Two Upcoming NCER/ASD Webinars

  • by BPC Staff
  • on March 14, 2013

EPA’s Office of Research and Development/National Center for Environmental Research invites you to participate in the following two ACE  Webinars:

March 18, 2013:  Coarse PM Final Progress Review and March 20, 2013: Air Quality Monitoring Kickoff Meeting


March 18, 2013:  Coarse PM Final Progress Review 8:30am – 4:30pm EDT


In 2007, the National Center for Environmental Research awarded five STAR grants for research studies to improve understanding of the composition, sources, and health effects of urban and rural coarse PM, which includes particles in the size range from 2.5 to 10 micrometers in diameter. This meeting will include presentations and discussions of the final results from these STAR grantees and EPA scientists.


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For more information about the Coarse PM research projects:


1) R833742

Comparative Toxicity of Coarse Particles Gordon, Terry Chen, Lung-Chi Ito, Kazuhiko Lippmann, Morton New York University March 2008 – February 2012 NY


2) R833740

Cardiovascular Effects of Urban and Rural Coarse Particulate Matter in Obese and Lean Adults Brook, Robert D.

Keeler, Gerald J.

Brook, Jeffrey R.

Dvonch, Joseph T.

Gold, Diane R.

Kaciroti, Niko

Silverman, Frances

Urch, Bruce

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor,School of Public Health,Division of Cardiovascular Medicine,Harvard University,University of Toronto,Department of Biostatistics,Gage Occupational & Environmental Health Unit (GOEHU) March 2008 – February 2011 MI


3) R833741

Spatial Investigation of Sources, Composition, and Long-Term Health Effects of Coarse Particulate Matter (PM10-2.5) in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) Cohort Larson, Timothy V.

Adar, Sara D.

Barr, R. Graham

Burke, Greg

Daviglus, Martha

Jacobs, David

Kauffman, Joel D.

Sheppard, Lianne

Simpson, Chris

Szpiro, Adam

University of Washington,Columbia University,Northwestern University,University of Minnesota,Wake Forest University,University of Michigan – Ann Arbor March 2008 – February 2013 WA


4) R833744

Health Effects and Characterization of Urban and Rural Coarse Particulate Matter in Northeastern Colorado Hannigan, Michael P.

Milford, Jana B.

Miller, Shelly

Navidi, William C.

Peel, Jennifer

University of Colorado at Boulder,Colorado School of Mines,Colorado State University January 2008 – December 2012 CO


5) R833743

Sources, Composition, Variability and Toxicological Characteristics of Coarse (PM10-2.5) Particles in Southern California Sioutas, Constantinos Cho, Arthur K.

Froines, John R.

Geller, Michael

Nel, Andre E.

Schauer, James J.

Moore, Katherine F

Moore, Katharine F.

University of Southern California,University of California – Los Angeles, University of Wisconsin – Madison November 2007 – October 2009 CA


The following Coarse PM grant recipients will be presenting during this Webinar:


Dr.  Terry Gordon – New York University

Dr. Gordon’s lab examines the role of coarse, fine, and ultrafine PM both in vitro and in vivo. Over the last few years, they have collected ambient PM in several cities in the U.S., Germany, and China (the latter both during and after the 2008 Olympics). Ongoing studies focus on the differential toxicity of PM on the basis of particle size, season, composition, and urban/rural location.


Dr.  Robert Brook – University of Michigan Dr. Brook was responsible for creating an independent research field at the University of Michigan – the biological actions and mechanisms of effects of air pollution upon the cardiovascular system, termed Environmental Cardiology.


Dr.  Timothy Larson – University of Washington Dr. Larson’s expertise is in characterization of urban air pollution, exposure assessment of airborne particles and gases and source/receptor relationships of ambient air pollutants. His major research focus is on assessment of human exposure to outdoor generated air pollutants.


Dr.  Michael Hannigan – University of Colorado Dr. Hannigan’s research interests involve environmental problem solving with specific focus on studying the impacts of particle air pollution, with the goal of reducing these impacts.


Dr.  Constantinos Sioutas – University Southern California Dr. Sioutas’ research is focusing on developing technologies for measuring the physico-chemical characteristics of air pollutants, with an emphasis on particulate matter (PM) and determining their toxic properties. Findings from his work have been extensively used in legislation, including the revision of US EPA National Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) on particulate matter (PM) and also by the state of California.




March 20, 2013: Air Quality Monitoring Kickoff Meeting 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EDT


The National Center for Environmental Research has awarded four STAR grants for research studies to improve air pollution measurement technologies, which will help address emerging air pollution issues and improve the spatial and temporal coverage of air pollution measurement data. This meeting will include presentations and discussions of research plans and early results from these STAR grantees.


To Register for this Webinar:


For more information about this webinar:



For more information about the Air Quality Monitoring research projects:


1) R835132

Development of Cost-effective, Compact Electrical Ultrafine Particle

(eUFP) Sizers and Wireless eUFP Sensor Network Chen, Da-Ren Lu, Chenyang Washington University September 2012 – August 2015 MO


2) R835139

A compact, low-cost, network accessible, optical particle counter for the real time measurement of submicron aerosol particle size distributions Bertram, Timothy H University of California – San Diego February 2012 – January 2015 CA


3) R835137

Compact Multi-Pollutant Mid-Infrared Laser Spectroscopic Trace-Gas Sensor Wysocki, Gerard Princeton University February 2012 – January 2016 NJ


4) R835138

Assessing The Synergistic Impact Of Anthropogenic And Biogenic Emissions On Air Pollution Using Novel High-Sensitivity, Real-Time Monitors For Fundamental Carbonyls Keutsch, Frank N University of Wisconsin – Madison February 2012 – January 2015 WI


The following Air Quality Monitoring grant recipients will be presenting during this Webinar:


Dr. Daren Chen – Washington University

Dr. Chen’s expertise in aerosol instrumentation is noteworthy, and his innovations have led to commercialization of instruments that are used to measure nanoparticles in laboratories across the globe. A current innovation is the miniaturization of a size distribution measurement instrument that will allow monitoring of  exposure to airborne nanoparticles.


Dr. Timothy Bertram – UC San Diego

Dr. Bertram’s research interests include: The time evolution of the source-sink relationship for greenhouse gases; the heterogeneous processing of reactive trace gases; and the interaction of the atmosphere, biosphere and the oceans.


Dr. Gerard Wysocki – Princeton

Dr. Wysocki’s research interests focus on the development of laser-based spectroscopic systems for chemical sensing, with a strong emphasis on real-world applications in atmospheric chemistry and environmental monitoring, bio-medical research, and industrial process control.


Dr. Frank Keutsch – University of Wisconsin Dr. Keutsch’s research is aimed at improving our understanding of photochemical oxidation processes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that produce tropospheric ozone (O3) by enabling new field observations of key VOC oxidation intermediates (OVOCs) via instrumentation and method development.