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Wildfire smoke impacts air quality: IU experts available to comment

A smoky yellow haze from wildfires in Canada blankets a neighborhood in the Bronx borough of New York City.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As hundreds of wildfires rage across Canada, the smoke has drifted over parts of the U.S. A distinct haze is visible in skies across Indiana, and it’s even worse on the East Coast. Around the country, local authorities have issued air-quality alerts and warnings.

What is the impact of the wildfires on air quality? What can vulnerable populations do to protect themselves from the potential health impact? Has climate change had an influence on the wildfires? Experts from Indiana University are available to answer these questions and others. For more information, contact Mary Keck at marykeck@iu.edu.

 

Matthew Cook
IUPUI

Matthew Cook

Environmental Health and Safety

Matthew Cook is the director of occupational safety and industrial hygiene at Indiana University. He began his career working in the public sector as an environmental regulator, then joined the private industry as an industrial hygiene consultant serving the automobile, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, medical device and energy sectors.

Expertise

Occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, water remediation.

Sarah Commodore
IU Bloomington

Sarah Commodore

School of Public Health-Bloomington

Sarah Commodore is an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health in the School of Public Health-Bloomington. Her research interests include using multidimensional data to examine susceptibility to disease and leveraging that knowledge to inform public health interventions.

Expertise

Air quality, exposure assessment, health disparities.

Gabriel Filippelli
IUPUI

Gabriel Filippelli

School of Science/Department of Earth Sciences

Gabriel Filippelli is executive director of the Environmental Resilience Institute. He can discuss the smoke from Canadian wildfires that is impacting the air quality and ultimately the health of individuals across the Northeastern United States. 

Expertise

Earth sciences and human health, remediation technology, sediment geochemistry, chemical weathering, nutrient cycling, paleoceanography, terrestrial metal cycling.

Graham McKeen
IU

Graham McKeen

Environmental Health & Safety

Graham McKeen is assistant university director of public and environmental health at Indiana University. He can discuss how to keep your guests safe and handle food properly at Thanksgiving gatherings.

Expertise

Public health, environmental health, food safety, communicable disease, COVID-19, water quality, pest management.

Philip S. Stevens
IU Bloomington

Philip S. Stevens

O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Philip Stevens is Rudy Professor and associate dean for faculty affairs at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. His research is focused on the characterization of the chemical mechanisms in the atmosphere that influence indoor air quality, regional air quality and global climate change.

Expertise

Atmospheric chemistry, environmental toxicology and chemistry, indoor air quality, regional air quality, global climate change.

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