UM to Host Annual Environmental Health Symposium

May 11, 2015

MISSOULA – The 11th annual Clean Air & Healthy Homes high school symposium will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the North Underground Lecture Hall at the University of Montana.    

Hosted by the UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Chemistry, the event showcases student research projects focusing on indoor air-quality issues related to radon, carbon monoxide and particulate matter. The symposium will feature oral presentations and posters on air-quality investigations conducted by students from rural communities throughout Montana, Idaho and Alaska. Approximately 100 high school students will share their research findings with an audience of their peers, teachers, university mentors and agency partners.

The symposium is a great opportunity for the public to learn how students are addressing indoor air pollution concerns in their homes and schools, including radon, a major environmental public-health concern throughout the region. Student research is innovative and wide-ranging: Previous projects have examined pollution levels associated with coal trains and traffic circles, as well as exposures from ski waxing and fast-food preparation.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Science Education Partnership Award Program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health provide major funding support for the symposium.

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Contact: Diana Vanek, outreach coordinator, UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences, 406-546-4254,