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Lecture to Focus on Local Air Quality

air quality in Easter Iowa

Free program will feature results from local environmental research

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 3, 2017)-Kirkwood Community College will present its 45th Mel Oliven lecture on March 7 at 11:15 a.m. in Ballantyne Auditorium on Kirkwood’s main campus in Cedar Rapids. Dr. Elizabeth Stone, University of Iowa associate professor and founder of the Stone Research Group in the Department of Chemistry, will present results from local research on air quality in Eastern Iowa.

Humans are estimated to inhale more than 200 billion particles each day from natural and anthropogenic sources, some of which are unique to our Midwestern and agricultural environment. Local research focused on air quality, bioaerosols and renewable energy.

Dr. Stone received her bachelor of arts in chemistry and French from Grinnell College and her doctorate in environmental chemistry and technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research includes atmospheric aerosols, secondary organic aerosol, chemical speciation, source apportionment, local and regional air quality, radiative forcing and health effects. She is a member of the Center for Global and Regional Research, the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, the American Geophysical Union, the Iowa Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society.

The Mel Oliven Lecture series educates Kirkwood students and the public on scientific and environmental issues. Founded in memory of Mel Oliven, longtime Kirkwood astronomy and physics professor, the series began in 1977 and is the longest running lecture series at the college. This lecture is made possible by the Oliven Endowment of the Kirkwood Foundation.