UM Environmental Health Symposium to Feature Student Air Quality Research

May 09, 2016

MISSOULA – Nearly 175 high school students will participate in the 12th annual Clean Air and Healthy Homes environmental health symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the North Underground Lecture Hall at the University of Montana. 

The symposium will feature oral presentations and posters outlining air quality investigations conducted by students from eight different schools and communities throughout Montana and Idaho. Participating students will present their research findings to an audience of 200 people, including their peers, teachers, university mentors and agency partners.

The event is a great opportunity for the public to learn about how students are addressing indoor air pollution issues within their homes and schools, such as radon, a major environmental public health concern throughout the region. Previous projects have examined pollution levels associated with coal trains and traffic circles, as well as exposure from ski waxing and fast-food preparation. Results from these innovative and wide-ranging projects also have inspired school improvements such as radon mitigation and new ventilation systems.

Jointly hosted by the UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences and the Department of Chemistry, this annual symposium focuses on indoor air quality issues related to particulate matter, radon and carbon monoxide. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the National Institute of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award Program provide major funding support for the event.

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Contact: Naomi Delaloye, education coordinator, UM Center for Environmental Health Studies, 406-243-2046, naomi.delaloye@umontana.edu.