Air Quality Solutions

Come hear what the University of Utah and community partners are doing to combat bad air quality in Utah. Two workshops are being held on campus next week to discuss the issue and provide some possible solutions.

University of Utah community invited to “Air Quality in Utah: Science for Solutions”


Do you hate Utah’s dirty air during the winter inversion months?
Are you curious about what university researchers are doing to understand and address the problem?

Here’s your chance: The University of Utah Program for Air Quality, Health and Society is partnering with the Utah Division of Air Quality to host a workshop on Jan. 13 titled “Air Quality in Utah: Science for Solutions.”

The free event, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Utah Guest House, will feature presentations from researchers about air quality and its health effects, a lunchtime poster session and a panel discussion with researchers, the DAQ, business leaders, health care professionals and state legislators.
Space at the event is limited and those who wish to attend are asked to register here by Jan. 6.

January’s event marks the third year the Program for Air Quality Health and Society has hosted a symposium. The program launched in 2013 with a mission to do the following:

  • Bring together investigators from across the University of Utah and beyond to establish multidisciplinary collaborations devoted to studies concerning air quality.
  • Be a recognized, credible resource for information concerning air quality for use by universities, business and industry, education and public policy decision makers. Exploit the distinctive and varied environment in the state to generate new knowledge concerning the impact of air quality on human health and society.
  • Explore all facets of air pollution, from its generation to health-effects mechanisms in individuals to societal implications and ways to reduce or mitigate these effects.

With support from the offices of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Research, and the College of Engineering the program provides an important opportunity to catalyze collaboration.

For more information about this year’s event, including an agenda of sessions for the day, click here.

64th Annual Reynolds Lecture
Under the Air: An Exploration of Utah’s Air Quality

Continuing Education will host the 64th Annual Reynolds Lecture, “Under the Air: An Exploration of Utah’s Air Quality.” The lecture will take place Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Aline Skaggs Auditorium, room 220.

The lecture will be in the form of a panel discussion examining Utah’s poor winter air quality from different perspectives. The panelists are Dave Whiteman, Michelle Hofmann, Ryan Evans and Matt Pacenza. Whiteman is an atmospheric scientist at the U. He will discuss his recent research about Salt Lake’s climate and winter particulates. Hofmann is an associate professor at the University Hospital. She will address the health effects of winter air quality. Evans is the vice president of Business and Community Relations with the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, and will address the economic impact of Utah’s air quality. Pacenza, policy director for HEAL Utah, will provide some insight into air quality legislation.

Q&A and a reception will follow the lecture.

Admission is free; please RSVP for the event here.