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Please join RMSS-AWMA for their next virtual lunch meeting, where Dr. Colleen Reid, assistant professor in the Geography Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will present on the health impacts of wildfire smoke exposure.

The meeting will be held online via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Tuesday, July 20th.

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Ginger Fast (ginger.fast@wsp.com ) by 5PM on Monday, July 19th to receive instructions on how to attend online.

Summary:

In the Western United States and elsewhere, the frequency of large wildfires, their duration, and the length of the wildfire season have all increased, and future projections indicate even higher fire risks in the future. The increase in frequency and severity of wildfires occurring in the western US and the decrease in other sources of air pollution mean that smoke from wildfires is becoming an increasingly large fraction of total air pollution that people are exposed to. Compared to our understanding of the health impacts of other sources of air pollution, however, we know much less about the health impacts of wildfire smoke. In this talk, Dr. Colleen Reid will talk about her research that aims to better understand air pollution exposures and health consequences of wildfires.

 

Presenter’s Bio:

Dr. Reid is an assistant professor in the Geography Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on the health impacts of exposures influenced by global climatic changes and society’s responses to those changes. She has led research projects on the health impacts of exposure to smoke from wildfires, and the creation and evaluation of a national neighborhood-level map of vulnerability to extreme heat events. She is now leading a project on the health benefits of urban green space. Dr. Reid received her MPH and PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and did her post-doctoral training at Harvard University as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar. She also has an ScB in Environmental Science from Brown University.