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Nicholas Cipoletti Receives the SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award

Nicholas Cipoletti Receives the SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award

Hunt Valley, Maryland (12 December 2017)—EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC (EA), a leading provider of interdisciplinary environmental services, and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America recently announced Nicholas Cipoletti, a Master’s student at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), as the 20th annual recipient of the SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award. The award was presented to Nicholas during the opening ceremony of the SETAC North America 38th Annual Meeting, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nicholas is a first-year Master’s student in the Department of Biological Sciences at SCSU. Nicholas’s research spans the divide of laboratory and field studies of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). Applying highly controlled laboratory assessment techniques, Nicholas is examining multigenerational long-term impacts of agricultural CECs on aquatic species using fathead minnow and bluegill sunfish. To mimic natural conditions as closely as possible, he is using analytical chemistry and biological data, that he gathered during two consecutive years of field studies, to assess the effects of a mixture of agricultural chemicals on these aquatic organisms. Nicholas earned dual degrees, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biology, from the University of St. Thomas in 2015.

“As EA has been addressing potential environmental and public health risk posed by CECs in the environment for more than a decade, it is fitting that Nicholas be this year’s Jeff Black awardee,” stated Jeff Boltz, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of EA’s Water and Natural Resources operations. “His exposure assessment research, as well as that research being conducted by others, will provide much needed information to improve our understanding of the risks associated with the presence of CECs in the environment.”

The SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship Award is named in honor of Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Black’s commitment to environmental science and his major contributions to SETAC and EA. Jeff left the University of Kentucky to lead EA’s aquatic toxicology practice where he was actively involved in many of EA’s activities including Manager of EA’s Ecotoxicology Laboratory and serving as EA’s Analytical Laboratory Director for many years through the 1990s. Soon after his early 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.

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

EA is a 100% ESOP-owned public benefit corporation that provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 450 professionals through a network of 26 commercial offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In business for more than 44 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 5,000 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.setac.org.