Air Quality: Science for Solutions

 Due to the COVID-19 virus, the conference will be virtual again this year and split into two half-days.

5th Annual conference: Wednesday afternoon, March 24, 2021
Thursday morning, March 25, 2021
Registration deadline: March 20, 2021. Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2021.
Conference Schedule is TBD.

The conference will be hosted via Zoom. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

You can download the 2021 Conference Flyer.

Past Conference Programs and Links

2020 AQ: SfS 4

2020 Conference flier

The 2020 conference oral presentations are available for viewing on YouTube.

Special 2021 Plenary Speaker: Dr. Arden Pope.  

C. Arden Pope, III is the Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University. He has a PhD from Iowa State University (1981) and was a Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health (1992/93). He has conducted or collaborated on seminal studies on health effects of air pollution and has authored or coauthored 200+ research including articles in New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, PNAS, AJRCCM, and Circulation. He is one of the world’s most cited and recognized experts on health effects of air pollution (Web of Science/Clarivate Analytics, Highly Cited Researcher; 100,000+ Google Scholar citations). He has served on or chaired various scientific advisory and oversight boards and committees (including U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board and Chair of the U.S. EPA Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis). He has also been a recipient of multiple research and teaching awards (including Utah Governor’s Medal for Science & Technology; BYU’s Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer; American Association for Aerosol Research and International Society for Aerosols in Medicine’s Thomas T. Mercer Joint Prize; Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Gardner Prize; and American College of Chest Physicians, Honorary Fellow Award).

Plenary Abstract:

Almost unbelievably, it is estimated that air pollution is a top ten risk factor contributing to global burden of disease. Epidemiological and related studies indicate that short-term exposure to air pollution exacerbates existing cardiovascular and pulmonary disease and increases the risk of becoming symptomatic, requiring medical attention, or even dying. Large prospective cohort studies have provided evidence that long-term repeated exposure to air pollution, especially fine particulate matter is associated with increased risk of chronic pulmonary and cardiovascular disease and death. Extrapolation of the epidemiological evidence across the global population results in estimates of approximately 3 to 7 million deaths attributed to exposure to air pollution. Given the staggering estimated health costs and the related public policy challenges, it is important, even imperative, that we understand the quantity, quality, and limitations of the evidence. This presentation will review evidence from the prospective cohort studies and evaluate its consistency, coherency, and plausibility.

Oral Sessions

Poster Sessions

2019 AQ: SfS 3

2019 Conference flier

2019 Conference Program

2018 AQ: SfS 2

2018 Conference flier

2018 Conference Program

2017 AQ: SfS 1

2017 Conference flier

2017 Conference Program

Conference Organizing Committee:

Utah Division of Air Quality, Salt Lake City, UT, Cate Youatt (Overall Coordinator)

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Jaron Hansen (Provo region representative)

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Kerry Kelly (Salt Lake Valley region representative)

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Judy Ou (Salt Lake Valley region representative, Air Quality Health)

Utah State University, Logan, UT, Randy Martin (Logan region representative)

Utah State University, Vernal, UT, Seth Lyman (Uintah Basin region representative, poster session and awards, 2021 Committee Chair)

Weber State University, Ogden, UT, John Sohl (Northern Wasatch representative, Webmaster, registrations, abstracts)

Past Committee Members:

Utah Division of Air Quality, Salt Lake City, UT, Chris Pennell

Utah Division of Air Quality, Salt Lake City, UT, Lexie Wilson