I Can See Clearly Now: Particles and Air Quality

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 7-9 pm

 

Hotel Oregon, 310 NE Evans St, McMinnville

 

Get there early if you want a seat (trust me!)

The air around us is made of up many things, including water, gasses, and aerosols. These aerosols, or tiny particles suspended in air, can come from natural sources or man-made pollutants. Often visible to the naked eye, they can have a huge effect on climate warming and cooling, and can dramatically affect the amount of solar energy that reaches the Earth’s surface. At this Science Pub we’ll talk about the optical properties of aerosols in our atmosphere, compare measurements taken in Houston and Sacramento, and discuss the effects of aerosols on our climate in general.

Dean B. Atkinson, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair of Chemistry at Portland State University. He received a BS in chemistry at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and a PhD from University of Arizona in Physical Chemistry. He also did a Post-doc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD doing Chemical Kinetics, and has been at PSU since 1997.