UM Health Science Symposium to Feature Student Air Quality Research

May 11, 2017

MISSOULA – The public is invited to stop by the 13th annual Clean Air and Healthy Homes Environmental Health Science Symposium at the University of Montana from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 16.

More than 150 students from seven high schools across western Montana, including Helena, Libby, Corvallis and Missoula, will present findings from research projects related to indoor air quality, which they conducted throughout the school year.

Through their research and related classroom activities, the students learned about the risks associated with prolonged exposure to three major air pollutants: particulate matter, radon and carbon monoxide. Student research focused on measuring air pollution within their own homes, as well as businesses and schools across their communities. The UM event provides an opportunity for the public to learn about how students are addressing common indoor pollution issues within their communities.

Top research projects will be recognized at the symposium. Previous years’ award-winning projects include “Bioremediation of Air Pollution Due to Wildfires,” “Rampant Radon Remediation: Attempting to Reduce Radon Levels in the Basement of Superior High School” and “Comparing the Performance of HEPA and Activated Carbon Filters in a Standard Air Purifier as Measured by PM2.5”. 

The symposium, hosted by the UM Center for Environmental Health Sciences, the Department of Chemistry and the School of Public and Community Health Sciences, is divided into two divisions: a poster session and PowerPoint presentations. Posters can be viewed in the main lobby of the Skaggs Building, while presentations will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the North Underground Lecture Hall. Awards will be announced after lunch, also in the North Underground Lecture Hall.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the National Institutes of Health’s Science Education Partnership Award Program provide major funding and support for the event.

For more information call Naomi Delaloye, education coordinator for the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, at 406-243-2046 or email naomi.delaloye@umontana.edu.

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