit, worldwide professional organization comprised of more than 6,000 individuals and institutions in 100 countries dedicated to the study, analysis, and solution of environmental problems; the management and regulation of natural resources; research and development; and environmental education. Their mission is to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement, and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity. For more information about SETAC, visit www.setac.org.