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Don’t throw that cloth mask away yet—it still works

Sept. 9, 2021

The reusable cloth masks people have been using for the past year or more may look a little worse for the wear. But new research from Professor Marina Vance finds that washing and drying them doesn’t reduce their ability to filter out viral particles.

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First Annual Report Highlights Links Between Air Quality and Climate Change

Sept. 7, 2021

Two CIRES scientists working in NOAA laboratories contributed to the World Meteorological Organization's first-ever Air Quality and Climate Bulletin.

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Amid wildfires and a pandemic, here’s how to keep your indoor air clean

Sept. 7, 2021

Professor Marina Vance shares easy and effective ways to keep our indoor air clean from ozone, wildfire smoke and COVID-19.

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Alumnus builds technology to raise awareness about Nepal’s poor air quality

Sept. 2, 2021

Prateek Shrestha (PhDMechEngr’18) has developed an aerial-monitoring sensor that will help educate people on mapping air pollutants in Nepal.

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Simple safety measures reduce musical COVID-19 transmission

Aug. 27, 2021

ME professor Shelly Miller, a co-author of the study, finds masking instruments, social distancing and implementing time limits significantly reduce the risk of emitting COVID-19 airborne particles.

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CU Boulder receives $1.1 million in EPA grants to reduce public exposure to wildland fire smoke

Aug. 23, 2021

Professor Marina Vance of mechanical engineering will evaluate the movement and presence of wildfire particulate matter in indoor settings.

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Shelly Miller awarded for research on COVID-19 transmission via singing

May 19, 2021

The coalition's studies have led to the creation of safety protocols for singing and playing musical instruments to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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To prevent next pandemic, scientists say we must regulate air like food and water

May 14, 2021

In a Perspectives piece publishing in Science on May 14, Professor Shelly Miller and others call for a “paradigm shift” in combating airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, demanding universal recognition that respiratory infections can be prevented by improving indoor ventilation systems.

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Let’s talk about transmission of respiratory infectious diseases

Nov. 11, 2020

Professors Shelly Miller and Nina Vance, along with Miller's daughter, Renee Leiden, produced a video explaining how the transmission of respiratory infections can occur.

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The New York Times: Serve up some extra precautions at your thanksgiving table this year

Nov. 10, 2020

Public health officials, including mechanical engineering Professor Shelly Miller, urge families to keep celebrations small, avoid mixing households and open the windows.