PM Conferences

Learn about the Air District Advisory Council's conference on mitigating the effects of PM pollution.

Particulate Matter: Spotlight on Health Protection

October 28, 2019, San Francisco

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Increasing evidence shows health impacts from particulate matter, or PM, can occur well below the current national ambient air quality standards. As impacts in our communities increase with our changing climate, it is important that we reassess the health effects of PM.

This year, the Air District’s Advisory Council will be convening a four-part conference series on PM to facilitate a discussion among nationally recognized scientists, stakeholders, and the Air District to identify the most effective measures to further protect public health. The symposia will shine a spotlight on this public health challenge and share information and tools to inform future policy decisions.

The first symposium in the series will take place on October 28, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, California. Registration, coffee, and light breakfast begins at 8:30 AM.

Topics will include:

  • PM health effects:
    • observed health effects from PM exposure
    • affected biological systems
    • knowledge about the mechanisms
    • population groups most at risk
    • most relevant sensitivities and uncertainties
  • PM exposure and risk:
    • PM emissions and sources
    • PM levels in the air
    • community exposure
    • current understanding of PM health risks
    • economic and other costs

Speakers will include:

H. Christopher Frey, Ph.D., F. A&WMA, F. SRA

Dr. H. Christopher Frey is the Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Frey’s research includes quantification of uncertainty in engineering process technologies and emission factors, probabilistic methods for exposure assessment, measurement and modeling of human exposure to air pollution, and measurement and modeling of vehicle emissions. Dr. Frey also is an adjunct professor in the Division of the Environment and Sustainability at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is part of a large team developing an exposure model for Hong Kong. Dr. Frey is a Fellow of the Air & Waste Management Association and of the Society for Risk Analysis. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master of engineering in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon.

Michael T. Kleinman

Michael T. Kleinman is UC Irvine Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Co-Director of the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory in the Department of Community and Environmental Medicine, Adjunct Professor in College of Medicine. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from New York University. Dr. Kleinman brings expertise on the health effects of air pollution on animals and humans, as well as the development of analytical techniques for assessing biological and physiological responses to exposure to environmental contaminants and for determining concentrations of important chemical species in air. His current studies involve the inhalation exposures to manufactured and combustion-generated nanomaterials fine and coarse particles using state-of-the-art field exposure systems and real-time physiological monitoring methods. Biological mechanisms related to oxidative stress have been identified after particulate matter exposure, and Dr. Kleinman’s team is also pursuing how these mechanisms affect pathological and physiological changes in the heart and lungs. He currently serves on the Air District Advisory Council.

Julian Marshall

Julian Marshall is the Kiely Endowed Professor of Environmental Engineering at University of Washington with a focus on air quality management. Dr. Marshall founded and runs the Grand Challenges Impact Lab, a UW study abroad program in Bangalore, India. He is also Associate Editor for Environmental Health Perspectives and Development Engineering. Dr. Marshall studies exposure to air pollution, including air pollution health impacts of transportation and electricity, disparities in exposure, and air pollution measurements in low-income countries. He earned a B.S.E. with High Honors in Chemical Engineering from Princeton, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Phil Martien

Phil Martien is the Director of the Assessment, Inventory, & Modeling Division at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. He and his team are focused on compiling and evaluating emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, conducting modeling-based studies to estimate air pollution exposures and impacts, and supporting the Air District's development of prioritized mitigation measures. He led the Air District's Community Air Risk Evaluation Program, which informed California's AB 617 in beginning to unite community organizations, agencies, and businesses to address areas of concentrated air pollution and related health effects in disadvantaged communities. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley.

Jason D. Sacks, M.P.H.

Jason Sacks is a Senior Epidemiologist in the Center for Public Health & Environmental Assessment within U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development. He is the assessment lead for the Particulate Matter Integrated Science Assessment and plays key leadership roles in synthesizing the health effects evidence of air pollution for various National Ambient Air Quality Standards reviews. He has expertise in examining the relationship between short-term exposures to air pollution and mortality, respiratory-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits, and long-term exposure and cancer, with a focus on identifying those populations at greatest risk. Additionally, Sacks collaborates with the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards within U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation in conducting both national and international training on U.S. EPA’s Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program – Community Edition and in communicating the health risks of exposure to PM and wildfire smoke. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1999 and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University in 2003.

Lauren Zeise

Lauren Zeise, Ph.D., was appointed by Gov. Brown as Director of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in December 2016 and has been with OEHHA since its inception in 1991. Prior to OEHHA’s creation, she was chief of the cancer unit at the California Department of Health Services and spent several years at the California Public Health Foundation and the U.S. EPA. She played a leading role in OEHHA’s development of CalEnviroScreen, the nation’s first comprehensive statewide environmental health screening tool, which is used to identify the California communities most burdened by pollution from multiple sources and most vulnerable to its effects. She also co-led the team that developed the hazard trait regulation for California’s Safer Consumer Products program, and she has conducted hundreds of health risk assessments. Dr. Zeise earned her doctorate from Harvard University. She is a member, fellow, former editor, and former councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis and was the 2008 recipient of the Society’s Outstanding Risk Practitioner Award.

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