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Experts weigh in on airborne transmission of COVID-19

July 9, 2020

The novel coronavirus may be able to travel from person to person through tiny particles floating in the air, according to a recent letter signed by 239 scientists from across the globe.

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Research paper looks at exposure to airborne particulate matter in homes

June 17, 2020

A paper by Nina Vance discusses the importance of understanding exposure to particulate matter in residences and the health risks that result from exposure.

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USA Today reports on gadgets to monitor air quality with Shelly Miller

Sept. 16, 2019

Professor Shelly Miller speaks to the role of devices that monitor indoor air quality in improving public health. As the air quality monitoring market continues to expand, she says these devices are not just a trend; they're here to stay.

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Colorado Research Spotlight

May 28, 2019

Read about how wildfires sparked water quality research, how poor air quality affects low-income households, how a Colorado-born technology detected methane gas leaks and how CU Boulder outreach projects taught K–12 students across Colorado about air quality.

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Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?

May 7, 2019

Shelly Miller, mechanical and environmental engineering professor, led a study that found elevated carbon dioxide levels in classrooms after an hourlong class. Other researchers have linked high carbon dioxide levels to lower test scores. The New York Times reports on indoor air quality.

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The Hidden Air Pollution in Our Homes

April 1, 2019

Outdoor air has been regulated for decades, but emissions from daily domestic activities may be more dangerous than anyone imagined. Assistant Professor Nina Vance was featured in the New Yorker for her HomeChem indoor air quality research.

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Your home is a hidden source of air pollution

Feb. 18, 2019

Assistant Professor Nina Vance and her collaborators have found cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities to generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city.

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Study reveals health risks in low-income homes

Feb. 12, 2019

A team of investigators from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Colorado Boulder has identified that people living in homes with high ventilation are more likely to suffer from respiratory health issues such as asthma.

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"Leakiness" of homes affects health in low-income neighborhoods

Jan. 15, 2019

Professor Shelly Miller was awarded a $1M grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study impacts of climate change on indoor air quality. Her most recent study explores the effects of ventilation rates on human health in low-income Denver-area neighborhoods.

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Air pollution leads to millions of ER visits for asthma attacks worldwide

Oct. 23, 2018

Nine to 33 million visits to the emergency room for asthma worldwide may be triggered by breathing in air polluted by ozone or fine particulate matter according to a study published by Associate Professor Daven Henze and collaborators.