Great Problems, Great Minds Seminar: Extreme Weather, Air Pollution, and Urban Exposome

Join the Department of Social Sciences for this Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series event featuring guest speaker Kai Zhang, the Empire Innovation Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York. The virtual event will take place on December 2 at 12:40 p.m.

Urban populations face many environmental health challenges ranging from traditional pollutants (e.g., air pollution) to emergent issues such as extreme heat and cold. Extreme heat and cold pose a significant public health threat in many cities including Chicago. This talk will focus on modern exposure science approaches to characterize exposure to extreme weather, particulate air pollution, and urban exposome, as well as to incorporate them in health research. These approaches include land use regression, GIS and remote sensing, and machine and deep learning methods. They are applicable to epidemiological studies, risk assessment, and public health actions.

“Extreme Weather, Air Pollution, and Urban Exposome” will take place over Google meet at this link.

The event is part of the Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series which explores the major problems facing humanity as we move into the heart of the 21st century. To see the full schedule and videos from previous events, visit the seminar series page.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Social Sciences Hao Huang,