Richard Shaughnessy, PhD & John Downey – Life and Times of an IAQ Legend & Healthy Buildings America 2021 – Research to Practice

Air Date: 6-4-2021|Episode 628

This week welcome Richard Shaughnessy, PhD, IAQ Director at the University of Tulsa and the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) Executive Director John Downey. Dr. Shaughnessy is a legend in the IAQ world and many of our listeners express their thanks for his role in trying to bring research and practice together over the years. Dr. Shaughnessy is also the Healthy Buildings America 2021 Vice President. For HB 2021 ISIAQ and CIRI have joined forces with the theme “Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice; In the Age of COVID 19 and Beyond”. We look forward to interviewing Dr. Shaughnessy about the early days of IAQ right up to the present and getting his and John Downey’s thoughts on HBA 2021.

Richard J. Shaughnessy, has served as Director of the University of Tulsa’s Indoor Air Quality Research Program (TUIAP) in the Chemical Engineering Department since 1987. His studies have focused on particulate research, air cleaner evaluation, indoor chemistry, school studies, asthma/housing research, and resolution and remediation of bioaerosol-related problems. He is experienced in field research in homes and schools, and associated measurements/tools related to characterization of IAQ and moisture. He is currently furthering research studying associations between IAQ parameters in classrooms and student health/performance, and is actively working toward defining a basis for “clean” in schools which applies to both performance and health of students. In addition, he currently is overseeing a HUD grant to define what constitutes “normal” background fungal ecology in homes. He was a primary member of the ACGIH Bioaerosols Committee and contributing author to the 1999 ACGIH book on Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control, and contributing author and section editor to the AIHA document on Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold. Dr. Shaughnessy was a contributor and member of technical review work group for the 2014 Healthy Housing Standard (American Public Health Association 2014). Through 2009 – 2012, he also served as President of The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), and continues to work with the Society to translate science into practice.

John Downey is Executive Dir. CIRI. He is also the fourth generation President and Owner of Downey’s Carpet Care of Granville, OH. John was also the Founder of Cleanfax magazine a long time industry trade publication he sold in 1999. John has been a long time industry association leader, volunteer and member of numerous committees and boards of directors. His industry connections are second to none and he is respected as a man of his word that listens to both sides of an issue prior to making his own decisions on the proper direction to take.



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