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EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys are designed to provide nationally consistent and representative information on the condition of the nation’s waters. Learn about the history of this program below.
EPA Research Updates
EPA is kicking off a month-long celebration of its progress in conducting innovative research to protect human health and the environment.Since 1970, EPA researchers and partners have provided data, knowledge, and tools to address public health concerns. Read about somenotable accomplishments over the last 50 yearsand the current challenges our researchers are helping to address.
In honor of EPA’s 50th anniversary, Dr. Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta is discussing her career with the Agency, which started in 1981. Read about whatEPA research was like in its early yearsand how she hopes it will progress in the years to come.
EPA has a dedicated, full-time team focused on how to destroy PFAS-contaminated media and waste.The PFAS Innovative Treatment Team isassessing how well current and emerging PFAS destruction methods workand their potential to create harmful byproducts. This work will ultimately help states, tribes, and communities deal with various sources of PFAS waste, including unused fire retardants, contaminated sewage, and contaminated landfill leachate.
For nearly 50 years, EPA has strived to protect and restore the quality of our nation’s waters.These efforts haveevolved over time into the National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS). The NARS began in the early 2000s as a collaboration between EPA, states, and tribes to provide the public and decision-makers with improved environmental information on the quality of the nation's coastal waters, lakes and reservoirs, rivers and streams, and wetlands.
Small businesses are an essential part of the U.S. economy.For nearly 40 years, EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research program has supported small businesses to develop novel technologies that promote clean and safe water, improved air quality, land revitalization, homeland security, sustainable materials management and safer chemicals.Read about some of EPA’s SBIR winners.
EPA awarded $3,980,782 in funding to five academic research teams to advance chemical safety.The teams aredeveloping new approach methods for evaluating chemical toxicokinetics, an important aspect of evaluating the impacts of chemicals on human health and the environment. This research will provide critical science to advance our understanding of the impacts of chemicals on human health and the environment.
EPA Epidemiologist Jason Sacks works to protect and improve air quality by helping to develop Integrated Science Assessments, which form the scientific basis of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.Learn more about his work.
Over the past few months, important discussions in our country have expanded to include the cultural sector overall and art institutions in particular. The DIA has recently become part of this conversation – a conversation that I welcome and encourage. The role of the arts -- the role of the DIA – and its impact on social issues is a topic on which we have focused much energy, time and thought over the past several years and one that deserves even more of our attention in the future.Continue reading >
Behind the Zine with Matthew Thornton: Intro to Zines | Community Partnership Connection
The Detroit Institute of Arts In partnership with Inside|Out Literary Arts, will host a four-workshop series called “Behind the Zine” with Detroit-based comic book artist Matthew Thornton. Participants will create their own zine over the four-week workshop. Learn more >
Art Talk: Saint George and Saint Sebastian | Art Access Online
In this week’s Art Talk, Assistant Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Chaz Kirchhoff discusses the history of the oil painting on wood, St. George and St. Sebastian, created by Italian artist Andrea Solario in the 1500’s. Learn more >
Weekly Crossword | School Field Trip from Home
This week, the crossword features one of the DIA’s finest works from the Babylonian era. You’ll have to closely examine the tile masterpiece of the Mushhushshu-dragon, Symbol of the God Marduk to find the answers. Download a printable PDF or complete the puzzle online for fun for ages 8 and up. Take the crossword >
Gordon Lightfoot | DFT @ Home
DFT @ Home is a virtual screening room that presents Detroit Film Theatre selections at your convenience and helps benefit the DFT. New this week is Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind. With unprecedented access to the artist, this engaging documentary explores the career, music and influence of the legendary Canadian musical icon. Learn more >
A Girl Missing | DFT @ Home
A Girl Missing, is a compelling and beautifully human drama about Ichiko, a middle-aged private nurse who befriends two teen girls, one of whom goes missing. She gets caught up in the media sensation that results in increasingly surprising and devastating ways. Learn more >
New from the DIA Shop! This 1000-piece puzzle is based on Bank of the Oise at Auvers, by Vincent van Gogh, a favorite work in the DIA’s collection. Perfect for gifting or adding to your own stash, puzzles are a great way to unplug and relax any time of year. Check out the entire assortment here >
TATM presents Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists | For Seniors
This week see how some of the most important French artists of the 19th century resisted the elitist aesthetic of the academic art tradition by emphasizing the people around them and the human experience as subject matter during a transitioning moment in the modernist era. Start this extraordinary experience with not-so-ordinary inside looks at Dancers in the Green Room by Edgar Degas. Learn more >
Michigan's Great Lakes: Photographs by Jeff Gaydash
Most of the DIA's massive, 60,000+ piece collection is available online to browse and learn from wherever you are. Many of these works also have interpretive information right on the page, as well as other details, and images from different angles and perspectives than you'd see in person. Current and past exhibitions are also available online. Browse Art now >