Carmichael’s Explorers Lecture to highlight air quality

The quality of the air we breathe is affected by sources both local and distant—even continents away. Only today are we beginning to recognize that our air quality is affected by emissions in Asia and Europe, and that our emissions affect air quality on those continents.

Greg CarmichaelUniversity of Iowa professor Gregory Carmichael will discuss this and more during his free public lecture, “What Goes Around Comes Around,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 19, in the UI Museum of Natural History’s Biosphere Discovery Hub. His talk is part of the UI Explorers Lecture Series, sponsored by the Museum of Natural History.

Carmichael is the Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the UI College of Engineering and codirector of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. His research team of graduate students has conducted experiments in Chile, California, the Arctic, and Beijing, China, the last of which was done prior to the 2008 Olympic Games. He is among the first scientists to successfully track the intercontinental transport of air pollution, a finding with major environmental and geopolitical implications.

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