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On Thursday, March 7, world-renowned air pollution expert C. Arden Pope III will speak at Carnegie Mellon University, providing an overview of what we know about the health effects of particulate matter and related controversies on public policy efforts to control air pollution.


His presentation, “Particulate Air Pollution and Human Health: Science, Controversy, and Public Policy,” will be part of the Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy: Environment and Health. The event will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Porter Hall #100 (Gregg Hall).


Pope is the Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University in Utah. His cross-disciplinary research in environmental economics and air pollution epidemiology has resulted in seminal–and sometimes controversial–studies on the health effects of air pollution, and he is one of the world’s most widely cited and recognized experts in this field.


In 1991, he published a groundbreaking paper that examined hospital admissions data for the time before, during and after the temporary closure of an integrated steel mill in Utah in an elegant and natural experiment on the health effects of air pollution. The research was the first to show convincingly the immediate health hazards associated with particulate matter, as asthma, mortality and respiratory admissions were generally twice as high while the plant was operating than during the year in which it was closed.


Pope also has made important contributions to our understanding of the health impacts of long-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution. His 2002 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that long-term exposure to combustion-related fine particulates is an important environmental risk factor for cardiopulmonary and lung cancer mortality.


For a wonderful discussion of Pope’s contributions to the field of air pollution research, read this article, “Clearing the Air,” from BYU magazine.


We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a fabulous afternoon!

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