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“OnAir@AAAR: Reporting on EPA Science from the 2010 Specialty Conference”

2010 March 19

AAAR_introNext week, I’ll have the exciting opportunity to spend time amongst the best and brightest air pollution scientists in the world at the 2010 AAAR “Air Pollution and Health” specialty conference in San Diego.

The conference is co-sponsored by EPA and this year the theme is “bridging the gap from sources to health outcomes”, a topic relevant to protecting human health both within the U.S. and abroad.

According to the conference website, I can expect to find “rigorous debates,” “state-of-the-art products” and “the latest information on linking adverse health effects of air pollution to emissions sources and atmospheric pollutants.”

During my 5 days navigating a sea of posters, talks, panels, and vendor fairs, I will plan to share daily photos and posts on the exciting EPA-relevant science I encounter. This is a unique opportunity to communicate up-to-the-minute information on science that is happening now.

Hot topics to look out for:

  1. Cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes as air pollution risk factors: What underlying health problems put you at higher risk?
  2. Mortality and long-term particle exposure: Can pollution exposure lead to an earlier death?
  3. Genetics and air pollution: Is our capacity to deal with air pollution written in our DNA?
  4. Multi-pollutants: How can scientists study particle mixtures that contain hundreds of chemicals?
  5. Atmospheric transport and transformation: What happens to pollutants once they are in the air?
  6. Successes and challenges: Have actions to improve air quality been successful? Have there been unintended consequences?

Stay tuned…

About the Author: Becky Fried is a student contractor with EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research, part of the Office of Research and Development.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. Rolland Lusioii permalink
    March 20, 2010

    I would like to here the response of this am not an air polluntant scientist.I agree its a great and exiciting opportunity for EPA.

  2. Al Bannet permalink
    March 20, 2010

    Becky Fried:

    Lucky you, as long as the human population keeps on growing and refuses to recycle all its waste and garbage, you will have plenty of work tracking the effects of the growing pollution.

  3. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    March 21, 2010

    This sounds like a great conference. The California Air Resources Board has a study that came out early in the year that links exposure to air pollution on freeways to increased heart problems. The biggest pollution problem seems to be diesel particulates. This is one more reason why we should proceed with hydrogen and all-electric powered buses and trucks. Have a great conference and best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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