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Stories of Success

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

The Recovery Act provides an unprecedented level of funding to help stimulate the U.S. economy through the support and advancement of scientific research. This influx of resources will empower the nation's best scientists to quickly solve some of our greatest public health challenges.


We invite you to explore the stories of the people and the science behind this transformational and historic effort.


The following video, NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program Recovery Act Successes, highlights the NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) and a number of the WETP programs funded with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds it received.


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Featured ARRA Success Stories

Steven Wallace

Equipping communities to fight for clean air

Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles

With help from Recovery Act funds from NIEHS, residents of Long Beach, California, and the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, two areas that suffer from some of the worst air pollution in a metropolitan area known for air pollution, are taking action. Read more...

Victoria Seewaldt

Fighting racial disparities in breast cancer mortality rates

Victoria Seewaldt, M.D.
Duke University

Duke University is working to overcome the disparity between black and white women in deaths from breast cancer, with help from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from NIEHS. Read more...

Cesar Bandera

Training and health information sent via cell phone

Cesar Bandera, Ph.D.
BanDeMar Networks

In today's world of information overload and short attention spans, a small New Jersey information technology company, using a Recovery Act grant from NIEHS, saw a way to cut through the clutter to get urgently needed information right to the people who need.

Kim Harley, Ph.D.

Repurposing data for quick results in Bisphenol A research

Kim Harley, Ph.D.
Univ. of Calif. - Berkeley

"We've been collecting samples and data for the past decade to study pesticide effects in California farm workers. With the new ARRA funding, we can reuse this valuable sample group to measure BPA exposure and outcomes." Read more...

Lisa Satterwhite, Ph.D.

Developing glowing fish to signal toxic exposure

Lisa Satterwhite, Ph.D.
Duke University

"We're creating a strain of tiny zebrafish that will glow to signal toxicity of pesticides in various combinations. The ARRA funding has let me keep my job and continue my exciting research!" Read more...

Brad Black, M.D.

Researching the effects of asbestos exposure in Libby, Montana

Brad Black, M.D.
Center for Asbestos Related Disease

"We're trying to make sure we don't put our kids at risk for developing health effects from ongoing asbestos exposure in the community." Read more

Tony Ward, Ph.D.

Working with students to explore indoor air pollution in rural communities

Tony Ward, Ph.D.
University of Montana, Missoula

"We're educating students on not only air quality, but also how to design research projects and present their findings back to the community. So they're educating themselves, their families, their classmates, and hopefully, at the end of this project, the communities." Read more...

Audrey R. Gotsch, DrPH, CHES

'Green' Jobs training for the future

Audrey R. Gotsch, DrPH, CHES
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

"Support received from ARRA has enabled us to expand the training programs offered for workers who are unemployed or are less than fully employed." Read more...

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