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Clearing the Air: Science on the Health Risks of and Solutions to Poor Air Quality

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Free

Saint Louis Zoo Anheuser-Busch Theater, The Living World
1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
(Zoo North Entrance and North Parking Lot ONLY– Click Venue Below for Directions)

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North lot or on the street in Forest Park.

Featured Speaker: Jay R. Turner, D.Sc., Vice Dean for Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Associate Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Research shows exposure to air pollution can affect both respiratory and cardiovascular health. More recent research also points to even broader adverse impacts such as neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative effects. Join Washington University’s Dr. Jay Turner for an informative and scientific look at what the science says about the health effects of airborne pollution, and learn about efforts across the globe to improve urban air quality.

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Dr. Turner shares how the effectiveness of air quality management programs—which can have multiple objectives—are sometimes impacted by human behavior. Pollutant reductions, for example, from vehicle emission controls depend on how well a vehicle is maintained. Presenting a case study of a large-scale residential heating stove replacement program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, one of the world’s most polluted cities; he notes that while substantial air quality benefits were realized, anticipated co-benefits of reduced fuel consumption were moderated by human behavior.

Field staff in South Africa standing near installed particulate matter air pollution samplers on the roof of a primary school building to help us understand neighborhood exposures to airborne metals emitted by local industry. Samples are shipped to the Turner Lab where where they are analyzed for chemical composition. NOTE: Study population is adults and the impact of metals exposure on neurodegenerative disease.

Field staff in South Africa standing near installed particulate matter air pollution samplers on the roof of a primary school building to help us understand neighborhood exposures to airborne metals emitted by local industry. Samples are shipped to the Turner Lab where where they are analyzed for chemical composition. NOTE: Study population is adults and impact of metals exposure on neurodegenerative disease.

 

Clearing the Air is a Science Seminar Series partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo:

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Details

Date:
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time:
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Organizer

Academy of Science of St. Louis
Phone:
314-533-8586
Website:
http://www.AcademyOfScienceSTL.org

Venue

Saint Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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