Daniel Mendoza

Campaign reduces car idling at two elementary schools

Air monitoring also found variation in air pollution levels between the schools’ playgrounds and the pick-up/drop-off lines.


Study measures indoor air quality in two Salt Lake City high schools

Indoor air still reflects trends in outdoor air quality with a delay, depending on pollution type, of about an hour.


U professor featured in Utah air quality documentary

Daniel Mendoza shares personal stories and scientific perspectives.


How society’s inequalities showed in COVID outcomes

A study shows how lockdown policies exposed some groups to COVID-19 risk in Salt Lake County.


A mural of the night sky, with a full moon. Constellations are drawn in the sky, the sky shows an arm of the Milky Way galaxy in fuchsia and dark blue, the full moon shows a figure of a rabbit in it. The foreground is a silhouette of a hill with a wolf howling, people pointing at the sky. The bottom has numbers that show how the darkness gets lighter towards the city due to light pollution.

Dark sky’s future leaders

The first undergraduate cohort of the dark sky studies minor completed the Dark Sky Studies Capstone course with projects that made an impact in Utah’s communities.


How outdoor pollution affects indoor air quality

Wildfire and firework smoke are more impactful to indoor air than inversions.


Correlating air quality, land use and socioeconomic status

High-resolution analysis reveals connections between economic and environmental disparities.


A view overlooking salt lake valley from the University of Utah campus at sunset. On the horizon, you can see faint mountains that are obscured by hazy air, showing an example of air pollution that builds up in the valley.

Air pollution spikes reduce test scores

More frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County.


Air pollution’s effects on homeless populations

Whether or not they reside in shelters, people without housing are impacted by Utah’s air quality.


School absences correlate to impaired air quality

Even mildly elevated air pollution is associated with increase in absences in Salt Lake City.