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Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health: Science, Public Policy, and Controversy

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Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series—This presentation will briefly review the science related to the effects of air pollution on human health, and discuss the public policy implications and related controversies.

Dr. C. Arden Pope, III is the Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics at Brigham Young University. He received his MS and PhD degrees from Iowa State University in 1981. His training was in economics and statistics, and his early research publications related primarily to agriculture, natural resources, and environmental economics. In the late 1980s, Dr. Pope began conducting cross-disciplinary research in environmental economics and air pollution epidemiology that resulted in several pioneering studies on the health effects and costs of air pollution. In 1992-93 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and in 2008 he became an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He has conducted, and collaborated on, a series of seminal studies on the human health effects of air pollution.  He has played prominent roles in reviewing and interpreting the literature, and is one of the world’s most cited and recognized experts on the health effects of air pollution.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Research on Families’ Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series. The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Tay Gavin Erickson Lecture Series brings internationally recognized speakers with expertise in family research to campus each year. The lecture series began in 1999 through an endowment established in memory of Tay Gavin Erickson. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Campus Center, Room 804-808, UMass Amherst
Free and open to the public

C. Arden Pope, III
Ph.D Mary Lou Fulton Professor of Economics
Brigham Young University