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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Oil Dispersants Can Suppress Natural Oil-Degrading Microorganisms, New Study Shows

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The use of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial crude oil degradation can in some cases inhibit the microorganisms that naturally degrade hydrocarbons, according to a new study led by University of Georgia marine scientists.

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New Report Details 10 Years of Improvements in Gulf Observation Systems

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A new report from the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association details the first 10 years of the nonprofit organization's work to improve access to ocean observing data that helps to protect and preserve the Gulf and its residents.

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UGA Researcher Calls for More Natural Baseline Data Collection in World’s Oceans

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According to University of Georgia’s Samantha Joye, one of the biggest challenges in evaluating the environmental impacts of the Macondo blowout was the lack of baseline data. She argues in a new article in the journal Science that environmental monitoring data is desperately needed to establish natural baselines.

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Oil Spill Experts from Clarkson U. - Beacon Institute Available to Interview on Indian Point Plant Oil Spill Impact

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New Gulf Oil Specialist More Than Getting Her Feet Wet

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Monica Wilson, the new Florida Sea Grant Gulf oil spill specialist, works with colleagues in several states to bring the latest science data to fishermen, businesses, tourism officials and more.

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Five Years After Gulf Spill, Residents Still Suffering Significant Mental Health Problems

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded. The spill caused enormous environmental damage, but it also caused great stress among Gulf Coast residents. Even now, a significant percentage of people there continue to deal with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues, researchers say.

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Five Years After Oil Spill, UF Survey Shows Gulf Coast Residents Are Still Impacted

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The survey shows that more than 34 percent of residents said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their community’s economy after the DWH oil spill, while only 15.6 percent felt that way before the oil spill.

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Five Years After the Deepwater Horizon, Are Gulf States Prepared for the Next Oil Disaster?

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It has been five years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Are Gulf states better prepared today to deal with the next disaster?

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Study Shows Seafood Samples Had No Elevated Contaminant Levels From Oil Spill

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Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, many people were concerned that seafood was contaminated by either the oil or dispersants used to keep the oil from washing ashore. Ina University of Florida study, all seafood tested so far has shown “remarkably low contaminant levels,” based on FDA standards, and revealed that: • 74 percent of samples were below quantifiable limits; • 23 percent of samples were between 0.1-0.9 parts per billion, and; • 3 percent of samples were between 1.0 and 48 parts per billion.

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Researchers Publish Findings on Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Marine Organisms on the Gulf Coast

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Researchers from FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute have published findings on the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine organisms such as oysters, conch, shrimp, corals as well as marine plankton (microalgae or phytoplankton, rotifers or zooplankton), which provide the basis of coastal and oceanic food webs.

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Scientists Develop Mesh That Captures Oil—but Lets Water Through

A mesh with a high-tech coating captures oil while water passes right through. With further development of this technology, the researchers say, "you could potentially catch an oil spill with a net."

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NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters.

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Dispersant Used to Clean Deepwater Horizon Spill More Toxic to Corals Than the Oil

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The dispersant used to remediate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is more toxic to cold-water corals at lower concentrations than the spilled oil, according to a new study that comes on the eve of the spill’s fifth anniversary, April 20th.

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News Alert: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Anniversary Events at the University of Florida

April 20 is the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill, which resulted in the loss of 11 lives and substantial environmental and economic impacts for residents along the Gulf Coast region. In 2011, UF became the lead institution on one of four Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia grants, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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Study Suggests Oil Dispersant Used in Gulf Oil Spill Causes Lung and Gill Injuries to Humans and Aquatic Animals, Also Identifies Protective Enzyme

New research from UAB suggests that Corexit EC9500A, an oil-dispersal agentl, contributes to damage to epithelium cells within the lungs of humans and gills of marine creatures. The study also identifies an enzyme that is expressed in epithelial cells across species that has protective properties against Corexit-induced damage.

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Study Details Impact of Deepwater Horizon Oil on Beach Microbial Communities

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Using advanced genomic identification techniques, researchers studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on communities of beach microbes saw a succession of organisms and identified population changes in specific organisms that marked the progress of the oil's breakdown.

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UK's Yeager Part of Team That Finds Missing Deepwater Horizon Oil

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Scientists have been searching for missing oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also called the BP oil spill, since 2010, and now Kevin Yeager, professor in the UK Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and his research colleagues may have solved the mystery.

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Where Did the Missing Oil Go? New FSU Study Says Some Is Sitting on the Gulf Floor

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A new study led by Florida State University Professor of Oceanography Jeff Chanton finds that some 6 million to 10 million gallons of oil from the BP oil spill are buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta.