The Research Triangle Park

Airborne Particles, Climate, and Health

THE FRONTIER | 800 PARK OFFICES DRIVE, RTP, NC Mar 27 12:00 pm - Mar 27 1:00 pm
Join them for some pizza and a great talk about science!
This time they'll be speaking with Mike Bergin, Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University.
Ambient Particles: Influencing climate, discoloring cultural heritage, and drastically reducing solar energy production
Atmospheric particulate matter (PM) comes from a variety of both natural and anthropogenic sources. Since the industrial revolution the amount of ambient PM has increased by at least two-fold, dominated by increases in fossil fuel combustion and biomass burning. Anthropogenic PM has a variety of impacts on both the environment and human health. They will discuss how PM impacts climate, and in particular is warming the Arctic and cooling the south eastern US. They will also discuss the outrageously high levels of PM in India, and how particles are discoloring the Taj Mahal, one of the great wonders of the World. They will also focus on the influence of PM on solar energy production, where both ambient and deposited PM are having a dramatic impact on global solar energy production. Lastly, discussion on the low-cost sensor revolution and how it influences public knowledge of air pollution health impacts.
BEFORE THE TALK BEGINS: Sigma Xi will be hosting a 15-minute "speed networking" meet and greet session for their pizza lunch attendees, with the help of STEM in the Park. Many of their attendees have asked for more opportunities to get to know their fellow members, rather than just sitting down with their pizza. They hope this short engagement will help increase community connection.
RSVPs are required (for the slice count) by registering for a free ticket to this event by Monday, March 26th, at 2PM. (If you decide to come after this time, you're welcome to attend, but they might not have pizza for you.)
Thanks to a grant from the N.C. Biotechnology Center and funding from the RTP chapter of Sigma Xi and STEM in the Park, American Scientist's noontime Pizza Lunch speaker series is free and open to science journalists and science communicators of all stripes, as well as any interested member of the public. Feel free to extend this invitation to anyone who might want to attend.
Did you miss some past pizza lunch talks? Check out their videos and podcasts of previous speakers:
Talks are co-organized with Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). The RTP chapter of Sigma Xi is a co-organizer and co-sponsor, and encourages any interested scientists to get involved with the chapter and its upcoming events.
Location: The Classroom at The Frontier in The RTP