Maya Nye, a doctoral student in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, was awarded first place in her category at Van Liere Research Day.

In her study, "Use of Trace Elements for Estimating Community Exposure to Marcellus Shale Development Operations", Maya found that emissions from a well pad could be detected at least 7 kilometers away during hydraulic fracturing operations. These findings dispel previous research, which had only shown evidence of emissions at a 1 kilometer distance.