Particulate Air Pollution and Human Health: Science, Controversy, and Public Policy-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Particulate Air Pollution and Human Health: Science, Controversy, and Public Policy

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy: Environment and Health

Thursday, March 7, 2013     |     4:30 pm, Porter Hall #100 (Gregg Hall)

C. Arden Pope, III, Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics, Brigham Young University

Research over the last 25 years has suggested that exposure to particulate air pollution contributes substantially to respiratory and cardiovascular disease. This presentation will provide an overview of the science regarding the health of effects of particulate air pollution and will discuss related controversies pertaining to public policy efforts to control air pollution.

Dr. C. Arden Pope III is the Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University (Economics/Statistics, 1981) and was a Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health (Environmental Health and Public Policy, 1992/93). He has conducted research dealing with various natural resource and environmental issues and his cross-disciplinary research in environmental economics and air pollution epidemiology has resulted in seminal studies on the health effects of air pollution. Dr. Pope has conducted or collaborated on various key studies of human health effects of short- and long-term air pollution exposure, has played prominent roles in reviewing and interpreting this literature, and is one of the world’s most widely cited and recognized experts on the health effects of air pollution. He has been the recipient of various honors and awards including the Thomas T. Mercer Joint Prize from the American Association for Aerosol Research and the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (2001), the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science & Technology (2004), and Honorary Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP Hon, 2008).