University of Alaska Fairbanks hosts free educational presentations on Interior Alaska air quality

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 6:43 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Beginning on Wednesday at 6:00pm, January 20, The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and the International Arctic Research Center will host the FairAir three part series of free virtual talks by experts on indoor air quality.

These discussion focused presentations are part of the Fairbanks Winter Air Study funded by the National Science Foundation. They will cover a range of air quality topics including the health ramifications of breathing fumes from household chemicals such as cleaners, and from natural air quality contamination sources like wildfire smoke. Each presentation will be followed by an opportunity for members of the audience to ask air quality questions that can range from topics concerning radon to COVID particles. Bill Simpson, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UAF describes the FairAir project of which these presentations are a part.

“The FairAir project is one that I’m the leader of, and it’s trying to understand how pollution behaves under cold and dark conditions, really with the goal of improving air quality for arctic residents. And in the project we study indoor and outdoor air. And we wanted to have a series of speakers who could talk about specifically indoor air, and also to wildfire smoke, cause those are big concerns that we’ve heard from the public,” said Simpson.

The first FairAir presentation “Cooking particles, cleaners and health” will be available for viewing Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. via zoom, and UAF’s Facebook page. Registration is required to participate via Zoom. The registration form can be found here.

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