Lead-contaminated soil at general aviation airports

Jay Turner was quoted in an October 11 San Jose Spotlight news article “Affordable housing at East San Jose airport?  Experts say it’s in the soil”.  Subsequently, on October 16 he was interviewed live on KCBS All News Radio, San Francisco.

Pradeep Prathibha earns PhD

On October 11 Pradeep Prathibha presented and successfully defended her doctoral dissertation “Hyperlocal Air Quality Exposure Assessment to Support Health Studies”.  Her official  graduation date will be December 2021. Congratulations, Pradeep!

New Group Members

We are pleased that Tyler Cargill and Yan He have joined the group.  Both are rising second-year PhD students.  Tyler is co-advised by Professor Brent Williams.

Spring Semester Student Updates

It has been a busy spring semester.  Maryssa Loehr and Zhiyao Li passed passed their PhD proposals and are advanced to candidacy.  First-year doctoral students Tyler Cargill,  Yan He, and Runyu Zhao conducted research rotations with our group.  Undergraduate student Vee Dols completed an Independent Study (guided research) project.  Thanks for your contributions!

NAS report on lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft

This week the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a report on options to reduce lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft.  The charge was to consider existing non-leaded fuel alternatives, environmental concentrations of lead near airports where piston-powered aircraft are used, and potential mitigation measures to reduce environmental lead concentrations. Jay Turner served on the committee […]

SAB Report on EPA’s evaluation of Reduced Form Tools

This week the US EPA chartered Science Advisory Board (SAB) transmitted to the EPA Administrator its report on EPA’s evaluation of Reduced Form Tools (RFT).  RFTs can be used to estimate monetized health benefits from changes in air pollutant (in this case, PM2.5) emissions. They are alternatives to using full-form air quality and health benefits […]

QuantAQ Advisory Board

Jay Turner has been appointed to the Advisory Board for QuantAQ, a start-up co-founded by David Hagan (CEO) and Eben Cross (CTO) that develops and commercializes air quality sensor networks.

First-Year Doctoral Students

While research rotations for our department’s first-year doctoral students have been postponed until Spring Semester 2021, we are pleased that Kaseba Chibwe, Yan He, and Runyu Zhao are conducting 3-credit Independent Study (Guided Research) projects with our group this semester. Welcome to Kaseba, Yan and Runyu! Learn more about them on the People page.

Clean Air Solutions Webinar

Jay Turner was an invited speaker at an October 1 two-part webinar co-hosted by UNICEF’s East Asia Regional Office and UNEP’s  Asia Pacific Office.  The webinar “Air Quality Data to Drive Stronger Clean Air Action” is part of the UNICEF/UNEP Clean Air Solutions series. Jay’s morning presentation summarized the current work in Mongolia – led […]

Maryssa Loehr receives graduate research award

Maryssa Loehr has received a Graduate Research Award from the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP).  This one-year, $12,000 award partially supports a project titled “Ultrafine Particle Ground Level Impacts during Aircraft Approach and Climb Out Operations”. (ACRP Press Release) Congratulations, Maryssa!

University of Louisville Environmental Medicine Grand Rounds

Jay Turner is the invited speaker for the University of Louisville’s Environmental Medicine Grand Rounds on September 17, 2020.  His virtual visit is hosted by the University of Louisville’s Envirome Institute.  Jay’s presentation is “COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and the Nexus with Air Quality and Environmental Health” – a critical summary of recent papers published by […]

Ulaanbaatar “City with Clean Air” International Conference

Jay Turner is the invited keynote speaker for the “City with Clean Air” International Conference, organized by Governor’s office of the Capital city, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The virtual conference will be held June 17, 2020. Jay’s presentation is “Challenges and Opportunities to improve Ulaanbaatar Air Quality”.

Sami Jordan joins the group

Sami Jordan has joined our group as an Undergraduate Research Assistant.  She is a dual degree program student, having studied chemistry at Maryville University and now a rising senior in chemical engineering.  Welcome, Sami!

Will Vizuete visit

We are pleased to host on March 11 a visit by Dr. William Vizuete, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Seminar details are on the CASE website.  POSTPONED BECAUSE OF COVID-19.