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Safe to Breathe? New Discoveries About Indoor Air

September 18, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Congressional Luncheon Briefing
In conjunction with the Congressional Research & Development Caucus


Safe to Breathe? New Discoveries About Indoor Air


A Public Luncheon Briefing

Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Through the Support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

And in Conjunction with

the House Research and Development Caucus


Wednesday, September 18, 2019
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Room 2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Lunch Provided

The quality of air that we breathe and the surfaces that we touch while inside buildings
have a dominant impact on our lifetime exposure to harmful chemical and biological
agents. Now, new science is showing that the chemicals from building materials and from
products we bring indoors (such as building materials, cooking appliances, personal care
products, and cleaners) also react, sometimes producing additional chemical exposures.
Yet, relative to other environmental issues and despite growing public demands, indoor
air quality receives little attention by regulators, educators, architects, engineers, or
others. This briefing will involve a discussion of the importance of indoor air quality and
of the complexity of building systems that make the subject worthy of significantly
greater study.
 Dr. Marina Vance, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University
of Colorado, Boulder
 Dr. Hugo Destaillats, Staff Scientist, Deputy Leader of the Indoor
Environment Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
 Dr. Rich Corsi, Dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer
Science, Portland State University
Moderated by:
 Dr. Barbara Turpin, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental
Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


For questions, please contact Sean Gallagher at sgallagh@aaas.org



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