Austin Event: Hot Science Cool Talks

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Indoor air can be much more toxic than the air we experience outdoors, but isn’t regulated by any agency. Where do these toxins come from? How well do air filters or ozone generators clean indoor air? Students, teachers, families, and the general public are invited to attend an evening of scientific exploration as the Environmental Science Institute at UT Austin presents “Is Your House Killing You?” by Dr. Richard Corsi, indoor air quality researcher at The University of Texas at Austin. Join us as Dr. Corsi answers these questions and shows us how some very common (and presumably safe) products that we use in our homes present challenges to maintaining healthy indoor air quality.

Make sure to come early to experience exhibits and activities presented by our partners! Free refreshments will be provided. K-12 teachers are also invited to join us for a free workshop and pizza before the event, tailored to provide background useful for the classroom. CD-ROMs with lecture materials and lesson plans are provided free to teachers at these workshops.

WHO: Dr. Richard L. Corsi researches indoor air quality, including sources and control of indoor air pollution and human exposure to indoor toxins from dishwashers to paint and computers. He also recently completed a large study involving building disinfection chemistry in the wake of anthrax attacks in the Fall of 2001. He and his research team have published over 230 journal/conference papers and reports, and have been featured on the Canadian television series The Nature of Things, National Geographic, The Economist, Business Week, National Wildlife, Prevention, Men’s Health, the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Corsi earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1989 and joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1994.

WHAT: Hot Science – Cool Talks Outreach Series hosted by the Environmental Science Institute at UT Austin and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Prelecture interactive exhibits and K-12 teacher workshops are provided free to the public before the lecture.

WHEN: October 10th, 2008. Lecture begins at 7pm, prelecture interactive exhibits open at 5:45. K-12 Teacher workshop begins at 6pm.

WHERE: UT Campus, Welch Hall 2.224. Parking at San Jacinto & 24th St. garage, $1.

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