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Timothy Bock Receives the SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award

Timothy Bock Receives the SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award

Hunt Valley, Maryland (5 February 2016)—EA EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC (EA), a leading provider of interdisciplinary environmental services, and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America recently announced that Timothy (Tim) Bock, a Master’s student at Rhode Island College (RIC), is the 18th annual recipient of the 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 Tim during the opening ceremony of the SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“As a public benefit corporation (PBC), EA actively supports Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) endeavors at all educational levels. At the graduate level, in addition to this scholarship, we offer fellowships and internships to qualifying students who meet our rigorous requirements,” stated Jeffrey (Jeff) Boltz, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of EA’s Water and Natural Resources practice. “Obviously, Tim is one of those high-achieving students.”

Tim is a second-year Master’s student in the Biology Department at RIC. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in chemistry from the same institution in 2014. Tim is studying the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, a ligand-activated transcription factor that is highly conserved in vertebrates and mediates the metabolism of many environmental toxins. Working directly with skate embryos, he is currently studying apex predators’ responses to toxic chemicals under the supervisory direction of Rebeka Merson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at RIC.

About EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC

EA is a 100% ESOP-owned, public benefit corporation, 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 commercial offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In business for more than 42 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. SETAC’s 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.seatac.org.