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January 09, 2013


University of Montana Associate Professor Tony Ward and Regents Professor Steve Running will participate as panelists in “Breathing in the Big Sky: Missoula Forum on Air Quality Issues” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Missoula City Council Chambers.

The panel, presented by the American Lung Association, will focus on air-quality concerns facing the Missoula area, including topics such as wood-stove and vehicle emissions, wildfires and carbon pollution.

Ward works with UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences and Running is a professor of ecology in the College of Forestry and Conservation, as well as chair and director of the Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group. The panel will be moderated by Mayor John Engen and other panelists include Missoula physicians Georgia Milan and Paul Smith, and air-quality specialist Sarah Coefield.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information call Kim Davitt, Montana Initiatives manager, at 406-728-0368 or email





Contact: Kim Davitt, manager, Montana Initiatives, 406-728-0368,; Tony Ward, associate professor, UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences, 406-243-4092,; Steve Running, Regents Professor, UM College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-6311,